Information on Pop-Ups
Pop-ups are windows, mostly advertising different products, that
appear when the user views a web page. The windows vary in size,
shape, irritation, and content. Some of these advertisements just
pop up in a small window, while others may take up the whole screen.
Pop-ups can come in many guises. Some have animation with bright
flashing icons and pictures, some cause the user to lose control
of the browser being unable to navigate back or forward, yet others
when closed will open many other pop-up windows and sometimes cause
the computer to lock up.
Some pop-ups, carrying ‘Trojans’ can install programmes
that cause the computer to become a pop-up distributor. Another
type of pop-up is a pop-under. A pop-under opens inconspicuously
behind the original window leaving the window unseen until the user
has closed the original window.
The idea of these sneaky, offensive, and invasive advertisements
are to frustrate the user causing them to read and click on the
link to the advertised product. Pop-ups are created by a variety
of different product companies or websites. Some examples of pop-up
ads include: credit cards, electronics, porn sites, and casinos.
Yet another source of pop-up advertising comes from within your
PC, in the form of ad-serving programmes on your hard drive, sometimes
called Adware or Spyware. These apps
can install on your system without your knowledge when you download
certain free software or when you visit some Web sites.
Not only are pop-up ads annoying, but they steal bandwidth from
your other legitimate downloads!
The best way to avoid pop-ups is to go to websites that do not utilize
pop-ups. Rather than be limited to a few websites, many users instead
choose to install a small programme called a ‘pop-up
stopper’. These programmes, downloaded from the Internet
and often for free, automatically close pop-up windows when encountered.
Many different programmes are available and can be found by typing
“pop-ups” in any Internet search engine. Virus
checking is also essential for avoiding more malicious pop-ups.