08/04/2005: Tech Post of the Month (maybe year)....
Are you a Firefox user? If so, have you ever noticed that despite the fact that Firefox has an integrated pop-up blocker function, some pop-ups seem to sneak through?
Well, Pete Bevin has found the answer: Apparently, some Evil Person discovered that popups can be called up from within Macromedia Flash... and when you do that, it avoids Firefox's native pop-up blocking.
The answer? Well, one is probably to use FlashBlock. I've installed FlashBlock on my work machine as an apparently successful solution to an unrelated problem, and the stealth pop-ups appear to have stopped on that machine (vice my home machine, which I've not yet installed FlashBlock on). But Pete details another way (The Short Version: you can configure Firefox to disallow the calling of pop-ups from plugins--not just Flash, incidentally, so it may be A Good Thing to so configure your Firefox install, even if you've installed FlashBlock). Go follow the link for the details.
Credit: Josh Schulz, who pointed me in this direction.
Len on 08.04.05 @ 08:05 AM CST