Pop up Blocker Pro
Table of content:
About the program
The main window
Block list with keywords
100% popup blocking
Windows 9x, NT 4.0, 2000, XP.
Internet Explorer 5.0 + .
About 1MB of disk space.
About the program:
Anyone who ever used the Internet faced annoying popup windows with
advertisement. It is virtually impossible to make a program that
will eliminate those completely, while leaving those that are useful
or even vital for website navigation. Many software companies tried
and failed that is why you see more and more of those pop-up windows
every day. Pop up Blocker does not close any popup windows; it helps
you choose which windows you want to be closed with block list feature.
Meaning, more you use this program less popup windows you see.
If you share one computer with someone else you are totally exposed
to him or her. That person can see which websites you visit, how
often and so forth. You can erase cookies, cache and other files
stored in your browser BUT it will not eliminate all the information.
A lot of information is stored in index.dat files.
These are hidden, protected by operating system files that cannot
be deleted nor modified and often even seen. Pop up Blocker Pro will
not only erase cookies, cache, temporary internet files, it will
also clean those index.dat files and
any other items you will select so in the end your browser is clean
like it was just installed. It can also leave the addresses of websites
you typed in address field of your browser untouched not to look
Pop Up Blocker Pro has four types of pop-up blocking: 100 percent
pop-up blocking, a block list, a block list with keywords, and a
limit on the number of open windows. Pop up Blocker Pro also blocks
Flash Ads, Background sounds, Inline videos, JAVA Applets and Animated
This program is packed with advanced privacy-protection technologies,
which prevent your home page from being reset, protect your proxy
settings, provide a sound effect upon closing pop-ups, disable auto
suggesting, and block messenger-spam pop-up ads.
When the program is initiated, it automatically starts blocking popup
windows. To prevent the program from closing popup windows, either
click UnBlock button
or choose Popup manager -> UnBlock in
the menu. You can choose which windows should be closed using block
Pop up Blocker Pro can also erase any personal information stored
on your computer. If you click Erase button,
it will ask you if you want to do this operation. It erases browser's
cache, cookies and history by default. You can change items you wish
to erase by clicking on Options button
and then choosing Eraser tab.
Unlike other programs Pop up Blocker Pro not only erases cookies,
history and other personal information, it also erases hidden index.dat files,
even without restart of your operating system! (see also: More
info on index.dat files)
The main window:
When you start the program you will see this window:
and this smiling face icon in the system tray (near the clock):
The icon will change depending on the number of windows open:
Load between 40% and 60%
The program will allow another opened window and all the others will
be blocked when you see a sad face:
If the limit is reached the icon will look like this:
Functions of the buttons:
||- if clicked the program will stop closing
||- if clicked the program will block popup
||- if this button is used, the program will
leave only one browser window open, the rest will be blocked.
||- this button disables 100% blocking - undoes "block
||- brings up block list
options, where you can add or remove widows that will be
closed by the program.
||- clicking on this button will erase stored
||- brings up Options window where
you can change settings for this program.
||- will open a url of a website you type
in without adding it to the dropdown menu in address field of your
browser. (see also: disabling auto suggest)
|| - Flash Ads Blocking settings.
||- exits then Pop up Blocker.
As described above, popup windows
are created by scripts which webmasters use on their websites
for advertisement. Each window that pops up has a title detected
by the Pop up Blocker Pro.
When you visit a website, most of its popup
windows have the same or similar title. With Pop up Blocker Pro
you will be able to block those with block list feature. To access
the block list simply click Block list button in the main window.
More about it in Block list section. The program has 4 types
of popup blocking (click on the method to learn more):
| * 100% popup blocking
* Block list
* Block list with keywords
* Limit windows opened
Pop up Blocker Pro has a counter of how many windows it closed.
You can see it in the bottom right corner of the program.
Block list is accessible from menu - Popup manager > Block
list, or simply by clicking on the Block list button
in the main window.
In the left window you can see currently
opened windows and their titles. You can add a title to the block
list by selecting it and clicking Add to block list button
This will add selected title to the block list and the program
will automatically close windows with this title. If, by acsident,
you add a title that you don't want to be closed, select it in
the the list on the right and click Remove from block list
This will remove a title from the block list and the program
will no longer close windows with that title.
You can export the block list by clicking on Export
You can later restore your block list by clicking Import
and selecting the file you exported.
If you want to protect access to the block list, check Protect
checkbox, type the password and click Save
button. Next time when you start Pop up Blocker
Pro you will need to enter the password in order to access the
block list options.
In order for the password to work you will need to restart
the application. To do that right click on the icon in the
tray and click Exit. Or click Exit button in the main window.
You can add a title to the block list simply by clicking with
a right mouse button on the Pop up Blocker Pro icon in the
system tray (near the clock) and choosing the title you want
Block list with keywords:
You can also use the block list with keywords. This method allows
you to choose windows that will be closed having certain word,
phrase or even letters combination. To instruct the program to
do so, simply type what you want to be blocked to Add a keyword
to the Block list and click Add button.
What you just entered will appear in the right window and all windows
with that expression in the title will be closed automatically.
You can remove that rule by selecting it in the right window and
clicking Remove from block list button.
|100% popup blocker:
Some of the web sites have many pop up windows of various types
and block list feature becomes very hard to use and sometimes
no use at all. In this case you can use 100% popup blocker feature.
When the program is in 100% popup blocking mode, it will only
allow one browser window to be opened, the rest will not be allowed.
To enable this option, simply click Block 100% button
in the main window, or click with the right mouse button on program's
icon in system tray (bottom right corner) and choose Block
100%. The icon in system tray will become red. You can disable
this feature by right clicking on the icon in system tray and
choosing UnBlock 100% or by clicking UnBlock 100% button
in the main window.
You can access options by clicking on Options
button in the
main window or from the menu Tools > Options
. In options
window you can change the settings for the program. There are four
sub-options: popup, eraser, proxy and misc.
With this option you can change settings for the popup blocking
function of the program.
Limit max opened window - if checked, the program will only allow
sertain number of opened windows. The rest will be closed.
If you want the program to keep the limit you set, choose Limit
the number of windows at set
; otherwise choose Expand
Time to check in seconds - Sets how often Pop up Blocker Pro
should check for popup windows. The shorter the time - faster
the Pop up Blocker Pro will close popups.
This particular option allows you to change settings for Eraser
of Pop up Blocker Pro. You can choose what you want to erase
by clicking on Erase
button in the main window.
Here you can select which items you want Pop up Blocker Pro to
clean. By default, everything except for the Favorites
All the web pages you visit on the Internet are downloaded to
your computer and stored as a files in a special directory. Those
files are called "cache". If you select Cache
to clean portion
of this window and then click Erase
the main window, all those files will be erased. It will help
you free up disk space as well as protect your privacy information.
Cookies are small text files uploaded into your computer by websites
to allow you to use certain features, like shopping carts. Unfortunately,
advertisement and other purposes. Your privacy once again can
be protected by Pop up Blocker Pro. Select Cookies
to clean portion
of this window, and next time you click
button in the main window, all the cookies will
All the sites you visit are logged in a special file, so that
later on you can view what pages you visited on the Internet.
It's a nice feature. However, the problem is that anyone who
has an access to your computer, can see websites you visited
very easily. If you select History
and then click on Erase
in the main window, the program will erase that information as
The main difference between Pop up Blocker
Pro and other similar programs is that it completely erases all
the personal information from your computer. Even if you use
special software that erases cookies, history and other files
stored in your browser it is very likely to leave index.dat
untouched. Those index.dat
files are protected by operating
system and cannot be deleted and very often even seen. That is
why Pop up Blocker Pro has + index.dat
It not only erases all personal information which is easily accessible
by anyone, but also that information which is hidden in index.dat
and protected by your operating system.
The program can also erase such things as Windows Recent files,
temporary folder, Real player's recent files and more. You can
choose what is going to be erased in this window.
Whether to start monitoring of Flash Ads Blocking on startup
In this window you can change general settings for the program.
Exit on close - the program will exit if you click on the X in
the top right corner.
Start blocking popups when the program starts - - when the program
begins, it will automatically start blocking pop-up windows.
Run this program when Windows starts - the program will start
automatically, when you turn on your computer.
On start minimize to the system tray - the program will minimize
to the system tray when started. You can open the main window
by clicking on the yellow face at the bottom right corner of
- if you click this button all the confirmations
will be set to defaults. Clicking Defaults
reset all the confirmations as well.
Disable auto suggest
if this option is checked auto suggest will be disabled. Thus,
when, in the address bar, you type internet address it will not
suggest you any urls. See examples bellow.
Messenger popups are sent to many people every day for advertisement
purposes. They can be easily recognized, for they have "Messenger" in
the title. Simply click Click here to stop Messenger spam!
to get rid of messenger popups permanently.
If the traffic light is green, then messenger popups are not
being blocked. If it's red you are 100% protected from all messenger
By default everything except background sounds and animated gif
files are blocked. To block or allow any form of advertisement
choose “No” or “Yes” respectively. For the program to work it
has to be in a “Monitor” state. To turn the program on, click
Monitor button. Program’s icon will change from sitting dog to
standing – the program is active. Any changes that you make will
take an effect the next time you open a new browser window or
restart Internet Explorer (close all opened windows).
Inline videos are simply video files played through your browser.
This is somewhat rare kind of advertisement, but it is the most
resource demanding one.
Background sound advertisement is a voice recording of an advertisement
played through your browser. Depending on the length of the recording
it can dramatically slow down your internet connection, especially
on dial up modem. Even if you turn off the sound on your computer
these ads will be running and draining computer resources still.
Java Applets are designed for running programs in your browser
written in computer language Java. Lots of online video games
are written in it. However, very often, extensive Java features
are used for advertisement and or gathering information about
you. Java applets usually do not slow down Internet connection
very much; it uses lots of CPU resources though overall slowing
down the system.
Animated gif files
Animated gif files are the most widespread kind of advertisement.
Those are simply image files that can change their content. This
fact is used by advertisers to make really irritating, flashing
and jumping banners that make it very hard or even impossible
to concentrate on the content of a website you are visiting.
Flash Ads Blocker simply shows the first frame and blocks the
rest disabling any movements.
Macromedia Flash movies
Macromedia flash was first used for web animation to make a website
more dynamic and friendly. It is also an excellent technology
to make new kind of advertisement ads. Ads of this type can fly,
jump and do any kind of movement all over your screen. Most Internet
users already encountered this kind of advertisement.
some of these technologies are used for purposes
other than advertisement. If a website you are visiting doesn’t
load properly, try enabling the features you disabled. Only Flash
Ads Blocker allows you do that in one click!