Despite a poorly designed interface, ActiveCaption/Active Pop-up Defense offers some useful features to enhance your surfing experience.
Installing the program is fairly easy, and you'll automatically get a new toolbar added to your Internet Explorer title bar. This program supports a number of popular search engines including Google, AltaVista, and MSN search. The toolbar's customizable drop-down menu offers easy access to news, shopping, and educational sites. We like the bookmark manager and eight buttons that allow us to access our favorite sites with one click. The pop-up blocker worked moderately well in our tests blocking the simplest pop-ups, though it didn't stop banners and Flash ads.
ActiveCaption/Active Pop-up Defense's interface and even the toolbar could use some sprucing up. Both are beset with grayish, rudimentary backgrounds and buttons, and they lack creativity. Brushing off the aesthetics, Web researchers and savvy surfers will find this toolbar to be a useful Web-surfing companion.
ActiveCaption is a powerful utility, which adds multi-engine search, pop-up blocking, one-click buttons for your favorite sites and a full-featured bookmark manager to Internet Explorer. Unlike other IE toolbars, ActiveCaption attaches itself to the otherwise unused space on your browser's title bar. ActiveCaption gives you direct access to general search engines like Google and AltaVista as well as specialized search sites like encyclopedias and current news. Programmable "Speed Buttons" work like your car radio presets to give you single click access to the sites you use everyday. The built-in drag-and-drop bookmark manager includes powerful features like multiple bookmark files, exporting bookmarks as HTML and even creating slide shows from your bookmarked sites. The easy-to-use popup-up blocker kills pop-up and pop-under ads as they occur. No advertisement, search sites are completely customizable so you set ActiveCaption to use any search engines you wish.