How to BLOCK browser toolbars from installing?
May 17, 2012 8:52 PM Subscribe
I need a method to BLOCK browser toolbars from installing.
posted by jcdill to computers & internet (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My dad (elderly widow, lonely, looking for love...) keeps visiting "those sites" and clicking "next" and ending up installing one of "those" toolbars that hijacks your search engine, home page, etc. I'm VERY worried about the possible security consequences of having these toolbars on his computer. I've cleaned off 2 toolbars in the past month (inbox.com, conduit.com). I need a way to BLOCK toolbars from installing on his computer!
He's using Firefox 12 on a MacBook Pro, OS 10.5.8. If necessary we can go with a different browser, but he's really comfortable with the way Firefox works so I'd like to avoid "use this obscure browser because it's security by obscurity" because that only works for so long (as we have seen with his history of using Firefox instead of IE/Safari).
I can't just block him from admin access - he needs to be able to install stuff when appropriate. I don't live near him and can't just go over and help or log in as admin when necessary. He's getting to that age where he forgets instructions, gets mad or frustrated when things don't work as they did before. So I need a way to block "bad" sites (dating sites, p**n sites) from installing these toolbars without messing up the rest of his experience using his computer.