If your browser displays unwanted and wrongly placed ads such as an adult website ad on a website for kids or showing an ad where it simply cannot appear like on a government website then this means trouble.
Such unwanted ads sometimes contain hidden software, which often are malicious or infected with malware which can steal your passwords stored in your browser or direct to scammy websites.
Such malicious software can also cause following problems:
Slow down your PC, make your computer crash abruptly, change your security settings, without your permission, of course, make the system vulnerable to all sorts of viruses, insert inappropriate ads and scams into your browser and in some cases it becomes impossible to get rid of the software.
In case your PC is showing any or all of these symptoms, you need to immediately delete the malware.To do this, check if your browser or security software is equipped with necessary tools to eliminate the malware and restore factory settings.
If this isn’t workable then it would be better to seek professional help.
Moreover, the following tips must always be remembered to prevent infected ads from appearing on your screen:
1 Always download well-known software from authentic platforms and avoid third party software.
2 Refrain from visiting websites that offer loads of software like browsers, PDF readers and free software because these would most probably be infected with malware.
3 While installing new software, always carefully read every screen that appears when you install new software and if you do not recognize any program or are asked to install Bundle software, simply hit Exit and quit the installation.
4 Never pay attention to pop-ups or banner ads even if they promise to enhance the performance of your PC because these legitimate looking banner ads about computer health actually are most malicious.
5 Always install security software on your computer and set it on an automatic update so that it could prevent your system from the latest malware on the Internet.
6 In order to protect yourself from malware do not download attachments from an unknown email, if downloaded, do not open them and immediately delete them.
Federal Trade Commission has released a guide on protection yourself from malware. Stay safe!