"...any ad has the potential to direct you to a harmful site."
The bottom line is this; any ad has the potential to direct you to a harmful site.
Here are some simple questions to ask yourself when considering clicking an advertisement
on this* or any other website.
1. Is the ad trying to scare me?
This is the most important question. If the ad is telling you that it detected
ANYTHING, then don't click on it. Any ad claiming to have detected viruses or general
performance issues is just trying scare you into clicking the ad and installing
their software. Just don't do it. There is not a single ad out there that can detect
the performance of your system, nor detect the presence of any type of mal-ware
2. Is the ad content clear and consise?
If it is unlcear what the ad is about, you may want to ignore it. Ads with just
a picture and no text may or may not be harmful. The exception to this might be
a well known logo. Another thing to avoid are ads with buttons or links that simply
say "Download NOW!" or "Play this game!", or any other such directive with no obvious
topic or content. Clicking on ads such as these can subject you to unwanted programs
being installed on your system.
3. Is it relevant to me?
This one is easy. If the advertisement has nothing to do with you and your interests,
just don't click on it.
4. Am I familiar with the advertiser?
Another easy one. If the advertiser is well known, it should be safe.
5. Is the ad offensive?
If you see an offensive ad on GooeyPC.com, we sincerely apologize and we also ask
let us know
right away so we can consult with the ad provider to have the ad removed from our
*The plain truth.
Third party managed advertisements means GooeyPC.com does not personally select
the advertiser or content of the ad. Although we request a particular relevance,
there is no guarantee that all ads displayed will be relevant to the site. Because
of this, we cannot predict what types of ads you will see.
Following the above guidelines when surfing ANY website will help avoid things like mal-ware and viruses.