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Editors' Review

by   / February 27, 2009

A couple of innovative aspects set PopSmarts Popup Killer apart from the pack, though it doesn't necessarily take the lead. First, the program integrates with Internet Explorer, so there's no additional client application to launch; you simply turn it on in your browser. Second, PopSmarts focuses its efforts on pop-ups most likely to be unwanted, rather than blocking any and all new browser windows. So, pop-ups associated with entering or exiting a site, for example, are blocked, but those that pop up when you click on a link or press Shift and then click to open a link in a new window are unaffected. It's not foolproof, but it's a step in the right direction. We'd prefer that the program did not allow pop-up windows to open before terminating them, though. Also, the program is only designed to stop browser-window pop-ups, so it won't block adware or windows proposing to install additional plug-ins. These lapses in efficiency are enough to give us pause about it being the best solution for desktop invaders, but PopSmarts may be right for those whose primary pop-up pain is the browser window.

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What's new in version 1.01

  • Version 1.01 brings more support information, even easier access to the registration code verifier, and a robust local help file.


Publisher Birnam Labs
Publisher web site
Release Date September 27, 2002
Date Added September 30, 2002
Version 1.01


Category Browsers
Subcategory Internet Explorer Add-ons & Plugins

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP, Internet Explorer 5.5

Download Information

File Size 280.65KB
File Name


Total Downloads 2,176
Downloads Last Week 1


License Model Free to try
Limitations 120-use trial
Price $29.95
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