How To Get Rid Of Pop Ups?

Junk mail has probably been around since mail was invented, and today, it takes many different forms, both physical and virtual. One newer version is pop-ups, those fun, often loud and flashy, advertisements that launch automatically when you visit any web site they are attached to. They are controlled by JavaScripts that have been written into the HTML for the web site or spyware causing the launch of the pop-up. Some launch in your foreground, getting in your way.

Some, called pop-unders, will pop-up behind the browser window you are using. There are also exit consoles that come up when you close a page, and floating ads that zoom or hover on your screen, sometimes activated by the movement of your cursor or mouse click. Fortunately, they are an annoyance from which you can easily rid yourself.

Pop UpsFirst you need to identify where the pop-ups are coming from. Many pop-ups are from web sites, but some pop-ups may be caused by spyware or adware that is actually housed on your computer. This software installs itself on your computer usually when you download something else from the internet. It sends information about what you do on your computer back to the originator, so he/she can tailor advertisements to your specific interests. If pop-ups are coming up no matter what web site you are visiting, for instance this site that does not use pop-ups ever, then you probably have spyware issues. See our web page about getting rid of spyware if this seems to be your problem.

Sometimes viruses can do the same thing as spyware, so be sure to run your antivirus software regularly. Also if you are downloading from the internet and it asks you to add a toolbar, chances are you are actually adding spyware. If you have a lot of extra toolbars, you probably need to do a spyware scan and uninstall the toolbars. Safe toolbars include ones from Google, Yahoo and Windows Live. These will actually help block pop-ups.

To get rid of the run-of-the-mill specific web site pop-ups, you need to look to your web browser. If you are using Internet Explorer on Windows XP operating system, make sure it is up-to-date as the latest version has better pop-up protection. If you still have problems, you may want to try a new browser like Mozilla’s Firefox which has built-in pop-up protection.

The real key to avoiding pop-ups is common sense. Do not download anything from a source you do not know anything about. Use trusted names like Google or Microsoft. Chances are if it is too good to be true, it is. Free online is not often free as it will come with spyware or adware. Be a cautious and thoughtful web surfer, and pop-ups will not be a problem for you.

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