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Old 07-18-04, 08:36 AM
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Pop-Up Blockers....Yahoo or Google? (or other)

Okay, i've been using Google Pop up blocker, and....It just ain't cutting it! I get dozens of pop ups in a matter of minutes. I'm thinking of uninstalling it and trying others. How does Yahoo's Pop Up blocker toolbar compare to Google's? Better, worse...Is there a better free one?
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Do you run adaware or spybot?
Old 07-18-04, 09:35 AM
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I downloaded adaware, but once it points out all the problems, it says I have to pay if I want it to fix them? Spybot I use, but it doesn't really help.
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Re: Pop-Up Blockers....Yahoo or Google? (or other)

Originally posted by Seantn
Okay, i've been using Google Pop up blocker, and....It just ain't cutting it! I get dozens of pop ups in a matter of minutes. I'm thinking of uninstalling it and trying others. How does Yahoo's Pop Up blocker toolbar compare to Google's? Better, worse...Is there a better free one?
I assume you are using Internet Explorer.
You can use a shell such as AvantBrowser
It comes with a built in Popup and Ad blocker. Its basically IE with alot of bells & whistles. I used it for awhile (seemed faster) until I saw and read the horror stories that IE was too unsecure. If you want to try an non-IE broswer, try Firefox 0.92 or Mozilla 1.7.

If Adaware is telling you to pay, then you must not have the free version, Free Version of Adaware,(maybe you downloaded the Plus or Pro version).
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Spybot isn't as useful as HiJackThis, which is more detailed.
Download HiJackThisHiJackThis

Essential Tools are, but not limited to,
Hijacking prevention/monitoring tools:
SpywareGuard
SpywareBlaster
Adaware
HiJackThis
SpyBot
BHO Demon 2.0
Use a HostFile (I think SW Guard includes this in the program)
A registry/startup Monitor like regprot

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Old 07-18-04, 10:37 AM
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Thank you very much for your help!
Old 07-18-04, 12:39 PM
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A little off topic, but I've heard that the next OS release from Microsoft is going to have a built-in pop-up blocker. This will basically kill the websites that code for pop-ups.
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XP Service Pack 2 has a builtin popup blocker + a better firewall.
Old 07-18-04, 02:14 PM
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But is the windows pop up blocker better than google/yahoo's?
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Mozilla/Mozilla Firefox. The only pop ups I get are the ones I allow.
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They might not be pop ups - not in the website related sense anyhow. It might be the spy software popping up windows. These aren't blocked by the pop-up blockers (such as Google's). You have to use an ad removal program to get rid of them. Adaware and Spybot together should take care of anything you have.
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Originally posted by hahn
They might not be pop ups - not in the website related sense anyhow. It might be the spy software popping up windows. These aren't blocked by the pop-up blockers (such as Google's). You have to use an ad removal program to get rid of them. Adaware and Spybot together should take care of anything you have.
True, Essentially a PC Internet User needs to use a little common sense and not respond to a "popup", just click on the close or "X" to close to popup window.

Though I do agree with Adaware and Spybot (with most current database/ref files) being able to "catch" the spyware, hijackers etc., doesn't necessary mean they will clean them up . Sometimes, you MUST get into safemode to run a full scan to clean them pesky parasites.

These are my recommended freeware detectors,monitors, and/or removers:

NOTE:
You may want to consider to try FireFox, Mozilla or anything not IE or a shell of IE related.
Essential Spyware, Hijacking prevention/monitoring tools:
SpywareGuard
SpywareBlaster
Adaware
HiJackThis
SpyBot
BHO Demon 2.0
Use a HostFile (I think SW Guard includes this in the program)
A registry/startup Monitor like regprot
CWShredder

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Yea, I think you got something in your system. I use google and almost never get a pop up. My son was complaining about pop ups even tho I had installed google blocker on his, and adaware and sybot found a ton of stuff.
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Definately agree its time to dump IE... Mozilla or Firefox is the way to go.

http://www.mozilla.org

If you must use IE, just use it for the site you can 'trust" and won't work otherwise.
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I surf a lot of shady sites and was always debugging my computer, until I switched to Firefox.

A simple thing like switching browsers is sure to nip a lot of problems in the bud.

It'll be quite some time before the people who code the malicious software decide that non-IE browsers are worthy of their attention.
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Originally posted by squi23
It'll be quite some time before the people who code the malicious software decide that non-IE browsers are worthy of their attention.
I hope that timw will never come.

I am using Mozilla and very happy with it.
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Another Firefox recommendation
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Originally posted by Alvis
Mozilla/Mozilla Firefox. The only pop ups I get are the ones I allow.
Ditto for me.
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I use Panicware's Pop Up Stopper
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Do I need to have any special settings in mozilla for it to prevent most malicious code from causing me problems or will it be secure with the default settings?

Thanks
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Some of the problems with IE is Active X, Java and how open it is to allow almost any website download something onto your computer.

With MS Service Pack 2 in RC2 state at this moment, and if all goes well will be out for the public in mid-August 2004.

It will have a better firewall for XP, prevent scrupulous websites from downloading, and Active X will be on a website to website basis. Thus you can leave accept Active X while surfing DVD Talk, but deny Active X when you are at some scrupulous website that you don't want your child to see.

Of course these are not the only changes with Service Pack 2, from what I understand certain processes that were done in the operating system will be shut off or harder to use. Thus I heard that programs such as Symantec and McAfee will have problems unless the user upgrades their program.

I use Google, Spybot and Firefox. I have less spyware and adware than if I used IE, unfortunately I still use IE since I like to view stupid animations, and I have better access to Flash programs.

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