Re: IE 8 and spyware
"titus12" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> How does IE 8 hold up on its' own without having a anti-spyware program
> like Spybot or SpywareBlaster? Will Windows Defender fill in the gap?
> Thank you,
It will hold it's own if you keep Windows patched and do not agree to the
installation of Active X controls and don't download junk. Otherwise, it
does protect itself from 'drive by' attacks so long as you don't lower the
That said, a competent virus scanner installed on the system such as
Grisoft's AVG, or such as Avast! should be a must so you can scan anything
and everything of the few selected things you've downloaded (other than flat
JPEG wallpaper (because current version of Windows are safe from JPEG
These days, most of the malware / spyware etc. comes in from your agreeing
to let it be downloaded and run. It usually cannot get in on its own onto a
system that is kept patched.
One thing to note is that you should avoid 'hacker' websites and any of the
more nefarious sites. They will try to exploit your system. Also avoid those
torrent and share programs because the stuff you get from them is riddled
with malware. And don't believe any website that claims it has just scanned
your computer and found a virus. These websites that "scan" then offer their
virus scanners are really just offering malware. The scan they do is just a
systems and not a real scan.