My #1 recommendations against popups, spam, ..
Joel, while I enjoy Mozilla Firebird (at least) as much as the next guy, for making the Internet usable again you should not have to look as far as binding yourself to certain applications.
>you should not have to look as far as binding yourself to
I've found that Proxomitron works well as a proxy-based web washer. (Their website seems to be down at the moment: http://www.proxomitron.org/
Cloudmark is clearly the best approach to spam blocking. The bayesian stuff in Moz and Apple Mail is very lousy by comparison.
cloudmark looks cool, but i don't know how comfortable I am with them having my e-mail.... that is what they do, right? A sort of neilsen ratings for e-mail?
I've been using CloudMark since they launched the beta originally, and between it and the new junk mail handling in Outlook 2003 (beta) I now have maybe 2 messages slip through a week. It simply works.
Urg. I'm using Cloudmark these days, and I'm finding that it's just nowhere near as good as SpamAssassin. It gets 90% of my spam but leaves me to clean up a dozen or more messages a day. It takes a long time to run, because each incoming email must be signatured and sent to their servers, then you have to wait for a response before the message is deleted. So in the morning when I wake up and have 100 messages, of which 90 are spam, it takes three minutes before Cloudmark has cleaned up, and I still have a half dozen messages to remove...
use a hosts file to get rid of 'bad' sites. smartin-designs.com has a huge one. just be sure to turn off the local dns something service on windows or you'll get occasionaly long delays while it reads the huge host file.
My vote goes to mailscanner in combination with spamassassin and clamav anti-virus. It runs on your mail sever, so nobody has to install spam or virus tools locally to protect you from bad emails (Of course, there are ample other reasons to still run a local virus scanner). To sweeten the deal all these components are open source and free.
This fansite I visit every so often has taken anti-popup blocking measures: if you are blocking pop-ups or adds, then the site doesn't display at all.
What about TVGuide.com. They have these huge - 570x570 pixel flash ads that you can't get rid of (the close button is at the bottom of the 570 pixels...). And then they come with sound too.. ugh.
Fog Creek Home