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Old 01-10-2019, 05:10 PM
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I prefer uBlock Origin to AdblockPlus. It's free as well. Perhaps a bit more on the geeky side, but very effective, at least for me.
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Thanks everyone for your help.
Do I also need a virus blocker as well as adblock plus?
(I currently have Avast Premium because a guy from Tech Heads recommended it.)
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Legitimate ad blockers will not hurt your computer, but keep in mind that some website features/functions might not work. If a web page doesn't load correctly, if you can't see icons or links, videos won't play, the comment section isn't showing, etc., disabling the ad blocker for that site should be the first thing you check. There should be an icon for the ad blocker app displayed on your browser toolbar that you can access to enable/disable blocking on individual pages, or temporarily turn it all off.

Some sites don't allow ad blockers at all; those will typically show an onscreen message to that effect.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:52 PM
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Thanks everyone for your help.
Do I also need a virus blocker as well as adblock plus?
(I currently have Avast Premium because a guy from Tech Heads recommended it.)
I find Windows Defender more than good enough as an anti virus. If you have Windows 10, it's built-in.
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I find Windows Defender more than good enough as an anti virus. If you have Windows 10, it's built-in.
Thanks rexxfan, that's good to know.
I just looked for Windows Defender and I have it!
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I find Windows Defender more than good enough as an anti virus. If you have Windows 10, it's built-in.
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Would you say Windows Defender is as good as, or maybe even a better choice than Avast Free?
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Just installed Ad Blocker Plus, working fine.
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Would you say Windows Defender is as good as, or maybe even a better choice than Avast Free?
Yes, but mostly because Defender is built-in and doesn't require the use of any tricks that other AV's use to inject themselves into the low levels of the operating system they need access to in order to do their job. Those same tricks can sometimes be exploited by malware to give the malware the same low level access. That's something you don't want to happen. Finally, now that Defender can be configured to run in a so-called "sandbox" (a software construct that prevents any malicious code that might get loose inside a process from having any access to things outside that process) you're going to be about as safe as you can realistically be. The sandboxing capability is relatively new. I don't know of any third party antivirus that offers it. Here's an article describing it in more detail:

Microsoft Sandboxes Windows Defender

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Yes, but mostly because Defender is built-in and doesn't require the use of any tricks that other AV's use to inject themselves into the low levels of the operating system they need access to in order to do their job. Those same tricks can sometimes be exploited by malware to give the malware the same low level access. That's something you don't want to happen. Finally, now that Defender can be configured to run in a so-called "sandbox" (a software construct that prevents any malicious code that might get loose inside a process from having any access to things outside that process) you're going to be about as safe as you can realistically be.
Rexxfan, you are obviously very knowledgeable about computers.
Will I have a problem if I have Windows Defender installed, and also Avast Premium, Norton, and Webroot.
Webroot was installed by the Geek Squad because we bought six appliances at Best Buy.
Should I deactivate those protections?
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:47 PM
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Rexxfan, you are obviously very knowledgeable about computers.
Will I have a problem if I have Windows Defender installed, and also Avast Premium, Norton, and Webroot.
Webroot was installed by the Geek Squad because we bought six appliances at Best Buy.
Should I deactivate those protections?
You definitely only want one anti-virus. Here's a quick explanation why.
https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-c...virus-products
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