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5 August, 2005

Flash pop-ups downed

This has been known for several months, but only seems to have received wider circulation in recent days; I might as well join in.

Web spammers have been evading pop-up blockers by launching them from Flash.  Pete Bevin reports (has devised?) a simple technique whereby Firefox renders the spam technique obsolete.  Well done!

  1. Type about:config into the Firefox location bar.
  2. Right-click on the page and select New and then Integer.
  3. Name it privacy.popups.disable_from_plugins
  4. Set the value to 2.
I'd like to think this'll be the default setting in future versions of Fx, but in the mean time, these instructions can be completed in seconds.

I don't know who writes or runs this site but its fantastic. I love the photos of Lancashire. I used to live in Preston and myself used to cycle all over the Forest of Bowland. Brings back great memories even if it does make me feel homesick.

Posted by ALASTAIR SHED at August 5, 2005 01:54 PM
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