Although ads are the source of revenue for a website they can also serve as a source for problems on your PC. The people who purchase ads with the intent of causing harm are very creative and very persuasive in their ads. Unfortunately it isn't always possible to distinguish the normal advertisers from the bad ones. For safety reasons I recommend two things. Using an alternate browser, Firefox or Chrome, and installing an ad-blocking plug-in. By doing these two things the risk of running into an accidental infection is dramatically decreased, unless you have dramatically poor browsing habits.
So which of the two browsers should you install? If you already have one of these browsers then skip ahead to step 6. It probably doesn't matter, I use Firefox and it has worked well for me and the plug-ins I prefer to install. How do you install one or both of these browsers? Let me show you how by using this wonderful tool put together at ninite.com, since this is a blog for PC users it will work only on Windows. In the picture below you will see the website, which is free for home users to use, and you will see the boxes you need to check. You will need to check the box for the browser(s) you want to download and install. I recommend using this method since it installs the browser in a more seamless manner. Look forward to a post on this website in the future.
Go to www.ninite.com and mark the box next to the browser(s) you wish to install.
After marking the box(es) for the browser(s) you wish to install you should look for the blue button further down on the page that says "Get Your Ninite" and click on it
Next click on the arrow next to the button that says save at the bottom of your Internet Explorer window or make sure you check the downloads folder in file explorer.
Open the downloads folder and double-click on the Ninite installer you just downloaded. I selected both browsers so the name of my installer will be different unless you have selected both browsers.
Run the installer and as soon as it is finished it will say OK. In my case both browsers are already installed and up to date. You'll notice that running the installer also updates any installed application if it isn't already, another fun fact for that future blog post on this website.
Now you will install Adblock Plus or uBlock Origin on the browser of your choice. Adblock plus may be more user friendly to some, both are effective and you should only use one or the other NOT both. The directions for firefox are going to be the same for both plug-ins.
For Firefox perform a search for Adblock Plus or uBlock Origin and look for their respective links with the following keywords and look.
For Chrome users look for the following links.
Click on the appropriate link for Firefox and you will see the following pages depending on the plug-in you are installing. Then click on the button to add to Firefox. Then click on the "Add Extension" button.
Click on the appropriate link in Chrome and you will see the following page(s) depending on the plug-in you are installing. Then click on the button to add to Chrome.
You should see the following windows in Firefox as soon as your plug-in is installed.
You should see the following windows in Chrome as soon as your plug-in is installed.
You are now ready to browse with a very significant reduction in ads! Not all ads are blocked and I would recommend disabling these plug-ins only on websites that perform a critical function such as a bank or insurance provider. The reason you would disable ad-blocking is so that you can use these websites to their full potential. Pop-ups are often blocked by these plug-ins and you may not be able to use these important website correctly with your chosen plug-in enabled. Also, if you noticed that in Chrome ads still play on Youtube that is because the Youtube app is being used for that browser. Look for a future blog post on how to remove the Youtube app on Chrome so that ads do not play while watching Youtube videos.
If you have any questions about how to use your browser with this plug in enabled let me know! I want to help you have a safer and more enjoyable browsing experience.
Author - Nathan
I have worked with computers and technology for over nine years now. I enjoy tech almost as much as I enjoy my wife and kids.
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