Saturday, March 13, 2010

Popups

From time to time friends tell me that they get annoying popups every time they visit my blog. I have no idea why that is happening, but I assume it is Google (the blog sponsor) that does it. I have never seen a popup myself when I look at the blog, and the reason is that I use Safari and Firefox for my browsers, and both give you the option of blocking popups. I would highly recommend either browser over Explorer, and would encourage anyone still using Explorer to give them a try.

I would welcome suggestions, in any event, as to how I might turn off this feature or otherwise improve the blog. I'm sure there are any number of steps I might take to improve the format, but I consider myself still a novice at this.

Apologies to those who have been annoyed by popups, but please do consider using Safari or Firefox.

15 comments:

The Alchemist said...

The pop up is because of either sitemeter or other webstat app you have on site. If you can use Google analytic everything should be fine.

Scott Grannis said...

what is Google analytic?

fboness said...

I think your site has been infected by malware that is launching these popups.

Agustin said...

I've never had a pop-up at this site.
I use Firefox.
Anti-Malware and Spybot once a month.

Bob said...

I get a pop up or two. I just close the windows and move on. No big deal, but will consider the firefox.

bob

Cabodog said...

Due to the popups, I moved to Firefox several months ago on my desktop. The popups stopped, but now they've returned. Good moving to Firefox though; much better than IE. Thanks for the "push."

Firefox on my laptop results in no popups on your website. Go figure. That indicates to me that it's a local problem (ie, my computer).

AVG scan reports a clean computer on my desktop.

Benjamin said...

It's all over my head. The only kind of "pop-up" I know is in baseball.

ykdesign said...

I use only Safari on my Mac, and have never had a popup.

Gene Prescott said...

I sometimes get the popus using Chrome.

W.E. Heasley said...

Mr. Grannis:

IE is vulnerable to may things as its directly related/linked to windows. Firefox is not directly linked to windows hence the vulnerability is less.

Try this link from komando.com (Kim Komando) regarding pop ups:

http://search.komando.com/search?site=default_collection&client=default_frontend&output=xml_no_dtd&proxystylesheet=default_frontend&q=pop+ups

You can ever post a question over at komando.com and possibly someone will offer advise on how to eliminate the pop-ups. Both of the suggestions below have merit:


The Alchemist said...
The pop up is because of either sitemeter or other webstat app you have on site. If you can use Google analytic everything should be fine


fboness said...
I think your site has been infected by malware that is launching these popups.

Rob said...

Scott, I read your blog via Google Reader, highly recommend.

Mike Ellison said...

I get the popups and I've also had my anti-virus software alert me to viruses contained within those popups.

Personally, I've never liked the blogger platform. I moved all my blogs to WordPress and have been very satisfied.

Jack Brown, CFA said...

Scott,
The comment below is from Google to their bloggers, but the same process probably applies:

People are telling me my blog is infecting their computers with viruses or pop-up ads. What can I do?

If readers are complaining that your blog is triggering unwanted pop-ups, ads or software downloads but you haven't placed them there intentionally, chances are a third party add-on to your blog has included additional code and additional effects that you didn't expect when you added it. These may take the form of counters, tagboards or advertisements. These sorts of add-ons violate Blogger's Terms of Service and must be removed. To do so, simply reverse the process you used to add the feature. You'll most likely have to click Edit HTML from your Settings | Template tab, find the code corresponding to the add-on and remove it. If you have multiple third party add-ons, you may have to try each one individually. If you're using the Layouts feature, you might be able to simply delete the widget that contains the offending add-on.

Scott Grannis said...

Thanks for all the helpful comments. I'm now back from the mountains and hope to get back on the blogging track soon, after hosting a bbq for the family later today.

I'm hoping to find the offending popup lurking somewhere in my site's HTML code. In the meantime, the advice to try a browser other than IE remains solid.

The Alchemist said...

Google Analytics is another web counter like site meter. I have not used it extensively but I highly recommend it. It is part of google and can easily be integrated with blogger. Here is the link. http://www.google.com/analytics/. you might want to have both sitemeter and analytics for a while and see which one works best for you.