A small change to my all ready limited financial situation is forcing me to make some overdue changes. I will be switching to a free dial-up service for one and this leaves me with several questions and the Dope seems the best place for a clueless person like me to go to for answers.
My computer is 11 years old and can not be upgraded, even if I had the money to do so.
Obviously I won’t be surfing the web anymore, just checking my email and mine & my mothers bank accounts as necessary. At the beginning of the month there are a few banking things I take care of.
How can I make my computer & Firefox run better using a dial-up connection? Is there a way to stop all video & audio from downloading, much less playing? Is there a way to stop even images from downloading?
I have WinXP and MS Security Essentials.
My browser is Firefox 27.0.1 with Ghostery and Adblock Plus.
Based on this thread, Is “Microsoft Security Essentials” a good anti-virus? I should switch to AVG Anti-virus Free 2014, or Avast: Free Anti-Virus. Which is better for me? (After rereading that thread I’m now more confused.)
Is there anything else I should do or download before I disconnect U-Verse this weekend?
More question to follow, I’m sure.