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how to know if website ads are not affecting your pc?

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if a website is heavy of advertisement, should that be a concern for your pc (from malware/spyware perspective)?

case in point: israelnationalnews.com

is it possible to look at source code and figure this out.?

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by:John Hurst
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website is heavy of advertisement, should that be a concern for your pc

YES. YES.  Don't click on links you don't understand. This is how viruses get into computers. Users are never hapless victims; rather they click on links that say "Free, I can help, you need to know" etc. Social Engineering is very heavily used sites that have a lot of advertising.

Of course, some advertising is normal and fine. But the more there is, the more likelihood of a nefarious link even in a "good" site. I keep watch and keep my distance. And so to answer the obvious, no, I do not get viruses.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I agree with John.  I use Avast and it will block known bad web sites and javascript malware.  But the number 1 thing is Don't Click all those links!!
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25112 --
I agree with all of the above.  If you want to test the likelihood of link leading to malware, right click on the link|Properties and copy what is in the Address  line.  Past that into http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/ for analysis whether that is probably safe or not.

"is it possible to look at source code and figure this out"
Well, at that point you are on the site, and it is too late.
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by:Natty Greg
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I agree with all above, a good malware scanner and comodo in paranoid mode will help, prevent these things from infecting your computer.
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by:Pramod Ubhe
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also a good practice is that use private browsing for unknown sites.
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thanks all...
I used http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/  and it said the website is clean. it is like bbc.com (news media) but seems like lot of ads. If I don't click on any of the ads, will I be ok then? or should I just avoid the site because I feel it is too much of ads? ( I feel IE takes a few seconds to load it every time and sometimes IE has crashed).
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25112--
"If I don't click on any of the ads, will I be ok then?"

I would think so.
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ok- thanks..

but in general, if a webpage causes system to freeze or browser to close, is it more of a PC issue (not being resourceful enough) or website issue?
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25112--
That is too broad a question.  It depends on the circumstances.  For instance (and I think you would call this a PC issue) there are times when a file from another program causes IE to close because of a conflict.
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@25112  - Thank you and I was happy to help. Good luck with the websites you use.
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