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Pop-up Killer Review

 
 

Introduction

Last updated: Sep 9, 2005

Are you tired of those annoying pop-up ads that get displayed when you visit some Web-sites? There are a lot of programs, which block the pop-up ads. One of the first such programs - Pop­Up Killer, was developed by Xavier Flix in 1995. Since then "pop­up killer" became a generic name for this kind of software. I'll use the term "pop­up killer" not as a title of the specific program, but as a generic name for all popup blocker software.

In many cases there is no formal difference between a pop-up ad and a useful new window. This is the main reason why there were no objective tests to estimate the popup killers' quality till now. I have created such objective tests, which help us evaluate popup killers' ability to block pop-up ads and accept usual new windows. I'll use PKIQ (popup killer Intelligence Quotient) to estimate the popup-stopping software. PKIQ consists of two numbers. The first one is the "accept useful new windows" success rate and the other is the "stop pop-up ads" success rate.  More details...

The main purpose of this review is to help people find the eligible program to stop pop-up ads. Please feel free to send me proposals and links to programs which are missing in the review at author@popup-killer-review.com.

138 popup killers found on the Web have been analyzed. From the bird's eye view the tested programs may be divided in 4 groups:

  • Intelligent Pop-up Blockers, which distinguish pop-up ads from useful new windows and automatically stop the pop-up ads only. In this case both components of PKIQ are greater than 0%. If the PKIQ is equal to (100%,100%), then this popup killer is really clever.
  • Trainable Pop-up Blockers, at first you should teach such program to close certain windows needed and after that it will stop them successfully. In this case PKIQ is equal to (100%,0%), as such popup killers don't stop unknown popup windows.
  • Serial Pop-up Killers, which stop all pop-ups (both pop-up ads and useful new windows). In this case PKIQ is equal to (0%,100%).
  • Browsers with popup killer embedded - full-featured browsers with popup killer capabilities.

The list of the tested programs is here. If you know other programs, please inform me at author@popup-killer-review.com.



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