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Beware: The “Pop-Up Window of Death”

You know the situation. You’re calmly surfing the web on your PC or laptop when all of a sudden a big pop-up window appears and a loud voice comes over your speakers warning you that your computer is dangerously infected with a virus or malware. There is just one problem…

Real anti-virus/anti-malware programs do not operate like this. They do not take over your computer with loud voices or screens you cannot close.

Your computer IS in danger – but from the source of the pop-up.

If you get one of these pop-up warnings, here are some steps to remember:

1.) Do NOT click anywhere on the pop-up window

2.) Do NOT take any action the pop-up window is urging you to take (like call a toll-free number)

3.) If possible, immediately closer your web browser.

4.) If that’s not possible, reboot your computer immediately

5.) If all that fails, get your computer to an authorized repair center as soon as possible.

Is There Gold in Your Attic?

Everybody thinks they got some treasure stashed somewhere - in the attic, down in the baseball or in the closet where old photos and more are lurking. But the truth is all that's old is not necessarily gold. Don't let Antiques Roadshow put dollar signs in your eyes.

Here's what's hot and what's not in the world of collectibles:

Read more: Is There Gold in Your Attic?

Escaping the Tax Man

Baby Boomers are rightfully concerned about not outliving their financial resources. One of the most vexing is taxes. Here are the states where your tax bite may be less painful:

Alaska & New Hampshire: These states collect no tax on sales, income or Social Security.

Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming: No taxes on income, Social Security or pensions.

38 States and Washington, D.C.: Do not tax income from Social Security

Many states have other taxes, such as on interest and dividends, sales taxes and high property taxes, so consult your financial advisor before making any final decisions.

When's the Best Time to Take Social Security?

Money experts agree, the longer you can wait before starting to takew Social Security beneits the better off you'll be.

If you can afford, wait until the maximum age of 70 (when you must start receiving your benefits). Your payout will be 76% higher than if you had started drawing them at the minimum age of 62.

Need Quick Cash?

While most of us live on a budget, there are those emergencies that require cash quickly.

Here are a few ways to raise extra money in a hurry:

Sell Your Old Stuff: Not only can you get extra dough, you're also reducing clutter. Most of us know about Craigslist, but there are also new mobile apps that allow you to list what you want to sell for free. Those include LetGo and OfferUp.

Join a Focus Group: Helping market researchers by participating in a focus group can put $50 to $250 in your pocket for up to two hours of your time. To be considered for a focus group, check online for companies like Schlesinger Associates or Fieldwork.

Access Your Life Insurance: Many life insurance policies has investment components that lets you borrow or withdraw cash. But make sure you check with your financial advisor because policies differ. Some may require you to repay the money at a later date and withdrawing money from others may lower that policy's death benefit.

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