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Is there any way that I can block a website that has started appearing unprompted on my computer?

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I have been attacked by some kind of adware. I keep having tabs pop up when I am not even at my computer. Is there a way to block specific sites?

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Safe browsing requires vigilance, and this includes making sure you have programs installed on your computer to protect you online, and that they are regularly updated.

Steps to take:

  • Updating everything can be time-consuming, and if you're not sure what to do, use a program like Secunia's Personal Software Inspector (PSI) to help automate the process of updating all software on your computer.
  • Make sure Windows Update is turned on and set to automatic.
  • Always run antivirus software -- there are many free programs from vendors like Avast, AVG, TrendMicro, etc.
  • Make sure your Windows firewall is on (if you are not using a replacement firewall, if so, keep that one up to date).
  • Make sure your browsers are the latest versions.

Once you get everything up-to-date, then install a couple of helpful add-ons to your new Firefox installation:

  • NoScript will only turn on scripting (automated web-page actions) for websites that you trust.

After you've updated everything and have your new add-ons installed, you'll be safer on the web and should not be bombarded by adverts.