Nonstop pop-ups

Posted: July 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Here’s a link to a Raleigh News & Observer Stump the Geeks column where I was asked to comment on a user’s recurring nightmare with pop-up ads.

For the most part, pop-ups of the sort described be the unlucky soul submitting this question are the result of downloading stuff you shouldn’t. A search bar, a freeware tool, an email attachment of dubious origins — any of these could result in a surreptitious placement of parasites on your computer that will nag you incessantly to visit some web site whose claims are best categorized with the 2:00 am infomercial ilk.

Ironically, many of these ads promise to speed up a lagging computer that is infested with spyware — the very stuff that likely caused the barrage of pop-ups in the first place. Best not to go down that rabbit hole …

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