EchoTopic Pop-ups

May 30, 2009 at 00:35:00
Specs: Small Business Server 2003, N/A

I (like most all users) am not a fan of the echotopic pop-ups. For those of you unfamiliar, these are the red, double underlined words, which pop up ads when moused-over. However, I understand their part in generating revenue for the site owners and can therefor tolerate and occasionally even *gasp* use them. Two suggestions though:

1a) Extend the time between mousing over a word and displaying the pop-up. I frequently inadvertently trigger a pop-up just trying to move my mouse to stroll the page, highlight a word, or click a link. Perhaps set it such that the visitor has to hold their mouse over a linked word for a second before triggering the ad.

1b) If 1a is not possible, could you at least allow the ad to disappear quicker? After inadvertently triggering an ad, it takes way to long to get the ad to disappear. While waiting, most of the the post is covered by the ad, and therefore unreadable.

2) Get rid of the noise. If you can do suggestion 1a, this may not be a big deal. But it drives me nuts to hear the clicking noise made each time I inadvertently mouse over a trigger word. I think the large ad pop-up and colors are enough to get attention. The noise can't possible be helping...

-Ryan Adams
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May 30, 2009 at 05:44:39

If you use IE7 or IE8 those ads don't generate

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May 30, 2009 at 09:27:39


Unfortunately, I don't have control over any of those things in the user settings for the ads. I agree that changing them would make the user experience better, but EchoTopic doesn't seem to what to allow it.

There is a solution to get rid of those ads involving the HOSTS file. It has been discussed many times on this forum, and does work. For obvious reasons, I don't want to outline it. Maybe someone else could?


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May 30, 2009 at 10:15:35

I use IE7, and they still show up.

I'm not looking to hide the ads (I know how to do that). As I said in the original post, I understand their place.

I just wish they were less intrusive when using the site.

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May 30, 2009 at 11:14:48

They don't show up on my IE7, I use it on 4 different PC's here. IE7 doesn't hide the ads, it just doesn't allow them to get underlined and pop up. They do pop up in Safari and Google Chrome though and they are annoying there.
They are not intrusive on this end. Maybe I'm not understanding your problem, sorry.

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May 30, 2009 at 11:27:12

They do show up in IE7, to put this to rest, here is a screenshot:

Anyhow, Justin: I don't know much about echotopic, but they don't give you any customization options? Bummer...

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May 30, 2009 at 11:58:16

Thanks for the clarifications, There are no pop-ups on my page.
Here's how mine looks:

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May 30, 2009 at 23:37:11

A custom hosts file with a batch file to install it available below (

It is very good for blocking ads.

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May 31, 2009 at 07:04:30


I agree with you, but, like I said, echotopic won't let me change those settings. I think blocking them is the only solution for you in this case.


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May 31, 2009 at 09:13:02

Could it be that I use the updated immunization on Spybot
S&D and that's why I don't see the echotopic pop-ups? Plus I
also use Spyware Blaster and WinPatrol....just a thought

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May 31, 2009 at 10:09:22

The ads can be aggravating, but fortunately, you can do something about it & that's what most here & many other web users out there have done.

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June 1, 2009 at 10:40:31


i use adblock addon firefox 3.0.10
you can switchit off or on by ABP button on tool bar.
my ad blocking rules add,,

took a bit of fiddling round but echo 's gone, along with the ads by google, ' spend a night in Sharm El Sheik', is toms hw customising ad's to ppls location?? or wishful thinking hehe.

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June 1, 2009 at 13:19:11

This is kind of OT for this thread, but often times the ads don't even relate to the word that generates them, making them all the more annoying.

In the OP's post the word "red" generates an ad for (ironically) a pop-up blocker which, in my mind, has no relation to the word "red".

The word "highlight" generates an ad for telescopes. What's the connection there?

"Paid" presents an ad for email templates.

If I were shopping for something, I might - and I mean might - possibly mouse over something like the word "modem" to see what's available from a modem vendor, but I'm can't imagine that I would mouse over the word "paid" if I were looking for email templates.

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June 1, 2009 at 16:04:11

I use SpyBot Immunize, SpywareBlaster and IE7, yet still get them at odd times on various websites. Firefox's Adblock never displays them (even without hosts).

They have dimimished considerably over a time by adding my own lines to SpyBot Hosts whenever I meet one of these ads. I haven't had any on this particular website for yonks.

This is quite a time consuming process and, at times, it is something of a "black art" to find their true source if applied globally. Not something which could be explained fully without wadges of words, but it can be done.

There are stacks of ready-made hosts files around and maybe some are particularly good at dealing with pop-up ad issues.

Here are the lines which include those I've applied to the ads on this website over the years:

Some may now be redundant on here but might still apply to other websites. Note also that I'm from the UK hence the odd one might need changing for the USA. The last one, for example, only applies to the UK.

some other bloke...

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