As a regular user of netTrekker, you have probably become accustomed to quick and efficient web surfing. You know that you can get the reliable information you’re looking for quickly. But every once in awhile, when you go to a site from a Search Result, you encounter ads; ads in a resource and pop-up ads, annoying little browser boxes that spontaneously appear on top of or under websites, and clog computer bandwidth.

Why Ads Exist

Unfortunately, ads will not stop of their own accord because no matter how irritating they are to most Internet users, they get noticed. And more attention adds up to more sales for the advertiser.

Content Team Policy on Ads

Advertisements are a fact of life for many good websites and web resources. The economic reality of the Internet demands that web publishers need to make money to continue to exist. Even educational sites, if they are not sponsored by colleges and universities, need to find ways to pay for their domain names and server space. We make every attempt to include only those sources that either have no ads, or at the very least, have control over inappropriate or obnoxious ads. A website that has no ads one day, however, might have them the next, as the site owner seeks ways to defer the costs of presenting valuable material.

For more information on how Learning Resources Content Collection is curated, see our Content Criteria.

What You Can Do About Ads

Fortunately, there are many Internet browsers and browser-based solutions that are free and at your disposal. Although we neither own nor endorse these software solutions, you may find them helpful:

  • Firefox (for Windows, Mac or Linux)
    Firefox is a full-featured, easy-to-use browser with comprehensive pop-up controls, tab browsing, and simple privacy and security controls. Check the Options section of Firefox for more detailed information on these features.
  • Internet Explorer (for Windows only)
    Internet Explorer turns pop-ups off by default, but users can turn the pop-up blocker off or choose to allow specific pop-ups. For more information about how Internet Explorer handles pop-ups, check here.
  • Safari (for Mac or Windows)
    Safari, which is the default browser for Macs, has been designed for speed and functionality. It offers a full selection of security features including a pop-up browser. For more information, check the security section on the Safari website.

More Information About Pop-Ups

Most browsers enable their users to turn off client-side or active scripting such as VBScript or JavaScript, which is the technology through which most pop-up ads are created. The biggest problem associated with this solution is that websites often use client-side scripting as well, so users might have to turn it back on to get the full use of those sites.

There are other pop-up ads of a more pernicious nature that infiltrate your computer unbeknownst to you as you view a particular site. The mere action of surfing the web can trigger automatic downloads onto your machine which then automatically connect to ad space in resources or spawn pop-up ads, regardless of what website you are on. The major browsers listed above are providing more and more features which will help you avoid many of these problems. Again, we neither own, partner with, nor endorse any of these solutions and provide information about them only as suggested solutions.

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