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wondering if you know a good pop-up killer?


I’ve had it with those lousy pop-ups I get every time I log on to my favorite sites.

Anyone who shares the same disgust? Any suggestions?

NB: someone highly recommended preventpopup…  anyone knows it?

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Mozilla Firebird. :-D

Brad Wilson (
Sunday, June 22, 2003

ZoneAlarm(firewall) + Adaware(spy/adware killer) + Proxomitron(Pop-up killer)

They ain't perfect but at least they are free (well, they were when I downloaded them. ) And good enough for average home computers.

All tested on my machine for months and so far so good.

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Opera has a good one.  It is easy to turn on and off for those rare occasions you need to see the popups

Erik Lickerman
Sunday, June 22, 2003

disable javascript + active x + java (security settings).

Michael Moser
Sunday, June 22, 2003

Panicware's Pop-Up Stopper free edition for Windows -

Sunday, June 22, 2003

I use Advanced Popup Killer, from .

Quite a nice program.

Sunday, June 22, 2003

I use an earlier free version of popup-stopper as mentioned above. IT was easily the best that I tried about a year ago when I went looking for one, and it's worked great ever since.


Sunday, June 22, 2003

Popup Stopper Pro is the best.

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Frederic Faure
Sunday, June 22, 2003

hosts file from

simple and low tech, no 'software' beyond what's built in to the OS.

Sunday, June 22, 2003

I'll put in a second vote for Mozilla Firebird.

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Any current version of Mozilla

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Using Microsoft IE?  You deserver pop-ups.

Use Mozilla or Opera.

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Opera. It's a quick preference.
Sunday, June 22, 2003

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Moz, Firebird or Opera.

Keep ignoring the IE competition (which is, in many respects, far superior), and you give microsoft no incentive to improve. So you deserve what you get with IE.

You've earned your popups, and you keep earning them every day.

Ori Berger
Sunday, June 22, 2003

MozFirebird.  I hated Mozilla, but love Firebird, it's just as light as Safari is on my Mac. I can not believe how I lived with popups for so long.

le bob
Sunday, June 22, 2003

"disable javascript + active x + java"

Or just don't surf at all!!

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Another vote for Opera. F12 gives you a quick preferences menu to turn on or off plugins, javascript, java, animaged gifs, popups, and more. And no, it's not "all or none." You can selectively set what you want. I surf 90% of the time with no javascript, no animated gifs, no plugins, no java, no audio, and popups turned off. I occassionally turn on javascript if some lame site uses javascript links, or plugins if I want to see a flash animation. It's so quick an easy to turn them on and off (F12) that it's not a pain at all to switch them while surfing.

I don't understand why Opera isn't more popular. It's practically psychic.

Troy King
Sunday, June 22, 2003

Proxomitron is one of those little programs that I don't know how I ever lived without.  It has truly transformed my web browsing experience (I use IE 5).  Strangely, though, the Proxomitron website seems to have been hacked:

Alex Chernavsky
Sunday, June 22, 2003

I'll toss in my $0.005 for any current version of Mozilla.  Popup blocking and tabbed browsing are huge improvements on my browsing experience.

Joel Fouse
Sunday, June 22, 2003

If you want to kill popups plus get the benefits of things like tabbed browsing without giving up compatibility with all of the sites that target IE, there are a billion replacement frames for the IE rendering engine, many freeware.  Here are a few free ones that I know of:

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Dandeeno, you must be using IE. As far as I can tell, IE is the only browser that can't block unrequested popup windows.

All other browsers -- Firebird, Safari, Opera -- can block only those popups which were not in response to user action. In other words you get the popups you do want and no advertising.

Nate Silva
Monday, June 23, 2003

On the Mac, Safari's pop-up blocking is *perfect*.  Using IE for Windows, I use an older free version of Pop-Up Stopper, which makes you hold down a key when clicking to allow a popup -- not as transparent as Safari, but still pretty good.  Opera is also decent, but (at least in v6) you have to turn blocking on or off manually; there's no key bypass like there is in Pop-Up Stopper, and it does block things you've clicked on.

Tabbed browsing can be useful occasionally, but so far Opera is the only browser I've seen that lets you rearrange the tabs -- you can drag tabs to a new order, a different window, or their own window.  Very cool.

Sam Livingston-Gray
Monday, June 23, 2003

If you want to stay with IE's compatibility (or lack thereof, depending whom it is you are conversing with) you could try the Avant browser ( ) which is basically a wrapper around the MSHTML/IE control. It adds a few nifty features liked tabbed browsing, mouse gestures (although there is no actual "gesturing" as such, just combinations of left/right button clicks), and popup killing.

It's free, and it works. I like it.

Geoff Bennett
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Google Toolbar has one.  In fact after using Google toolbar, any browser without it seems like total crap.

I hate linux zealots
Sunday, February 22, 2004

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