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    Pop-up ads

    Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere. I understand that there is software available that will intercept pop-up ads. Can anyone point me in the right direction. Thanks.

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    Re: Pop-up ads

    If you do a search on this Forum for popup, you'll find several threads dealing with this, including links.

    One of the utilities mentioned is Pow, but there are more.

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    Re: Pop-up ads

    Ok, thanks for that.

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    Re: Pop-up ads

    I've been using Free Surfer for several months and am quite pleased with it.
    http://www.free.surfer.tc/mail

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    Re: Pop-up ads

    .....Or you can switch from IE to Mozilla and get popup blocking built in to the browser. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the "plug")

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    Re: Pop-up ads

    How's Mozilla handling the Lounge? Any problems?
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    Re: Pop-up ads

    Not A Single Problem-O, I'm happy to say! Thnx fer askin'

    The two things I like MOST about Mozilla ARE the popup control and tabbed browsing. Only ocassionally do I have something tiny, like Mozilla may not want to minimize, but the Win-D key workaround works. Even IE 6 evidently isn't adhering to all the latest "standards," whatever that means. But Mozilla has been functioning well for me, expeshully here in the Lounge!

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    Re: Pop-up ads

    That's great. Where can I get it?
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    Re: Pop-up ads

    The download page is here. If you want to read any of the history, background and other peripheral stuff about the organization, just shorten the URL to this.

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    Thanks, Al. I just grabbed it.
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    Re: Pop-up ads

    Edited by WyllyWylly to remove language in violation of <!rule=18>Rule 18<!/rule>

    This little secret is such a gem as it is soooooo simple and requires little effort and not another application to install and store locally to waste resources. This prevents those pop-up ads and banner ads or linked ads or graphics inserted into HTML that hog up your valuable dial-up bandwidth when trying to browse the web or download any files:

    First, make a new shortcut ( I keep mine on the desktop) with the following target:
    %windir%SYSTEM32notepad.exe %windir%SYSTEM32DRIVERSetchosts

    Open the shortcut. In notepad you will see a file that looks just like this:
    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/HOSTS.jpg>
    This is known as your hosts file. Whenever your computer makes a DNS lookup, it will search through this file first, essentially mapping the hostname in question to a specified IP.

    Now, the slick part! Whenever you're browsing and a new ad or pop-up comes up, right click on it and cut and paste the URL into your "hosts" file. Chop off the "http://" bit as well as the directory and filename, and you end up with this:
    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/HOSTS2.jpg>
    The entries after "127.0.0.1 localhost" are the URLs I pasted in. Just put a "2" at the end of the number sequence and at least one space should separate your pasted URL.

    No more <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> pop-ups anymore!

    For this to work, you must NOT be using the autoconfigure option in IE LAN settings.

    I personally don't bother as it is a waste of time and management, but you may strengthen the above feature by setting your custom security settings to "high" in Internet Options or by adding these addresses to the "Restricted Sites" zone. (You can find both of these by going to Internet Explorer>Tools>Internet Options>Security tab).

    Also, if anyone is interested, I have another GREAT tip that is even better that blocks those ads in Kazaa/Grokster/Morpheus increasing bandwidth AND a way to be able to remove the 128kbps download limit and 100/200 search result limit.

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    Re: Pop-up ads

    <hr>if anyone is interested, I have another GREAT tip that is even better<hr>
    Sounds like a come on. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I'm always interested in a tip that would increase bandwidth.

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    Re: Pop-up ads

    Yes, you will still have the pop-up window if imbedded in the HTML or script. For example, I frequent the PC World.com site, and each time I change a page or link or what have you, there are multiple ads inserted which, when using the aforementioned, it cuts page load in half!.

    I did not know if the address tagged to local host as presented in the host file sample would work and just tried the "2" by way of suggestion from a buddy and it works, so I just left it alone. The 0.0.0.0 would have never entered my mind.

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    Re: Pop-up ads

    Funny that you mentioned that... a few years back, you could go in to the options of both Netscape and IE and turn off Javascripting, which would kill the windows. At that time it didn't kill much else, but I think it would nowadays. And stranger still, the option mysteriously vanished without a word or a trace.

    RE the IP addresses you chose, any "invalid" address would work that is contained in your HOSTS file. They key is that your PC looks there first and then resolves the name on a DNS server if it doesn't find an entry. If you add PRE to the end of the entry, it will be preloaded in the address cache, boosting speed even a tad more. I don't recall offhand what the limit is, but it's fairly high.

    A final tweak you can perform in addition to this is to disable caching of failed DNS lookups - meaning the OS won't bother to keep a bad address. Check out the details, along with a REG patch, here: http://www.speedguide.net/Cable_mode...e_reg_xp.shtml
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    KaZaA/Grokster/Morpheus Tweak

    Here's the way to do without ads in KaZaA/Grokster/Morpheus. Basically this tells Internet Explorer that ads.musiccity.com (the starting places for the barrage of ads) is a restricted zone. Here are 2 ways two do this:

    1. First, in IE go to Tools>Internet Options>Security (tab);
    2. Click on the 'Restricted Sites' icon;
    3. Click on 'Default Level' so that it is set to 'High' ( this will not affect your regular Internet setting which is probably 'Medium');
    4. Click the 'Sites...' button and put 'http://ads.musiccity.com' in the 'Add this web site to the zone' box.

    The second way to do this is to simply download the attachment I've included, unzip it to your desktop, double-click it and select 'yes' to install directly to your registry and it will do all the above in 2 seconds. It is simple and safe.

    Start KaZaA/Grokster/Morpheus and you should find the ad section in the lower left-hand corner of the desktop media interface will be blank and all the annoying linked ads on the start page will be AWL. You will now have faster page loads and faster downloads!

    Now, there are a few minor version differences amongst these P2P apps, so if you notice an irksome ad, just right-click, 'Properties', copy the <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> URL and repeat 1-4 above. You may also right-click, 'View Source', and copy URLs referenced in the javascripts. I haven't found it necessary to do this yet as the ads are all coming from the URL listed above.

    I will be back to offer part II of KaZaA/Grokster/MorpheusTweak to increase kbps download and search results number........<IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/vampir.gif>
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