Ads Dangerous or Just Annoying?
Pop-up ads can definitely be
annoying for surfers, especially for those who did not have on a pop-up
blocker installed on their computer. but are they really dangerous? Sometimes
it's a matter of opinion, will other times they clearly are dangerous.
Pop-up ads that are advertising
something within the web site you are visiting, such as to sign up for
newsletter or join a message boards, are nothing more than annoying.
On the other side, there are
those pop-ups which are clearly designed to fool the surfer into thinking
they need to perform specific tasks to keep the computer safe. This could
include those that insinuate your computer has been hacked, or those pop-up
ploys that want you to download - however declining the download will
do nothing, it will repeatedly ask you to download until you either agree
or pull the plug of your computer.
the most malicious are the
ones that are associated with spy ware or ad where that is installed at
your computer. These pop-ups will appear regardless of whether you are
surfing on the Internet are not, and many of them will be clearly inappropriate
for a family audience.
So what can you do? Install
a pop-up blocker to prevent most web site pop-ups from appearing. And
if the source of the pop-ups espy where, you'll need to use a removal
tool in order to cease the pop-ups from appearing.
As you can see, not all pop-ups
are created equal. Some are harmless, some you may even find useful, while
some are clearly popping up with malicious intent.