ISPs Add to the Menu

Internet service now includes pop-up blockers, spam filters and anti-virus utilities.

Internet service providers now supply a range of tools designed to protect their customers against the Internets nagging headaches. Pop-up ad blockers stop the assault of advertising, spam filters try to shunt the junk e-mail aside, antivirus software defuses viruses arriving in e-mail, parental controls stop kids from stumbling into obscene Web sites and spyware detectors evict foreign software from users computers.

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