What's the best allaround spyware popup Ad blocker?

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  1. testg

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    That's also low on resources and actually works? Blocking webbugs also helps.
     
  2. Dan Perez

    Dan Perez Retired Moderator

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    Hi testg,

    You might want to glance through the following informal Poll

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=5843

    I use the newest beta Google Toolbar for IE, its pop-up blocker is very handy IMO. In Opera (my preferred browser) I use its disable popups setting.

    HTH,

    Dan
     
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    Another vote for the Google beta Toolbar.
     
  4. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Hi Dan en yokenny,

    Care to test it?

    http://www.popuptest.com/

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
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    Re:What's the best all around spyware pop up Ad blocker?

    I have been using 'Guidescope', and have been pleased. Blocks all adds, bugs, manages cookies and is configurable.
     
  6. Dan Perez

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    HI Pieter,

    Cool Link!

    The Google beta passed all tests of common techniqies except it let one through on the "Come and Go" test.

    In the Uncommon Techniqies section it let a few more in

    Modeless Window
    Drop-Down PopUp
    Floating Banner
    Sticky PopUp

    These must be pretty uncommon as I haven't actually got a live one come through yet. Still, very interesting!

    Thx,

    Dan
     
  7. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Hi Dan,

    Even AdShield doesn't survive the Come and Go test.

    And Opera fails the MouseOver Popup.
    I didn't try all the Uncommon ones, because sofar both have not let me down yet under normal conditions.

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  8. JayK

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    >Even AdShield doesn't survive the Come and Go test.

    That disappointing since several free ones do. Unless you are talking abt 1.2?

    Otherwise there isnt much difference between most of the popup blockers i tested.

    >And Opera fails the MouseOver Popup.

    So does Mozilla. But this seems to be a decision decision. There is some dispute over whether popups caused by mouseover actions are "evil" popups if you look at various popup blocker tests.

    Popup blockers that do not block such popups , have the philisophy that any user initated actions , clicking a button, even moving a mouse, indicates that the user wants something to happen, hence the popup that is created will be useful.

    On the other hand, it's quite reasonable to argue that users seldom expect a popup on moving a mouse to a certain area.

    In any case it's pretty easy to block on mouseover actions.


    > didn't try all the Uncommon ones, because sofar both have not let me down yet under normal conditions.

    Almost all of them are actually dyamnic Banners rather then popups. So I don't think dedicated popupblockers can be expected to block them.
     
  9. Pieter_Arntz

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    I'm using the last free version of AdShield. ;)
     
  10. WYBaugh

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    I have been trialing AdMuncher http://www.admuncher.com and it passes every test with flying colors...very nice program! I've been using PopUpCop http://www.popupcop.com which is also a very good program (very configurable and passed all tests except for the floating ad) but have been having issues with it running and accessing Disney's ToonTown for my son :)

    Bill
     
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