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    Self-propagating web pages (Win98, MSIE 5.5)

    I was using Internet Explorer last night, and a "pop-under" ad for a Visa credit card appeared. I ignored it till I was preparing to shut down. I closed my Internet connection and proceeded to close my open applications (Outlook, IE). The Visa ad reappeared after I'd closed the other stuff. In my hast, I clicked on the ad's "OK" button instead of the X in the upper right corner. Immediately, the ad (actually a second Internet Explorer window, of course) launched another IE window, and then another and another and another.... All these windows were empty, of course--I'd closed my connection, remember. The IE windows kept opening faster than I could close them, and the icons on my task bar kept getting smaller and smaller! It seemed the only way to stop these rabbits from multiplying was to shut down the computer. That's what I did, and I went to bed convinced that my system was doomed. I pictured myself spending the weekend trying to salvage whatever was left of my computer and my files. The good news: my machine ran fine this morning! Whew! I feel better now, but what the hey happened here?

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    Re: Self-propagating web pages (Win98, MSIE 5.5)

    It's simple really, and generally, nothing to worry about.

    If you want to get out of this cascade of browsers in the future, simply CTRL + ALT + DEL, and end task on iexplore.exe.

    If you want to prevent this from happening alltogether, you've got a few options. One that has come up before and is nifty is <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.analogx.com>Analog X's POW!</A> The only downfall of this popup killer is that you have to input the windows you want killed.

    If you're looking for a more automated method of killing popup windows, you might take a look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.historykill.com>History Kill</A>, In addition to removing all temp internet files, cookies, etc, it also has an option to disable popups. The nice thing about this is that it's a hands free popup killer. You don't have to specify which windows you want killed, if you deliberately click on a link, it will open it, but it will not allow popups to load. The downside, the software is only good for 30 days.

    I hope this helps!
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    New window

    Until a few days ago, every new window I opened up in IE 5.5 (Win98) overwrote the previsous one; now, every new one stays open, resulting in a significant stack after a while. I must have done something to trigger this but I have no idea what, nor obviously do I know how to get back to the previous configuration.

    T. <who would appreciate any suggestions>

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    Re: New window

    Not sure, but try this, under Tools, Internet Options, Advanced
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    Re: Self-propagating web pages (Win98, MSIE 5.5)

    You could also download a script I wrote called "Trust Setter" over at http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/ScriptReposi...fault.asp?id=11 (This is part of a "Script Repository" I'm planning on launching soon.) This script lets you set which sites can and cannot use JavaScript and set cookies via 2 buttons on IE's toolbar. For example, I like browsing AintItCool.com, but I hate the Pop-up ads. So I click on the "Add to Restricted Sites" button and I don't have to worry about pop-ups from that site anymore. If you want a more restrictive policy, you can set your Internet Zone to disallow JavaScript and cookies and add the exceptions to the rule to the Trusted Zone via the "Add to Trusted Sites" button.

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    Re: New window

    Thankyouverymuch, that did it....

    T.

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