52. Prevent Browser Hijackers
and Spyware in SP2 Internet Explorer
The upgrades made to Internet Explorer in the new
Service Pack 2 for Windows XP offer considerably more security for the
Internet's most common browser software.
The first and most obvious improvement is contained in
IE's new pop-up blocking software. This feature, which suppresses any secondary
windows that a website may try to open in your browser, has the handy secondary
ability of suppressing most other forms of pop-ups also.
This includes those
irritating prompts that may pop-up when you are browsing, prompting you to
install this or that piece of spyware-ridden software.
Obviously, if you don't see them, you won't accidentally
click 'ok' on them, hence IE becomes instantly better secured.
The second security addition steals a page from the
effective 'HijackThis' anti-browser hijacking program. The new version of IE
includes a feature that allows you to view and control elements and plugins that
have been added to the browser since it was installed. Since many forms of
spyware and all browser hijackers make changes to IE's settings in order to do
their dirty work, they will be listed in 'tools\manage add-ons.'
From here, you can view and disable any suspicious
These two features alone make the new Service Pack for
XP a worthy download. For more information on SP2, see PCstats review of the
service pack right here. For more info on Browser Hijackers and Spyware, take a moment to read through PCstats Guides
on those topics.