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Old 07-18-07, 11:39 PM
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IE6 vs. IE7: which is the safest?

I don't use IE all that much as Firefox and Opera do all the work.

But should there be a time when I have to use IE, which of these two would provide the most safety (for IE)?
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What safety concerns are you worried about exactly?
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Maxthon. It provides virtually all of the built-in features of Firefox (including ad-blocking), but uses the IE6 engine under the covers. For those times that I need to use IE, I use Maxthon.
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Not quite used to IE-7... on my laptop it auto installed mirar.... stupid quick link bar. i uninstalled it and an immense amt of pop ups followed... spybot and ad aware aren't able to take it off! :angry:

however on my desktop, it never installed and still don't get nearly as many pop ups.
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On the laptop now...

dls0523pmw.exe keeps encountering a problem... anyone know what this file is for ?
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Originally Posted by UAIOE
I don't use IE all that much as Firefox and Opera do all the work.

But should there be a time when I have to use IE, which of these two would provide the most safety (for IE)?
The only time I have to use IE is for Windows Updates. Otherwise, I use Firefox and never have to use IE.
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Originally Posted by Mole177
On the laptop now...

dls0523pmw.exe keeps encountering a problem... anyone know what this file is for ?
That's a trojan horse. I'd get yourself some updated anti-virus software and run a thorough scan. To help somewhat in stopping that from auto-loading, you can use something like HijackThis! or Autoruns to remove the startup entry for that file. It may regenerate though, so you might not have much luck there. But definitely do a virus scan. You should do a spyware scan while you're at it, chances are good that trojan also installed some adware nasties.
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Originally Posted by Altimus Prime
The only time I have to use IE is for Windows Updates. Otherwise, I use Firefox and never have to use IE.
If you don't even want to do that, and want to really never have to use IE (like me), you can always download AutoPatcher and use that for updates. Also has some other useful tweaks/updates that aren't readily located otherwise. Been using it for a year or so by now.
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
What safety concerns are you worried about exactly?
I've heard that a lot of malicious stuff is targeted at IE over other web browsers. Pretty much I'd like to know which of the two is safer to use.

It would only be used by my girlfriend for checking her Yahoo e-mail account but I worry about crap being attached to e-mails.


Of course I could really minimize my worries and ditch Windows for Linux.
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Originally Posted by UAIOE
I've heard that a lot of malicious stuff is targeted at IE over other web browsers. Pretty much I'd like to know which of the two is safer to use.
As far as I know, IE7 is not inherently more or less secure than IE6. (Microsoft talks about IE7 being more secure than IE6 because it includes anti-phishing features, but that's more about protecting the user from his/herself than about addressing security bugs.) IE7 includes updates to IE6's rendering components, but most of the security bulletins that I've read talk about security holes that work in both versions of IE. Microsoft currently issues patches for both versions of IE simultaneously, though I would expect that Microsoft will stop releasing fixes for IE6 at some point in time.

To be fair to Microsoft, they are a lot better about getting timely fixes to IE bugs than they used to be. I guess Mozilla finally lit a fire under their butts to fix up their security and patching policies.

Note that IE wrappers like Maxthon will do little to nothing to protect you from potential security problems in IE. They still use IE's rendering engine and inherit any bugs that come along with it. Using Maxthon for security reasons is the computer equivalent to repainting your door to keep people from picking the lock.

Originally Posted by UAIOE
It would only be used by my girlfriend for checking her Yahoo e-mail account but I worry about crap being attached to e-mails.
At this stage, your best bet is to make sure she understands not to download and run random attachments. Yahoo! applies filtering to the HTML of incoming messages, so it's unlikely that someone will be able to sneak an IE-powered worm past their servers. Malware is most effective when spread as malicious attachments to E-mail, and no version of IE will ever be able to stop you from going out of your way to download and run malicious software.

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Of course I could really minimize my worries and ditch Windows for Linux.
As an Ubuntu Linux user, I'm not really going to try to talk you out of that idea. Most new Linux distros are distributed as Live CDs nowadays, so it can't hurt to download a copy and give it a quick spin if you're curious.
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But should there be a time when I have to use IE, which of these two would provide the most safety (for IE)?
I use the IE Tab Extension for Sites that still love IE.
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Originally Posted by GHackmann
As an Ubuntu Linux user, I'm not really going to try to talk you out of that idea. Most new Linux distros are distributed as Live CDs nowadays, so it can't hurt to download a copy and give it a quick spin if you're curious.
I downloaded Kubuntu to try on my computer but I can't get it to boot from the CD. Either windows loads up again or my PC will beep three times and I'll get no signal to my monitor.

I'd like to try (K)ubuntu to see if it would be a nice alternative for me. but i've got some lingering concerns about my current hardware compatibility...namely my pen tablet and printer.
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Try Firefox.
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Originally Posted by mapasu
Try Firefox.
Safe assumption that you didn't actually read the OP.

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