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Popup Killer
I'm not going to change from IE to Mozilla or alike and I hate popups (as we all do) soooo over the last few days I've been writing my own popup killer for Internet Explorer.

I'd really like some of you guys to try it out. I've attached some screenshots so you can see.

It is not quite done yet but when it is I'll reply here. It is totally free :)

I'm so proud of myself Cool

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Paul: Jan 25, 2003, 7:38 AM
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Here ya go.

I've only tested it on XP with all the VB runtime libs installed so let me know if it breaks or on the other hand it way work like a dream :)
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Ok I've just tested on Win98 and everything seems to work apart from the update download option as I need to bundle an OCX with the installer, and the only other thing I can see is that the minimize option doesn't put the icon in the system tray.

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Paul: Jan 25, 2003, 12:58 PM
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I've fixed those bugs and tested on XP/98 and all seems to work.

I've setup a page for it.

http://adsql.com/adstop/
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when you exit the program is it supposed to scroll up through the top of your screen?

Philip
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Limecat is not pleased.
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Hehe yeah it wasn't just a cool mishap....it is coded to do that Wink
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How can popups be blocked in Mozilla? I haven't found anything in the settings.

Thanks Smile

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DogTags: Jan 28, 2003, 4:39 AM
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They can't - its an internet explorer popup killer :)
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Would you use it if I added the ability to close mozilla popups too?
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Oops...Sorry, I wasn't clear. I know your prog is for IE. I use Mozilla (love those tabs!), and I'm looking for something that works with it. Smile

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Go to "Preferences -> Advanced -> Scripts & Plugins". There you can controll all kinds of javascript behaviour.

Ivan
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I've updated the app to kill Netcsape, Mozilla and Phoenix popups :)

If you give me 10 minutes I'll update the download Wink
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Go to "Preferences -> Advanced -> Scripts & Plugins". There you can controll all kinds of javascript behaviour.

Thanks, yogi. I think the one that will work is to uncheck "Open unrequested windows" Smile

I'll snag your update, too, Paul. Thanks. Smile
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YeeHah! That was it....what a relief!

Thanks, yogi! Cool Cool
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Well *cough* my app has more options Wink

The download is updated.

http://www.adsql.com/adstop/AdStop-1.17.zip
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Well *cough cough cough*, does your application run under linux?

Ivan
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Iyengar Yoga Resources / GT Plugins
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Paul, do you suppose your pop-up killer will work with WIN2000?
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It works on XP so I think it should work ok.

If you have Win2K and are willing to test I'd appreciate it :)
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Well *cough cough cough*, does your application run under linux?

Well *cough cough cough* does Konqueror work under windows? Wink
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There could be an issue with using Titles as the key to blocking things.

Over at Mail.com, a lot of their popups are titled "email.com" and that's it. In fact, the popup content will often be a single image, not text (don't know if that makes a difference)

Would AdStop be able to distinguish which "email.com" windows I wanted and which not?

That is what seems to be the great feature behind adjusting the script settings in Mozilla. It referred to not opening "Unrequested" windows. So, I guess if you don't click for it, it won't open.

Found a prob with the Mozilla, though. If you click a link designed to open in a popup, it still blocks it. So, the designation, "unrequested" is not really accurate. Even though I deliberately click a link that I had configured to open in a newwin, the bugger didn't open. Frown This could be a serious issue with things like shopping carts.

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I went into a mail.com account. The mail didn't open in a popup.

However, if I right-clicked, "This Frame", Open frame in new tab....doggone, the mail links now open in new windows even though I still have the open unrequested windows unchecked.....oh, well....Crazy

What would be really nice is if you could toggle this feature right on the toolbar. Then, you could easily click back and forth depending on your circumstances. Cool Cool Cool

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DogTags: Jan 28, 2003, 6:43 AM
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Over at Mail.com, a lot of their popups are titled "email.com" and that's it. In fact, the popup content will often be a single image, not text (don't know if that makes a difference)

It starts to get very difficult handling external windows other than IE apart from grabbing the window caption.

There is not a lot of support for it by companies such as Netscape due to their battles with M$.

Apart from the window caption how were you thinking of blocking them?
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Mozilla does block unrequested popups and can allow you to open a legitimate link in a new window. You just have to put a check in the "Open a link in the new window" box and restart Mozilla.

- wil

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Wil: Jan 28, 2003, 7:56 AM
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Thanks, Wil. Ya know, I have Mozilla 1.2.1 (the latest), but I do not have the "Open a link in the new window" option in the Preferences. I can't find it anywhere. Do you think it has something to do with whether you elect to use tabs? What version do you use?

Paul, I'm not sure how best to handle blocking unwanted popups. It's just that sites like Mail.com seem to have found away around those programs that use the title for blocking by naming many of their pages "email.com". I like how AdStop rolls up Smile
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Is there anyone with Win2K who can test this app for me please?

It works for me but not someone else on Win2K so just looking for a third person :)
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I'm running Mozilla 1.01, and of course I'm using tabs. Running the web without tabs! Blah! :-)

- wil
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Seen this by the way:

http://www.panicware.com/

- wil
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What about this, Paul......is there a way to set up the default action of AdStop to block all popups and then to set up a list of allowed popups?

I guess this would be sort of a reverse way of doing things, but I don't know if it's possible. Smile
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Very interesting, Wil. Thanks Smile
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Hm... I used PanicWare for a while. When I noticed occasionally that it was closing Internet Explorer when I tried to open additional windows, I scrapped it.

www.analogx.com has a pop up killer similar to Pauls that I've been using off and on for a while now.

Philip
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The thing I don't like about panicware is there is no real interface - after installation it just sits in your system tray and you don't feel like you have control.

By the way, I've just updated AdStop and if I say so myself, it rocks.

You can now drag the AdStop icon to any window you want and it will be added to the rule text box.

You can also take screen captures of your whole desktop or _any_ window or part of a window you want Cool

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Paul: Jan 29, 2003, 7:30 AM
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The thing about blocking all popups though is that you may miss some that you may actually want to see, whereas doing it the other way around lets you see the popup once at least to make sure you don't want it again and then you can block it in future.
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The drag and drop sounds really great. I'll get the update and try it.

Is it the same link as above, or is the version number different?

http://adsql.com/adstop/AdStop-1.17.zip

You're right about that regarding default blocking. If you go to a new site, you won't know whether you are missing anything significant.

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DogTags: Jan 29, 2003, 8:03 AM
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I have a few more features up my sleeve such as blocking popups of certain sizes and also certain urls.