Friday, 07 April 2017 14:33

Searching the Internet; things to know


EVELETH – You want to research something, but not sure what to do—or even if you do know how to search the Internet—there are a couple of things people should pay attention to.

Search engines like Google, Bing and MSN (which uses Bing) are the most popular ways to search the Internet and get results that might be beneficial. However, they also have results that are not so good. You really need to be careful when searching the Internet so that you don’t allow malware or spyware onto your computer.

Here are a few of the things that we suggest:

Don’t search “free” unless you have a good idea what you are trying to find. Many free programs come with malware in addition to the software that you like. When installing this, you are giving permission for the software to make changes to your computer, in return probably getting more and more malware and possibly viruses.

46p2.preview Searching the Internet; things to knowThis is an example of a scam pop-up. Do NOT call the number listed. Submitted photo.Don’t click on advertisements. When you click on advertisements, you don’t always get what you expect. Do you remember the article we wrote about pop-ups on your computer? Well, we have recently found a way where I get this pop-up nearly every time I try. It has been this way for at least the past two weeks, probably longer: 

• Using the MSN search engine, I search for Facebook (like many people do). 
• I then click on the first item in the search results. However, this is not the actual search result, it is an advertisement. So far nearly every time I click on an advertisement for Facebook, I have pop-ups come up saying my computer is full of viruses, Windows 7 is expired, or others. 
• I strongly suggest against choosing the advertisement. 
• Either choose the organic result below the advertisement or type “” in the web address bar.

If you know the website address you are trying to go to, you should type it directly into the web address bar. This reduces the chances of getting a pop-up like this on your machine.

On a different note, if you receive one of these pop-ups on your computer, DO NOT call the number. As long as you don’t let them on your computer, you should be fine. I can’t stress this enough. If you are unable to do anything, you can either power off the computer by holding the power button until it shuts off or try to kill the browser using the Task Manager.

If you right click on an open area of the task bar at the bottom of the screen and then open Task Manager, you should see a list of programs/processes running. Find the browser you are using (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, etc.) and right click on that, then choose “end task.”

When you then open your browser up again, the pop-up should be gone. Also, be sure to NOT restore the tabs that didn’t shut down properly. If you restore them, you will get the pop-up again.

If you let someone on your computer, you should have it cleaned up afterwards—they might have installed viruses or malware. Many times if you refuse to pay what is demanded by way of the virus or malware, they will password protect your computer so you are unable to get onto the computer. We have a pretty good success rate at getting past these passwords, but you just never know with computers.

Dustin Miller is a general partner of Cold Snap Technology in Eveleth, MN. Cold Snap Technology can be reached at 218-744-1210


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