9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2013 3:14 PM by ergmeister
spraine Level 1 Level 1
Why do I have pop-ups popping up all over when I have the 'block pop-ups' box checked?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10

    Safari pop up blocker doesn't always catch the pop ups.

    Get GlimmerBlocker here: http://glimmerblocker.org/

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7
    Mac OS X
    spraine --

    GlimmerBlocker is great. It's free, does away with pop-overs and unders. Here's why:

    +The problem with other ad-blockers for Safari is that they are implemented as awful hacks: as an InputManager and/or ApplicationEnhancer. This compromises the stability of Safari and very often create problems when Apple releases a new version of Safari. Snow Leopard doesn't support the InputManager-based blockers when Safari runs in 64-bit mode.+

    +GlimmerBlocker is implemented as an http proxy, so the stability of Safari isn't compromised because it doesn't use any hacks. It is even compatible with all other browsers and other native Mac OS X applications which uses http, e.g. NetNewsWire.+
  • Jp Cooper Level 1 Level 1
    Yeah well we shouldn't have to install 3rd party Apps if a feature is available in the main software otherwise APPLE shouldn't add it or market it when they are releasing new Safari versions.

    Seems more like they should do a more regular update to accommodate the hack/ workarounds that have come out for the past couple of years.

    My pop-up Blocker seems to no longer work on regular sites I visit lately and it's getting tired.

    Apple has really done nothing to address anythinig regarding this in the last couple of years when sites have either changed the javascript implementation or found a comepletely new workaround to bypass their Blocker altogether.

    Seems like Apple in this matter is getting to be complacent like Microsoft did w/ Explorer for the past decade. I use Apple's products to avoid having these type of "Microsoft-style" issues.

    Safari has been the lesser of the "evils" in regards to browsers in recent years and its still one of the more easy to use on a Mac - however this pop-up Blocker issue is making me rethink my use of Safari altogether and revisit other Browsers instead.

    Apple's main problem as a company in general is they get very narrow minded when it comes to product development and they let most of what they are not focusing on linger for years before they bother doing anything w/ them and this has started to become more and mroe apparent in recent times.

    Its not a big deal w/ products like TextEditor as there's not much to a basic text writing app. But when the Internet has become a main focus of modern society and Apple's primary App that allows access to it becomes antiquated and sloppy (even tho they add in "modern features" like HTML5 support - which by the way has not been finalized by the Standards bodies yet - and Bing Search - who the he!! cares] it starts becoming an issue.

    So Apple - if you are going to highlight a "feature" of a product on 2 major Version Releases - v4 and v5 - then you might want to keep it updated a little more frequently.

    Especially in light of how you were constantly releasing updates to iTunes to specifically combat the Palm Pre from accessing your software or how the iPhone gets rapid updates to throw off the jailbreak community. If half that effort went into updating security for Safari I wouldn't be here moaning about how your software is sliding downhill.
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7
    These are user-to-user forums. If you feel Apple needs to read this, you're in the wrong venue. Please use this link for direct feedback:


    That is how the people with their hands on the wrenches hear problems from end-users.
  • RayfromNashville Level 1 Level 1
    Mac App Store

    I just upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard.  Never had a problem with pop-ups before upgrade but now I have pop-ups when "block pop-ups" is checked.  I unchecked it and now get no more pop-ups.  ***?

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 Level 9

    Have you tried GlimmerBlock.



  • mr.lem Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Carolyn,


    Just what I was looking for




  • ergmeister Level 1 Level 1

    I know this is years later, but I was searching because popups were really bothering me.  RayfromNashville solved it in this post.  Holey Toledo!  Safari's pop up blocker doesn't work when the checkbox is checked, and it works great when you uncheck it!!!  It is so backwards, but it is true. Running OS X Lion 10.8.2

  • ergmeister Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you RayfromNashville!