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I'm using the latest version of IE supplied by BT, working fine but half way through an evening surfing up pops a message saying its stopped working, a right pain in the arse so I turn everything off and on like they do on the IT crowd but problem returns, its not just IE but Firefox as well !

I run all my cleaners and stuff but it still comes back. Got plenty of disk space and memory. Any ideas?

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Oh lawd. Stay away from IE - it was voted the worlds worst browser. Ok so firefox has same problem.

 

Sounds like you could have a trojan/virus and possibly infected extension files. Very tough to get rid of on PCs. I recently bought a brand new PC laptop. It lasted 1 month exactly, before I went on to sell it at a loss (kicking myself) and buy a macbook. Zero problems now. By the end of that 1st month, i'd accumulated a nest of trojans on my PC, which was protected to the hilt by licensed anti virus/spam/trojan killers.

 

Tell tale signs, apart from pop ups and errors, or advert pop ups while browsing a normal webpage. When you look inside your extensions preference pane on firefox. If you see any weird named extensions that you didn't install. You're infected.

 

Time to do a clean install.

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Oh lawd. Stay away from IE - it was voted the worlds worst browser. Ok so firefox has same problem.

 

Sounds like you could have a trojan/virus and possibly infected extension files. Very tough to get rid of on PCs. I recently bought a brand new PC laptop. It lasted 1 month exactly, before I went on to sell it at a loss (kicking myself) and buy a macbook. Zero problems now. By the end of that 1st month, i'd accumulated a nest of trojans on my PC, which was protected to the hilt by licensed anti virus/spam/trojan killers.

 

Tell tale signs, apart from pop ups and errors, or advert pop ups while browsing a normal webpage. When you look inside your extensions preference pane on firefox. If you see any weird named extensions that you didn't install. You're infected.

 

Time to do a clean install.

And by "clean install" I would suggest NEVER using browsers supplied by ISPs (BT in this case).

They nearly always add "beneficial" extras that are anything but! Far better to go straight to the manufacturer's website (MS for IE, Chrome, FF or whatever) and choose your own add-ins, plug-ins and toolbars.

 

It should be faster too!

 

Oh and install a good Security Suite and anti-malware program(s)

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have all the good security stuff. firefox does not have bt plugins.

seems to happen on sites that require flash.

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have all the good security stuff. firefox does not have bt plugins.

seems to happen on sites that require flash.

I would run all your A/V including rootkit scans and UNINSTALL Flash. Then use CCleaner to clear the Registry...then run all your A/V including rootkit scans again, run MalwareBytes

If all else fails go for the clean install

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I've also been having regular crashes on Firefox. It used to be extremely reliable, but now I get at least one crash a day, usually on opening a link to a new window at which point it stops responding and rarely recovers. Anyone know what the problem is with FF? FF is also issuing updates at far more regular intervals. One wonders if this might be a factor?

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i wondered about flash

sites that continually look to see of there are any updates..

 

like disqus, used by many news publications for comments

and tvguide.co.uk

and ewe toobe

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just unistalled and reinstalled flash

made a big difference.

may be worth a try

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Think I have flash blocked somewhere but cant remember where?

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When i did have a PC and this is also something i do on my mac firefox too.

 

Check all my extensions regularly. Run a cache cleaner - Onyx is pretty cool on mac to remove crap, history and dns logs.

 

Also install a FF add on called no-script, which basically stops any form of javascript from activating on websites, until you explicitly allow it. Very good to find out what secret scripts websites have that latch on to your browsing. Also disables trackers, such as google, yahoo, and other worse nasties.

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One of the escorting related sites (and I know it's one of those because it never happened before I use them) seems prone to installing software on my laptop that infects any web page with dozens of ads, and sometimes pop-ups, new pages etc. as well. I have to keep deleting the programs and resetting my browsers to the default setting, and/or opening Firefox in safe mode. I have full AVG protection, and it's a big pain in the bum.

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Just one little question: Do you have Webroot installed on you computer?  I am pretty sure you have, according to the probs you described above.

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I just can't be dealing with windows PCs. I don't have the time nor patience for constantly maintaining an OS. I hate spending lots of money on computers, but for me personally - apple mac's have always been much more stable, less hassle and secure. They're not perfect, but close enough without pulling my hair out haha.

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While IE is very poor, it soundls like the problem here is flash, which is even worse.  Flash is riddled with security problems.

 

I recommend Chrome, which has left FF behind and also install flash-block what ever browser you use.

 

Flashblock is a browser plugin that put you in control of flash running.

 

Instead of flash just running when you open a page you see a round button, which you click to run the flash.

 

You can white list sites you trust, e.g the BBC iPlayer or youtube.

 

It's original purpose was blocking annoying flash adverts, a side effect is a significant increase in security because a lot of malware expoits flash security holes

 

How flashblock works

 

https://addons.mozilla.org/sv-se/firefox/addon/flashblock/

 

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/flashcontrol/mfidmkgnfgnkihnjeklbekckimkipmoe?hl=en

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I've now got flash to work in Firefox but IE11 is being a pain, must have disabled something but be buggered if l can remember where.....

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I've now got flash to work in Firefox but IE11 is being a pain, must have disabled something but be buggered if l can remember where.....

Go into advanced settings, and, reset it.

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Flash has been a problem in browsers for a long time -  have a look at your reliability history and see if it's flash that has been causing the crashes.

I'm sure adobe release new versions before they are fully tested and for the past 18 months or so I've been running older versions with the auto update disabled.

OK perhaps a slight secutity risk but a far better browsing experience.

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Does any one have any concerns with Crome ?

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Yes. Too many settings to fiddle with - and reset - to avoid being tracked etc. I tried a 'test' version and got shot of it.

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Yes. Too many settings to fiddle with - and reset - to avoid being tracked etc. I tried a 'test' version and got shot of it.

 

Oh, will try something else, perhaps Opera?

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For a non tracking version of Chrome Try Comodo Ice Dragon

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when reference is made to tracking is this by the browser or is it tracking available by the site one visits?

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As this complete technophobe understands it, tracking by Google for its 'services' , directed adverts etc, and I think that using Chrome leads to some sites being able to track and direct material. (We've all read about how forgetting to refuse to have phones constantly linked to GPS tracking can lead to maps appearing in your Google account showing your movements over the past months.)

 

All of this increases the risk of blowing one's own 'secret' doings and also adds to whatever profiles are being kept out there.

 

Google makes it all too easy to agree to 'synch' info with what could be nasty consequences for those who wish to keep various areas of life in sealed compartments.

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To stay as anonymous as possible when browsing and even using streaming services, confine your history to these sorts of sites - maybe think about using a VPN service. There's loads out there. There's one call VyprVPN and another called Tunnelbear too. It re-routes and masks your IP address. I use a firefox app called Hola, for blocking my location, which TV streaming services use to determine what country you're watching from. So i can watch US version of Netflix, which has a much larger library of films.

 

Only downside to using most VPN companies for streaming is that it's only free for a limited amount of data, after that you have to pay to increase your limit, which is hardly incognito lol

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To stay as anonymous as possible when browsing and even using streaming services, confine your history to these sorts of sites - maybe think about using a VPN service. There's loads out there. There's one call VyprVPN and another called Tunnelbear too. It re-routes and masks your IP address. I use a firefox app called Hola, for blocking my location, which TV streaming services use to determine what country you're watching from. So i can watch US version of Netflix, which has a much larger library of films.

 

Only downside to using most VPN companies for streaming is that it's only free for a limited amount of data, after that you have to pay to increase your limit, which is hardly incognito lol

 

Where I need to be detects VPN's.

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