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    Hi,
    Any suggestions for downloading a free pop-up blocker? I apparently have one on a Google toobar (it says 1032 blocked), but still seem to have a lot of pop-ups. I sure don't want one that is spyware. Thanks. Lana

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    Check on the one in Internet Explorer 6 (Tools -> Pop-up Blocker then Turn on Pop-up Blocker and/or Pop-up Blocker Settings).

    If you have Norton Internet Security or Norton Firewall, there's yet another Pop-up Blocker in Ad-Blocking -> Configure.

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    Hi John,
    Thanks for the tip - however, I do have IE 6.0.xxx but when I go to the tools option on the tool bar, I don't have a Pop-up Blocker option listed. I have McAfee Virusscan Pro installed rather than Norton so that option isn't valid for me either. My firewall is built into the dsl networking modem (2wire HomePortal monitor). When I google for freeware lots are shown, but I'm nervous about spyware.

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    Hi Lana. You'll only have the IE pop-up blocker if you have Windows XP with SP2 installed.
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    Re: pop-up blocker

    Well, that explains that - I am using Windows 98 SE. Thanks, I always seem to forget to include that info in my posts. Lana

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    I recommend using Firefox instead of IE. Popup blocking is built in along with many other improvements over IE.

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    Sorry, I assume that everyone is on XP SP2, unless they say otherwise!

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    lana,

    PC World offers a free pop up blocker that works well.

    Download it at PCW
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    Re: pop-up blocker

    Well, I appreciate all of the responses and help. I have downloaded Firefox and am actually answering this post while browsing with it. I'll give it a good tryout and perhaps won't look back. I did download the pop-up blocker suggested by Bob as well. I can't tell you how I hate those things. Thank you all again. Lana

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    I never hesitate recommending people try The Proxomitron. It's small, doesn't require an install, is highly configurable (although it works perfectly "straight out of the box") and does so much more than a plain ol' popup blocker. <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware of course. Read the Proxomitron Help Files for an overview. Then give it a whirl. You won't regret it!

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    Lana

    If you decide to continue using Firefox, then can I also recommend the 'AdBlock' extension. It's a wonderful little tool that will not only block pop-ups, but any other type of advertising that you don't like. It blocks at source, and is totally configurable. I'm at work at the moment so don't have access to the download link, so if any other Loungers would care to take a look for me... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: pop-up blocker

    AdBlock can be found here.

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    I've been a fan of Proxomitron for a few years now, but lately I've been weaning myself off of it without too many drawbacks. This mostly started when I got my cable internet connection installed and I tested the speed at Numion.com -- I tested before and after setting up the proxy and my reported browsing speed 'after' was about half of 'before' (still blazing compared to dialup). I still use Prox at timeswhen I really want the added security, but for the most part I am using Avant Browser. With it's built-in popup and ad blockers it does most of what I used Prox for. I tried Firefox but it didn't have a very comfortable feel for me, and I really disliked how it handled mail.

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    Hi David

    I too run on cable now, and find the speed too fast, compared to dialup, to make any kind of subjective comparison. But I will certainly test things out on Numion.com.

    I find it rather baffling that a local proxy like Proxomitron could slow down browsing though. After all, apps like Prox essentially retrieve the HTML as any browser would, process (usually filter) it, then send it to the browser, all on the local machine. If anything, this should speed things up overall, since filtered (bulky and undesirable) content has been removed from the "web page" the browser sees, and there's no overhead in retrieving it.

    Anyhow, I'm gonna give it a whirl myself and study the results.

    Alan

    Edited - Back again! I ran the test several times, with Prox both on and off. Performance seemed to improve after the first run, when it was on, but then continued to improve slightly each time, regardless of the on/ off status. I'm hazarding a guess that the first browse is significantly slower than subsequent ones, because the latter ones benefit from loading cached copies of the downloaded images. I'll still be looking at Avant though. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: pop-up blocker

    <hr>I tried Firefox but it didn't have a very comfortable feel for me, and I really disliked how it handled mail.<hr>
    Don't you mean the Mozilla suite rather than Firefox? Firefox is only a browser, it has no mail facilities, the 'matching' mail client from Mozilla.org is Thunderbird.

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