A reader wants help stopping unwanted spam:
“In a past article, you said you could find hidden files that were malicious. I would like to either find out (a) how to find and remove them or (b)have it done .
I am receiving a large amount of spam mail of late. I have tried unsubscribing, but then the volume increases. . I removed some 390 spam emails in the last two months alone. I get so many popup adv. I can’t figure out how to stop them. I am open to any suggestions/ instructions.”
An increase in pop-up ads online can be a sign of malware on your computer.
Any good third-party security software or the built-in Windows Defender program should be able to scan for malicious miles. Malwarebytes is also a great option to look for sneaky malicious files on your computer.
However, malicious programs on your PC are probably not behind your increase in email spam. I also have about that many emails in my Spam folder for the past few months. Spammers just keep on sending and sending and sending. None of us are really any particular target, they just use automated programs to send messages to every address.
My one question for you is, are these messages going into your spam folder? They should. If they are, I’d suggest just trying not to think about them. If they aren’t, try to mark as many of them as possible as spam. This helps teach your email what kinds of messages you consider to be Spam.