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Try blocking pop-up advertisements

Pop-up blockers disable windows that could possibly contain malicious code. If you’re on the internet and a message pops up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, don’t click on it. Though it’ll claim to be the solution, it’s the problem. Most modern browsers have a feature that you can enable to block […]

Use a pop-up blocker

Pop-ups aren’t just annoying; they can potentially contain malware that will download if you click on them. Virtually all major browsers either have pop-up blocking built-in or have easily downloadable extensions that block pop-ups. Whatever browser you’re using, make sure you’re using a pop-up blocker. However, it’s not necessary to use it for sites you’re […]

Get a cross-app ad blocker

Few ad blocker software are created equal. Some only support one or two browsers; others are buried behind a paywall for features you’ll actually rely on. The very best, however, work smoothly across browsers and applications. You might have to pay a small monthly fee, but the peace of mind can be enormous when you’re […]

Prevent annoying adware by using an ad blocker

Adware is often used to collect information on us. It does this so it can decide which ads are most relevant to us as consumers. While helpful in theory, sometimes adware can interrupt the browsing experience with pop-ups and irritating displays. Ad blockers are usually free browser extensions that stop adware from being a nuisance.

What is spyware?

Despite its name, the term “spyware” doesn’t refer to something used by undercover operatives, but rather by the advertising industry. In fact, spyware is also known as “adware.” It refers to a category of software that, when installed on your computer, may send you pop-up ads, redirect your browser to certain web sites, or monitor […]

Never press an ‘Install’ button on the web

A lot of websites contain large “Install” buttons all but begging you to click them. You shouldn’t. They will usually give you adware or spyware instead of what you wanted or, worse, they’ll redirect you to a compromised website.