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    Firefox - blocking popups (Firefox 1.0.2)

    Firefox does a pretty good job of blocking popups, but as the Help files allow, some will still get through.

    I ought to be able to do something about the few that do get through (e.g. below) because under section "What are Popups?", Firefox help says "When blocking a popup, Firefox displays an information bar, as well as an icon in the status bar. When you click either the information bar or the icon, a menu is displayed with the following choices:"

    I don't see this bar, and wonder if anyone has found a means of adding data directly through a text configuration file.

    (I might just have answered my own question; using about:config and filtering "pop" w/o quotes, I toggled "showbrowesermessage" and "usecustom".

    Let's see what happens next .....
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    Re: Firefox - blocking popups (Firefox 1.0.2)

    As far as I am aware, I have at least two popup blockers:<UL><LI>the one in Norton Internet Security's Firewall (ad blocking and popup window blocking)<LI>that in Firefox, under Tools -> Options -> Web Features[/list]Your kilometerage may vary, of course.

    If you Google for popup blocker test you will find many tests to keep you happily occupied blocking (or not blocking!) various different types of popup window.

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    Re: Firefox - blocking popups (Firefox 1.0.2)

    Thanks John, I googled myself to Pop-Up Check and ran the tests from their attractive green site.

    Now I can see the effect on FireFox of my change to "showbrowesermessage"; that little menu to FireFox will let me nominate sites to be allowed TO send popups, but still won't let me nominate any extra blocking facility.

    PopupCheck's "Top 10" blockers lists Firefox as =#2<pre>1 Google 85,100,100,100 385
    2 Windows XP SP2 100,100,80,100 380
    3 Firefox 0.9.3 / Mozilla 1.7.2 100,100,80,100 380</pre>


    ... although I notice that with FireFox 1.0.2 I'm still behind the times. I'll check for upgrades once I've posted this. (Later, no, it lists Firefox as 0.9.3, so I'm currently ahead of the game .....)

    This confirms my suspicions that Firefox is doing a fine job of blocking, and I'm probably best advised to put up with the ocacsional one that slips through.

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    Re: Firefox - blocking popups (Firefox 1.0.2)

    See "Help! I'm still getting Pop-ups" - The solution - MozillaZine Forums for methods of getting rid of pop-ups. Many people use the adblock add-in as detailed in the first post to stop pop-ups.

    There is also an experimental add-in from Firefox developer Asa Dotzler, see another shot at pop-up blocking (I have not tried this add-in)

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    Re: Firefox - blocking popups (Firefox 1.0.2)

    Tony, thanks for these.

    I'm trying C. To block pop-ups from plugins (such as Flash) type about:config in the location bar; right-click anywhere in the page and choose New>Integer; type privacy.popups.disable_from_plugins and press Ok; type 2 and press Ok and will explore the other links.

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    Re: Firefox - blocking popups (Firefox 1.0.2)

    Hi Chris

    Have you tried the Flash Block extension?

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Firefox - blocking popups (Firefox 1.0.2)

    Thanks Ken, I have downloaded it and discovered what to do with an XPI file (grin!)

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