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Free Pop up Blockers

 12:38 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)


Does anyone have a free pack or link to block pop ups.





 12:42 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Just get a decent Web Browser [opera.com] ;-)



 12:42 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

The new google toolbar.


 12:45 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)


Only installed it yesterday and Ive blocked 9 already (no pron!) ;)


 1:21 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yah, new google toolbar installed yesterday and I have not seen a pop up since. I'm likin' it!


 2:07 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm still getting pop ups with google toolbar, and yes, pop up blocker is on...

Any further suggestions?


 3:18 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Best pop-up blockers that I've found are Opera or Mozilla/Firebird. Not only do they stop all unrequested popups, they're both pretty nice browsers, too (once you get used to tabbed browsing and mouse gestures, its tough to go back!).
I have the google toolbar installed, and its nice, but I've noticed that it blocks some requested pop-ups, so I don't trust it yet. Besides, with Opera or Moz/Firebird, you get a much better browser.
Also, if you're still getting popups with the new Google toolbar, you may have spyware running in the background serving up the popups. You may want to run Ad Aware or some other spyware scrubber to make sure that isn't a source of unwanted popups.


 4:39 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)


Also run ad aware and to be honest makes no difference to the unrequested grey pop up adds that just appear in open browser.

One recurrent one is advertising software to block all pop ups, I hate this kind of irritating marketing!

May have a look at the alternative browsers, to see if a solution is given.



 4:41 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've used "NoAds" and really like the product. You can selectively choose what pop-ups you want to kill, by full URL or wildcard.

It's a nice feature - some pop-ups I need to see, others I don't.


 4:50 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ahh the grey pop up problem!

You need to do something in windows setup to stop them.

1 guy on these forums told me how to stop them but I cant remember how to do it!

Try a site search about it?!

<edit> see below!

[edited by: dazz at 4:51 pm (utc) on July 24, 2003]


 4:50 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>unrequested grey pop up adds

This sounds like windows messenger spam, not browser-based popups - this type will have the title 'messenger service'.

If this sounds like the case, do the following (for XP/2000):

Go to start-> run -> and type services.msc

A 'services' window will popup. Scroll down to messenger, right click on it and choose properties. In the properties window, choose startup type 'manual'.

The messenger service is intead for network admin messengers. It's pretty much obsolete, however spammers have found ways to send spam to it, so it's wise to disable it in any case.


 7:22 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)


Thank you Pixel_juice.

Disable the meseenger has stopped them dead.

Are there any consequences for mot having this system active?


 7:24 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Not if you don't ever use remote networking to give someone else access to your computer, AFAIK.


 8:37 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Are there any consequences for mot having this system active?

Well, you now can't use >NET SEND... I use this constantly for messaging flatmates...

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