Malwares through Firefox/Seamonkey

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techno12

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How true or untrue is the statement that the malwares through firefox/seamonkey will get lodged either in their 'cache' folder or in the 'user' folder of the windows ??

Secondly, to what extent does disabling javascript/flash/java in these browsers help in preventing the malware ??
 
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Gnerally, many exploits need javascript to function. However, that is not to say that a vulnerability cannot exist in the basic html engine. But we cannot disable the html engine. So we disable all ancillary functions in an attempt to minimize the attack surface. Hackers are innovative, and they of course know our defenses, so they try to side step them when they can. In the end, it all depends on where the specific security vulnerability is located.
 
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Where an infection resides on a system is largely dependent on the infection. Some infections create files under a user folder, others don't create any files at all.

As for flash, java, and other software that runs alongside/within our browsers, disabling them will help prevent a large number of infections. That being said, that only blocks a percentage. Some of the worst malware out there right now is disguised as a PDF file. You don't need flash, java, or javascript to become a victim to that.

In terms of protecting yourself, the best thing you can do is have a modern, active, up-to-date antivirus program, run periodic scans on your system, and practice safe browsing. That last one is the most important, really. Antivirus programs are great, but they can only do so much.
 
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