Microsoft's achilles heel. It was a big eye opener to us when we realized that all the visual clutter, viruses and problems associated with our computer largely had to do with the fact that we were using Internet Explorer, the browser we caved into using years ago, when we switched from an Apple with Netscape.
Hackers and advertisers LOVE Internet Explorer because everyone uses it, so they write all their code to latch on and attach themselves to it. If you don't use IE, problem solved....or most of it.
We have been using Mozilla for 6 months now and the world is a different place. Our computer is clean, we have no pop-ups, and we have no fear of unwanted spyware or other people's bad cookies. Yesterday in the NY Times was a big article about this, In Search of a Browser That Banishes Clutter, which paints a dramatic picture of IE's eroding market share. We recommend checking out Mozilla, Firefox, Opera and Safari (Apple users only). (via Kottke) MGR