Pop-ups are not just annoying. They can be a sign of intrusive spyware or even malware (also known as trojans, virus, worms). As you surf on the Internet and get pop-ups it may seem that all of these ads are coming from somewhere on the Internet outside of your computer. The truth is some may be coming from your own system!
Take a look at my Add/Remove Programs list.
This is a list of all the adware I have on my system. To get to your own Add/Remove Programs list go to Start | Control Panel | Add/Remove Programs.
If your list of programs looks like mine, you may want consider removing some of them.
How can you tell Malware/Spyware/Adware from the software you need?
Many times you can not. If you are uncertain about an application do not remove it. Here are some ways that you can tell what to remove:
1) Adware Keywords: Webenhance, web optimize, surf, internet optimizer
2) When ads pop up read the borders. Many times you’ll see the name of the company or application that is serving the ads. Many times that same name will be in the Add/Remove Programs list
3) Type the name of the Add/Remove Programs listed into Google or Yahoo!
4) Look in the Task Manager. Adware applications are often resource hogs. You can use Task Manager to look at what applications are taking up most of the resources Removing Adware.
Always try and uninstall the applications if it will allow you.
Don’t use Internet Explorer < 6.0 with service pack 2 (check your Internet Explorer by clicking Help | About Internet Explorer)
Do not surf the Internet as the Administrator of your computer (create accounts, make limited account with no admin priviledges that you surf from, if you have to download log on as the admin to do it)
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