Firefox Beats Pop-UpsAgain
Users of the Firefox browser can now download a beta extension with the code name Pop Ups Must Die!In the Broadway musical "Annie Get Your Gun," theres an annoying song, "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better," that goes back and forth like two spoiled kids bickering. Watching the back-and-forth battle between the purveyors of pop-up advertising and the browsers and plug-ins geared to stop the pop-ups is a little like sitting through this songonly with the added annoyance of pop-up ads.
In recent months, the pop-up advertisers have successfully worked around the blocking methods found in most plug-ins and in Mozillas Firefox and Microsofts Internet Explorer on Windows XP Service Pack 2. Theyve done this by using features in other browser plug-ins, especially in Macromedias Flash plug-in, to launch additional browser windows.