Google Chrome + AdTwart works far
better than AdBlock and Firefox.
Firefox is quite slow these days tbh. Google Chrome is much safer (via sandboxing, which is the isolation of applications, or in Chrome's case, individual tabs, from the OS and other programs).
It's easy with freeware stuff (for home use) to be extremely
secure in terms of virii and the like.
Hell, I could even improve my security even more but I'm not super paranoid.
Basics:Comodo Personal Firewall
The best software firewall for home use free or paid-for
Proof:Results and comments - www.matousec.com
It has consistently been #1 for a while now. PC Tools Firewall Plus is also another one to use. Use only one firewall. Don't install the Comodo anti-virus as there are better free ones.
Overall, does the best job of protection and features in a freeware product.
Does better in all tests tested with it on av-comparatives.org than paid-for AVG.
Has a 'gaming mode' as well so it won't nag you / interfere while you game as well.
Internet Browser based protection:
Use Google Chrome
Fastest, by default has the most features, and importantly, uses sandboxing
, which basically is isolating an application from the OS and other applications while it's running.
Install and then download the AdTwart
plugin for ads and ya sweet.
- Freeware sandbox program that does the same but with applications of your choice etc...
- A router
Not only is a router useful for connecting multiple internet connection to one modem, they usually have some sort of hardware firewall capabilities as well.
Anyway, Norton's and AVG are horrid. Please don't use them.