How do I stop doubleclick from popping up ?

April 16, 2011 at 16:40:07
Specs: Windows XP SP3

I keep getting this annoying pop up about double click trying to get on your trusted list.Naturally I always click on no.It pops up everytime I answer email or when go to type anything or if I try and look something up-litterly ALL THE TIME !

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#1
April 16, 2011 at 22:48:07

I have a post I've saved from the year 2005
I'm just giving you part of it. What your doing is using the host file to block.
Only open the host file with notepad to prevent damage.

The Universal Solution.
This will work on Windows systems for all browsers; IE, FireFox and Netscape.
The Windows operating system provides a system-level method to block specific IP addresses before they even get to the browser. To effect this solution you need to edit a Windows system file called hosts. This file is located in the directory:

Windows XP: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC

Windows 2K: C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows 98: C:\WINDOWS

Open the file in Notepad. Cut the following from this post and paste it to the end of the file.

127.0.0.1 amch.questionmarket.com
127.0.0.1 a820.g.akamai.net
127.0.0.1 iv.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 i.ivillage.com
127.0.0.1 m.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 tste.ivillage.com
127.0.0.1 img-cdn.mediaplex.com
127.0.0.1 ads.vmirror.com
127.0.0.1 cmhtml.ivillage.overture.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pointroll.com

Edit each entry so that there is a tab between the IP address 127.0.0.1 and the URLs. Save the file and you're finished. Close and re-open your browser and all the ads will be gone.

Unfortunately, iVillage may in the future buy ads from a new source. In this event the new ad source will have to be added to the list.


The IE solution.
Most of the ads are placed using Java$cript. You can remove the more offensive ads in IE with the browser settings. You can't however remove them all. To improve GW using IE do the following:
From the menu select Tools -> Internet Options -> Security and click on Custom Level. Scroll down to the end of the list and you'll see an entry for Scripting. Disable all the sub-entries. Now select the tab labeled Privacy. In the bottom of the box that appears check on the option to block pop-ups. I recommend you also click on the button Advanced and select the option to block Third-party Cookies.

NOTE: By disabling Scripting you will also effect the way other websites behave. You may need to get used to switching scripting on and off as desired. That's why this is the least desirable of these various options.


The FireFox solution
This is an excellent choice -- it's the fastest performing of the options listed here: FireFox is superior to IE in every possible way. FireFox provides the added advantage of blocking all Spyware, an evil that IE brought into this world.
* download and install Firefox 1.5
* in the FireFox address bar type about:config
* scroll down the list to the entry xpinstall.enabled
* right click on the entry and select toggle from the menu
* toggle as needed to set the value to true
* go to the Firefox website and follow links to extensions
* find the extension adblock and install it
* remember to toggle xpinstall.enabled back to false
* in Firefox select Tools -> Adblock -> Preferences
* use the New Filter field to add the following items:
http://amch.questionmarket.com
http://a820.g.akamai.net
http://iv.doubleclick.net
http://i.ivillage.com
http://m.2mdn.net
http://tste.ivillage.com
http://img-cdn.mediaplex.com
http://ads.vmirror.com
http://cmhtml.ivillage.overture.com
http://ads.pointroll.com
* enable Adblock

The trick with Adblock is to block the domain rather than the specific ad. If you click on Adblock to disable an ad. Select Tools -> Adblock -> Preferences from the menu and then edit the new entry; remove anything that follows after .com or .net. This will block everyting from that source


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#2
April 17, 2011 at 08:02:05

If you install the CCleaner freebie you can set it to only retain the cookies you need (ie remove doubleclick). This might help but I do rate hosts files, or restricted sites in IE, for this purpose.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.


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#3
April 17, 2011 at 08:18:22

Microsoft says to NEVER click any part of a Popup.
Use Alt + F4 to close it.

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#4
April 17, 2011 at 09:24:58

To add to #3, in the case of the bogus AntiVirus scams which are now widespread, even Alt+F4 no longer works - they mean "Yes" too. You either have to mess with a stack of entries using Task Manager (Ctr-Alt-Del) or reboot the computer.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.


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#5
April 17, 2011 at 13:03:27

Do internet search for hosts file. Get a good one and use it.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#6
April 17, 2011 at 17:08:47

If you use a hosts file and find that sometimes the back button in IE needs two clicks then install a program called eDexter. You don't have to do anything with it, it just marks advert boxes with a red blob.

The reason for the back button issue is because with hosts files sites sometimes go back to "localhosts" and there is nothing there. eDexter therefore takes care of it.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.


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