I enjoy reading your column, and it has helped me out with computer problems many times. My question is how do you get rid of continual pop-ups?
I use Ad-Subtract from Intermute Inc., a pioneering force in the pop-up blocking industry that offers particularly easy stopping that can be turned on and off as needed.
Remember that many Web sites use pop-ups to serve up desired information as well as click boxes to request certain pages and such. So this software really does eliminate a whole lot of Web wheat along with the pop-up chaff. You can find the $30 program at www.adsub tract.com and a lot more detail at www.intermute.com, although you won't be warned at either place that the quality of your Internet experience will be diminished even as the flood of nasty pop-ups fades.
The software not only wipes out pop-ups but also eliminates a lot of the banner and side panel ads that many Web sites offer.
You can turn Ad-Subtract on and off with a system tray icon, and it's a good idea to remember that you are missing a bunch of stuff when the ad phasers are set on "kill."
James Coates is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.