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Chapter 5. Browser Annoyances > POP-UPS, ADS, AND FLASH

POP-UPS, ADS, AND FLASH

POP AWAY POP-UPS

The Annoyance:

Browsing the Web these days feels like cruising a carnival midway, with pop-up ads screaming their messages at me everywhere I turn. If I wanted bright, flashing lights, I'd visit Las Vegas. How can I kill these digital carnival barkers?

The Fix:

The Web's all-time great search tool, the Google Toolbar, kills pop-ups from directly within Internet Explorer. Get it at http://toolbar.google.com. Another good free pop-up killer is EMS Free Surfer mk II, available from http://www.kolumbus.fi/eero.muhonen/FS/fs.htm. Also popular (and, I think, superior) is iHatePopups, available for $9.95 from http://www.sunbelt-software.com/product.cfm?id=935. It can distinguish between "good" and "bad" pop-ups, and it lets you add specific pages to a "whitelist" so that it knows which pop-ups you want to let through. (What's "good" and what's "bad"? Any window that opens without your instruction is considered a "bad" pop-up window. A window that opens after you click a link or press Enter is considered a legitimate new window. Pop-up ads typically aren't triggered by clicking a link, but editorial pop-ups generally are.)


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