questionshow do i stop ads about my internet searching?

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quick & dirty = erase your cookies & google search history
low tech = ad blocker widget for firefox

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You should also be able to adjust your settings to only allow cookies from trusted sites, or none at all.

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For Chrome, I use three things. Adblock, Ghostery, and Disconnect.
For FF, Adblock+ and NoScript.

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You can download an run anti-spyware software that will delete advertising cookies and other harmful software. There are many good free options available that can be used. These will not prevent cookies and/or spyware from affecting your system but will remove items that are currently on them.

Without providing links software like Super AntiSpyware, Malwarebytes, Spybot Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware all have free to use software that in my experience work well at removing harmful web related products.

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thanks guys. i can't believe how bad this kind of thing has gotten. what if i'm buying a present for my wife, and she goes to use the computer next and see's all that? just seem like a massive breach of privacy. it sucks that we have to acutally go out of our way and fight to maintain any privacy anymore.

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A quick and easy program to do what @psumek said is called ATF cleaner. Runs right from the exe no need to install.
http://majorgeeks.com/downloadget.php?id=4949&file=15&evp=72ef5a5e927b2276e6a5bc34c89d005a

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@caffeine_dude: when I click the link, the site wants to download a file before I can even read what it is.
Not sure if I like that.

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You can open every IE session as "In-Private". It doesn't store cookies, etc. From an IE window, just press CTRL+SHIFT+P. It opens up a new session and when you're done, no one knows you were there.

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Firefox has a Start Private Browsing feature you can click on while it's running. I haven't used it, but it may do what you want.

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Clear your cache and cookies.

At some point you probably visited a site that was AC related and participates in one or more 3rd party advertising networks. That site gave you a cookie that drives ads to you whenever you visit another site that uses the same ad network.

I get the same thing anytime I vist Campmor. Until I clear my cache and cookies I will get camping ads nearly everywhere I go.

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Another option with Chrome: Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) and ⌘-Shift-N (Mac) to open an incognito window.

"Browsing in incognito mode only keeps Google Chrome from storing information about the websites you've visited. The websites you visit may still have records of your visit. Any files saved to your computer will still remain on your computer."

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What are you looking at?

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Internet Explorer (IE9) has built-in advert and tracking blocking if you turn it on.

Google apps and tracking is your issue, not simple advert blocking.

However,Woot and many others are built on a Google framework. So if you block all of Google apps you can't login to Woot anymore.

If you need details, let me know i'll put something down.

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Think of this as the national do not call list equivalent of behavorial advertising. This is offered by an advertising industry group.

"allowing consumers to "opt out" of the behavioral advertising delivered by our member companies. "

http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp

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If you use firefox, install the adblock plus plugin. Then you won't see the ads at all.