Those annoying pop-ups can be caused by many different sources. The first is due to something on a web page you have visited. Sometimes they are intentional, sometimes they are caused because someone maliciously altered the site you are visiting. The second cause can be a malicious program running on your PC. Generally these can be added by opening an attachment in an email or clicking on a link on a web page. What can you do to limit your risk of getting one of these malicious programs?
- Stay away from clicking on ads, especially when they happen to pop up on a page you are looking at and you didn’t request the information it is offering.
- All major browsers have pop-up blockers and they should be left activated. If you have a specific site that requires pop-ups to be allowed, add them to the safe sites list on your browser. This will allow it where you need it but provide the additional protection.
- Make sure you have some reputable form of Anti-Virus on your machine that includes protecting against browser issues.
- For work computers, stay to work related sites. This reduces the risk of an unwanted malware being accidentally added to your machine.
If you think you have an issue, take the time to solve it sooner than later. Too often users just ignore and move on and the issue becomes larger because of the delay. The first step is to run an anti-virus program on your computer. Unfortunately, these programs don’t always find browser related issues. Second step is to use a reputable Malware cleaning program to scan your computer. There are a number of safe utilities available on the internet. When downloading these programs, be careful of the source. Some common programs are Malwarebytes, ADWCleaner, SuperAntispyware and Spybot. If the site you find these programs from want to use a download manager to download to you, find another source. As you do the install, pay attention to the items the programs say they want to install. There have been a number of sites lately who will take one of these cleaning programs, repackage it and add more adware software to your PC.
Finally, backing up of your critical data on your computer is the best defense in case you get infected. There are times none of the tools or steps listed above will remove the problem and having a backup of your data will allow you to limit your data loss.
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