Recently I’m getting over-run by "Pop-ups". I’ve gotten a few suggestions but none have worked. Any suggestions?
When you click a specific link or button on certain web sites pop-ups that are authorized & activated by those specific sites will appear and we have little or no control thereof. The site itself permits or creates the pop-up.
Some software, including free music-sharing programs such as BearShare or AudioGalaxy, display pop-ups at random intervals or based on something you type into a web page. You may have these programs or others like them installed on your computer without even being aware of it. You can read a brief description of how these pop-up launchers work at: http://news.com.com/2100-1023-257592.html and http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,49960,00.html. If you are experiencing pop-ups generated by one of these programs, you may want to remove the program from your computer. One program that attempts to detect and to uninstall pop-up launchers is available at hytp://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10106-108-63806.html.
If however pop-ups are appearing where no pop-ups have gone before, something may have changed a setting on your computer allowing pop-ups to enter.
A complete computer scan with UPDATED anti-virus and spyware programs may remove the villain that changed your settings.
Rid your system of spyware: If you get pop-up windows no matter what sites you visit or even if you're not on the Web at all, you could have spyware, adware, or other software on your computer that's launching pop-ups. To stop these pop-ups, you will have to identify the software, then remove it or change its settings to stop it from launching pop-ups.
Assuming that you are using Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Internet Explorer allows you to prevent most pop-up windows from appearing over pages you want to view while you're using the Internet.
When you install SP2, Pop-up Blocker is turned on in Internet Explorer and set to the medium setting, which means it will block most automatic pop-ups. The default settings for the pop-up blocker allow you to see pop-ups that are opened when you click a link or button on a Web site. Pop-up Blocker will also play a sound and show the Information Bar when a pop-up is blocked. You can adjust these settings so that Pop-up Blocker works the way you want it to. Windows Pop-up Blocker is smart enough to not block pop-up windows that you open deliberately by clicking a link—for example, if you were on a travel reservation site and you clicked a link to open a pop-up window containing your confirmation details, this pop-up window would not be blocked because you opened it intentionally. Also, Pop-up Blocker will not block some pop-ups with certain types of animated content or pop-ups from Web sites that are in two Web content zones: Local intranet or Trusted sites.
If you've installed SP2 and you still see pop-ups in Internet Explorer, try the possible solutions below.
Make sure Pop-up Blocker is turned on: Pop-up Blocker is turned on by default, but somehow it may have been turned it off.
To turn on Pop-up Blocker
1. On the Tools menu in Internet Explorer, point to Pop-up Blocker.
2. Click Turn on Pop-up Blocker.
To change Pop-up Blocker settings
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Click on the Tools menu, then point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.
If you want to allow pop-ups from a specific Web site, type the address (or URL) of the site in the Address of Web site to allow box, and then click Add.
To block pop-ups even if they are launched when you click a link or button on a Web site
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.
3. Select the High setting in the box near the bottom of the dialog box.
Note If you want to see pop-ups that are blocked when you have this setting turned on, hold down the CTRL key while the window opens.
You may wish to install a pop-up blocker program. Consider installing the FREE GOOGLE TOOLBAR with a pop-up blocker in the Toolbar Options menu which does an excellent job in preventing pop-ups from automatically opening when you visit a website.