A simple way to protect yourself
This will spare you most of the tricks that spammers use, like pop-ups, time-bombs, right-click disabling, URL hiding, loading of most malicious applets, back-key hijacking, etc. Simply follow this procedure for Microsoft Internet Explorer. (Netscape users see below)
1/ Select Tools -> Internet Options -> Security -> Custom Level
2/ Scroll down to Microsoft VM
3/ Under Java Permissions select the Disable Java radio button
4/ Scroll further down to Scripting
5/ Under Active Scripting select the Disable radio button.
6/ Under Scripting of Java applets select the Disable radio button.
7/ Click OK for
Be aware that you will probably need
to re-enable these options later if you want to surf certain non-adult sites
e.g. on-line banking, some e-mail services, etc. (Hotmail is notorious for refusing
to work without Java script on; for this reason I don't recommend using Hotmail)
Another option, should you have plenty
of RAM, is to run IE and Netscape together, using IE set up as above in 'paranoid'
1/ Click Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced
3/ Click OK