I completely agree with MM. Firefox is such a better browser it's not even funny. There are so many security loopholes in IE that no matter what
version you have, you are guaranteed to get a virus.
Firefox just updated their browser to 2.0 or "Firefox 2" as it's being called, and I think it's the greatest thing on the net now.
There is a section on the tools menu at the top of the page called "add-ons". Go there and your world will be rocked.
I recently updated my computer with over 70 free security (Listed under "extensions") and browsing/downloading/tweaking options, all within about an
hour or two. All under a few hundred Kb, and all self installed within the browser itself.
You can also go to the same add on section and choose something called "themes". This is something you can't do with any other broswer that I know
of. Themes allows you to browse a list of "browsers" that are essentially firefox wrapping packages. My favorite was "greenshift". I'm still
awaiting a 2.0 version to be released.
Themes change the way the browser looks, with different colors, button arrangements, and browser options.
Here is just a small sample of some of the add-on extensions that I have for my computers, and what they do. You will be soo much happier, I guarantee
it!! Go Firefox!!
Compact menu-->Allows you to condense the toolbars into one drop down menu, or customize your own set of buttons to do specific things quickly and
Cooliris previews-->This is a personal preference item here, some may like it or not, but it puts a little blue icon next to any link/picture and can
preview the said link/picture in a small window without actually clicking the link. This works for entire pages as well.
Download statusbar-->Moves that annoying popup download window to the bottom of the browser as a very informative load timer.
No Script-->This one I'm up in the air about, it turns of java and xss/css until you allow it. While it works great on most sites, it sucks if you
try to use it on your bank account site, or ATS for instance, it doesn't like it. This one is up to you.
Smart bookmarks-->Unlike Internet explorer, Firefox allows you to open links in new tabs(very cool feature), and save bookmarks on a quick tab toolbar
on the browser itself. This utility allows you to condense these bookmarks to just their respective page icons, and hide the name of the page until
you hover over it with the mouse, essentially tripling the amount of quick tab icons you can use on the browser. This works great for me as I have
about 200 bookmarks, and looking through them all to find a frequently visited one is a pain in the butt.
There are so many out there, secure logins, search burst queries for secure browsing, speed upgrades, all kinds of things.
If you want more secure email, I suggest you try Thunderbird, it's also on mozilla's website. There are upgrades for that as well.
There are a few programs you can download from the internet for free to get rid of your current problems and hopefully these will help you. You can
never be too safe nowdays with all the jerks keeping points score for how many machines they can steal info from.
Good luck to you!!
adaware: anti spyware
Avast: antivirus program