We have all gotten stuck on websites before. You visited a website and when you go to leave, a pop-up window comes up and it won’t let you close the site or even go backwards. The website tries to force you into clicking on the pop-up window.
Usually it is a “Do you really want to leave?” or “Click here to install our anti-virus program”. Here is the bad news. Clicking on the “accept”, “ok” or even the “no” or “cancel” button could be a security issue. It may install something that you don’t want. Also, clicking the red “X” on the popup window to close it may not work, or it may be the same as clicking “accept”. Yeah, I know, hackers and spammers are evil.
So what do you do? You can go down to the windows bar at the bottom of your screen, right-click on the internet explorer icon and click on “Close Window”. This works many times.
If this does not work, then you need to hit the “Ctrl-Alt-Del” keys on the keyboard all at the same time. Select “Task Manager”, then click on the “Applications” tab. Next find the line that shows the Internet Explorer page you are trying to close, and click on it once to highlight it. Finally click “End Task”.
It is unfortunate that you have to take so many steps to close a window . Not every pop-up windows on exit is bad. But spammers and hackers are taking every step that they can to trick you into installing their virus programs. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Until next time, surf safely!