how can I remove pop-up ads

  geekuk 13:32 05 Jun 2003


Is there a way to configure my browser to reduce the amount of pop-up ads (i know there is software that can do this but am sure the browser can be configured... i have IE)

  MichelleC 15:52 05 Jun 2003

Only Mozilla, Netscape and Opera stop 'em I think.

  Stuartli 16:14 05 Jun 2003

Use Proximotron - it's designed to stop virtually all types of unwanted advertising including popups.

Go to: click here

You may occasionally have to use the Bypass feature on the Proxomitron panel (if you install it) to access some website security features such as address, credit card etc forms.

  obbit 18:12 05 Jun 2003

i use "crazy browser" 100% popup killer. i never get any popups at all click here

its free as well.

hope this helps

  Lú-tzé 18:29 05 Jun 2003

Go with Mozilla - it has its own built in ad-blocker.

Another tip: along with Mozilla, I use a customised hosts file which keeps away ads and therefore the page loads much more quickly.

From click here

What is a hosts file and how does this work?

A hosts file tells your computer what numerical address, e.g., is associated with an url, e.g. click here

This file is a very simple hack which takes ad server URLs like and redirects them to a place we know they don't exist and won't cause any problems - That is the loop-back address. It checks your own computer for the ad and it just won't find it there.


Have a look at the link above and give it a go if you are on dial up. It will necessitate the emptying of your cache and the overwriting of the current hosts file with another. But after a reboot you should notice a definite speed boost as no ads are being loaded onto the pages.

Sure, some people do not like this very much (ads help to pay the running costs of the site) but the method works for me. Maybe I have missed out on an advertisement for something that would be life-changing, but that is the price I have to pay and the risk I take.

  as400man 20:35 05 Jun 2003

Since I installed Norton PF I have not seen one but at work I see plenty. When I check Norton's log it shows that it stops hundreds of the things without me knowing about it.

  Stuartli 13:09 06 Jun 2003

This is exactly what Proxomitron does!

  Lú-tzé 15:20 06 Jun 2003

Stuartli - yes, but this way there is nothing extra to install or to take up system resources - and it is easily editable and reversible.

I have discovered however, that to listen to some radio stations which use RealPlayer and display ads at the same time, I have to tick out the blocker. But I am on the lookout for a workaround.

  Stuartli 16:25 06 Jun 2003

Proxomitron is a tiny program and doesn't need all the hacks you mention whilst, at the same time, being superbly efficient.

I learned about it from my son, an IT support specialist, to whose astonishing knowledge on anything to do with the subject of computers I bow with unashamed pride.

  Lú-tzé 16:40 06 Jun 2003

Stuartli - sure it is "tiny" and "superbly efficient" but as I imply, I prefer to do things manually wherever possible, and hence have nothing to blame if things go wrong. Each to their own, I suppose.

Best wishes and happy computing. Lú-Tzé :-}

  Â ÑÌÇKÑÂMË 16:49 06 Jun 2003

This is one for the manual ones lets you add and
take away what you like ,as and when they appear,also can get updates for known popups added to it via web,used it for yonks and i think it brill click here


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