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Pop-unders out of control
How to zap pop-unders

 10:21 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Pop-unders have got out of control. I go to visit a site and my IE 6 browser hangs for 15 seconds while two and even three pop-unders are loaded. Great reward for visiting a site, huh?

How do I zap these things when they're hanging my browser. Better yet, how do I eliminate them entirely?



 10:22 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Get a decent browser! [opera.com]




 10:36 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ditto [opera.com].


 11:01 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I tried Opera running on my XP platform. It was far too buggy for me for serious use.


 11:04 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Mozilla has the same kind of No Pop Ups features. Have you tried that?



 11:16 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Download the latest Google Toolbar and select the experimental features:

Browser control
The onUnload JavaScript event is most often used to open pop-up windows as you leave a page, which can be an annoyance. The following feature will clear the onUnload event after loading each page.


 11:21 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>It was far too buggy for me for serious use.

Can you please expand on this statement?


 12:14 am on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Download the latest Google Toolbar and select the experimental features

Actually quite effective... only has a couple of occasions where it hasn't worked.


 1:55 am on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Actually, I have the toolbar feature turned on plus I have a pop up killer plus I have my firewall set to kill ads and popups....Guess what? I still get into pop UNDER hell..

If any one knows, I would be interested in learning how to stop them too.



 2:42 am on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

With Mozilla [mozilla.org] and the setting quoted below, I haven't seen anything pop up or down or under or over for weeks.

Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Scripts & Plugins > Allow scripts to... > Open unrequested windows > No

With the Prefbar [xulplanet.com] plugin, you can alter that setting on the fly with a checkbox on the toolbar.


 4:23 am on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I just downloaded the newest stable release of Mozilla and there was nothing like you said in prefs....?

Did I get a goofed up copy or what?



 5:03 am on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

ann -

it sure does have this future and it works much better than
google onUnload script killer. may be you forgot to click on a little "+" next to advanced to bring up all other choices.


 8:04 am on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

MacGuru, here are the three top problems I had with Opera 6.04 as I recall, since I quit using it about a month ago, after about a month's trial.

1. Each time I opened it, it took longer to load. By the time I quit using it the load time was about two minutes or even longer, on my 1.8 GHZ P4. I just tried it again and confirmed it took about two minutes to load.

2. It is the only application that seemed able to crash Windows XP, forcing me to reboot. While using Opera, reboots were forced about once a day. While not using Opera, zero forced reboots.

3. Couldn't get a hard copy print of email messages.

I hate to have to say this, but I would rather deal with the pop unders than to deal with any one of the above frustrating problems.


 1:16 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hi mayor,

I understand your frustration. Here is a win 98 user point of view.

Opera 6.5 takes about 4 seconds to load on my oldest PC (AMD K6 370 Mhz 128 RAM) Windows 98. About half a second on my most recent PC.

When it crashes, (about twice a week) it crashes alone without forcing a reboot, like IE 5.5 does.

You can use any email client you like along with it.

I have no XPrience, and from what you mention, not about to spent a dime on it. I guess there is some ways to use IE sans pop-ups or pop-unders [tucows.com].


 1:45 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I know that a few people (Brett included) here use the excellent Proxomitron [proxomitron.org]. It runs as a local proxy and can be as basic or as sophisticated as you like.

Practically nothing gets past it, you can block all banners (gasp), Flash, you name it. The few times I turn it off I re-discover how junk-filled surfing used to be.

It can happily sit alongside any other proxy you may be using, and it's free!


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