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Windows 7: Internet Explorer best at blocking malware


16 May 2013   #1

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Internet Explorer best at blocking malware

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NSS Labs released the results and analysis from its web browser security comparative evaluating the protection offered by five browsers - Safari 5, Chrome 25/26, Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 19 and Opera 12 - against malware downloads (also known as socially engineered malware).

While Chrome’s malware download protection improved significantly - rising to more than 83% from 70% in NSS’ October 2012 comparative test - Internet Explorer 10 continues to outperform the other browsers with a block rate of 99.96%.

Safari, Firefox and Opera continue to lag far behind Chrome and Internet Explorer with overall block rates of 10.16%, 9.92% and 1.87% respectively.
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16 May 2013   #2

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

Both IE10 and Chrome performed well in the NSS Labs' test, due to the built-in sandboxing feature that MS calls Enhanced Protected Mode. The IE10's sandbox is per tab, Chrome's is per browser that probably accounts for some of the performance differences between the two.

Neither Firefox, nor Opera or Safari have built-in sandboxing. While one can get an app for sandboxing to provide the additional layer of security for these browser, most people wouldn't even know how to use the app....
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18 May 2013   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit SP1
 
 

I know, but I used IE10 to go to some sites which are normally malware sites or am I mistaken or IE10 is not working?
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18 May 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Since IE8, I have never had a trojan pass through thanks to Smart Screen filter and IE10's default disabled activex policy.
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21 May 2013   #5

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aritra2116 View Post
I know, but I used IE10 to go to some sites which are normally malware sites or am I mistaken or IE10 is not working?
Welcome the the Seven Forums.

You list Malwarebytes AntiMalware as your antivirus product. Even the pro version is not an antivirus product... so be careful visting questionable websites. You might want to look into using a browser from within a Virtual Machine that is isolated from your host laptop.
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21 May 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

I don't know why Mozilla doesn't incorporate NoScript into Firefox (obviously they'd have to do a deal with the developer).
Instead they keep wasting time and effort on pointless GUI mods or social network integration (whatever that means).

They should fix the Bookmark Manager too.
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24 May 2013   #7

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
I don't know why Mozilla doesn't incorporate NoScript into Firefox (obviously they'd have to do a deal with the developer).
Instead they keep wasting time and effort on pointless GUI mods or social network integration (whatever that means).

They should fix the Bookmark Manager too.
NoScript would disable all Google tracking/advertising scripts as well. When most of Mozilla's income is coming from Google, incorporating NoScript into Firefox may not be as easy as it seems:

Google Paying Mozilla Almost $1B for Firefox Search: Why? | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
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24 May 2013   #8

Win7 Pro SP1 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cr00zng View Post
Both IE10 and Chrome performed well in the NSS Labs' test, due to the built-in sandboxing feature that MS calls Enhanced Protected Mode. The IE10's sandbox is per tab, Chrome's is per browser that probably accounts for some of the performance differences between the two.

Neither Firefox, nor Opera or Safari have built-in sandboxing. While one can get an app for sandboxing to provide the additional layer of security for these browser, most people wouldn't even know how to use the app....
Firefox does have Private Window Browsing. I use AIS and it has a sandbox. I don't visit sites that would require one.
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24 May 2013   #9

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aritra2116 View Post
I know, but I used IE10 to go to some sites which are normally malware sites or am I mistaken or IE10 is not working?
I'm still trying to figure this out.. Why would one go to sites that are normally malware sites.
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24 May 2013   #10

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gary View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cr00zng View Post
Both IE10 and Chrome performed well in the NSS Labs' test, due to the built-in sandboxing feature that MS calls Enhanced Protected Mode. The IE10's sandbox is per tab, Chrome's is per browser that probably accounts for some of the performance differences between the two.

Neither Firefox, nor Opera or Safari have built-in sandboxing. While one can get an app for sandboxing to provide the additional layer of security for these browser, most people wouldn't even know how to use the app....
Firefox does have Private Window Browsing. I use AIS and it has a sandbox. I don't visit sites that would require one.
That doesn't change the fact that Firefox does not have built-in sandbox support...
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