from the stop-that dept
A good article pointing out a pet peeve of mine. It’s getting more and more common that I’ll be working away on something and some other program will pop up a box of somesort destroying my train of thought and forcing me to click “okay” or something else. Actually, as I was reading the article I had one interruption. It’s getting worse as web page designers keep adding those awful pop up ads (which actually tend to crash my browser – so if you want me to purposely avoid your website, add a pop up ad) that do the same thing.
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popup windows don't even fit your screen
I agree …but I have a solution. It came to me after msie 5.5 stopped printing web pages correctly. After trying to remove it, I finally had to format my drive and reinstall win95B.
I discovered msie 3.02 comes with my version.
NOW WHY install the latest browser and then have to disable everything just to surf?
3.02 has few to no popup windows – and with junkbuster as a proxy you can remove all .gif’s.
gif’s are the beasties that carry web bugs and I found almost all cookies.
I know its weird, but if you can remove gif’s all the crap just disappears and you can still see a good jpg!
Maybe this isn’t for you.
What’s worse is when you are banging away at the keyboard and some dialog pops up demanding attention… and eats one of the keystrokes out of the keyboard buffer before you can read it.
I hate that.
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So is there any IE browser add-in that can disable pop-ups?
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A long time ago I used WebWasher. It used to be free but they charge $30 for it now. It should be pretty easy to write a proxy server that filters this stuff though. Just grep the page for window.open() or whatever and insert a // at the beginning of that line.
With banner ads, on my Unix box it’s easy to hardwire doubleclick.net (and similar) to resolve to 127.0.0.1. What is an easy way of doing this on a Windoze box?