I have a new laptop running Windows XP Pro with Internet Explorer 7 pre-installed. I use Firefox as my default browser, but I occasionally use Explorer; two browsers are better than none! Every time I click to open Explorer, my Panda 2008 anti-virus warns me of a "Browser Highjack attempt" and prompts me not to allow access or change settings. In Control Panel / Internet Options I have not clicked the box to be informed of Explorer updates. Should I do this and download them automatically, and would this get rid of the regular warning messages?
I just checked and the Windows Firewall was NOT activated. I did so, but then got a Panda message "conflict of Firewalls." Do I wish to use the Panda Firewall. Which should I choose? By the way, my D-Link Router router already has a built-in firewall.
Stuartli and freaky - I'll look into those alternatives in due course, many thanks. Woodchip -I also run CCleaner and use it after every session. I get the general message that my Panda plus Router firewalls are adequate. It was the conflict that was worrying me. I have resigned myself to getting hijack attempt messages if I ever use Explorer, but I can put up with that. Just as an aside, I'm certainly no expert, but I do get the impression that Windows tries to rule everything you do computer-wise. Agreed?