Preventive Security Programs
SpywareBlaster from javacool will block bad ActiveX and harmful cookies from getting on to your PC in the first place. Just download and install the program. Open SpywareBlaster, check for and download updates, then 'select all' to protect against all items checked. That's it! Just return to check for updates every couple of weeks.
IE-SPYAD adds a long list of sites and domains associated with known advertisers, marketers,and hijackers to the Restricted sites zone of Internet Explorer
Site Advisor is a browser Plug-in that assigns a safety ranking to the domains listed in your search engine results. A simple three color system is used to indicate the safety level of a website:
* Red (Warning)
* Yellow (Use caution)
* Green (Safe).
According to the Site Advisor website, 95% of websites have been tested.
A website's safety assignment is made on the basis of the following criteria:
1. Spam generated from filling out forms on the website.
2. Safety of site downloads
3. Popup advertisements and nuisance behavior encountered
4. User feedback
To install Site Advisor, just download the Plug-in for Internet Explorer or the Plug-in for FireFox