Tech Tips

Don't Accept Offers of "Free PC Scans" That Pop up When You Use the Internet

Secure Computers LLC paid a $1,000,000 fine for offering "free spyware scans" that told users their systems had been infected with spyware, even if the system was clean. They are not the only ones doing this — when you surf the Web you are still likely to see pop-up windows like that. Some "scans" don't just give misleading results; they actually try to install unwanted software on your PC. Often the screen pop-ups only have a "scan" button and no "cancel" or "quit" option. In fact they could interfere with your PC no matter which of the buttons you choose. Be safe: close pop-ups like this by clicking on the X in the top right corner of the browser window. Better yet, use a pop-up blocker software