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Is there a block against http://media##.fastclick.net/

 
 
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      29-08-2004, 10:32 PM
8/29/04



Ads originating from http://media23(or 53, or 78
etc).fastclick.net/w/safepop.cgi etc etc popup regularly. I use XP so the
ads stack up in the taskbar. How can I blovck these ads. I use Spyblaster,
Spybot, and Adaware. I blocked http://media* in my firewall blocklist,
..fastclick.net, & *.fastclick.net to the restricted zone and privacy tab as
blocked.

Thanks in Advance

Brian


 
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      30-08-2004, 06:11 AM
On Sun, 29 Aug 2004 15:32:10 -0700, "Brian" <(E-Mail Removed)>
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>8/29/04
>
>
>
>Ads originating from http://media23(or 53, or 78
>etc).fastclick.net/w/safepop.cgi etc etc popup regularly. I use XP so the
>ads stack up in the taskbar. How can I blovck these ads. I use Spyblaster,
>Spybot, and Adaware. I blocked http://media* in my firewall blocklist,
>.fastclick.net, & *.fastclick.net to the restricted zone and privacy tab as
>blocked.
>
>Thanks in Advance
>
>Brian
>

brian, just grab a good hosts file. here's my favorite one:
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

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      30-08-2004, 05:39 PM
"Brian" <(E-Mail Removed)>
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> 8/29/04
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>
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> Ads originating from http://media23(or 53, or 78
> etc).fastclick.net/w/safepop.cgi etc etc popup regularly. I use XP
> so the ads stack up in the taskbar. How can I blovck these ads. I use
> Spyblaster, Spybot, and Adaware. I blocked http://media* in my
> firewall blocklist, .fastclick.net, & *.fastclick.net to the
> restricted zone and privacy tab as blocked.
>
> Thanks in Advance
>
> Brian


Sounds like you are visiting a web site that opens a child window for
another instance of the browser to that domain. However, you have the
domain supposedly blocked in your firewall so the window gets created
but cannot display anything. That's why you get a button in the taskbar
for that window. It is likely that you cannot see the window for the
matching taskbar button for it. Even if you try to restore or maximize
its window but right-clicking on the taskbar button, you still won't see
a window open on the screen. Right-click on the taskbar button and
select "Force this window onto screen". Its window (with blank content)
should appear. Then right-click on the title bar and select "Make this
a normal window" so you get the toolbars, especially the address
toolbar. Now you can see the full URL of whatever that semi-invisible
window was trying to connect to.

Besides 512's suggestion to use a hosts file (you can roll your own if
you don't want to rely on someone else's decision as to what to put into
the hosts file), it is time you start investigating popup killer
products. I use PopUp Cop but there are several other good ones
availale. Some freebie ones, like from Panicware, are crippled versions
of the paid-for version (i.e., they want you to try and then buy). Some
freebie ones, like the one in Yahoo or Google toolbars, are free but
you'll have to decide if they have all the features you want.


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