Originally posted on December
Stop those damn popup ads!
As the internet settles comfortably
into a natural financial model, you've undoubtedly seen more
and more of those dam popup ads that clutter your screen on your
computer desktop. The most common one is a camera company that
I wont mention that seems to want a permanent synapse burned
into your brain.
There are people who say that
the only way portals like Yahoo and Lycos to name just two will
survive is HEAVY advertising. It's that or getting you and me
to anti-up and pay a monthly fee for use of their services like
free email and website hosting. I'm more in favor of the monthly
fee as long as there are no ads ANYWHERE but I know that bean
counters are greedy little buggers and they just want more and
more from you and that just the way it'll be friends.
Until then, you can combat this
invasion of your screen space by using a Popup Stopper. My favorite
is, PopupStopper by the guys at Panicware.com.
There are others out there that
claim to be safe, but if you investigate them closely, you'll
find that they integrate a special program that tracks your use
on the internet, sending data about you to data warehouses. Some
even collect personal data and we all hate that don't we.
Download PopupStopper by ZDnet Downloads.
Make sure you read the documentation
that comes with Popup Stopper because many people I've suggested
it to forget that it's stopping popup windows of all kinds and
many legitimate websites use popup windows to display information
to you. For instance, Charles Schwab has a popup windows everytime
you get a summary about your account holdings. Everytime I click
on my report for this, the Popup Stopper would flash in the lower
right hand corner and make a short simulated electrical ZAP through
my speakers letting me know that its stopping a popup window.
It has come to attention that if you use PopupStopper and use
Quickbooks Pro 2000 - 2001 and try to perform a backup using
the built in backup from the File menu, you'll get an "Invalid
Drive" error message. You'll need to disable the PopupStopper
and re-enable it after you've finished your backup to proceed.