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Best Anti-Spam & Anti Pop up tools

What are the best AntiSpam and Anti pop up tools around ?

I use Win200 Pro and Win XP Pro

A Depressed Procrastinator
Sunday, September 14, 2003

Best Anti-Spam tool that I've found is SAproxy. It's a Windows wrapper around SpamAssassin. Very simple to install, and very effective. Works with any e-mail program.

Best Anti-Popup tool is Mozilla Firebird. :)

Brad Wilson (
Sunday, September 14, 2003

Best Anti pop up tools?

Google toolbar

Tom Vu
Sunday, September 14, 2003

use Mozilla.  It allows you to suppress pop-ups.  There is also an add-on called Bannerblind that removes banner images from pages:
Sunday, September 14, 2003

Use MyIE2. It's a free tabbed browser based on IE, and it's simply excelent.

There are a few quirks in some places, but the browser is excellent.

It features popup supression, etc.

Jed Knight
Sunday, September 14, 2003

Also, if you go to CNET and look at the most downloaded 100 programs, you shall see 2 or 3 browsers, all tabbed, all based on IE.

AvantBrowser, etc.

All of them are excellent (I have tested all of them and stuck with MyIE2).

Jed Knight
Sunday, September 14, 2003

Anti-Popups: I second the vote for Google's toolbar 20. Works just fine, and is incorporated into my #1 add-on tool for improving daily productivity.  And it's free!

Anti-spam: I'm happy with SpamCatcher so far, after also testing MailWasher and several others. After a few days of adding the few approved emails it miscategorized, I have been able to forget about it, other than doublechecking the 'spam?' folder every few days.

They have a Universal(POP) and Outlook version of the desktop client.
I like it because it does MD5 hashes of incoming emails and compares it to it's server-based cache of known/new spams (similar to Cloudmark).

Their server product, SMTP Gateway, is corporate priced at $5000/yr, but if you're a US 501(c)3 non-profit, you can get it for the ridiculously cool price of $3.50/yr (linux or windows) from DiscounTech. Kudos to MailShell just for that great deal... and

Gary Pupurs
Sunday, September 14, 2003

Here's one that I use:

It works similarly to the google toolbar.  The nice thing, though, is that it puts a little red square in the corner of the browser when it blocks a pop so you can mouse over it and see what the blocked link was.  If you click on the square, the popup will open.

another contribution
Sunday, September 14, 2003

I use Netcaptor - for Tabbed browsing which also blocks pop ups.

But the best tool for blocking spam, i have ever come across is Mail washer pro from . It might take time to get used to it and set it up perfectly, but once you are done, you are done! I received 0 spams these days and it's a massive change from 10+ spam I used to receive everyday!!!


Sunday, September 14, 2003


It's a proxy that changes the HTML to remove unwanted elements; this ranges from popups to ads, to those obtrusive and annoying "hovering flashads" that appear on some sites.

It can be extended using a regex-like syntax and has a steady following with plenty of 3rd party "scripts" to protect against a wide variety of things. (Google for "proxomitron filters")

Mickey Petersen
Sunday, September 14, 2003

I use and recommend Mozilla 1.4 for browser (Anti-popup included) and mail (Bayesian spam filter included which works great).

Robert Chevallier
Sunday, September 14, 2003

No extra tools needed. Just use Mozilla suite or Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird.

fool for python
Sunday, September 14, 2003

Mozilla Classic/Firebird still cannot supress _loading_ of banner ads. The abovementioned bannerblind extension, and also the adblocker extension simply make ad elements invisible.

For that particular task I found ZoneAlarm (Pro) quite suitable as it acts as a real browser proxy and prevents loading those images (flash, too). If you think one specific blocked image actually is not an ad you can simply hover over it and let it be loaded and displayed.

Johnny Bravo
Sunday, September 14, 2003

K9 from

Spam Hater
Sunday, September 14, 2003

I like Advanced Popup Killer from

Ted Thix
Monday, September 15, 2003

Turn off Javascript.

Monday, September 15, 2003

I'd like to add another vote for MYIE2. It gives you all the advantages of Mozilla-based browser experience (tabs, popup blocking, etc...) with an IE engine. Since most sites optimize for IE rather than the HTML standard everything looks "right." I never though I'd like the mouse gestures - now I try to use them in every app.

For spam blocking I strongly recommend SpamBayes Outlook plugin It has worked great for me both at home and at work.

Monday, September 15, 2003

The correct answer will depend greatly on what tools you use.

Popups - For me, I'm happy with IE, largely because the Google Toolbar is the greatest invention of all time.  That it handles my popups is just icing.

For SPAM, do you use POP or not?  Windows or other?  If Windows, do you use Outlook or other?  All of these impact what you can use.

I don't (at least not at work where I get all my spam) and I do use Outlook.  So, that narrows my selections.  I use Spammunition, a free Bayesian filter, and it works very well.

Monday, September 15, 2003

Whoops, that last paragraph should say that I don't use POP and do use Outlook.

Monday, September 15, 2003

I recommend the Mozilla browser.  There is some good information at and

Monday, September 15, 2003

Anti Popup:  OPERA browser.  "Refuse popup windows" is a preference option.  No plugins or shareware, it's built in to the browser.  How come IE doesn't have this?

Anti-Spam - Spam bully for Outlook express uses bayesian filtering - works pretty good.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Is there a way to killing pop-ups through a HTML code on a website?

Thursday, August 12, 2004

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