Be extremely cautious of free downloadable software…

I read this article and I thought you may be interested in reading it:

There are literally thousands of sites that offer cool toolbars, awesome cursers, and other appealing stuff to computer users. If you aren’t sure if you can trust the site or have no idea that it is safe, don’t download things from it.

What you are really doing is exposing yourself to spyware and possibly more. You can wind up downloading a lot more than just the program you thought you were.

BTW, Smart Bro isn’t spyware or ad-ware.

If you get e-mails containing links to get rid of spyware, ignore and delete them. These links will most like be the actual spyware itself that it is claiming to get rid of. If you think you may have spyware on your machine, go to a reputable site to get removal tools.

Make sure you have your browser preferences set to limit cookies and pop-ups.

Tip: Smart Bro Popup killer is active by default. If it’s not active, double click the popup killer icon in the status bar.

Usually the pop-up is activated by some active content or by scripting. Adjust your browser setting to reduce or prevent scripting or active content from happening. This can help curb and decrease the number of windows that pop-up unannounced.

Tip: In Smart Bro you can easily disable scripting on websites that show many annoying messages and popup’s by unchecking the “Enable Scripts” in the “Content” menu.

Most browsers and toolbars offer the option to block all pop-ups. This option is good but it will block even regular windows you have clicked on from coming up. All you would have to do is hold the control key while you click on the site you are trying to pull up. This will let the window come through.

Tip: In Smart Bro you can use ALT key instead of Control.

There are also some cookies that are considered spyware because they show what web sites you have been on. You can adjust your cookie setting to keep them to a minimum and can also go into your Internet options and delete them whenever you like. It is best to delete all your cookies once a day.

Tip: You can adjust Smart Bro to clean cookies upon exit. This can save you from periodically cleaning your hard drive from history files.

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

Tony Sticks
Mind Vision Software (MVS)

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