|Special note: If your page is on GeoCities, you can also use PopStopper
to add the GeoGuide ad to your pages instead of <NOSCRIPT>...that nukes
your popups with the full backing of GeoCities Corp. In the file fix.ini
that comes with PopStopper, remove the <NOSCRIPT> and replace it with
<!--#geoguide-->. It is strongly recommended that you use <BR>
tags to insert a lot of whitespace before the ad, so that it annoys your
visitors as little as possible.
Here is the Readme file for PopStopper!. It is also included in the .zip file.:
To read this file in Notepad or similar editor, turn Word Wrap on.
Many free Web hosting companies have chosen to implement "pop-up" ads on their members' sites that pop up in a new browser window and must be clicked away. In many cases this has been done out-of-the-blue without the consent of these members. Popups are a scourge that plagues many free Web pages--yours doesn't have to be one of them!--and makes surfing the Web an unenjoyable and sometimes hazardous experience (popups can cause your Web browser to crash). To ensure that surfing your website is a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors, this program makes supressing popups on many free servers a breeze.
WHAT THIS IS
The methods used by this program to protect your files against popup ads will work on any server that appends the popup script to the *end* of the HTML document--these include GeoCities, Prohosting and many other free webspace providers.
HOW TO USE
For safety's sake, be sure to make backup copies of all your files before you run this program. That way you can easily restore the originals if you'd like to reverse the changes made.
When you run POPSTOP.EXE it will first ask for a directory. Type the directory path where your webpages (*.HTML files) are. It will then ask if you'd like to make backups of all files that are to be inoculated against popup infection. (You should have done this already; if you haven't, CHOOSE YES!). PopStopper! will then append the necessary HTML to your pages to supress popup ads.
REMEMBER: This is an MS-DOS based program. Even if you have Windows 95, always give the file paths in MS-DOS style (8 characters max, no spaces), NOT Windows long filenames. If you get "file not found" or wierd errors, double-check to make sure you're using DOS file paths. (To find a DOS path or filename in Windows 95, right-click the icon of the file or directory and select 'Properties'.)
Blinding the Browser:
1) a <NOSCRIPT> tag
2) a SCRIPT tag that references a nonexistant scripting language,
e.g. <SCRIPT language="Sanskrit">
This program is set up to use the <NOSCRIPT> method by default.
The HTML used is stored in the file fix.ini and can be modified by the
Please read this section before complaining about this software not working. Some common questions/problems are addressed here.
Q. POPSTOP is giving me file-not-found or wierd error messages when
I enter "C:\My Web Page\With A Really Long Name\" as the location of my
A. This is an MS-DOS program and will not recognize Windows long filenames or paths. Make sure directory/file names you are using are no more than 8 characters and do not contain spaces or other characters that are not allowed in an MS-DOS filename.
Q. Does this program support subdirectories?
A. No. It will only inoculate files in the directory specified. (Besides, many free webhosts don't allow subdirectories anyway.)
Q. Can I distribute POPSTOP? Are there any restrictions on program distribution?
A. There are only two restrictions on distributing the file:
1. It's FREEWARE. It must be distributed free-of-charge, excluding the cost of the media itself (e.g. if you are putting it on a 50-cent floppy disk, you can charge 50 cents to cover the floppy itself). You cannot distribute it for any kind of profit, or in such a way that you profit from its distribution.
2. It must be distributed in its original, unmodified form. Don't add things to the .zip file, remove files from it, or make any changes to the files.
The program is NOT public domain, so I (Bill Webb) still hold copyright on it. Source code is included for the sake of convenience and curiosity. If you are familiar with programming, feel free to make changes and improvements to the program, but don't steal any of the source code, e.g. for use in another program. Please don't rip code without permission.
Comments, Suggestions, Difficulties, Bug Reports, Eternal Gratitude,
Feel free to write me (Bill Webb) at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're having trouble or reporting a bug, be sure to tell me the program version and any error-message you receive. If you really find this program useful, donations are always welcome to help cover my junkfood and Taco Bell expenses.
Disclaimers and liability stuff
This software is distributed AS IS, without any warranties express or implied. In no event shall the author be held liable for problems arising from the use of this program, including any program bugs, malfunctions, acts of God or user mistakes that may occur.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Blocking popup ads on your free webspace,
either with this program or with other methods, may be against your host's
rules. The author accepts no resonsibility for any difficulties that may arise as a result of your breaking your host's rules or Terms Of Service.
All trademarks used in this document are hereby acknowledged as the property of their respective owners. (Lawsuits suck ass.)
PopStoppper! README, 1/23/99