Firefox gamed - Drudge getting around Firefox popup blocker

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by Venger, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. Venger

    Venger Guest


    I noticed that somehow, some sites are getting around the Firefox popup
    blocker. It's happened twice now, this time on a link from to - a popup
    window comes up in a separate window.

    I know, ghastly! Having browsed for months now without being brute force
    gangbanged by ads and popup nonsense, it's quite a shock to have to babysit
    my web browser lest it crapalanche the taskbar.

    Anyone see anything similar, or know if this is a known sneak around the
    Firefox popup blocker that will be addressed with a release?


    Venger, Dec 17, 2004
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    :: BRIAN :: Guest

    Wow, this is new. Oh wait, no it's not. BTW, AdBlock can block it.
    :: BRIAN ::, Dec 17, 2004
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    Z Guest

    I saw that with Mozilla 1.7.3 but not yet with FF 1.0
    Z, Dec 17, 2004
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    Z Guest

    A-ha ... maybe that's why ... I installed Ad Block.
    Z, Dec 17, 2004
  5. Venger

    Venger Guest

    Any idea what mechanism is being used to circumvent the normal popup
    prevention? Are you stating AdBlock can block it merely by entering the
    domain in question, or is there another function which will prevent such
    pop-ups regardless of the target domain?

    Venger, Dec 17, 2004
  6. I can't get it to popup on my computer with Firefox 1.0, so I can't find
    what you need to block. Whenever the popup appears, open AdBlock and
    check the list of items to block; it's a script doing that popup.
    Apparently Firefox 1.0 blocks that popup.
    ::..BRIAN..::, Dec 18, 2004
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    Charles Guest

    I use Firefox 1.0 also, and I've been all over that page and cannot get
    anything to pop up.
    As Brian rightly says, Firefox is blocking the scripts used.

    Maybe you should check for any internal Adware/Software that maybe
    generating the "pop-ups".
    Charles, Dec 18, 2004
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    gabby Guest

    On Sat, 18 Dec 2004 15:09:54 GMT, "Charles"

    I've never had a po pup on Drudge. I'm also using 1.0.
    gabby, Dec 18, 2004
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    Matt O'Toole Guest

    I didn't get any popups w/ the links you refer to, but I've been getting a lot
    of them lately elsewhere. I have no idea how they're being generated. I have
    the normal Javascript popup blocker turned on, and it has worked like a charm
    until very recently.

    Matt O.
    Matt O'Toole, Dec 20, 2004
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    Travis Evans Guest

    I heard it was by clicking on a link that both goes to the requested
    page *and* opens a pop-up, or something like that, if I remember
    correctly. I didn't follow the story closely, though, so I may be wrong.


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    Travis Evans, Dec 20, 2004
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    Matt O'Toole Guest

    Well, I found my problem. It wasn't Firefox. It was a new spyware/adware bug
    called SearchAssistant, which apparently has been spreading like wildfire the
    last few days. The actual files go by several different names, and not all the
    security sites are up to date with the latest info. But the popular
    spyware/adware eliminators, Spybot S&D, Spyware Blaster, and AdAware will take
    care of it. After updating and running these, I got rid of it last night.

    Since then I've been to some sites where I had been experiencing the popups, and
    I'm not getting them anymore.

    So if you're having mysterious popup problems, check this one out.

    Matt O.
    Matt O'Toole, Dec 22, 2004
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