Stop Nasty PopUp ads?

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Damyanti L. from the United Kingdom writes:

" When I go on the Internet, there are some nasty ads popping up on my computer. I also have children using this system. Can you advise me on how I can stop these extremely rude pictures from popping up? Many thanks. "

My Response:

First of all, let me say that there are 3 types of "PopUp" advertisements that exist: Web PopUps, Spyware PopUps, and Messenger PopUps.

Web PopUps only occur when the browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc) is loaded. In contrast, Spyware PopUps can appear even if you aren't connected to the Internet or using a web browser. And finally, Messenger PopUps appear as text-based ads and pop up when you are connected to the Internet.

To cure Web Browser PopUps, you'll need a Browser PopUp stopper which is able to decline popups from a web site *before* they can be downloaded and viewed on your machine. I highly recommend and have been using PopUp Stopper Pro for over 2 years, and it has successfully squashed about 99% of all Browser PopUps that try to come my way, plus, PopUp Stopper Pro also stops Messenger PopUps. More details about PopUp Stopper Pro here:

PopUp Stopper Pro Review

As for Spyware advertisements: you'll need to scan your hard drives to remove any traces from your system.

I personally use Spy Sweeper because it stays quietly loaded in the System Tray and stops Spyware before it can install onto my system (plus it is able to scan even after a system has been infected). For more details, about Spy Sweeper, see:

Spy Sweeper Review

On a side note: Many users have emailed me to say that they use freeware Spyware removal tools (such as AdAware and Spybot S&D) to compliment Spy Sweeper's protection. Since each program uses a different Spyware detection database, a combined effort yields greater protection.

And, lastly: the best way to protect children against offending material is to actively monitor their Internet usage and make sure they aren't going to places they shouldn't be.

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