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Pop-ups, begone! How to kill those pesky ads
ZD Net's anchor desk | December 26, 2001 9:00 PM PT | C.C. Holland

Posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:21 AM PST by McGruff

Lately, I've gotten the feeling that my computer might be possessed. Why? Because it seems that every time I start a browsing session, extra windows either bloop into being--obscuring what I'm trying too look at--or sneakily slip under my open window, lurking there for me to discover later on.

What's worse, these unwanted windows can range from the merely annoying (no, X10, I wouldn't buy your miniature camera to spy on my nanny, even if I had one) to the downright blush-inducing. They slow down my work, cause distraction, and on occasion--when dozens of windows suddenly began exploding across my screen--have caused my system to freeze completely.

THE GOOD NEWS: no religious rituals are needed. My computer hasn't been taken over by a malignant force; it's just the online advertising industry trying to get its message across, albeit in a very annoying way. The bad news: I can't expect the onslaught to abate anytime soon.

I'm not alone in my angst. A recent report from Statistical Research showed that 62 percent of the folks surveyed felt strongly that pop-ups interfere with their Web activities; only half of the group had the same complaint about traditional banner ads. The ads are under fire from disability groups, who say they disrupt devices used by the blind to surf. Finally, pop-ups also clog bandwidth and can eventually lead to system crashes, which is one of the reasons a group of irate pop-up victims brought a class-action lawsuit (still unresolved) against America Online last year.

So why aren't advertisers cutting back? Because, unfortunately, pop-ups--also known in advertising parlance as interstitials--get noticed. Statistical Research's data says people are 50 percent more likely to notice a pop-up than a banner ad, and sites like Workz.com (which is aimed at helping small businesses), tout benefits like encouraging immediate action and targeting a desired user profile by using cookies.

ADD TO THAT the current down climate for online advertising, in which advertisers are willing to throw just about anything at readers in a desperate bid to get noticed (witness the creation of larger ad units, animated ads, and the like), and we're not likely to see the pop-up model wane anytime soon.

Does that mean you're stuck with them? Not quite. Your options range from venting about them to taking action against them in the form of software that blocks them from appearing. Where on the Web can you go to squash pop-ups? Here are some places to start.

Popups Must Die!. This UK-based site will allow you to rage about annoying pop-ups (although, ironically, clicking to the bulletin board actually spawned a pop-up ad...oops!, find out which sites are the worst offenders, and even find pop-up blocking software. While the site has much to offer, I must warn you that it seems a tad outdated--and it's likely some of the links will lead you to defunct pages.

PopUp Killer. Billed as "the original and most powerful popups-destroying machine ever created," this free program (which got a four-star rating from ZDNet) purports to close nasty pop-up windows before you even see them--and even removes the persistent GeoCities boxes. It works on the Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Opera, and NeoPlanet browsers. (Platforms: Windows 9x, Me, NT, and 2000.)

Pop-Up Stopper. This freebie from Panicware is aimed at Internet Explorer users, and says it saves bandwidth by preventing extraneous windows from even loading, let alone showing up. (Platforms: Windows 9x, Me, NT, and 2000.)

ZDNet Downloads' cream of the crop. ZDNet Software Library guru (and AnchorDesk columnist) Preston Gralla has handpicked a half-dozen top programs for you to choose from, including the aforementioned PopUp Killer and Pop-Up Stopper. Four are free for the downloading, while two others are shareware; all are designed for Windows 9x, Me, NT, and 2000.

Webwasher. If you're using a Mac, you might be feeling a little left out; indeed, almost all the pop-up killer utilities I found are earmarked for the Windows platform. But this handy program also comes in a Mac flavor and can eliminate pop-ups, filter unwanted banner ads, suppress script execution, and more. It's free for home or educational use.

Thanks to these resources, I think I can finally bid a less-than-fond farewell to my nasty pop-up demons.


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There have been some other discussions of pop-up ad killers but I thought this would be worth posting.
1 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:21 AM PST by McGruff
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To: McGruff
I use POW! (freeware) for popup ads. It works great. You can add new popup ads as they appear.
2 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:24 AM PST by Jean S
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To: McGruff
I may want to check on these.
3 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:25 AM PST by DWSUWF
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To: McGruff
Try Naviscope (free)...it works great.
4 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:25 AM PST by doctor noe
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To: McGruff
Pop-Up Stopper works ok for me but it won't distinguish between legitimate new windows and bothersome ones. If you enable it once the myriad of poppers start then you can back out of them without all that alt-control-del crap....

Just my 2 bits as a novice surfer.

5 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:25 AM PST by wardaddy
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To: JeanS
you know.I hate pop ups too..but right now they are what are keeping alot of websites running..did a little research pop up pays an average of $2 per 1000 versus the 75 cents per 1000 for normal ads..go ahead kill the pop ups...it will catch on and alot of your favourite website will go out of business soon.
6 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:26 AM PST by newsperson999
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To: McGruff
Try panicwares' Pop-up-stopper Here

It's free and it works.

7 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:26 AM PST by NY.SS-Bar9
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To: McGruff
In my Linux system I am using Opera 6.0 TP2 for ordinary browsing. It has the option of allowing you to accept pop-ups, reject pop-ups or to open opo-ups in the background.

You don't even see the ones opened in the background unless you bring the background window to the foreground. You can kill it without beinging it forward.

This whole idea of pop-ups is a feature for which you ought to be grateful to those nice people at Redmond.

8 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:26 AM PST by Clive
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To: McGruff
I use IE 6.0 and set my security settings to "HIGH". No more pop-ups. Simple, reliable and free.
9 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:26 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
bump for future reference
10 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:27 AM PST by NeoCaveman
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Do you know how to turn off java script (on a windows machine)?
11 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:27 AM PST by Askel5
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To: McGruff
Thanks for the post!
12 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:27 AM PST by k2blader
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To: newsperson999
..go ahead kill the pop ups...it will catch on and alot of your favourite website will go out of business soon.

Not one of my favorite websites use popups. You don't see popup ads on Free Republic and we're still going strong.

13 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:28 AM PST by Jean S
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To: JeanS
Yes free republic is great but I have a gut feeling they will loose the lawsuit. Also even if they don't alot of the smaller conservative sites rely on what little income those pop ups provide..such as Enter Stage right for example.
14 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:29 AM PST by newsperson999
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To: McGruff
The same annoying pop-ups appear on TV. Is there a way to kill these?
15 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:29 AM PST by duckman
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To: Askel5
Do you know how to turn off java script (on a windows machine)?

On Netscape go to edit...preferences...advanced...click off enable javascript. IE is the same with different terminology.

16 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:30 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Askel5
http://www.syix.com/support/StopJavaScript.htm
17 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:30 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: McGruff
Just disable Java.
18 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:30 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: McGruff
Hit CTRL W and the selected window (the one with the blue bar at the top) will close.
19 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:30 AM PST by OK
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To: JeanS
I have tried these, but I had a problem with them closing ALL dialog boxes, did you?
20 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:30 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Bump for later perusal.
21 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:30 AM PST by facedown
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To: Clive
This whole idea of pop-ups is a feature for which you ought to be grateful to those nice people at Redmond.

Really??? When are you going to start blaming MSFT for dandruff, el-nino, unsynchronized traffic lights and earthquakes?

22 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:31 AM PST by E=MC<sup>2</sup>
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To: Howlin
The one I use, POW!, has to be configured for new popup ads created after the program was written but it's a simple process. I tend to browse the same sites every day so once I had it configured I rarely run into new popups.
23 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:31 AM PST by Jean S
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To: Tourist Guy
Deja Vu all over again????

Or Ground Hog Day???

24 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:31 AM PST by Neets
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To: Clive
Pop-ups are JAVA script. You may wish to thank Sun Micro.
26 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:31 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Java Script, not Java.
27 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:32 AM PST by Clive
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Hi Psycho
28 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:32 AM PST by Calpublican
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To: McGruff
Good post - I was just thinking about looking for a product that would eliminate pop-ups.

Thanks

29 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:32 AM PST by yournamehere
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To: Calpublican

HELP!  I'M BEING STALKED BY CALPUBLICAN!!!!

30 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:33 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Ace2U
I was thinking about installing Adaware but I heard it may cause problems with Kazaa. I use Kazaa a lot to download music, etc. Do you know anything about this?
31 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:33 AM PST by doctor noe
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To: doctor noe
I was thinking about installing Adaware but I heard it may cause problems with Kazaa.

No...but it wreaks havoc with all that Kwanza crap!

32 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:33 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: doctor noe
Use adware and loose Kaaza. It won't work till you reinstall Kaaza. Also, same thing on Morpheus.
33 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:35 AM PST by chuckles
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To: McGruff
"SpyBlocker" 4.7 is absolutely positively magnificent !!!!!!

Have Fun

34 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:35 AM PST by GeekDejure
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To: newsperson999
do you own ether zone or something?
36 posted on 12/29/2001 12:15:54 AM PST by knak
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To: newsperson999
listen... we LOST the lawsuit. It's over. JimRob and the rest of us are facing that as a fact and dealing with it as best as we can.

Popups are crap. And sites the have them are loser sights. If your favorite sites have lotsa popups.... well, they don't deserve to stay in business... and it makes the rest of us wonder about you. heh heh.

The NEW SHAKEDOWN that is coming regarding the emerging internet structure is going to drive a lot of the pseudo legit web sites OUT of business... Good riddance. And the legitimate ones that are hanging on to the geo cities/America Off Line type of popup "free web accounts" are going to dump their loser status or get out of the business.

Lots of folks do not realize that AOL is not really the internet... as much as a proxy internet... AOL censors and restricts your content by default. And geo cities is not a REAL website host in the purest sense, unless you pay to get rid of their popups. Just lots of stupid "personal" web pages, created by pre teens, and scoured regularly for ignorant "fish" by identity theives and cops, just like fishermen at the not-so-"secret" fishin' hole, during salmon season...

We need to do what we can to get all freepers liberated from the non-internet, pseudo internet money sucking vacuum cleaners.... all of em.

Co-location with a mirror and fixed dns in your own office that supports private networking and high privacy level technologies... now THAT is a real website. Anything less is becoming "web lite" as in; compuserve, aol, or prodigy internet service (arghhhh!) providers.

37 posted on 12/29/2001 12:16:12 AM PST by Robert_Paulson2
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To: GeekDejure
I just installed this after seeing your post....and it is incredible! Thanks!
38 posted on 12/29/2001 12:16:15 AM PST by Pokey78
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To: duckman
I hate those pop-up ads on Discovery Channel; for instance, watching Christopher Lowell one day, looking for some decorating ideas, and down at the bottom of the screen is a little prehistoric monster, advertising a show Discovery was airing later that night. Begone!
39 posted on 12/29/2001 12:16:22 AM PST by uvular
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To: JeanS
DEATH!!! DEATH to the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON who CREATED these MONSTORS!!!!!!I LOATHE these creatures!!!!!
40 posted on 12/29/2001 12:16:27 AM PST by Roger_W_Isom
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To: McGruff
"...when dozens of windows suddenly began exploding across my screen--have caused my system to freeze completely."

Being a perpetual novice, I thought my computer was a goner the first time this happened to me! It's going too far when they pop so many they freeze your puter.

41 posted on 12/29/2001 12:16:29 AM PST by brat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Pop-ups are JAVA script. You may wish to thank Sun Micro.

There's no such thing as "JAVA script." Pop-up ads are written in the "JavaScript" language, which is run directly by the client (not the Java VM) and is not related to Sun's Java in any way. JavaScript was originally called "LiveScript", but for some reason Netscape decided to confuse millions of people for years to come by giving the language a name that implied it was something that it wasn't.

Blame Netscape for the name. If you don't like JavaScript, blame both Netscape and Microsoft for including it in their browsers.

42 posted on 12/29/2001 12:16:30 AM PST by dwollmann
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To: McGruff
I personally use a browser called: Netcaptor that uses all of Internet Exploder's settings, is very small as far as installation file, and has the ability to capture any popup you deem worthy. It has other great features, also, but they don't apply to this topic.
43 posted on 12/29/2001 12:16:35 AM PST by Still Using Air
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To: chuckles
Now why would I want to "lose Kazaa?"
44 posted on 12/29/2001 12:16:35 AM PST by doctor noe
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To: McGruff
http://www.panicware.com and download Pop-Up Stopper.
45 posted on 12/29/2001 12:16:49 AM PST by PatriotGames
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To: OneidaM
...Deja Vu all over again????
Or Ground Hog Day???...

Perhaps, after..let's say...10,000 hours of internet surfing our brains are transformed into a "virtual world."
That virtuality in turn makes us think we have all died and gone to hell.

Besides the fire and brimstone I figure it will be 24/7 non-stop pop.ups.

Just a theory of mine.

46 posted on 12/29/2001 12:17:25 AM PST by Tourist Guy
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To: McGruff
The Proxomitron works great for me. It's configurable and free!
47 posted on 12/29/2001 12:17:28 AM PST by robertc5
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To: Pokey78
Hi, Pokey78 . . . Glad to hear you like "SpyBlocker"!!! . It certainly gets rid of all the excess crap, eh ???
Only problem . . . it's price is beyond your ability to figure out how you'll ever be able to pay for it !!! ;-))

48 posted on 12/29/2001 12:17:31 AM PST by GeekDejure
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To: McGruff
Downloaded Pop-Up Killer after reading this earlier this evening.

You are a lifesaver!

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

49 posted on 12/29/2001 12:17:32 AM PST by dansangel
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Calm down. Take your meds and everything will be okay.
50 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:34 AM PST by Calpublican
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