One of our members recently contacted me very annoyed that pop up ads were being displayed here on Brown Cafe. I can understand why he was annoyed, I hate those ads. The problem is that this site doesn't display them. The popups were being generated by an adware infection on his computer. Just in case this is happening to anyone else here I thought I'd post a links to free resources that I use to maintain our home computers: Ad-aware - With the ability to scan your RAM, Registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data-mining, advertising, and tracking components. Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Their immunize feature is very good. I don't recommend that you install their teatimer feature, it's overkill and becomes really annoying. Windows Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Trend Micro Housecall is a free online application for checking to see if your computer is infected by viruses, spyware or malware. For an anti virus I use NOD32 by Eset. It's unobtrusive, efficient and very powerful. For years I had used Norton and had never realized how much of a resource hog it was. My computer is much faster without it.