Quick Tips: Close pop-ups safely
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Quick Tips: Close pop-ups safely

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[ Background Music ] >> No matter how good your pop-up blocker is every so often one of these sucker slips through. No big deal. Right! I'll just click on the X right here and stop! I'm Tom Merritt for cnet.com. Here's a quick tip for how to close pop-up safely. You don't wanna click on that X because some nasty pop-ups may deliver malware to your computer no matter where you click even clicking the X to close the pop-up window. We know this because of the horror stories sent by users to Jessica Dolcourt at CNET's Download.com. Here's what to do to avoid the malware. Step one, read the cover of the hitcherhiker's guided galaxy. Step two, press control-shift-escape called the Windows task menu. Step three. In the application's tab, look for the title of the pop-up. If you're not sure, click the pop-up in the task bar, don't put the actual pop-up window then examine the title bar. You may need to close a few applications to narrow it down. Just remember, don't click the pop-up. Step four. Once you've identified the offending program, select it in a task manager and press end task. Hope that keeps you free of malware. Of course, you should always run anti-virus and anti-spyware. Get to CNETDownload.com to find and download our favorites. I'm Tom Merritt, CNET.com.

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