Java and Flash: Do I really need them?
Here's the thing: I ran into Chrome a few months ago on my bro's PC, and ever since, I've been using it as the primary browser on almost all of my PCs. On 2 of my PCs, I use IE as the default browser, mainly because I don't use them that often, and rather than try and keep track of updating 2 browsers, I figured there was no harm in letting IE be the default browser. Recently, one of them acquired a backdoor via Flash (have no idea how), and instead of removing it with an AV program, I just reformatted and reinstalled Windows, as the PC wasn't used that often. This is a Win7 Home Premium machine. The reinstall was successful. Then, when I was testing out IE in that PC, IE kept demanding Flash for viewing a YouTube video. After some time, it switched over to HTML5, but there was no video; only audio.
I never installed Flash or Java yet on this PC. It already came down with an infection once, thanks to Flash, and I'm really leery of installing it again. Now here's my question: Shall I just install Chrome on this PC and deal with having to update 2 browsers, or shall I bite the bullet and install Flash (and also, possibly Java), and vigilantly be on the lookout for new malware? :confused: Which is easier? Keep in mind, I don't use this PC too often (perhaps 4 times a week), so I can't constantly be on the lookout for new updates.