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Seven Years of Popup-Blockers in Browsers

It has been Seven years since Internet Explorer 7.0 was released in 2006. Since IE7 was released, every major Web Browser officially has had a pop-blocker. That is IE emulated Firefox which had previously shipped with a built-in popup blocker. Unfortunately that has not stopped a lot of media sites from trying to get our attention by doing popups. The popups are not always an eye-ball play, sometimes they are merely a benign request for a feedback survey. Yet it seems technology companies, Banks, Insurance Companies, healthcare companies have all walked away from pop-ups. But some major media companies still insist to utilize this annoyance to grab our attention.

For instance take a look at site advisor rating for CNBC with following Site-Adivisor link. Site Advisor has rated CNBC as safe. But if you browse further down you will notice that this rating was not entirely warranted if SiteAdivor had allowed their automated system rate CNBC. That’s because has as an excessive amounts of annoyances such as popups.

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But let’s not single out CNBC its competitor Bloomberg is also rated as safe while Site-Advisor actually reports 40% of hyperlinks have some sort unhelpful content in it. See Blow the report for Bloomberg.

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But it is important to mention that not all media companies have websites with miss-behaving pages.

For instance SiteAdvisor NyTimes Report reports to instances of malfunction pages.

At your leisure click on some SiteAdivsor ratings for Major Websites and compare them.

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Google: site rating for site rating for Huffingtonpost: site rating for ESPN: site rating for Yahoo: site rating for

As you can see Yahoo is actually thoroughly tested by SiteAdvisor but it manages to come away with safe rating that is completely warranted since SiteAdvisor’s automated testing system actually found no bad links in it.