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04-28-2002, 06:15 AM
i can't stand these things. this site isn't that bad, but i have noticed on some sites, they regenerate about every minute. i've been noticing a lot more of theses lately.

is it possible that my ISP is behind this, or are the sites i visit on a regular basis now getting in the pop up ad business? it seems a lot worse than it used to be.

04-28-2002, 10:19 AM
There's not much you can do about this other than increasing your Internet security.

Popup ads suck.

04-28-2002, 11:03 AM
so far, the applications I've tried that prevent pop-ups have all had terrible memory leaks, to the point where Windows (ME, in my case) runs down to insufficient available memory in a day or two, if you leave the no-pop-up app running.

Brave Sir Robin
04-28-2002, 11:15 AM
I hate 'em! I hate the ones that open up another popup when you close them! I hate popups! Killem killem killem!

04-28-2002, 11:18 AM
We should organise an "Anti Pop Up Association", and we can advertise it with pop up windows :D!


04-28-2002, 11:21 AM
Yes pop-ups seem to be getting worse through time. I remember when I 1st got the internet about 6 years ago pop-ups were nowhere, now about half the sites I visit have pop-ups. Very aggrevating. Especially the ones that pop up so big you cannot X them out.

04-28-2002, 11:39 AM
Yo can download software that stops them. One is Finagle (sp?)

04-28-2002, 11:40 AM
I hate it when porn/lingerie popups suddenly appear just as my dad enters the room. He thinks I'm looking at porn, even though I'm not...and then I get grounded...:mad:

04-28-2002, 11:54 AM
Originally posted by DeadEye
I hate it when porn/lingerie popups suddenly appear just as my dad enters the room. He thinks I'm looking at porn, even though I'm not...and then I get grounded...:mad:

I thought adult pop ups only appeard on adult sites, why would a family website register with an adult pop up service?...is there something you're not telling us??? How old are you again, 16 or something like that :D?


04-28-2002, 12:31 PM
I hate them too. Apparantly as sites get more desperte for ad money, POP UP Ads are the only people paying right now, causing us to suffer.

Analog X has a program called POW that lets you add POP UP ADS to it, andonce that ad pops up, and you add it to the lis, it will close it for you automatically if it ever come up again.


04-28-2002, 12:38 PM
It's not just websites that are in pop up fever, many programs now have pop up adds appearing! It's annoying when your trying to listen to some music and the music player brings up a pop up add, and then your computer trys to connect to the internet so you can see the pop up add, you try and close the pop up add and more appear, and before you know it your computer messes up and you cant even listen to your music!!!


04-28-2002, 01:32 PM
Analog X has a program called POW that lets you add POP UP ADS to it, andonce that ad pops up, and you add it to the lis, it will close it for you automatically if it ever come up again.

see this post re: analog x's POW (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/forums/showthread.php?postid=72617#post72617)

04-28-2002, 01:55 PM
The most irritating one I've seen so far is for that Game Boy Advance game on starwars.com. It made you sit through an entire animated sequence, which bogged down slow connections and locked up my computer a couple of times, only then would it give you the option to close it down. I stopped visiting the official site for a while because of that one ad.

04-28-2002, 02:08 PM
I have never had any problems with PAL, but if I did, I wouldn't use it.

04-28-2002, 02:22 PM
GameSpy arcade is popup ad hell. :mad:

Lord Malakite
04-28-2002, 06:31 PM
They usually occur with ezboards, coolboards, and any other boards that are typically free. In order to keep the boards free and still cover the cost to keep open, they have to put up all the adds.

04-28-2002, 06:49 PM
I completly agree with you DeadEye
usualy mp3 sites have porn pop-ups and stuff (luckily they never popped up when my parents saw it), I don't visit mp3 sites that much anymore cause sometimes it even downloads some programs (although there is a firewall and everything) for free mp3s and stuff - I hate that

04-29-2002, 02:21 AM
See, this is one of the reasons why I stick with my Netscape 4.04, I can deactivate Javascript and Java, which keeps those pop-ups from popping on webpages. Often, I'll come across a pop-up that has an exit console pop-up when you close it, creating a vicious cycle that can only be deactivated by either a browser crash or deactivating JS.

Mandalorian Candidat
04-29-2002, 11:17 AM
There's one website I always go on and it pops up a spy camera ad. In every ad there either some chick in a pool, in her bedroom wearing a negligee or some other kind of pseudo-sexy pose. What kind of pervs are these creeps marketing to. I hate it when that garbage comes up. It's not only annoying but really suggestive.

I wish SSG would stop with the Master Replica one too and just do a banner for them. It's really turning me off to loading up the main page.

04-29-2002, 12:45 PM
Some firewalls can be tailored to stop activex and some javascripts as well. Also, don't forget ctrl-alt-del if the pop-up opens in such a way that you can't "reach" the controls. Or click on the tray- sometimes you can "beat" those open-two-windows-on-close style ones. Man, those hijacker style popups are one of the only things on this earth that I truly hate.
PS the ones on the SSG main page are nowhere NEAR as bad as they could be. Popups used right are no problems. WOOOOOO!!!

Jason B
04-29-2002, 02:02 PM
Alt-F4 works well. :D

in a few hours, ill post more in-depth explanations on how to get rid of them, but the bell's about to ring (I'm at school).

05-02-2002, 01:11 AM
ok, now this site is hitting me up with pop up ads. there just used to be one at the home page, but now a few random ones are popping up in the forums. is anyone else experiencing this or is my ISP somehow responsible for this?

05-02-2002, 02:45 AM
Derek, as far as I know, SSG just has the one-per-day pop-up on the front page, no others. Is it possible you had another window open in the background or another site left a pre-timed pop-up or exit pop-up in your browser?

Jason B
05-02-2002, 08:16 AM
get Ad-Aware (http://download.com.com/3000-2094-10045910.html?legacy=cnet). it detects Spyware which causes Pop-ups, and other assorted stuff. :mad:

05-02-2002, 10:17 AM

i close out those pop up ads as soon as they come up. sometimes that leads to even more pop up ads, but i close those out too.

if the pop up ad is not in the task bar, can it still pop up at al later time?

05-02-2002, 01:29 PM
You know which pop-ups I really hate?

The ones that try to download stuff on your computer. Gator is really bad about that. That is just wrong!

05-02-2002, 01:55 PM
Derek- YES!!! Some sneaky window generators run in the background, so checking out what's running can sometimes be the only way to know.

05-02-2002, 09:33 PM
Like mabudon said, some can definitely do that, though I haven't seen many (SSG's doesn't) that can.

As for the download issue, that one can be dangerous and may become fully illegal in a while. It's one thing to ask to download something, it's totally another to have it thrust upon you. And some of those things get through!

05-03-2002, 12:22 AM
Yeah, I have had to remove Gator several times. Jerks!

05-05-2002, 12:52 PM
Comet Cursor is bad for downloading without asking. It's always appearing on my computer without me even knowing about it! I think I have to uninstall it at least every week.