Jun 11

Blocking Spyware and Adware 3

While there are some people who like seeing these ads, the majority of people prefer to have the option of choosing the ads they look at.  Again, they want to search for information, not have stuff they are not interested in at a shoved in their face.

Since I am totally allergic to caffeine, there is no way I want to see dozens of Pepsi ads when I download a free copy of the latest Rhianna video, or endless offers for work at home schemes, supposedly free trips, or endless Obama vs McCain surveys (they are BOTH losers!)

This is where adware blockers come into play. These blockers are programs which have been created to stop adware programs from being displayed on our screens even when we are not connected to the internet.

With these programs you will be able to set your computers system settings to intercept these programs before they ever even have a chance to get activated, and potentially not only halt you, but act as the delivery mechanism for spyware or other malware (which as the name suggests, has a bad intent).

Certain computer browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox have tried to block pop ups and other ads and scripts that they think might cause potential damage to your computer, and by all means, you should enable them.

But often they can get in the way of your searching, and be rather buggy and unreliable. My latest version of Firefox would not let me turn it off no matter what I did, and then it would not let me access sites I really did want to see the pop ups for.

IE 7 is similarly unpredictable, but the settings on it can be adjusted to different security levels as compared with Firefox.

It also has to be said here that we are mainly talking about PCs. Thus far, Macs don’t seem¬† to be subject to the same sorts of attacks, spyware, adware, and other malware as the PC.

In the next part of this article we will discuss popular spyware and adware blockers for the PC, and some things to watch out for when choosing and using them.

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