“Hi Wally, I am having problems with Pop-Ups and wondering how to fix it?” - Christopher L., United Kingdom
Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:
- Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
- Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
- Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.
Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.
Overview of Pop-ups
Pop ups are separate windows that emerge from an Internet browser and are used for a number of purposes. Some pop ups display information related to the site content, such as explanations for terms or other additional supporting information. Other pop ups may contain fields to input a user name and password to log in to a site where the user holds membership. These windows are typically smaller than a full size browser window, so they are easy to identify.
Many Internet users are probably most familiar with pop ups that contain advertising. While some pop ups require a user to click something to bring them up, pop up ads often appear simply once a user accesses a site. These can be commercial advertisements, though some sites use pop ups for internal advertisements as well, such as encouraging visitors to purchase a product or service.
Pop ups are relatively easy to create, are simple and effective and can be made to just about any size, so they have increased in popularity among site owners over the years.
What Problems are Associated with Pop-ups?
Many web site visitors find pop ups annoying, though it often depends on type of pop up in question. Pop ups that are necessary to the site, such as for log in information, are readily accepted. Advertising pop ups, particularly ones that appear automatically and contain heavy graphics, can be very annoying due to slowing down a user’s computer response time.
Computer users who are on dial up connections suffer from this more than others, but even some faster connections can be slowed down. Some pop ups are created to produce other pop ups, as soon as one is closed. These can be for relatively harmless reasons, such as asking a user “do really want to leave this page?”. They can also be harmful, as some pop ups simply keep appearing and continue to do so even after a browser is shut down.
In some instances, computer viruses and other malware can be the source of the same pop ups constantly appearing whenever the browser is opened. Fortunately, these malicious types of pop ups are quite rare, and most users will mostly encounter those that are quite benign.
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