pop ups? !!!

  1. Any suggestions on how to stop the pop up ads?
    As soon as I start up my computer they come popping up 8-10 of them at a time.
    They have frozen me out, have to restart, its sooo irritating!
    Anyone else experiencing lately being bombarded more than usual?
    I tried calling my internet service, but they just recommend to buy software, which I don't want, afford to do.
    I have DSL so I get them even when I'm not surfing but on another hardware program.

    So if any smart computer people out there, I'd appreciate a suggestion.
    Thanks all!

    Sherri
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   camkib
    I'm not a smart computer person, but there are pop up blocker programs out there...many of them won't cost you a cent. I have Earthlink as my ISP and they offer a free one. And I don't think you have to be an Earthlink subscriber to download the program.

    I'm usually only on the internet to come to Allnurses, but whenever I venture somewhere else on the web....I always, always use my pop-up blocker--pop ups are sooooo annoying!

    If you do a search I'm sure you'll find something that helps.
    Good luck,

    Camkib
  4. by   epg_pei
    There is a free product called Pop-Up Stopper, it's a free download and works very well. Here's the website; http://www.panicware.com/popupstopper.html

    As an alternative, you could ditch Internet Explorer and try Netscape 7.1, Mozilla 1.4, or Opera 7. All of these browsers have built-in pop-up blocking.

    Beware that some pop-ups are legitimate; we ask for them when we click on certain links. Using Pop-Up Stopper will not allow you to view these legitimate links.

    One last suggestion; Windows operating systems have a built-in messenging program, which some clever spam types have taken advantage of. To stop those kinds of pop-ups, follow the directions posted at http://www.itc.virginia.edu/desktop/docs/messagepopup/

    And then you could always try Linux...
  5. by   Zee_RN
    I use the panicware pop-up stopper too and it works quite well. Every once in a while a pop-up breaks through and every once in awhile my PC will still freeze with some stupid pop-up but it has been cut down dramatically.

    Now if I could find a way to get those dozens of "grow your penis" emails out of my email box!!!! Yeesh, maybe if I *had* a penis I'd want to hear about it but I doubt it.
  6. by   Celiabs
    Popups can come from the site that you're viewing (porn sites are the worst). But quality sites ususally just use one at most. Some popup windows can be useful too in presenting relevant info. Be
    careful in stopping ALL popups which can be done in the settings of some browsers.

    If you're getting MANY of them, you've probably downloaded some "scumware." Those popups aren't generated by the site you're visiting. Rather the scumware triggers its own popup, often for a competitor of that site. Nasty!

    There are many ways to pick up scumware: perhaps you (or someone else on your machine...especially a kid) downloaded Kazaa or one of the other popular music sharing rograms. "Free" software is often contains devices to pop up windows.

    I'd be VERY careful getting free adblocker software on the web since it often has its own problems. Buy the paid version at a store. Ad-aware is supposed to be good.

    As a general rule, don't download freebies from the web. I get emails offering free screensavers. Those are probably infected.
    Cleaning out this junk is very difficult and sometimes the removal can disable a machine.
  7. by   Celiabs
    "One last suggestion; Windows operating systems have a built-in messenging program, which some clever spam types have taken advantage of. To stop those kinds of pop-ups, follow the directions posted at http://www.itc.virginia.edu/desktop/docs/messagepopup/ "

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    Good point. I started getting tons of those "messenger" popups two months ago. They come from within your machine and not the site you're visiting.

    Windows Messenger is designed so your network administrator can send messages to people on the system, a valid pupose. But some people have discovered how to misuse it to allow third parties to send ads.

    IE has a simple setting to turn WM off. There is little downside to turning it off from what I've heard. My problem went away when I disabled Windows Messenger.
  8. by   bedpan
    Also there can be a problem with "spyware" - It is even included with legitimate software which you purchase - A great little proggie I have found is called Adaware - It clears them up - You can dl a trial version and check it out for free - It is available for almost all windows os - Ad Aware

    While we are on this subject, There is another handy little proggie I found a long time ago that I love called Windows Washer - I swear by this one! When you delete something from your puter it doesn't really get deleted, but rather just sits on your HD untill it gets overwritten sometime at later date - Windows Washer overwrites those files and gets rid of them! Plus, with one touch of a button it cleans out your cache, your history, and more - You will find it clears up a bunch of space on your HD and will probably even speed up your puter! Again a trial version is available for dl so you can check it out -
    Windows Washer

    I liked both of these so much I bought them before the trial period was over even! I run them about once a week as well as defrag the puter
    Last edit by bedpan on Jul 27, '03
  9. by   Nurse Ratched
    Scooting this over to the break room .
  10. by   sphinx
    Well if anyone out there with a mac hasn't tried safari yet, that would be a good thing to try too. It has an option to block pop-ups. Since I installed it I have not had one single pop-up.(has a lot of other nifty features too, the best browser I've tried yet!)
  11. by   Rapheal
    Great suggestions!!!!!!
  12. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by epg_pei
    There is a free product called Pop-Up Stopper, it's a free download and works very well. Here's the website; http://www.panicware.com/popupstopper.html

    As an alternative, you could ditch Internet Explorer and try Netscape 7.1, Mozilla 1.4, or Opera 7. All of these browsers have built-in pop-up blocking.

    Beware that some pop-ups are legitimate; we ask for them when we click on certain links. Using Pop-Up Stopper will not allow you to view these legitimate links.

    One last suggestion; Windows operating systems have a built-in messenging program, which some clever spam types have taken advantage of. To stop those kinds of pop-ups, follow the directions posted at http://www.itc.virginia.edu/desktop/docs/messagepopup/

    And then you could always try Linux...

    I have pop up stopper...I love it.
  13. by   Tookie
    We use the window washer almost every night - My husband is apraniod about viruses - He downloads his virus updates and has Zone alarm fire walls and various other protections It Does concern us when you hear so much about identies are being stolen etc.
    Tookie
  14. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Originally posted by epg_pei

    Beware that some pop-ups are legitimate; we ask for them when we click on certain links. Using Pop-Up Stopper will not allow you to view these legitimate links.

    I have the pop up stopper from panicware (free version). When you are on a site that delivers legitimate pop ups all you have to do is momentarily disable the pop up blocker. You do that by clicking on the white hand that shows up on the bottom of your screen after you install the program. Then uncheck the area that says "block pop ups". This makes the white hand turn grey. When you get through with the legitimate popups you can turn the popup blocker back on the same way you turned it off. The hand will turn to white again to signify that the pop ups are being blocked.

    I've had the panicware pop up blocker for quite a while now and it works wonderfully.

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