Pop-ups that use Microsofts IE windows 'Warning dialog box'

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Marshall, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. Marshall

    Marshall Guest

    I have a pop-up killer that works fine. With one exception- some of the
    advertisers I come across are somehow (inserting their message
    and) activating the IE 'warning box' to ask "are ya sure you don't wanna
    buy my crap."

    How can I stop this? Thanks.
    Marshall, Sep 1, 2003
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  2. Sounds like JavaScript to me. Try disabling JavaScript in internet
    options>Advanced tab.
    a 32 bit process, Sep 1, 2003
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    Ted Davis Guest

    I am reminded of the old joke about the guy who tells his doctor that
    it hurts when he makes some specific move with his arm, and the doctor
    says "well, quit doing that". If you want to get rid of IE specific
    annoyances, quit using IE. I use various versions of Mozilla,
    Phoenix, and Firebird (newer versions of Phoenix are called Firebird)
    with an assortment of add-ons - they come with popup's turned off and
    the add-ons allow suppressing Flash (either with a kill button or by
    replacing them with start buttons) and suppressing ads in general, and
    I don't have those problems. The only thing I use IE for is the
    occasional site that I have to access but is so IE specific that it
    can't be used with any other browser.

    T.E.D. ( - e-mail must contain "T.E.D." or my .sig in the body)
    Ted Davis, Sep 1, 2003
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    Todd Howard Guest

    Todd Howard, Sep 1, 2003
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    Plato Guest

    Plato, Sep 1, 2003
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    Todd Howard Guest

    Sorry Plato, if I had known you had a link to that site I would have
    referred through you....my bad....
    Todd Howard, Sep 1, 2003
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    Marshall Guest

    Thanks to all for the replies. To address some of your comments (in no
    particular order)----

    I'm running Windows'98. I downloaded Mozilla a few weeks ago. I try it out
    now and then. Trying to get comfy with it.

    I'm pretty confident in my systems security & settings. [Knock wood..]
    I have Zone Alarm / AVP / The Cleaner / Ad Aware / SpyBot. All kept
    current. I have also tested my security/settings using the tools offered at
    Gibson Research & PCWorld.

    The ads that I'm talking about here are casino type. They advertise on some
    of the web sites I visit.
    Marshall, Sep 2, 2003
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    cquirke Guest

    Do not give programming rights to the sites you visit; it's as simple
    as that. Pop-up killers are just band-aids that try to that in a
    leaky way, but as long as you run scripts and ActiveX shite, the pain
    will continue. Accept that some crappy sites won't work unless you
    allow them to program your PC; throw those sites away.
    What I do is set up different browsers in different ways...

    1) Netscape 4.8 set to NOT run any scripts of Java
    2) Netscape 7.0 set to run scripts and Java
    3) IE 6 set to Prompt on every attempt to automate/program

    In addition, IE is set to disallow changes to home and search pages,
    not "install on demand", and lock out "third party browser
    enhancements" (i.e. BHOs).

    If I just want to surf without hassles, I use Netscape 4.8, or (if in
    a trusting mood) Netscape 7, knowing the way I've set up Netscape 7 is
    going to mean pop-ups and pickpockery.

    If I want to see what a site does, I use IE. The way it's set up,
    every liberty attempted by the site will show up on radar, meaning
    I'll get prompted to death - but I'll also get a good impression on
    what the site is trying to pull.

    Specific sites that I trust, and which need active content, I add to
    IE's Trusted Zone. Unfortunately there's no equivalent in Netscape,
    neither is there the option to be prompted on intrusion attempts.
    With Netscape, it's either "trust everything" or "trust nothing".

    A site that just *has* to use the Latest Technology, or rely on
    scripting to do simple navigation that HTML does perfectly well, won't
    work in Netscape 4.8 with tyhe settings I use. 95% of the time, my
    response will be "your loss, asshole, I'm off to a less piggy
    alternative". Rarely will I bother with that site further.

    You can do the same thing in different ways; set Netscape 7 to run
    nothing and IE to run everything, or whatever, but that's the idea.
    If I'm allowing sites to program my PC, I'm not surprised when they do

    "Why do I keep open buckets of petrol next to all the
    ashtrays in the lounge, when I don't even have a car?"
    cquirke, Sep 3, 2003
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    null Guest

    I suggest giving Mozilla 1.5a a whirl. I keep Opera available instead
    of IE for crap sites but it seems I hardly ever need it any more. Peg
    did find a site that none of our browsers could handle the other day,
    and I'm sure many such crap sites exist, but no site is worth fooling
    around having IE for :) Just eradicate it and be done with it.

    null, Sep 3, 2003
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