Hi Experts. I have been trying different methods of protecting myself and customers from these fake anti-viruses with mixed results. Whether I use Avast, CA AV 2009 or 2010, McAfee or Symantec anti-virus coupled with ThreatFire or ZoneAlarm, there doesn't seem to be a magic combination to stop the infections from popping up. The computers are running Windows XP or Vista (I haven't tried much with Windows 7) and are up to date including IE7 or IE8.
So, the question I have for the experts out there is what have you found to be the most secure in preventing these kinds of infections? Is Chrome, FireFox or Opera better/safer to use in regards to preventing infections versus IE 8? How about having a hardware firewall (Linksys, Belkin, Nortell) in the environment? Will the user having admin rights on the local box make a difference when it comes to these kind of infections?
Thanks for your time with this. I understand that it will be difficult to award points so I will go by the answer that seems to be the most economical, easiest to implement and less combursome.