Popup Ad Killer Popup Blocker
Google Toolbar Popup Blocker
A Popup blocker, as the name suggests, is needed to block popups which are those irritating advertisements that
appear on your monitor as you surf the Internet. Their main intention of these popups is to draw attention to
advertisers web sites or to gather email addresses. It is the nuisance factor of popups that has encouraged
almost every web browser designer to include some kind of Pop Up Blocker in their program. All of the new versions
of major browsers have a built in option to block popups.
The popups that appear on your monitor screen as a web page loads are normally caused by something called
Not all popups are a nusiance as they are sometimes needed to ask a user to fill in some information or to give
a user further information. Music download sites frequently use popups to play tunes in a specialised player
This can be an entirely legitimate use of popups and is quite different from the pop up advertisements that
displayed. The status bar or the menus can be concealed, making it next to impossible to navigate away from the pop
up. Your only options are to close the window using the 'x' box in the top right corner or to click on the ad and
be taken to the advertiser's web site which can be very annoying to say the least.
create multiple windows - when one of those windows is closed another window will open and so on. The only way out
of this endless loop is to close the browser completely and start again.
A comparatively new type of pop up is created using Flash and can be programmed to follow your mouse or to float
on the screen as you scroll the window.
on a web page. Adware is usually just advertising supported software which shows ads when you use that program.
Sometimes, however, adware refers to small concealed programs that deliver targeted advertising to your web
browser. These adware programs will look for certain keywords on a web page and use those words to generate
There is also another type of pop up which is called a pop under. Rather than appearing on top of web pages pop
under windows are concealed until you close the browser window. These are a little bit less intrusive than popups
but still an unwanted annoyance. There's no end to the cleverness of advertisers!
If your browser does not have it's own integrated pop up blocker, it is possible to download specialised
utilities that block popups and run in the background requiring no user intervention. The majority of these are
available free of charge.
One good utility that will block popups as well as offering many other useful facilities is the Google Toolbar which you can download for free directly from Google.