Stop and Close Popups Properly
Computer popup can bring spyware into your computer. What is a popup? A popup is a small window that opens when we click on a link on a website or sometime it opens automatically. Some websites are built for advertisement. As soon as we visit that site, it can throw a popup on our computer screen. There are links on some websites, which are usually attractive text or graphical banners. One example is, some websites have some text that state, "You are winner because you are visitor number xyz, click here to claim your prize". There is another way that can bring a popup and that is adware. An Adware is a special program developed for advertisement purposes. A spyware can activate an adware. Some adware programs are packaged in other applications. Many advertisers these days send links in emails (These type of emails are called Spam) and they force users to click on links and again when user click on links, popup windows opens one after the other.
Question arises how a popup can bring virus or spyware into your computer? Let me explain how it works. A small window may open automatically and ask you to click on "yes" or "no" accordingly or it may say download something from a website or some time it will ask you to set an unknown website as your home page with "yes" or "no" options. Be careful in such situations because when you click on "yes", your computer may go crazy.
You can install a good popup blocker to stop automatic popups, which may block popups from advertising websites. Always close popup windows by clicking on the red "X" sign on the top right corner of the window. Remember one thing some time the red "X" is a link to something else and as soon as you click on, it will install or open something else. Whenever you want to click on the red "X" always make sure that your mouse cursor remains an arrow when you click on it. If the mouse arrow change into a hand-shape cursor that means it is a link and never click on it.
Some popup windows have no red "X" on them. In that case you can open the task manager (by right clicking on task bar on the bottom of the screen) then click on application tab and then click on the program. Next click on the button in the bottom that says, "end task". Let me explain how you start task manager. If your press "ctrl" plus "alt" plus " delete" keys all at the same time then it will open task manager. The other way to open task manager will be to right click on the task bar (the blue line in the bottom of the screen) and click on task manager from the small menu, which will open it. This procedure could be different in different operating systems. The above procedure will work in Windows Vista, Windows 7,XP, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium and Windows 98.
If you follow the above instructions, you will never be a victim of virus attacks through popup windows. Don't forget when your computer gets a virus, you may not be able to use it properly or it may stop completely. Good luck. Happy and safe surfing.