There's a new look for pop-up ads. Words in green lead to a pop up on your screen. Hit the X to get rid of it or avoid them all together. If you use Internet Explorer, click on "Tools", "Internet Options", "Security", "Restricted Sites in Internet Explorer 8" then block these: "*.vibrantmedia.com," "*.intellitxt.com" and "*.kontera.com." Firefox users need the BlockSite add-on . Everyone else can use a free OpenDNS account.
If you're on Facebook, Farmville and Mafia Wars dominate your news feed. They are popular games but that doesn't mean you have to read about your friend having too much squash. Two tools can help you strip your Facebook of the unnecessary. Firefox users have Facebook Purity, everyone else can use Facebook Lite.