Pop-up advertisements -- or adverts -- on the Internet are annoying and can carry harmful spyware or malware that can seriously damage your computer. Although some adverts can prompt you to click on them by asking a question or displaying a "Close" button, it's always better to avoid them completely. It is simple to prevent these pop-ups and you could soon be protected with the click of a button.
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All Web browsing software now has a built-in pop-up blocking system that allows users to choose whether they want pop-ups to be blocked or not. Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari both have pop-up blocking software and Microsoft's Internet Explorer offers one to users who have installed the Windows XP Service Pack 2.
You will be able to block pop-ups if you have Google Toolbar installed on your PC. Google Toolbar is free to download, but it is currently only available for Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Mac users will have to choose a different solution.
You can also use third-party pop-up blocking software. There are a range of products out there, but it's important to be careful about which ones you choose. Some malware is designed to look like free pop-up blocking software, so try to research the product before downloading it. Panicware is a free and legitimate basic pop-up blocking software. Pop-up Blocker 3.0 is also effective and costs £6.40 to download, as of 2010. STOPzilla, which is more expensive, costs £25.90 but has a £19 mail-in rebate as of 2010. This software offers comprehensive protection and will scan for and remove spyware.
Tips and warnings
- Pop-up blockers might inadvertently block new windows that you actually need. However, you can usually add exceptions for certain pages to the pop-up blocker software you are using.
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