Our own AVRL Systems Support Team (we call them our computer gurus) has some advice to share:
Step 3: Web Browsers
One of the most important ways to keep you computer free of spyware is to be careful what you click on. Almost every webpage has some kind of advertising on it and not all of it is innocent. You can actually block a lot of the advertising simply by using a different web browser and using an “add-on” that prevents the ads from being displayed.
Firefox is an open source web browser that has been developed and refined over the last 10 years and has slowly been taking some of the market share away from Internet Explorer (big blue E on your desktop) All you need to do is download it and install the Adblock Plus add-on and you can say good bye to many of the ads you see while surfing.
Chrome is the new kid on the block. It was introduced by Google in 2008 and has become very popular because of its speed and minimalist look. It has also introduced the Chrome web store where you can download “apps for the web” that will work inside the Chrome browser.
AdBlock Plus is a small program that can be integrated into the Firefox and Chrome web browsers. It works by blocking advertisements at their source; preventing them from appearing on the page you are viewing.
Come back next Wednesday for the final installment on how to protect your computer!