The "pop-up blocker myth"

While A friend of mine was using his windows laptop, I noticed that there were Internet explorer windows popping up once in a while. And he would just close them or ignore them. It never occurred to him that those were Spy-wares or ad-wares and other Trojans (malware), which might be doing anything from capturing his keystrokes, to implanting backdoors for more adwares to occupy his machine.

I asked him to download and run Microsoft malware removal tool from Microsoft, and detected dozens of Trojans and malware. (Thank you Microsoft!)

Thinking about this I realize that there is a myth about "Pop-up-Blockers" - a misconception created by advertisements of ISPs or browsers. People think that pop-ups are some sort of pests inherent to using Internet. You need to buy XYZ or some pop-up-blocking service to get rid of them. They are like mosquitoes, you need some mosquito repellent stuff to get rid of them, but it is not much of a harm if you can live with them..

Searching for "pop up blocker" does show many advertisements that fuel this misconception.

Get the facts clear, if there are windows popping up - it means your system is hacked and something terribly bad has happened! and you should format your windows partition, either install something secure like Solaris or reinstall Windows, upgrade to latest patches..

BTW, notice the search results in google for "pop up blocker" there is a bug in google results. The very first hit does not even contain the words popup or blocker but gets ranked as number one hit!
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Posted by NETCOM3 on December 05, 2007 at 08:26 AM PST #

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