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4. The Web > 33. Stop Pop Ups with SP2—and Without It

Stop Pop Ups with SP2—and Without It

You don’t have to be victimized by obnoxious pop-up ads and web sites on the Internet. Fight back with these tips and tools.

Surfing the Web used to be such a simple, enjoyable experience. Go to the web site of your choice, enjoy the page, and head somewhere else.

No longer. At times, it now seems like a sleazy carnival midway, complete with flashing lights and loud music, barkers pleading at you to venture into the sideshows, scamsters promising you big payoffs if you try three-card Monte, and no-goodniks lurking in the shadows.

For that, we have pop ups to thank. Pop ups are ads that, as the name implies, pop up over your browser, usually in a smaller window, and frequently contain flashing messages and other kinds of obnoxious come-ons. The infamous X10 surveillance camera pioneered this insufferable form of advertising, and now it’s everywhere.


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