What do you use to kill pop ups

Discussion in 'polls' started by JayK, Dec 30, 2002.

?

What do you use to kill pop ups?

  1. A free dedicated popup killer

    12 vote(s)
    15.6%
  2. A payware dedicated popup killer

    6 vote(s)
    7.8%
  3. Proxomitron,Webwasher,Internet Junkbuster and other http filter that services other functions

    7 vote(s)
    9.1%
  4. Built in functions in Opera and Mozilla

    32 vote(s)
    41.6%
  5. Not using javascript,activex seems to work

    2 vote(s)
    2.6%
  6. Nothing, I close them manually

    4 vote(s)
    5.2%
  7. A combination of the above

    14 vote(s)
    18.2%
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. JayK

    JayK Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2002
    Posts:
    619
    Yet another poll. I'm curious abt the number of people who actually use dedicated (one function or main function) pop up killers.
     
  2. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Posts:
    13,312
    Location:
    Netherlands
    I figure using Adshield and a hosts file counts as a combination? ;)
    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  3. Acadia

    Acadia Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2002
    Posts:
    4,048
    Location:
    SouthCentral PA
    Popups, for me, are one of the most annoying things on the Internet, so I've compiled a little list to help others:

    Some popup blockers.
    All of these are 100% pure freeware, no trial periods. Some of these
    do more than just handle popups.

    Pow!: http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/pow.htm
    NoAds: http://www.southbaypc.com/NoAds/
    PopupEraser: http://www.webknacks.com/popuperaser.htm
    Stop-the-Pop: http://www.bysoft.se/sureshot/stopthepop/index.html
    Internet Organizer: http://www.sf.yucom.be/wdprojects/
    PopKi: http://ranfo.com/popki.html
    PopUpPopper: http://www.bayden.com/Popper/default.asp
    PopUpKiller: http://sourceforge.net/projects/puk/
    AdCruncher Proxy: http://home.sprintmail.com/~dtrout/AdCruncher/ReadMe.html
    KillAd: http://www.wplus.net/pp/fsc/
    ClickOff: http://www.johanneshuebner.com/en/download.html
    PopupBuster: http://www.popupbuster.com/PopUpBuster/
    Free Surfer: http://www.kolumbus.fi/eero.muhonen/FS/
    Window Shades: http://www.g-m-m.com/Software/WindowShades/index.php
    AdShield (my personal favorite): http://www.adshield.org/
    PopupStopper: http://www.panicware.com/popupstopper.html
    Proxomitron (has learning curve): http://www.proxomitron.org/
    For those who don't want third party stuff, your own pc's built-in host
    file:
    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm and
    http://www.smartin-designs.com/ and http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/


    Here is a review of 61 popup killers, not all of them are free:
    http://www.popup-killer-review.com/index.htm
     
  4. JayK

    JayK Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2002
    Posts:
    619
    That's the problem with this type of polls (beyond the fact that there are more alternatives than I can list options), almost everyone "uses a combination".

    Do Host files actually prevent the popup?

    I was under the impression it would pop up, but would display a broken unloaded page..

    I'm not sure I would want to download and use something specific to just kill popup though..

    Adshield is nice (i've used it), but I don't think it's main function is to kill popups. Banner replacement and killing is another poll.. :)
     
  5. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Posts:
    13,312
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Here´s some more reading (and a similar poll) :

    http://www.phoenix-inter.net/popups.php

    Using the hosts file alone will never stop all popups since it does not block anything that is on the same server.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  6. Douglas

    Douglas Guest

    Hi Pieter,
    I also use the hosts file, and I was wondering whether the hosts file provided in your link is more comprehensive than S. Martins host file.

    Regards,
    Douglas
     
  7. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Posts:
    13,312
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Hi Douglas,

    It appears to be a very old version of S.Martins hosts file.

    Start quote

    # This file has been configured by Gorilla for ad blocking
    # It was last updated on July 6th, 2000 from the list by Stephen Martin
    # Check the following websites for updates:
    # http://www.smartin.addr.com/hosts1.html

    End quote

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  8. Douglas

    Douglas Guest

    :rolleyes:
    Thanks very much Pieter. You sure answered my question!

    Douglas
     
  9. the Tester

    the Tester Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2002
    Posts:
    2,854
    Location:
    The Gateway to the Blue Hills,WI.
    I use Spyblocker.I tried free popup killers but I like Spyblocker better.It stops a number of different nuisance/security threats.I guess it is a multi-function program but payware also.That's the only program I use for popups.No combos here.
     
  10. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Posts:
    17,842
    Location:
    New England
    Reviving this poll (since it was lost in a non-poll forum section)... :D

    I use a free one: AnalogX POW!, however, it never sees any pop-ups because my primary pop-up defense is really tight security settings for the Internet Zone in Internet Explorer. (Active scripting disabled, along with Java and ActiveX)

    I add any sites that need those capabilities into the Trusted Zone. I have maybe 30 sites in total in the Trusted Zone at this time. I add to this a Hosts file (SMartin's and Hpguru's in a combined file), which blocks thousands of sites that host pop-ups, and also IE-SpyAd (which basically adds a few thousand sites into the IE Restricted Zone - also known sources of pop-ups).
     
  11. JayK

    JayK Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2002
    Posts:
    619
    Seriousl;y if you turn off actie x and active scripting (VB and javascript in particular) and java that should kill most popup ups.

    ITjere are CSS popups but those are still rare.

    IMHO the name of the game is to allow functionality wihile restrocting vulnerability.

    If you "live like a monk" figuratively speaking , i.e use a plain text only browsers, don't accept html mail, don't download programs , etc, you don't really need that much security software.

    Here's an example.

    I'm often amused at the extent users of outlook for example take to secure their email, with regards to web-bugs

    Some people block outlook from accessing remote port 80 using a firewal. Others use third party mail proxies to strip off offending html ,.

    The ",monk" approach would be too simply not accept html mail OR better uet move to something more secure to Thebat!, poccomail or pegsaus

    On the other hand if you like to live dangerously, then you definitely need protection.
     
  12. Longthing

    Longthing Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2002
    Posts:
    40
    I'm now trying Avant Browser (with build-in popup killer).

    For IE i use this: http://www.devhood.com/tools/tool_details.aspx?tool_id=268
     
  13. psamson

    psamson Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2003
    Posts:
    3
    Location:
    Sooke, British-Columbia (Canada)
  14. Detox

    Detox Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2002
    Posts:
    8,507
    Location:
    Texas, USA
    just use proxo default and it does the job
     
  15. Nick

    Nick Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2002
    Posts:
    187
    Location:
    California
    If I'm using IE, then it's Adshield that blocks pop ups. I' m starting to use Mozilla now, so I use it's built in pop up stopper to kill them.
     
  16. cl0ck

    cl0ck Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2003
    Posts:
    50
    Location:
    Southeast Asia
    i use popup manager , website is http://www.endpopups.com
    it is quite accurate in blocking popup
    however, i feel that the number of illegitimate popup windows now decreases, compared to two years before
    maybe webmasters realise that having popup wont do any good for the surfers
     
  17. Peaches4U

    Peaches4U Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2002
    Posts:
    5,070
    Location:
    At my computer
    I use IE-Spyad which I installed prior to purchasing ZoneAlarm Pro. But, I have ActiveX controls & Javascript turned off however, some sites will request that I turn them on and I have a choice as to whether or not I wish to comply. ZoneAlarm Pro has a built in pop-up killers - end result no pop-ups but sometimes the occasional ads [depends where I surf] will line up like little soldiers at the bottom of my taskbar waiting for me to open them. I simply right click my mouse on each, and close them without viewing or them ever appearing on my screen. The latter also happened before installing ZAPro.
     
  18. Caspar107

    Caspar107 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2002
    Posts:
    25
    Location:
    Apeldoorn, Netherlands
    I'm using the Google toolbar with pop-up killer, works fine for me.
     
  19. Cochise

    Cochise A missed friend

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2003
    Posts:
    2,549
    Location:
    North Thoresby Lincs Good Olde England
    Tried nearly all of the Pop/stops, eventually dumped them after a while.

    Now it's just me and my "Killer Mouse".....we're a Team.

    Cochise. :cool: ;)
     
  20. BWMerlin

    BWMerlin Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2003
    Posts:
    71
    I use IE-SPYAD and i was wondering if i could get an update on Stephen Martin's host files, IE-SPYAD comes with his file but when u go 2 his home page it says that he does not make host files anymore. So is there some were else i could get adult blocking host files.
     
  21. crockett

    crockett Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2002
    Posts:
    333
    Hi there :)

    When riding Opera, well... no need for further comment.

    Otherwise, I let WebWasher do the job.

    When experimenting with other browsers, I still use ATGuard - still such an amazingly useful soft', even with the firewall option disabled.

    Rgds, Crockett :cool:
     

    Attached Files:

  22. thinghy

    thinghy Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2002
    Posts:
    16
    Location:
    Be
    http://www.myie2.com/

    voted for the opera/mozilla option but right now I'm using MyIE2,wich is like AVANT and SLIM Browser a IEshell with more options and plugins.

    grtz, ;)
     
  23. JayK

    JayK Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2002
    Posts:
    619
    There are dozens of sites offering hosts file for download. These 3 are fairly popular.

    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
    http://asp.flaaten.dk/download/pafiledb.php?action=category&id=2
    http://pgl.yoyo.org/adservers/

    etc etc

    Do remember to block verisignfinder if your isp hasnt patched it;s dns server.
     
  24. GoonMan

    GoonMan Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2003
    Posts:
    125
    Location:
    Louisiana, USA
  25. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2003
    Posts:
    23,870
    Location:
    SW. Oklahoma
    I am running the avant browser and it has a built in popup stopper. It seems to work just fine I don't get any popups :D
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.