Remember that time an awkward pop-up invaded your screen when you were at
work/in the library/playing an online game with your nephew? Where did
that come from?! And wasnt it hard trying to convince the people around
you that the graphic image popping up on your screen had nothing to do
with your navigation habits? So what are pop-ups? How does one get them?
And more importantly, how does one get rid of them? Geeks On Site along
with other computer repair companies offer a number of solutions for this
very common and most times annoying phenomenon.
Wikipedia, the popular web based encyclopedia, defines pop-ups as a form
of online advertising on the World Wide Web intended to attract web
traffic or capture email addresses. Indeed, in their early days pop-ups
were simply used as advertisements enabled by the introduction of
that pops up on top of the site you are looking at or navigating to.
There is also a variation called pop-under, which appears under your
browser window and is therefore a bit less intrusive than its sibling. It
is suggested that pop-under windows are more effective than pop-ups,
because they remain open in your browser until you close the site you are
viewing. The timing is thus better and the pop-under ad is more likely to
catch your attention.
A fair share of pop-up (and pop-under) windows still function as
somewhat harmless advertisements, i.e., adware, but today pop-ups are
also identified as a security threat, since many of them are what we call
spyware pop-ups. Spyware is a malicious program that installs itself on
your computer when you unknowingly install a product from an unverified
source. Therefore you should always be wary of clicking on pop-up ads,
and extremely cautious with the programs you download online.
Geeks On Site computer repair sales representatives often explain to
customers about rogue spyware, i.e., programs that disguise as antivirus
programs, which causes problems similar to a virus. Spyware can infest
your system with unwanted pop-ups and change your software and desktop
settings without your consent. Spyware also poses a threat to your
privacy, as the malicious programs can transmit your personal data to
third parties. If your system is badly infected by spyware you will no
longer be able to use your computer effectively and might eventually need
to replace your PC.
According to the State of the Net Consumer Reports 8 million US
households were affected by spyware in 2010 alone, resulting in $1.2
billion in damages. A total of 617 000 households had to replace their
damaged PCs due to excessive problems caused by spyware. In light of
these figures it is essential that Internet users think of PC maintenance
prior to the problems occurring. The essentials of simple PC maintenance
are the following:
*Block pop-ups on your browser settings and only allow pop-ups from
secure sources, such as online banks.
*Update your software frequently
*Install a reputable anti-virus program and have it scan your files
*Install a reputable anti-spyware program
*Only download content from a trusted source
*Clean up your browser frequently
*Always back-up your files and clean your disk at least every six months
If regardless of the above efforts your PC gets infected by malware
(i.e. adware and spyware) you can try the following maintenance tip:
1. Create a restore point, 2. Turn off System Restore, 3. Run one or a
couple malware removal programs in Safe Mode, 4. Turn on System Restore.
Computer repair companies offer PC maintenance services for those who
are not comfortable tackling malware problems with their own hands. Anti-
spyware maintenance can most times be performed via remote connection, so
you do not need to drop your computer in a computer shop or call a
technician to your house. Numerous well known computer repair companies
also put out tons of technical guides on legitimate software programs
that help get rid of pop ups, prevent pop ups and much more. The
resources are out there, it is for the active web surfer to take
advantage of them -and turn to professional help if the Internet waters