Software review: Pop-up Stopper
Boy oh boy, if ever a label described exactly what the product does, this is it.
We all know the problem. Visit a web site where the owner thought he could make lots of money promoting his or someone else’s products in pop-up windows. From the advertisers perspective, this method does work. The real problem comes when the web site owner gets greedy, rationalizing to himself “If one was good, more must be better!” The reality is, more is not better. More is annoying. The problem is even worse if we accidentally stumble into a porn site operated by unscrupulous owners. Their mindset is a little more aggressive. “Let’s FILL their screen with SO MUCH PORN they’ll eventually give up trying to make it stop.”
Not to fear, though. I’ve allowed this process to spawn unrestrained on occasion just to see what happens. It does eventually stop because at some point, your computer has launched so many browser windows it runs out of memory and locks up! They’re so stupid they don’t even realize their own tactics are self defeating. All they really accomplish is to annoy us, even those who like porn!
So how do we make it all stop. One method I’ve seen involves the shortcut keys Ctrl-W. This is fine for the one or two windows that may pop up at a site on top of the window you really want to see. But is does not work to close pop-under windows, nor does it stop new ones from appearing when navigating between pages of the same site. Most cause new ones to appear every time you enter a new page.
Another way to stop pop-ups it is to disable Active Scripting in your browser altogether. The down side to this approach is you really do rob yourself of a great many things most of us already take for granted while surfing online. If you think I’m exaggerating, I assure you, I am not. Go ahead and try it. Then try to do some online banking or shop your favorite online store or auction site. You won’t get very far. This approach is like cutting off your arm to eliminate writers cramp. It works, but at what cost?