User Help for Mozilla Firefox
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The above is a link to a popup ad.
This annoying popup won't close unless firefox is turned off through the windows task manager or you hit the ok button that pops up. I'm always cautious about hitting any buttons on popups, perferring to close the tab/window---that is why I find this type of popup very troublesome.
Since the popup can't be shut down unless the ok button is clicked; could this be a way to make a user execute malicious code?
Do you mean that the popup has no titlebar with a close window button at the end? I tried that link. It is about getting a university degree. It was a normal web page which caused no popups. It is possible to make popup windows have whatever components of normal windows you want to have. These settings will give popups the same parts that a normal window has.
Okay. Originally, I got the popup at Boxtorrent.com. It did have a titlebar and when I tried closing the window by hitting the close button, another window would popup---it has the word "confirm" in the titlebar and two buttons( ok and cancel). Since I didn't want to click either button, I used the escape key to close this window and tried alt+F4 to close the popup, but that "confirm" window would popup again. I tried right clicking on the taskbar and closing firefox, but that didn't work. I finally used the task manager to close it.
I even tried loading another page on top of it, but that "confirm" window would popup. Also there is a window on top of the webpage that would load another ad every time I tried closing it.
Below is a screencap of firefox with the popup.
I tried the link on another computer and got the same page with popup. My guess is that you might have javascipts off and so avoided the annoyance.
If I go to http://boxtorrent.com, I get the information toolbar that says, "Firefox prevented this site from opening a popup window". Make sure you're blocking pop-ups under Tools > Options > Content > Block popup windows.
If that doesn't help, see this knowledgebase article:
Also, Adblock Plus with Filterset.G will get rid of a lot of pop-ups that might get by the pop-up blocker.
One other thing I have blocked is onunload and onbeforeunload. Those commands are frequently used to popup windows on closing a page. I blocked those with these settings:
Thanks for the replies. I tolerate popups because I know some of these sites use it to pay for some of their cost. After my initial panic, I concluded that boxtorrent.com is a site I could trust and any popups from there wouldn't carry anything harmful.
Just knowing if this trick is harmless or not, is good information. Thanks.
I do not put up with nuisances. Popups are nuisances, and there are better ways to advertise besides annoying people. A modest ad banner which is not served by a web advertising company that is trying to track me all over the place is something I will tolerate. I also do not try to block ad links because they are unable to snoop.
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