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Dec 07, 2009 21:28 |  #1

OK, this is a little off topic, but a couple of web sites that I visit have those annoying "informational" popups that occur whenever I move my mouse over certain text. Does anybody know how to block or stop them? They're annoying as he**.

All my searching has shown is some no-name popup blocker or another. I don't want to use any software that isn't trustworthy, and I'd prefer if I can just set IE in a way that will prevent them without having to have more software running on my machine.


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Dec 07, 2009 21:37 |  #2

Firefox is your friend. Be sure to check out the AdBlock extension while you're at it. Do away with 99% of online advertising - never see a banner ad, google ad, pop-up, under, over, etc... Best thing since sliced bread.




  
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Dec 07, 2009 21:58 |  #3

1000arms wrote in post #9154480 (external link)
Check your browser preferences. You should be able to block pop ups.

These aren't regular popups, like the old days when a new window would open up. That issue's been solved. These are little mini-windows that jump up when you pass your mouse over certain marked text. For example, go to this page:

http://www.pcmag.com …le2/0,2817,2353​187,00.asp (external link)

put your mouse over the word "Software" in the article text and a stupid window will pop up in the middle of the article. Same with "resize image" later in the article. It's a new way of advertizing that avoids popup blockers.


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Dec 07, 2009 21:59 |  #4

Todd Lambert wrote in post #9154512 (external link)
Firefox is your friend. Be sure to check out the AdBlock extension while you're at it. Do away with 99% of online advertising - never see a banner ad, google ad, pop-up, under, over, etc... Best thing since sliced bread.

Might have to give that a try. I haven't used firefox in probably 3 years or more.


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Dec 07, 2009 22:06 |  #5

That, or try NoScript to selectively block/allow Javascript from sites.


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Dec 08, 2009 00:27 |  #6

Tom W wrote in post #9154454 (external link)
OK, this is a little off topic, but a couple of web sites that I visit have those annoying "informational" popups that occur whenever I move my mouse over certain text. Does anybody know how to block or stop them? They're annoying as he**.

All my searching has shown is some no-name popup blocker or another. I don't want to use any software that isn't trustworthy, and I'd prefer if I can just set IE in a way that will prevent them without having to have more software running on my machine.

Use Firefox and install NOSCRIPT. It will allow you to selectively block scripts...It will solve your problem quickly. Regards, 110yd




  
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Dec 08, 2009 03:06 |  #7

Not all popups are js, and in fact, many are actually flash (or js hidden in flash). unless you use flash for something (youtube, games, etc), then you can always uninstall it, letting you load pages faster and not havign any of that crap show up


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Dec 08, 2009 04:35 |  #8

Or just use AdBlock. It blocks most of the advertising sites at the root, so the flash doesn't even load.




  
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Dec 08, 2009 08:17 |  #9

Todd Lambert wrote in post #9156188 (external link)
Or just use AdBlock. It blocks most of the advertising sites at the root, so the flash doesn't even load.

Is this AdBlock reputable? Will it also prevent me from freely accessing and using financial websites? I tried turning off scripting but I couldn't use the online bill-paying services at one financial institution when I did that. Probably more than one, but I only tried that one.

This stuff isn't necessarily ads - just informational crap that pops up when I merely pass the mouse over the active words or signs. I just want the "mouseover" crap disabled. That's all. Who ever thought of that idea ought to be strapped down in a room full of hungry mice. We'll see how well he/she likes "mouseover".


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Dec 08, 2009 08:33 |  #10

Just installed adblock Pro. We'll see how it works for a few days.


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Dec 08, 2009 08:42 |  #11

Tom W wrote in post #9156754 (external link)
Is this AdBlock reputable? Will it also prevent me from freely accessing and using financial websites? I tried turning off scripting but I couldn't use the online bill-paying services at one financial institution when I did that. Probably more than one, but I only tried that one.

This stuff isn't necessarily ads - just informational crap that pops up when I merely pass the mouse over the active words or signs. I just want the "mouseover" crap disabled. That's all. Who ever thought of that idea ought to be strapped down in a room full of hungry mice. We'll see how well he/she likes "mouseover".

With 5 stars and 63 million downloads, I think it's been thoroughly tested ;) You can add exceptions for sites you know are trustworthy.


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Dec 08, 2009 08:43 |  #12

I wish we could get rid of the "titles" on the thread links that pop up on this site. Scrolling down a list of threads here is so annoying as the first lines of the posts keep popping up. I always have to move my mouse so it isn't on the thread titles when I scroll.


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Dec 08, 2009 09:26 |  #13

Check out this link:
http://www.vibrantmedi​a.com …r=pcmag.us.inte​llitxt.com (external link)

(I got this link from clicking on the ? in the pop-up. For legitimate ad services, the procedure is usually the same as they will allow users to disable.)

See the table that says disable. Go to it and click where it says "Click here to disable". You don't need to install anything. It will set a cookie that will disable all Vibrant In-text Advertising.


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Dec 08, 2009 11:39 |  #14

TheHoff wrote in post #9156892 (external link)
I wish we could get rid of the "titles" on the thread links that pop up on this site. Scrolling down a list of threads here is so annoying as the first lines of the posts keep popping up. I always have to move my mouse so it isn't on the thread titles when I scroll.

I tend to agree - It wouldn't be so bad if MS would provide an on/off switch for the mouseover function and be done with it.


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Dec 08, 2009 11:41 |  #15

jacuff wrote in post #9157135 (external link)
Check out this link:
http://www.vibrantmedi​a.com …r=pcmag.us.inte​llitxt.com (external link)

(I got this link from clicking on the ? in the pop-up. For legitimate ad services, the procedure is usually the same as they will allow users to disable.)

See the table that says disable. Go to it and click where it says "Click here to disable". You don't need to install anything. It will set a cookie that will disable all Vibrant In-text Advertising.

Interesting.

I'm analyzing the AdBlock program right now, but I may check that one out also.

Also set inprivate filtering to "automatically block". For some reason, I had disabled that "feature" on IE.


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