Hate Popups v.1.10
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By: Jim Huddle CNE CNE5 CBS MCSE ES-RC, send
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are an annoying but ubiquitous part of using a web browser.
Pop-ups can be especially irritating when closing them triggers
any number of new pop-up windows. I've tried a couple of programs
to control pop-ups and some work fairly well. Nothing I've
tried has been as unobtrusive as I Hate Popups.
kind of difficult to say much about this product and perhaps
that's the best thing about it. Once you install it, it just
sits there in system tray and works, period.
down load a 5 day trial from the product web site. The program
is only about 200K in size. It installs in a snap. I've tried
it on both Windows 98 and Windows 2000 and it works fine.
user's point of view there is very little to do once it's
installed. Configuring I Hate Popups is a two click job. The
first choice is whether you want the program to launch when
Windows starts. Hmmm, tough choice there. The other is the
blocking delay. This allows you to speed up I Hate Popups'
reaction to pop-ups when you have a very fast PC and the default
setting is allowing some pop-ups to get started. I've been
running I Hate Popups on a Pentium III/1GHz box and the Normal
setting has prevented them all so far.
other hand, I Hate Popups can sometimes be a little too good
at it's job. There are a couple of sites I go to where I click
a button to generate statements or other information. Clicking
the button in turn invokes a separate browser window (that's
a pop-up). I Hate Popups clobbers them as well, but the reaction
is easy enough to fix. All you have to do is double-click
its system tray icon and I Hate Popups turns itself off. The
icon also changes color to let you know it's not operating.
Another double-click turns it back on.
appreciate software that does it's job without me having to
be constantly futzing with it. I don't run into too many programs
which qualify for that. I Hate Popups is one.
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