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Smart Popup Blocker

CNET Editors' review

This absolutely standard, yet free pop-up blocker, worked quite well in our tests, but like many of its brethren, it is powerless against floating pop-ups. Smart Popup Blocker indicates its presence with a system-tray icon and will blink or emit a gunshot sound when eliminating a pop-up ad. If you occasionally want pop-ups from certain sites, you can temporarily disable the utility by holding the Ctrl key or by adding the URL to the Allowed list. However, we were somewhat disenchanted to discover Smart Popup Blocker works only with Internet Explorer. However, though the program takes more PC resources than we'd like, it didn't slow down computer use and Web surfing in our tests. The application also has a privacy feature that deletes cookies. If you don't need a full range of features for pop-up protection, this application will certainly do.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 112 votes

    • 5 star: 57
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 35
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 112 votes

    • 5 star: 57
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 35
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  • 1.0 stars

    "RUN AWAY RUN AWAY"

    April 6, 2013  |   By OldM3

    Version: Smart Popup Blocker 1.2

    Pros

    None, reminds me of my ex-wife.

    Cons

    MALWARE (Yes I know I'm shouting, I like to shout!)

    This thing is absolute crap.

    Summary

    This popup blocker is bundled Whitesmoke Toolbar. I dont know what it is but it aint friendly. It locked up my computer tighter than Fort Knox. Wouldn't let me set my own home page or search engine. Took two hoursa to get it cleared from my computer. C/Net ought to be ashamed of themselves for allowing access to this. they must be getting paid handsomely. Let's see how long my review lasts before it is deleted!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "FireFox not Supported"

    December 30, 2011  |   By pcarroyo

    Version: Smart Popup Blocker 1.2

    Pros

    Sounds good enough in theory.

    Cons

    As the program only supports the Internet Explorer (IE) - and IE is fraught with problems - supporting only IE would seem to be a major limitation on an otherwise good concept.

    Summary

    For this to be considered, the program needs to support other major browsers, not just the worst of the bunch.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Blocks Weather Exchange Pop-Ups"

    April 17, 2011  |   By tracytomm

    Version: Smart Popup Blocker 1.2

    Pros

    Blocks annoying and intrusive pop-ups and makes a noise to let me know the pop-up was blocked

    Cons

    Only works with IE

    Summary

    I use a program called Weather Exchange while I am driving my 18 wheeler. The constant pop-ups from this program are annoying and intrusive and downright dangerous because I need to deal with them while I am driving. This program effectively handles those pop-ups so I can keep my hands on the wheel and my eyes on the road. I have changed the settings to make a gunshot noise when a pop-up is blocked and that never ceases to amuse me (Simple minds, simple pleasures!). But actually the feedback sound is important because there will be times when you don't want a pop-up blocked. When this happens you can easily change the settings from the task bar.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "IE Support ONLY? It is 2011 Now People!"

    December 29, 2010  |   By GeaFmaN

    Version: Smart Popup Blocker 1.2

    Pros

    I am so sorry but it would be disingenuous for me to go on about any apparent 'benefits' to be had by using this in Internet Explorer as, the lack of other browser support means that the program fails at the VERY FIRST hurdle.

    Cons

    No browser support.
    I refuse to accept IE as a browser that should be placed as the default in software like this. Granted, IE probably gets more popups thrown at it, as well as other nasty stuff but for this program NOT to support FIREFOX..? Poor!

    Summary

    The developer needs to get into the times we are in and unfortunately, a free offering is not always a welcome one. Not if it may endanger you.
    I repair PCs and the number of times it has been an IE related issue where Firefox would have helped. Programs like this are not helping those older people, mothers, grannies, the folk you love and the folk that, at Xmas especially, want you to fix their PCs until they are running like new again...as they really have no idea how to do very much beyond sending an email and using youtube...so they benefit from using a browser such as Firefox or even Chrome. It really IS more secure! (I always set Firefox up securely with addons too for them).
    Please add support for other browsers!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beware of this program!!"

    November 28, 2010  |   By edcal4121

    Version: Smart Popup Blocker 1.2

    Pros

    Seems to block many pop ups but then trojan dedected by Avira virus scan.

    Cons

    Has a trojan virus

    Summary

    Threat level on this virus was low but Avira still removed it by full removal of entire program. However had hard time removing left over parts of this program. Use at your own risk.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Program contains a Trojan. DO NOT DOWNLOAD."

    November 19, 2010  |   By Sdyer05

    Version: Smart Popup Blocker 1.2

    Pros

    Great to download if you'd like a trojan.

    Cons

    Has a trojan.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well for me"

    November 1, 2010  |   By rhjames

    Version: Smart Popup Blocker 1.2

    Pros

    I run WinXP SP3 and IE8. Smart PopUp Blocker V 1.20 installed quickly and easily and it works well. It doesn't seem to slow anything down.

    Cons

    For me it gets most, but not all popups. I wish it had a Blacklist or other easy way to add the popups it doesn't get.

    Summary

    It does a good job, for me, better than WinXP's built in free blocker. I wish there were some way to permanently remove an ad that slips through its defenses. Too bad it only works with Internet Explorer.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works with IE."

    August 14, 2010  |   By pokobabe

    Version: Smart Popup Blocker 1.2

    Pros

    Works with IE.

    Cons

    Doesn't work with Firefox.

    Summary

    I use Firefox.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent product"

    July 1, 2010  |   By oregoncountry

    Version: Smart Popup Blocker 1.2

    Pros

    I was plagued with popups even while using my Windows popup blocker and the Mozilla. No more. When I got them they would flash then stay open in tray. Now they don't open period! I highly recommend SPB.

    Cons

    None I can see so far. Had it about a week now.

    Summary

    Works for me, exceptionally well!!! Thank you CNET, Denise

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Nothing worth writing about"

    May 11, 2010  |   By royalspin

    Version: Smart Popup Blocker 1.2

    Pros

    Works on some pop ups-Yeah i know really helpful huh ?

    Cons

    Haven't noticed a huge drop in my normal pop ups that come up .

    Summary

    I already have decent protection and was looking for better but haven't noticed anything different in the amount of already annoying advertisements.(As if that's going to make people buy something) Yes lets **** people off to buy things !! .From what Ive noticed after my install it doesn't load up like normal programs which is either a faulty program or that's the way it operates-silently in the background.Cant say Im doing jumping back-flips over this one.I uninstalled it to check and see what the difference if any was and found none.So Im going to once more uninstall because its just taking up space.

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