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Popup Blockers

Does anyone use a popup blocker for IE?  Any recommendations for a blocker that works well and doesn't have associated adware?  I've googled around, but there seems to be no consensus, and there seem to be a lot of people who think that most blockers contain adware.  Why doesn't IE offer a blocker option like mozilla?

anon
Thursday, April 22, 2004

http://toolbar.google.com/

_
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Yeah, but I read (on another forum) that google toolbar contains adware.  Does anyone know if this is true or false?

anon
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Heck, you saw it on a website - it must be true!


Thursday, April 22, 2004

>> "Heck, you saw it on a website - it must be true!"

I didn't claim it to be true, moron.  Indeed, if I believed it to be true, why would I waste time creating a thread asking knowledgeable people if it were true?  Does anyone with a brain have any idea if the adware claim is true?

anon
Thursday, April 22, 2004

I use the Proxomitron. It's old (last version was released about a year ago and there will be no new versions) but it's free and it still works well:

http://www.proxomitron.info/

For our clients, we generally use the google toolbar.

Sgt. Sausage
Thursday, April 22, 2004

IE will gain a popup blocker in the next XP service pack, but I'd guess that will mean that the advertisers will just find cleverer ways to launch popups.

R1ch
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Yeah, as a Mozilla user (which has had popup blocking for ages), I dread the day when IE gets a popup blocker.  That will force advertisers to change their strategies.... which might lead to more ads for me too. :(

Michael Kale
Thursday, April 22, 2004

The google toolbar doesn't contain any adware.  What you've probably heard about is an optional feature that will (anonymously) send the URL you're visiting to Google, and then display the PageRank of the page you're looking at.  The installation explains this feature and gives you an opportunity to turn it off.  So, the short answer is that the Google toolbar is adware-free, and works great.

Emperor Norton
Thursday, April 22, 2004

I use the Avant browser.  It's free.  It's based on IE so it's compatible with sites that Mozilla sometimes chokes on.

It has a pop-up blocker, ad blocker, and tabbed browsing and more.  To me it's like the best of Mozilla and IE.

http://www.avantbrowser.com/

AMS
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Internet Sweeper

http://www.bmesite.com/

It not only has a pop-up blocker, but it also cleans up your IE related folders, Windows caches, passwords, recently view docs, etc... It is a one-stop app to clean up the mess.

grunt
Thursday, April 22, 2004

http://toolbar.msn.com/
http://companion.yahoo.com/
http://toolbar.google.com/

Just me (Sir to you)
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Why stop just at popups? Why not get rid of those ad images...Tracking cookies...Flash animations.....IE BHO's...and other crap too?

Just download and use Firefox http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

Code Monkey
Thursday, April 22, 2004

I use and have been very happy with this one:

http://www.endpopups.com/index.html

anon
Thursday, April 22, 2004

The Google Toolbar - in addition to anonymously sending the page you're on - ALSO upgrades it self without asking you to do it. It's just a little freaky when you wake up the next day and something on your computer is different.

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, April 22, 2004

I was talking with a coworker about this too, today even! I'm using Firebird/Mozilla and after a while you just don't know what a good popup blocker is anymore. That is because I never see one anymore.

It is the same as having the theoratical 100% working virus-scanner for your mail: as soon as it works 100% you won't even know if Norton is better than Kasperski: virii/viruses (whatever) become a non-issue to you.

Jilles Oldenbeuving
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Do you need IE that much? It's nothing special.

Use firefox.

anonomouse
Thursday, April 22, 2004

For those who like the occasional flash content in their Moz-based browser, search for a plugin called "click to play". (OK, fine, I'll search.
http://flashblock.mozdev.org/
There, happy?)  All flash content is a grey box that says "click to play." If it's an ad, it doesn't strobe & annoy you. If it's a game or Homestar Runner cartoon or whatever you can still watch it without launching IE--just click and (surprise!) it plays.

I've been using Firefox since it was called Phoenix 0.2, and I downloaded the leaked build of Safari that had tabs as soon as it came out. Mmm, tabs...

null fame
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Advanced Popup Killer from http://www.innovative-sol.com/

Mikronaesia
Friday, April 23, 2004

I need to download a program but Mozilla's popup blocker will not allow it.  How do I disable the blocker for this download.

suspificasy
Saturday, May 15, 2004

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