What do the experts say about it?
Wikipedia.org - "An advertising method where a banner will
pop up out of nowhere and onto your computer. A popup will sometimes pop over web
content to get it in your face, or perhaps trick you into clicking on it."
How does it get there in the first place?
Generally these are just irritating. They're pretty harmless usually, just trying
to attract you to betting websites or getting you to buy products at supposedly
discounted prices that won't last long. There's also a type of popup called a pop-under
ad, that loads behind your browser window so when you close it, the advertisement
is shown to you. Some even use "mouse trapping" techniques, which cause another popup to come up when you move your mouse over the first. You can get into a seemingly never-ending cycle of advertisements this way.
But how does this affect me?
This isn't the crime of the century, but why should you have to put up with ads
for products you don't want? Of course, it's not always just services like casinos,
you can get porn popups which, whether you want to see them or not, certainly don't
look good in your browser's history!
Get it Sorted
Popups aren't a threat to your personal information but why put up with them when
there's a number of escapes?
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