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Bruce B
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I use the built-in pop up stopper that comes with Mozilla Firefox.

 

You can unblock sites like this one. It works better than another pop-up blocker I used which blocked all pop-ups, incuding those I asked for.

 

Another nice feature is that you can tell FireFox not to allow a web site to resize your windows, raise or lower windows or play with the status bar.

 

-j

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Dumb question, but what does the Google Toolbar do that isn't already in Firefox?

The one thing I've figured out is that no one system is perfe3ct for pop-up blocking, no one program can catch everything. I use three different methods. Google toolbar, Analog X POW, & Spyblaster & Spybot.

 

Both Spy programs check for malicious spy enabled pop-ups, Google is the general pop-up blocker and Pow is the manual blocker which I choose specific windows to block.

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  • 2 months later...

So the google popup blocker had been working great and then all of a sudden I started getting popups again. The blocker says it still catching popups but now I'm getting them like crazy. I dont think I've downloaded anything new that might have respawned this to happen. Any ideas?

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Hmm, are they pop-ups or pop-unders?

 

Just curious, but that to me almost sounds like spyware of some sort, like that damned piece of shit from the Gator Corporation.

 

Do you have spybot or ad-aware? If not, I'd say get and run and see what they can turn up.

 

Could be the sites you're visiting too. I've got a nailed by a couple of pop-ups in the last little bit that weren't handled by Google, so maybe the nature of some pop-ups has changed to foil Google.

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I agree, it sounds like spyware. Download Spybot (free) and see what it finds. I just had a bit of spyware show up that Spybot missed. Do a search for "qthhzmbhe.exe" and delete it if found. I have no idea where this one came from but it was causing pop-up that Google couldn't do anything about.

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I had both Ad-Aware & Spybot but ran into troubles. Spybot would crash as long as Ad-Aware was installed. I was never able to figure it out so I deleted the one I perceived as the weaker of the two: Ad-Aware

 

**edit** I just re-installed Ad-Aware and it's behaving very well with Spybot. I guess there was something funky with my previous install.

Interestingly, Ad-Aware did find ~50 things Spybot had missed.

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My wife's computer has been a hotbed of spyware lately. Just the other day I spent a good hour getting rid of a browser hijacker. She swears that she hasn't downloaded anything lately and this is the second bout of really bad spyware/malware that has happened in the last month.

 

I used to think Gator was bad, but this CoolSearch or whatever it was called was a bitch kitty to get rid of.

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