What causes pop-up adverts & notifications when on the internet?

That’s an easy one to answer: YOU.

Yes, you have ALLOWED particular websites to show you offers and notifications.

At some point when you first looked at a particular website, you clicked on the ALLOW option (see picture) which told the website or advertiser you were happy to receive these pop-ups.

This is not related to Cookies, which is something different, which will appear in a different location, and you do want to ALLOW Cookies. Yes, I know, it’s very confusing.

And there you have it! It’s all CONFUSING. This is what the marketeers are utilising now, that uncertainty we all have about what is good and what is bad.

Suffice to say, if you see a box like the one in the picture, click on BLOCK. Just BLOCK.

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Which Internet Browser to use?

Internet Explorer:

This is due to be retired by Microsoft next summer. However, it is very much a dead duck already, with many websites not accessible while using it. Time to stop using it.

Microsoft Edge:

The replacement for Internet Explorer. Works well, but the home page puts people off, as who wants all those images? Plus, it uses Microsoft Bing as the search engine, while many people prefer Google search. Quite like the “Collections” feature in this. If you can get the home page changed to Google, it’s worth giving it a go.

Google Chrome:

A favourite with so many for so long. It works. It has Google Search. Need I say more?

Mozilla Firefox:

For the adventurous. It’s always been a poor relation to the other browsers, but if you can get your head around it, then it is actually has some clever features, provided you sign up to be part of their family!

AVG Secure Browser:

No, no, no. Stop using it. You do not want your activity monitored and influenced by a company in the Czech Republic.

Safari:

You are on a Mac user and, in their world, Safari is king.

Which one do I use?

I switch between Google Chrome and Edge, mostly as these are the two most popular with my customers and I need to know each of them. By choice I would probably use Edge, with the home page set to Google. I do occasionally use Firefox, just to see how it behaves on certain web pages.

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Windows 11 – What you need to know

Windows 11

Microsoft made a big thing about Windows 10 being their last version of Windows. The truth is the Windows 10 we use now looks markedly different to what was first released in 2015. Nevertheless, it is confusing that they have announced the launch of Windows 11 and an end of support for Windows 10 in October 2025. What does it mean for us, the end user?

Windows 11 will launch later this year, on a yet to be specified date. There will be the option to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 next year, BUT this will be based on the specification of the laptop or computer, which will allow only new equipment bought since 2019 to be upgraded (as a rough rule of thumb).

Windows 11 will look different to Windows 10, but still holds true to what we’ve seen before, with a Taskbar and Desktop icons. The ‘feel’ will be different, to set it apart from previous Windows versions, but the functionality should be pretty much the same.

A word of warning would be not to expect older pieces of equipment to work with Windows 11. Microsoft will not want to have to support too old a back catalogue of drivers, while the manufactures of things like printers and scanners will see it as an opportunity to have people buy new equipment.

To upgrade or not to upgrade will be the question. For many there will be no choice but to carry on with Windows 10. For others it will probably be a matter of timing in order that they get the full life expectancy out of their laptop or computer.

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