How protect yourself from unwanted pop-ups?


There are two programs on my computer that I can't find a way to delete. Pop up Killer and search the the the web takes ocver as my default browser and also puts a bar at the bottom of my screen. I go to unistall programs but can't see them there. I beleive these two programs are the source of alot of pop ups and hate and discontent for me...thank you


This question was answered on October 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Install a popup blocker

The Pop-up Blocker is a new feature in Internet Explorer This feature blocks most unwanted pop-up windows from appearing By default, the Pop-up Blocker is turned on When the Pop-up Blocker is turned on, the automatic and background pop-up windows are blocked, but the pop-up windows that are opened by a user will still open in the usual manner


How to turn on the Pop-up Blocker

Note By default, the Pop-up Blocker is turned on You may only have to turn it on if it is turned off.

The Pop-up Blocker may be turned on in the following ways:

• When you are prompted

• On the Tools menu

• From Internet Options

When you are prompted

You can turn on the Pop-up Blocker when you are prompted to do this before the first pop-up window appears.

On the Tools menu

To turn on the Pop-up Blocker on the Tools menu, follow these steps:

1 Click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Internet Explorer

2 On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Turn On Pop-up Blocker

From Internet Options

To turn on the Pop-up Blocker from Internet Options, follow these steps:

1 Click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Internet Explorer

2 On the Tools menu, click Internet Options

3 Click the Privacy tab, and then select the Block pop-ups check box

4 Click Apply, and then click OK

To clear your computer of adware, spyware, and many other pesky programs, use a free

anti-spyware utility like PepiMK Software's Spybot Search & Destroy or Lavasoft's

Ad-aware 6.0 In fact, you may have the best results if you use both, since neither is

likely to catch every malicious application installed on your PC Neither program detects

or removes viruses, so you'll still need to use a good antivirus program, such as

Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2003 ($50; $15 annual renewal fee)

You can avoid installing unwanted software by being choosy about the free programs you

download, and by understanding your browser's security settings Removing adware and

spyware can be tricky, but several free utilities detect and remove hundreds of known


Once you've cleansed your PC of unwanted programs, you can keep it clean by avoiding

spyware-laden downloads and by upping your browser's security settings to avoid

"drive-by" installations Internet Explorer is the main target of most of these, and its

default setting (Medium) will prevent automatic installations of most Web-based adware

and spyware

To check your browser's settings in IE, select Tools, Internet Options, click the

Security tab, and choose the Internet zone Make sure that the security level setting is

at Medium or higher In AOL 8.0, which uses IE to display pages, choose Settings,

Preferences, click the Internet Properties (WWW) link, then select the Security tab, and

choose the Internet zone to access the same settings options as IE

Also install a firewall, like ZoneAlarm to control what goes in and out from your



Update your system files using Windows Update

In Windows XP Home Edition, you must be logged on as a computer administrator to install

components or modify Automatic Updates settings In Windows XP Professional, you must be

logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group If your computer

is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing

this procedure.

Windows Update is a catalog of items such as drivers, security fixes, critical updates,

the latest Help files, and Internet products that you can download to keep your computer


Open Windows Update in Help and Support Center

On the Windows Update home page, click Scan for updates

Click Yes when prompted to install any required software or device drivers


Windows Update scans your computer for outdated system files and lets you replace them

with the most recent versions

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Posted by gilbert of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 23, 2004