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How malicious ads on websites can harm your computer or device

As a tech support person, I frequently get calls from people who have an unexpected suspicious message showing up in their web browser. The message might state that their computer is infected or needs an update. Sometimes a phone number is displayed and the person is urged to call the number immediately.

The video below shows how this problem happens and offers some suggestions on avoiding it, such as using ad-blocking software like Adblock Plus. The example provided in the video was recorded on 29 Feb 2020 from the New York Times website.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com

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