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Flash pop-ups - stopping them in Firefox
As pop-up blockers have spread, blocking JavaScript pop-ups, the arms race has moved on. Some devious folks figured out that you could get Flash to spawn pop-up windows too. So now more and more pages have little Flash widgets in them which spawn ad windows. When I started using Firefox, and I turned on pop--up blocking, I rarely saw any pop-ups. But over the past couple of months I've been seeing more and more - sites using Flash to do their dirty work.

Last night i got fed up enough that I went looking for a solution, other than blocking Flash in general since I do find it useful on many sites, and I found this page.

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.

The possible values are:

0: Allow all popups from plugins.
1: Allow popups, but limit them to dom.popup_maximum.
2: Block popups from plugins.
3: Block popups from plugins, even on whitelisted sites.

It has worked fairly well for me so far, sites I know I got pop-ups on, I'm not.

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mackys From: mackys Date: September 20th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)


Great tip, thanks!
pdelahanty From: pdelahanty Date: September 20th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Thank you!
roninspoon From: roninspoon Date: September 20th, 2005 10:56 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Sweet baby Jebus. Thank you. This may be the most important thing I've seen all day.
reme From: reme Date: September 20th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

i don't have flash on my work computer, but i'll definitely do this on seth's computer when i get home.
etherial From: etherial Date: September 21st, 2005 12:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)


Now I just need to figure out why I'm not getting any sound out of Flash.
bdragon From: bdragon Date: September 21st, 2005 12:49 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I just considered having your children

will you take some meaningless sex instead?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 21st, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yes, however, and this is nothing personal, not from you. Just not my thing. ;-)
bdragon From: bdragon Date: September 21st, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
none taken!

sadly, I can't offer you anyone else for the sexing..
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: September 21st, 2005 01:58 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've also been trying out the noscript extension over the past couple of days. Only problem has been remembering to turn it on when sites act kooky and I want to use Javascript. :)
From: not_croaker Date: September 21st, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh, thank you thank you thank you SO Much.

Does this work in regular Mozilla, as well?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 21st, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm not sure, but it shouldn't hurt to try it - if Mozilla doesn't recognize the property is just ignores it.