About web pop-ups and Windows Messenger

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About web pop-ups and Windows Messenger

Pop-ups are windows that automatically appear in front of a webpage you're viewing. They vary in size and can be triggered by a single or double mouse click, rollovers, voice response or may simply be timed to open. Unwanted pop-ups can get in your way making your online experience less enjoyable. For more information, check out the links below.

FAQs

How can I set preferences for pop-ups in AOL?
Are pop-ups harmful?
What are rich media pop-ups?
What are Messenger Service pop-ups?

How can I set preferences for pop-ups in AOL?

AOL Keyword: Pop-up Controls lets you control pop-ups. These settings allow you to block pop-ups, allow them or permit them only from certain websites. To set your preferences, refer our help article How do I adjust pop-up settings on the AOL Desktop Software?

Note: This keyword can only be accessed within the AOL Desktop Software; however, the Keyword feature is not available in AOL Desktop v10.1.

Are pop-ups harmful?

Pop-ups are generally advertisements from the sponsors of the website that you are browsing; however, not all pop-ups are legitimate advertisements. There are pop-ups that contain spyware, adware or malware. Visit AOL Keyword: Safety or daol.aol.com/security to learn how to protect your computer from these harmful programs.

Note: This keyword can only be accessed within the AOL Desktop Software; however, the Keyword feature is not available in AOL Desktop v10.1.

You can also set your pop-up preferences within Internet Explorer. For more information, contact Microsoft through their support site or contact your computer manufacturer.

What are rich-media pop-ups?

Rich media describes a broad range of digital interactive media, either downloaded or embedded in a webpage. If downloaded, it can be viewed or used offline with programs such as RealNetworks RealPlayer software, Microsoft Media Player or Apple QuickTime application, among others.

The difference between web pop-ups and rich media is that web pop-ups are small windows that appear in front of webpages. Rich media is the content within the actual webpage that moves or updates.

What are Messenger Service pop-ups?

When you are connected to the internet, a new window may open on your computer screen containing an advertisement. These windows are labeled "Messenger Service" in the title bar. These messages, also known as "messenger spam," are not related to Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger or such instant messaging services. Disabling instant messaging services will not stop this form of advertisement. These advertisements are sent via the Messenger Service designed for use by system administrators in Windows server-client networks. System administrators use the messenger service to send messages that notify you of conditions on or give status about your network. Some advertisers have started using this service to send their information via the internet.

To turn off pop-ups from Windows Messenger Service refer our help article Turn off the Windows Messenger service.



Related Article:


How do I adjust pop-up settings on the AOL Desktop Software?
Turn off the Windows Messenger service
How do I adjust Pop-up Controls in AOL Desktop v10.1?

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Last updated: 08-05-2011
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