While most of the blogs I read are hosted by Typepad, a few are Blogspot sites. And lately I’ve noticed that I can’t visit some of y’all without getting a TON of Flash-animation pop-up ads, despite the ad-blocking capabilities of my browser.
So I did a quick search and came up with this article. If you hate this stuff as much as I do, read it and then go get yourself some good anti-spyware software, because, well – you’ve got some spyware on your computer, whether you know it or not.
Oh yeah, and switch to Typepad.*
If that’s not an option – a few suggestions for the future:
- Never click "yes" or "accept" when you get a popup window that you didn’t expect. Close the window by clicking the X in the top-right corner (PC) or the red dot if you’re a Mac person.
- If you get a "phishing" email from a service that you use – Ebay, Paypal, Gmail, and so forth – asking to verify your information, just delete the thing. Trust nobody, I’m telling you!
- Use Firefox as your browser. Take advantage of its "block popups from this site" feature. It’s not foolproof, but every little bit helps.
- Did I say "trust nobody" already? Oh yeah, I did. Well, I meant it.
If you’re hosted by Blogspot and have no idea if you’re one of the afflicted, email me or leave me a comment. I don’t want to out you publicly, but I *do* want to help you fight spam and malware!
*This is not a paid endorsement. My love of Typepad is never-ending, and I will probably continue to sing its praises for a long, long time.