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Mozilla/Firefox showing Popups
but how? and how to stop?
cwebb

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Msg#: 2332 posted 9:08 am on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Recently some major sports news site gets my Firefox to open Popups without me clicking any stuff.

How do they do it? And how could one stop it?

Can I name the site as reference? Well, sportsline (don't spank me too much if this is wrong)

 

Bernard Marx

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Msg#: 2332 posted 11:57 am on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't think they deserve a link from this site, to be honest.
Get hold of a pop-up blocker (or better, don't go back there!)

snookie

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Msg#: 2332 posted 1:42 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

its not a problem for me...

Knowles

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Msg#: 2332 posted 1:55 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

No pop up for me either. Are you sure it is poping up in a mozilla window? Spyware normally still uses IE if you are using windows that is.

Receptional Andy



 
Msg#: 2332 posted 1:58 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

I did get a popup clicking on a link on their pages, even with Firefox's popup blocking (and in a new window even though my firefox is set to always use tabs instead).

But there's so much javascript in their source I frankly don't have time right now to wade through it to find out which bit was responsible for the new window.

encyclo

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Msg#: 2332 posted 2:01 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

It is certainly not the site you mention which is serving the pop-up ads, so it must be some sort of scum/spyware that you've got there.

Receptional Andy



 
Msg#: 2332 posted 2:03 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>It is certainly not the site you mention which is serving the pop-up ads, so it must be some sort of scum/spyware that you've got there.

It *is* that site - I managed to see it twice by deleting a cookie the site set so I only got one popup. Plus the popup that appears is displayed in a frameset from their domain- it isn't a spyware thing, it's a javascript that beats firefox's popup blocker thing ;)

(From the homepage I click on the 2nd 'related link' and this generates the popup)

encyclo

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Msg#: 2332 posted 2:07 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

it's a javascript that beats firefox's popup blocker thing ;)

But it doesn't beat mine (Firefox 0.9.3 on Linux). So what gives? You're on Windows, right? You haven't installed the Mozilla ActiveX plugin or anything?

Receptional Andy



 
Msg#: 2332 posted 2:11 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>You haven't installed the Mozilla ActiveX plugin or anything?

Not likely ;)

It's the first popup I've seen in a *long* time, hence my curiosity. And you guessed right with windows (2k + 0.9.3).

Philosopher

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Msg#: 2332 posted 2:40 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Whoa...you're right. You do get a pop-up. That's the first pop-up I've seen get through the Firefox blocker.

MarkHutch

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Msg#: 2332 posted 2:53 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

I was just reading some news stories at Yahoo and got a pop up too. Went back with IE with my old pop up blocker and didn't get it.

Receptional Andy



 
Msg#: 2332 posted 3:00 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hmm, this is very curious. I saved a local copy of a page from the site in question that generates a popup, and FF blocks it. I'm at a bit of a loss to work out why...

encyclo

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Msg#: 2332 posted 3:07 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

From the homepage I click on the 2nd 'related link' and this generates the popup

OK, I'll let you off this time! I see it too. I thought you were getting it on the home page.

The link to the second page is a standard a href with no onclick or anything, so it must be in the source of the second page. Possibly an onmouseover event or something. I'd look more closely, but the page made my browser grind to a halt, so I couldn't get the source and I had to close the browser window.

Receptional Andy



 
Msg#: 2332 posted 3:12 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Whew, well I tracked the offending code linked from an iframe (the innocently named "blank.html" ;)) on the page, which was linked to *another* iframe containing javascript.

Strangely it seems to be pretty straightforward - window.open('','_blank','scrollbars=no,resizable=no,width=600,height=475');

Wouldn't have thought this would beat the FF popup blocker, unless there's something in there I've missed.

drbrain

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Msg#: 2332 posted 3:20 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

File a bug in bugzilla:

[bugzilla.mozilla.org...]

If you don't want to go to the trouble, sticky me the URL.

drbrain

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Msg#: 2332 posted 4:50 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks, its this bug:

[bugzilla.mozilla.org...]

And here's a bug with a list of sites:

[bugzilla.mozilla.org...]

StupidScript

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Msg#: 2332 posted 11:14 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

edited because I see you've found the real culprit. :)

Receptional Andy



 
Msg#: 2332 posted 11:02 am on Sep 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Strangely, since I messed with this both my popup blocker and forcing into tabs stuff no longer works as expected. I'm getting new windows all over the place :(

cwebb

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Msg#: 2332 posted 11:54 am on Sep 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sorry to hear thta, but thanks Andy and all the rest.

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