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Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite

CNET Editors' review

This program blocks annoying pop-up windows with a splash. Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite installs so quickly that you won't even notice it happening. Once you launch the freeware, you face a tiny number of choices. All you can do is disable the freeware, set it to launch automatically at Windows start-up, and enable the aggressive mode. The button marked Advanced Settings leads only to a nag screen that says that those features do not exist in the Lite version. In general, though, the program works well. When a pop-up emerges, the program immediately destroys it. The program excels even at counteracting file-sharing networks such as Kazaa and Morpheus. Home users could do much worse than the serviceable Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 20
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 20
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Did not stop pop-ups."

    June 4, 2013  |   By nevadaoutlaw

    Version: Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56

    Pros

    Easy to install.

    Cons

    Did not work. I still had the same pop-ups as before I installed it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Excellent blocker"

    March 4, 2011  |   By alandee4

    Version: Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56

    Pros

    Blocks nearly everything

    Cons

    It may be the first program that is too good. It has been blocking, even my internet desktop shortcuts without having to use it's bypass button. Takes a while to get used to.

    Summary

    When all else fails this will work.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works with IE."

    August 14, 2010  |   By pokobabe

    Version: Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56

    Pros

    Works with IE.

    Cons

    Doesn't work with Firefox.

    Summary

    I use Firefox.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works perfect"

    February 27, 2010  |   By don.pittman

    Version: Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56

    Pros

    Simple to install, but read the publisher's instructions. Follow them. A caveman can do it.

    Cons

    Can't find one so far.Maybe one but I can't find it.

    Summary

    Free, works, free, works, free works.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Eliminates most pop-ups"

    December 12, 2009  |   By krleese

    Version: Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56

    Pros

    Very easy to install, works as advertised on most pop-ups, and requires no afterthought -- definitely a fire-and-forget type of program.

    Cons

    It doesn't get all pop-ups.

    Summary

    This website http://www.kephyr.com/popupkillertest/index.html?source=stpltest tests the functionality of pop-up killers, and Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56 kills 80%-90% of the various pop-up types. But it appears there is no pop-up killer that gets 100% of them, so I am happy with this program that gets most of them easily for free.

    A couple of notes regarding previous comments. First, the instructions are petty straightforward. The first time it killed a window I was trying to open, I looked through the manual, read again how to bypass the program with ctl+shift, and never had a problem again. Second, I don't think it installs any spyware or adware. Just because ad-aware identifies something as adware does not necessarily mean it is adware -- it means the program shares some of the same characteristics as adware, characteristics the ad-aware program is looking for. That's why adware and spyware programs usually have a disclaimer telling you to be sure you don't need something before deleting it after you run a search. I don't know with certainty there is no adware, but until I see definitive proof that Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56 actually installs adware, I'm not going to worry about it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "err......is crap a better word for this?"

    January 12, 2009  |   By drunken-cobra

    Version: Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56

    Pros

    no toolbars and no stupid popup alerts about updates

    Cons

    no popups were blocked

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works Perfectly, No Toolbar, No Bugs."

    March 7, 2007  |   By lyssa~.

    Version: Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56

    Pros

    I've heard the adware accusations and I have to say, I cleaned my system thoroughly before installing. After installing, there was nothing.

    This program is fantastic. It's no frills, no search bar, no toolbar clogging up IE... Just a nice little unassuming icon in your taskbar. It does exactly what it says.

    Cons

    ...I forget (a lot...) to hold the shift key to open pages. And that the Control key allows for java-pop up's...

    But that's me being stupid, not the program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very poor"

    September 23, 2005  |   By Bormann

    Version: Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56

    Pros

    None

    Cons

    This, isn't an intelligent pop-up killer, it's just a "shoot anything on sight" type of program (I'm just wondering how the commercial version would behave in

    "Aggressive" mode). Pressing the Ctrl key to allow a page to open from a link, as suggested by the publisher, caused a myriad of hard-to-get-rid-of advertisements to clutter the screen.

    Conclusion: This is another good example of "worthlessware"

    available on the Internet. There are lots of free pop-up stoppers that will do a far better job, such as Smart Popup Blocker.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Nice and easy does it!"

    June 9, 2005  |   By glynn007

    Version: Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56

    Pros

    Simple & Effective (unless you're trying to be too bleedin' clever)

    Cons

    Some people are too clever to appreciate it!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No thank you!!"

    February 2, 2005  |   By dosman

    Version: Stop-the-Pop-Up Lite 2.56

    Cons

    The first, it brings adwares.

    The second, it sucks and downs very frequently.

    The third, it cannot distinguish the pop-ups caused by click and the automatic ones.

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