New Netscape: pop-up ads bye-bye!

By Derek Sooman on December 17, 2002, 5:05 AM
Oh man, today just gets better and better! AOL Time Warner are my hero of the day, having just released a new version of Netscape (version 7.01) that offers full pop-up window blocking.

AOL has apparently received an all time barrage of complaints from customers claiming that they just can't take this pop-up nonsense any more.... And what is more, neither can I.

The Internet as I once knew it is gone, replaced by one giant big advert. Hopefully, the entire population of the www world is about to realise that pop-ups and spam are about as useful as a chocolate fireguard (and about as annoying as a teenage guest on Jerry Springer) this comming year of 2003 and just start banning and abandoning these kinds of things altogether. My beautiful Internet may live again!

"Some Web watchers said AOL's new stance will likely stoke a broad consumer backlash against pop-ups that could eventually lead more publishers to cut back on or abandon the format."

I can't think of anything I'd rather happen to the Internet.

More here and here and here and download the new netscape here.

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warr said:
popups are very distracting. just imagine when you are reading something, suddenly those windows block the texts you are reading. and pop ups are fully exploited by those porn site.but i think even though pop ups may be dead in the near future, there are still other ways that script writers can do something.
Unregistered said:
why is this such a big deal though? Mozilla already had a pop up blocker in it, and they took it out and diserve a hurrah for putting it back in? Plus there have been plenty of availible apps for IE for a long time, this isnt exactly a revelation. Netscape stinks any way. Whats their market share now? In the negatives?
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