Pop-ups – trouble in paradise
Just when you thought you’d struck it lucky and found gold something comes along to burst your bubble. Now what could that certain something be I wonder. I sense you’ve been introduced to the exasperating world of pop-ups, am I right?
Like with every other aspect of computing each person has his or her own favourite program for carrying out a particular task. Now usually I’d say fair enough, each to his or her own and so on and so forth, but in this case anyone who doesn’t agree with me is totally and utterly deluded, period. The best program for preventing the untimely appearance of pop-ups is Pop-Up Stopper, available from www.panicware.com. I won’t hear a word said against it so don’t even bother trying. Did you hear that? That’s the sound of the trial version beckoning you to visit its home page and download it immediately. We wouldn’t want to disappoint the little mite now would we so go and grab it right now. Once installed a new toolbar will be appended to the underside of your browser’s address bar containing a selection of invaluable pop-up murderingly useful options. Take a last long look at that pop-up loitering menacingly on your screen because now you have Pop-Up Stopper installed it will be the last one you will ever see.
With the myriad of pop-up killing software on the market why do I love this one so much? Well it’s free (there are two versions available you see) and very small for a start, and what’s more it unobtrusively sits in your system tray or attaches itself to your browser using minimal resources. Also you are never more than a single mouse click away from enabling or disabling it, a feature which comes in very handy for those odd occasions when you actually want pop-ups to do what they do best, pop up that is. If you find that PUS (hmmm, that’s an unfortunate acronym) is interfering with a single link you can hold down the control key whilst clicking on it to temporarily disable the program. But wait, there’s more. PUS also comes equipped with a fully functioning brain enabling it to distinguish between commercial propaganda and pop-ups containing real content which are extensions of the sites you actually want to visit! The upshot of this is that the only pop-ups which are impeded are the ones which belong to the former category. The best is yet to come however; you can set the program to either flash, play a sound or do both each time it zaps a pop-up dead in the water. Give it a try – you won’t realise how satisfying a flashing icon can be until you visit a pop-up laden web site!