Re: Why is John (Post 12/10/2007 @ 03:50 GMT) a complete cretin?
No browser is perfect, for sure - it's just that Internet Explorer is the least secure and least standards-compliant major web browser available. With out a doubt, the BEST ways to stop getting crapware from web pages are to (a) swap to *nix/*BSD/Apple or (b) swap to Firefox or Opera.
1) Anti-[virus|crapware|malware|adware] makers are ALWAYS behind the ball. You can't make a fix for something until you find it, and you don't find it 'til it's in the wild, infecting computers. Prevention is better than cure.
2) Anti-[virus|crapware|malware|adware] makers don't always remove ALL traces of any given infection. Over time, Windows gets bogged down with all sorts of traces of crap, and this issue just adds to it. Prevention is better than cure.
3) No Anti-[virus|crapware|malware|adware] package is comprehensive. Most moderate infections require the use of 3-5 different scanner/removers, and then a final tidy-up by hand to get a machine clean. This can take up to a week to complete. Prevention is better than cure.
Simon, I honestly don't care if you decide to use IE for the rest of your life, and hang the consequences*. I, however, will continue to use Firefox, and browse [virus|crapware|malware|adware] free, and advertisement-free as well.
I recommend that everyone else do the same.
*Consequences that could be severe and unforgiving, given the rate that IE tends to pick up nasties. I hope you don't net-bank. Really.