by btljooz - 2/14/12 4:33 PM
In Reply to: Doubleclick by dtrend35
I suspect that it's quite probably IE that is allowing this to go on. Did you know that you can have more than one browser installed on your computer? ..AND that you can even use them all at once? Not only do I have IE (which I never use) installed on my XP machine but I also have both Firefox and Cometbird installed, was well. I use Cometbird almost exclusively, but have on occasion had all three browsers going at one time. Cometbird is a Mozilla-based browser that looks, acts and feels just like Firefox and even uses Firefox Add-ons. But Cometbird is somewhat easier on the resources of an older machine than Firefox is. That's why I use Cometbird so much!
Therefore, I'm suggesting to you that you install Cometbird on your machine, as well. You can choose to make Cometbird your default browser if you want or if you'd prefer to leave IE your default browser you can do that [although using IE will negate any privacy steps you take with Cometbird]. If you would like to try this you can get Cometbird from http://www.cometbird.com/page/download.php
You can either make Cometbird your default browser or IE the default during installation of the Cometbird. (And if you choose you can change which browser is default after installation, as well.) That means that whichever browser is default it will be the one to open when you click on any internet link on your computer. To get the other one to open you will have to click on its icon specifically. I use the Quick Launch bar in the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen for that most of the time. Just don't install any prepackaged Toolbars that may come with your new browser. Toolbars are BIG security risks!
Now that you have Cometbird installed you will want to configure it to your liking. Just open it and then click on Tools>Options. Then configure the settings to your liking. After that, you will want to get certain add-ons by going to Tools>Add-ons. I use an older version so your newer version of Cometbird will look different than mine. Just look around and you'll find where I'm talking about. Once you find where to get add-ons from you can get the ones that I've found to be the most useful and handy.
Here's that list:
- !***BetterPrivacy "Super-Cookie Safeguard" This is the one that zaps LSOs!
- ColorfulTabs Colorful Tabs colors every tab in a different color and makes them easy to distinguish while beautifying the overall appeal of the interface.
- ***deskCut Create desktop shortcuts from the context-menu just like with IE.
- !***DoNotTrackPlus Stops web tracking to protect your privacy.
I just started using this and it seems to do a great job so far.
- Extension List Dumper Dumps a list of the installed extensions so you can save it for future use. This list with its descriptions was made with it. Other info can be added through it's configuration settings just before you dump a list. But I've added my own comments here and there as you can see.
- Flagfox Displays a flag depicting the location of the current server and gives a lot more very interesting, and sometimes handy, info about the websites you visit.
- IE Tab Plus An enhanced version of IE Tab which enables you to use the embedded IE engine within Mozilla/Firefox. For those odd websites that you may happen across that haven't caught up with and aren't compatible with Mozilla browsers.
- LightShot (screenshot tool) Easy and convenient screen capture tool. Allows you to make screenshot of any selected area (video and flash too), edit and save it to your computer and/or upload it to server.
- ***Navigational Sounds A simple extension that plays the Windows Internet Explorer start and end navigation sounds, popup blocked and information bar sounds, feed and search provider discovered sounds, and download completed sound.
It's been my experience that some folks don't like this one chattering at them all the time. But once you have it "trained" to allow those sites you're always into. For those sites you'll only visit once you can only allow scripts that will allow the site to work and keep the rest blocked so they can't do whatever it is they want to ...like tracking you, click-jacking you, etc. Otherwise, just allow it to keep on blocking stuff for you. ...like that Doubleclick stuff you keep getting!
- pdfit save web page as a pdf file without links or as an image
- ***PlainOldFavorites Use Internet Explorer Favorites directly from your Mozilla browser.
- Web2PDF converter Web page to pdf convertion utility. Converts web pages to pdf with clickable links embedded within them.
- ***WOT Web of trust. You can get this for IE, too, at http://www.mywot.com/en/download/ie
I suggest that you configure each add-on as you install it. I normally install about three at a time but it's possible to install more than that if you want to. I only do three at a time so that I can keep track of what I've configured and what needs to be. After you get Cometbird all set up, use it for a while and see if you still get all those popups. I, personally, don't think that you will. I don't get them.
I hope this helps. Good Luck with it and Happy Computing!
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