Stopzilla Steps on Pop-Ups

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2003-08-18
 
 
 

A former eWEEK editor used to be inundated by pop-ups during the most inopportune times—for example, during interviews with hotshot CEOs. Its a pity he wasnt armed with a pop-up killer such as Stopzilla.

In my tests of Stopzilla Version 3.0—a pop-up-killer service from Stopzilla—I experienced pop-up-free Web surfing. The service, which costs $29.99 per year, blocks pop-ups and enters them into a blacklist for perusal. I set the application to automatically blacklist and block all pop-ups. Whenever a pop-up appeared that I wanted to see, I could remove it from the blacklist.

As I surfed, Stopzilla learned which pop-ups I wanted.

Unlike with some pop-up killers, I was able to access my Microsoft Outlook Web-based e-mail with no problem. The service requires that users have Windows 98 or later, as well as Internet Explorer 4.0 or later. Unfortunately, neither Netscape browsers nor Mac OS devices are supported.

The question remains, however, why enterprises should pay for a pop-up killer when freeware is available. You get what you pay for, so Id recommend that organizations shop around to see what best fits their need.

Stopzilla has bulk-license prices available for corporations and academic institutions. Bulk pricing starts at six seats and is based on a sliding scale. A free 15-day trial version can be downloaded from www.stopzilla.com.

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