Thanks Charles and Dangertux..
My understanding was that Firestarter was simply as you Charles said, an adjustment tool FOR THE UFW to set how it functions and that you didn't have to mess with it. Unfortunately, my Internet connection speeds are only 1.5mb/sec max and when I visit pages that have things trying to load like loadus.excelator.com and connect.facebook.net , (and many other things I do not use, want or need), it seriously delays my actual desired web page from loading. At least Firestarter gives me a way to kill them by modifying the outbound traffic policy. I realize Firestarter is no longer supported but it does still work. Platform.twitter.com was killed and THAT was a wonderful thing. That delayed my pages loading by at least 30 seconds. Might as well have been on dial up. So, the GUFW I understand is basically the same thing. A different GUI for controlling the UFW. Is this right? Does it allow me to block scripts, connections, etc or is it also a "set and forget" program?
Also, any advice as to how to stop Google's scripts from running as a whole? Like maybe through AdBlock Plus? I have it installed and write rules to block unwanted "images" (and scripts) on each and every page I go on, but it seems like a never-ending battle. I realize that Google and others say they are "trying to customize my web-experience to my tastes" (which is mostly BS in my opinion), but I don't want any "big brother" like Google or Facebook, et al. spying on me mainly because it slows down my page loading speed and therefore wastes my time. I do not use either service so why should they slow me down?
The Internet used to not be so complicated, corrupt and riddled with crap. What happened?
Anyway, can you address my question re: a spyware detection program for Ubuntu? Is it even theoretically possible to get spyware if the jacknuts do not have access to root?
I love Ubuntu, and heaven knows it's SOOOOOOOOOO much better (in a whole other universe) than Microshat, but it's becoming a pain with all of these page hitch-hikers loading. Sure wish you could right click on the process scroll at the bottom of the page when something is loading and kill it dead, once and for all pages to come. A "Daisy Cutter" of sorts for scripts. Are you listening programmers? LOL
I am still NOT convinced that I have a clean machine as the Internet connections to these Google i.p.'s occur occasionally even when the browser hasn't even been launched yet. Explain that one if you can!
Thanks to all. Stay tuned for my response from the Cybercrime Division of the DOJ!
Rock on, (Being a bass player myself, I dig this one). Looks like my Chris Beattie Sig. Dinky!
Thanks again you guys.