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Pop-Ups

Pop-ups refer to windows that are displayed on your computer screen for the purposes of advertising.

Pop-ups occur when you browse certain websites. Some websites are funded by selling advertising

space, some of which decide to hawk their wares by flooding your computer screen with clever ads.

 

How Pop-Ups Work

Pop-ups work using the same mechanism built in to web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, to open a

URL in a new window. Sometimes this can be a useful function; for example, http://www.weather.com

may use a pop-up window to display an urgent weather bulletin. But, in general, they are an annoying

waste of your time.

How to Get Rid of Pop-Ups

Just like spam and other scams, pop-ups get a response rate or else companies would not use them

any longer. So, first and foremost, stop clicking on them. Your PC will not run faster, you will not

win free money by clicking on the monkey, and a pop-up IQ test is pretty ironic actually.

Second, get a pop-up blocker. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1) running under

Windows XP SP2 now has a built-in pop-up blocker. Turn it on by clicking Tools > Pop-Up Blocker

in Internet Explorer.

If you are not running this version of Windows or Internet Explorer, download any number of free

pop-up blockers and use it.

 

Set Up Pop-Up Blocking on Home Computers

 

Blocking pop-up ads can be accomplished three ways:

Enable built-in Internet Explorer pop-up blocker (Windows XP SP2 with IE 6 SP1)

Install free pop-up blocker (such as the Pop-Up Stopper from Panicware)

Enable pop-up blocking in the security software bundle you purchased

We trialed the pop-up blocking in the security software bundles and found them more difficult to disable

temporarily when needed than the other two methods. So we recommend either the built-in IE approach

or the free pop-up stopper program.

Figure 16-7 shows how to enable the pop-up blocker built in to Windows XP SP2. In Internet Explorer,

click Tools > Pop-Up Blocker > Turn On Pop-Up Blocker

Alternatively, if you are not running XP, we recommend installing Pop-Up Stopper Free Edition from

Panicware, available here:

http://www.panicware.com/product_psfree_download.html

After installation, a small white hand icon will appear in the lower left of your Windows toolbar.

Right-click on the white hand and you can toggle the pop-up blocking function on and off very easily

(see Figure 16-8).

 

 

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