So how do you stop all this? There are pop up blockers and security programs out there - and these are a MUST!!! If you don't have either of these please contact me and I'll help get you situated. But there are still risks out there and still plenty of advertisements. So what's the next step? use your HOSTS file. "I didn't even know I had a HOSTS file." That's okay, most people don't. In fact it really isn't even used by most computers anymore - but it's still there waiting for you to unlock its power.
Basically this file on your computer is a list of websites that your computer is not allowed to visit. If you opened up the file and added an entry for the infamous site geeksquad.com you would no longer to be able to visit the Geek Squad site. not hat you ever should go there anyway - there are much better places to get your computer fixed - hint....hint....hint.
By adding known advertisement sites and providers to the HOSTS file you can block those advertisements that fill up space on the right side of many websites. As an added benefit you can even block the commercials in many of the videos you watch - Score!! You can also add that are known to carry viruses and other malicious software.
So how do you edit this file, and how do you know what sites to put in? the MVPS site has created a handy tool to make the changes automatically. The file can be downloaded from here. Just download the folder and double click on the "mvps" file.
I do recommend reading through the MVPS site to get more information on what they are doing - and also make sure you know how to change the HOSTS file back to normal - see this Microsoft article. as MVPS said, "Simply using a HOSTS file is not a cure-all against all the dangers on the Internet, but it does provide another very effective 'Layer of Protection'."
Try it out and see if it works well for you!
Check below for a list of pros and cons to using this method of protection.