Online advertising is what most of us would call ‘a necessary evil.’ Advertising is what lowers the cost of television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and surfing the web. Without advertising to pay the bills, everything on that list would cost more.
Yet, here we are moving rapidly into the 21st century and advertising scams have proliferated; a noxious disease which damages everyone connected to the internet. Three times in the past week I’ve browsed to a site that ran an unscrupulous ‘tech support pop-up‘ advertisement. Chances are good you’ve seen such ads or experienced one yourself while browsing various sites.
In this case, the ad pops up with a window that claims your computer has been infected with a virus, and gives you a number to call for assistance. Normally, I would simply close the pop-up ad and move on, but this one is so bad there’s almost no way to close the bouncing pop-up window which often locks up Safari.
How can you fix it? ScamZapper. It’s free and it does only one thing. It stops those annoying pop-up ads before you get annoyed.
Here’s one of the pop-up add scams that ScamZapper zaps.
If you’ve experienced any pop-ad scams that are similar you know how annoying it can be. On once occasion I was able to time Command-Q to quit Safari. On two occasions I had to Force Quit Safari and remove the history manually to prevent the pop-up from showing up again.
What ScamZapper does is monitor specific domains tied to the pop-up ads and prevent them from loading in Safari. The database of domains is updated often, too. An auto-update to the ScamZapper extension would be a big help. Still, ScamZapper is free and it works.