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People Not Aware of Popup Dangers

Do You Click on Popups?

Since I use a Mac, I find it hilarious when a Windows-themed popup makes it through my blocker. Like, duh – I'm not clicking "Yes" to that! But a recent study shows that not everyone is so popup savvy. Turns out, lots of people are unaware that popups could crash your computer with a virus, and most people actually click through pop up boxes just to get them out of the way.

When a group of 42 college students were asked to load a series of medical websites that were secretly rigged with fake popups (like the one seen above), over half of them clicked through the dialogue boxes by hitting "OK" and nine of them just moved the box out of the way, saving the potential trouble for later. I thought everyone knew that popup boxes were a dangerous surprise and to never click "Yes" or "OK" on anything, but apparently I was a little off!


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simplysteen simplysteen 8 years
they are annoying!
hanabanana723 hanabanana723 8 years
I love how firefox defaults to blocking all popups, but you can see just one screen if you need to without changing all the settings.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
no I dont, I close them if they make if past the blocker
Maleficium Maleficium 8 years
Using Linux it's also pretty amusing to see a windows pop-up.
xojennifer xojennifer 8 years
My mommy always told me not to click on them :) my mommy was the first computer geek I ever met haha :)
eLdanae eLdanae 8 years
Popups? What popups? LOVE my Mac
BostonChick BostonChick 8 years
Like many, I'm on firefox so I don't get them very often. I've never been one to click on them or ads on websites. Can't be too careful now-a-days.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
nope - i do not click on popups at all. i have to agree with the mac comment. i have one at home and i ALWAYS laugh when the popup looks like it's for a pc...or a window's supported computer.
stone_soup stone_soup 8 years
I chose 'Popups? What are popups?' because I'm using Firefox. And I'm glad to say I have absolutely no problems with popups appearing.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 8 years
Yeah, I have Firefox. And it kicks butt at blocking those stupid things. But sometimes there's one or two that gets through. Disguised as something else or whatever. I don't even bother clicking out of them. Ctrl+Alt+Del = Task Manager. And just end them all. Just to be safe.
foxie foxie 8 years
I've gotten a couple that will start to open or run something even when I click the X or the "No" button... what am I supposed to do with those? =(
Dollylo Dollylo 8 years
I close them as soon as they appear! ;)
gemsera gemsera 8 years
Ive always been a PC until recently, so you tend to learn between a real pop up (which I always click OK to or cancel, TBH its so ingrained I dont know what I click) and the virus/website popups. I cant believe people still click them though. Dont seem to get any at all on my mac, but I use opera so... and I dont go to dodgy websites!
KaiaBlackthorne KaiaBlackthorne 8 years
I close them immediately, but then again I use Firefox... so I don't normally have that problem!
JustBekky JustBekky 8 years
And another Mac user said, "Amen!" XD
eveday eveday 8 years
I close them right away.
springfieldrocks springfieldrocks 8 years
i know they teach us "how to use computers" in school, but they really need to start teaching folks to stay away from crap like this. not only popups specifically, but to watch out for things happening to your computer that are not actually user driven. my 2nd pc doesn't have any protection at all, simply a once a week scan for viruses and adware. the only things i ever pick up are basic cookies - because i've learned how to surf the web like an adult. unfortunately, most adults (and not) are not taught basic web strategy and so they suffer...and then i get called to fix it lol
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 8 years
Certain codec can get past the best built-in popup blockers in your browser. As a Mac user, I can definitely spot those silly Windows-looking popups, but I was able to identify them when I used Windows as well -- after I learned about spyware the hard way, that is.
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
Never but quite sometimes when I'm trying to close them, I accidentally click on it. They are virus and spy so nobody should open it.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
isn't this what popup blockers are for?
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I'm guessing if someone is not informed enough to know not to click on a pop up, they can't admit they have done it. This poll might be skewed ;-)
angelinemarie angelinemarie 8 years
stargazer25 stargazer25 8 years
Pop-up blocker!! Firefox was one of the first browsers to do it and I heart firefox.
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Haha, I'm the same way. I use a Mac too, so I do find it funny when those windows pop up!
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