The Web makes our world simultaneously bigger and smaller. It's hard to imagine computing without a connection to the Internet, but it's also hard to forget all the annoyances that come along for the ride, such as pop-ups, spam, and droves of incomprehensible error messages.
Having access to the Internet opens your PC to a host of technological dangers; sometimes it's the dangers themselves that cause problems, while other times it's the programs designed to protect your PC (such as firewall software) that end up doing more harm than good. The fixes in this chapter will help you streamline your Internet experience without needlessly compromising your security.
For networking and wireless annoyances related to connecting to the Internet, see Chapter 5. For help with web-based audio and video, see Chapter 3.