Here’s a neat trick. Firefox has outstanding popup blocking in by default. I’m always amazed watching IE users as they close popup after popup, and take it in stride as ‘normal’.
Recently Firefox has started showing popups. The clever (?) ad writers are now writing their annoying functions in plugin-based languages, such as shockwave and flash. The page runs a flash program, which generates a popup. A popup blocker in HTML misses this, and you suddenly have a blinking bouncing button on your screen. Ew.
To tell Firefox not to allow popups from plugins, do the following:
- Type ‘about:config’ in your tool bar
- Right click anywhere, and select “New->Integer”
- Type in: privacy.popups.disable_from_plugins
- Set the value to ‘2’
Voila! The fellow who showed me this simply said “Hey, not my trick.” 🙂