Pop up ads are advertisements for online services and 'pop-up' when a website is opened. Though they are meant for advertising purposes only, some may gather email addresses from the computer system. A user can choose to block pop-up ads
if they do not wish to see the advertisements or to protect the system from malwares
contained within the pop-ups. Latest versions of the internet browsers such as Internet Explorer have the option to block pop-up ads
. If the version of the browser installed does not have this option, there are pop-up blockers
that can be downloaded for free. Toolbars such as Google Toolbar and Yahoo Companion Toolbar
can also block pop-ups.
What are Pop-up Ads and how do I block them?
Pop-up ads (a.k.a popups) are windows that contain advertisements for various online services and usually show up when some websites are opened. They are meant to attract web traffic but can also collect email addresses for marketing purposes.
There are three common pop up types:
- 1. General browser pop-ups
- 2. Adware or Spyware pop-ups
- 3. Messenger Service advertisements
Pop-ups can become very irritating if they keep appearing each time you close them. Some users can end up with 10 popup browser windows from opening a single website. These pop-ups can also contain Trojans, worms or Malware that can seriously damage your computer system.
How to block pop-ups
There are ways to block stubborn pop-ups and prevent them from showing up while surfing the web.
Some toolbars come with this option and allow you to block general browser pop-ups from appearing. They are free to download on the following links:
Download Link: http://toolbar.google.com/T4/index_pack_xp.html
Download Link: http://www.brothersoft.com/wordiq-toolbar---free-popup-blocker-23154.html
Yahoo Companion Toolbar
Download Link: http://www.freepopupblockers.net/yahoo-companion.html
Recent Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers also allow you to block pop-ups but for those who do not have the new versions of these browsers, here is a list of pop-up blockers that you can download for free:
Download Link: http://www.panicware.com/product_psfree.html
Download Link: http://www.synergeticsoft.com/
Download Link: http://www.registry-cleaner.net/pop-up-blocker.htm
Download Link: http://www.alexa.com/site/download?p=old_link
Using a firewall
Messenger Service advertisements can be avoided by installing a firewall application or making use of your Windows XP Firewall. You can either download Zone Alarm, which is a firewall application, or enable the firewall in Windows XP (SP2) by:
- 1. Clicking on the Start menu and then "Run"
- 2. Enter the command Firewall.cpl
- 3. Activate this option by choosing On and clicking OK
This will block the ports required for Messenger Service data transmission.
Note: If you are using a third-party firewall
application, do not enable the built-in Windows XP firewall.
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