March 14, 2003

AOL Pop-Up Blocker

AOL Providing Software to Customers to Block Pop-Ups:

The new AOL software will be automatically installed on computers using the latest version, 8.0. A button on the bottom of every window in AOL’s Web browser will let users turn the pop-up blocking feature on or off. Every time a site tries to open a pop-up or pop-under window, the software will produce a sound. If the user is curious, a click will make the ad appear.

AOL’s new, reformed persona sounds great on paper, but you still end up with pop-up ads. Last year they announced they were doing away with ads in the AOL service; they did get rid of ads from other companies, but now every time you start AOL you get pop-ups advertising AOL services. Nothing’s different, really. And I can imagine this new “feature” working much in the same way, and not blocking pop-ups within the AOL-Time Warner network of sites. I mean, if they’re so gung-ho about stopping pop-ups, then why did they remove the pop-up blocking option from Netscape 7? This just sounds like another publicity stunt to try to win public favor.

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  1. Erich says:

    AOL doesnt make enough revenue from its subscription base to make a profit. The only way into the black is through its advertising. Their pop up stoppers will never truly work.

    Posted March 17, 2003 @ 12:29 am
  2. Jonas says:

    The AOL browser is another Gecko variant, right? In that case, why not just download Mozilla? It's like the AOL browser, just a step ahead – and without ads.

    Posted March 17, 2003 @ 4:23 pm
  3. Lisa says:

    I was glad to see the pop-up blocker. It's worked fine for me and I haven't seen a pop-up in weeks! I love it! I also don't get those other ads you mentioned when you sign on. Maybe you don't have your preferences checked to resist them? I know there's an option for that which I think they have set as “allowing ads” as default.

    Posted March 20, 2003 @ 9:22 pm

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