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Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector

CNET Editors' review

Although it's good to see a utility that deals with spyware and the pop-ups that often come with it, Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector left us unimpressed with its functionality. We like that it works with both Internet Explorer and Netscape, and it offers good configuration options on installation. However, we found its spyware detection inadequate. It blocked some spyware but didn't stop widespread parasites such as CashBack and MySearch. Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector also does not remove any spyware; you'll need another application to clean your system. We aren't impressed by its pop-up blocking, either. Although it takes care of the usual suspects, it doesn't stop floating ads. In our tests, it also blocked legitimate pop-ups that should have launched from a link. In the saturated area of pop-up blocking, this program doesn't compete all that well.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star: 21
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 10
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star: 21
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 10
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Results 1-10 of 16

  • 1.0 stars

    "this program trashed my HD dont use cnet programs"

    July 7, 2010  |   By mickey20102010

    Version: Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector 5.0.3

    Pros

    NOTHING NOTHING

    Cons

    what is there to like about spending hrs getting my computer to work after using cnet. NEVER WILL I USE CNET AGAIN and will tell everyone to stay away from this web site

    Summary

    I had a brand new out of box computer surprise it found problems,. tried to uninstall
    It trashed my HD hrs spent had to format and install windows NEVER NEVER NEVER use cnet programs you will be srry peeps giving positive ratings must be cnet /maxspyware employees, dont buy ANY products from this website they are all acammers. FREE means free to download than good luck getting rid of it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Warning: spyware detector is a fraud"

    June 6, 2009  |   By plasmaman

    Version: Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector 5.0.3

    Pros

    Cleans out cookies and other internet browsing residues

    Cons

    IMMENSE number of "false positives." Software poorly written.

    Summary

    I don't have much good to say about this program. The program has A LOT of false positives and I suspect it doesn't catch anything that is really a hazard.
    Here are some examples: I put in a commercial DVD. Spyware Detector tried to quarantine the autorun.inf file. I also have an inaccessible (read only) hard drive on my system. There are no software overrides to write to this drive. It attempted to quarantine stuff there. It also created files that it deletes. After having two critical OS and Firewall programs clobbered by this program and numerous system crashes, I ended up removing it from my computer.
    As a programmer, I can only say my suspicion is the creators of this software are either ****-poor or engaged in a fraud scheme.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Avoid at all costs"

    October 15, 2007  |   By MaryonJeane

    Version: Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector 5.0.3

    Cons

    This program caused a popup to appear on about half the websites visited. The popup had to be clicked away (sometimes several times), whereupon a message appeared saying that I was not authorised to view the site. This message took up a screenful of space, meaning that I had then to scroll down to see the site's contents (which were actually visible).

    The techie people from Spyware Detector took over my PC via LetMeIn for over a day (during which time I lost work), but were unable to solve the problem. They didn't get back to me any more (as they were obviously stumped) and I am now trying to get a refund - but no joy so far.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't Buy from This company"

    September 6, 2007  |   By Pepper924

    Version: Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector 5.0.3

    Cons

    I tried this software and found I didn't like it. It took me hours to get my machine running correctly after using. They offer 30-day "no questions asked" money-back guarantee.

    THEY DO NOT HONOR THIS!!!!!! I tried for over a month to get a refund and they just kept asking me what technical issues I had.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good Ideas in place within this program but horid results"

    May 27, 2005  |   By LoW_Reviewer

    Version: Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector 5.0.3

    Pros

    Adware spyware programs installed to easy to list a solid pro. Did catch 1 or 2 larger known spywares.

    Cons

    Had too much get by the system. Needs a hug database upgrade. Also let in floaters (pop-ups) and more complicated ads.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "this device ruined my whole computer in took me three hours to get it to work!"

    April 17, 2005  |   By minimike1b

    Version: Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector 5.0.3

    Pros

    none

    Cons

    no pop ups were blocked

    my computer was ruined

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome"

    February 10, 2005  |   By ptrepanier

    Version: Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector 5.0.3

    Pros

    Very effective.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Never used Spyware Detector."

    December 18, 2004  |   By sagetoad

    Version: Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector 5.0.3

    Summary

    Never used Spyware Detector. I used it and could NEVER connect with the internet (dsl) afterwards. The only way I could resolve it was by formatting my hard drive and reinstalling everything.

    BAD, BAD, PROGRAM.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Another A1Tech Product FAILED"

    July 18, 2004  |  

    Version: Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector 5.0.3

    Summary

    This product is made by A1Tech, the same people that make AdsGone. I was dumb and didn't look at the screenshot before I downloaded the free trial, otherwise I would have seen that it's the same screen. It's about as ineffective as AdsGone, see my review there.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Spywear, bewear!"

    July 12, 2004  |  

    Version: Pop Up Blocker Pro and Spyware Detector 5.0.3

    Summary

    it didn't block ANYTHING, I was so frustrated...I got more pop-ups and it caused a problem with my Favorites file...just be careful....

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