If you surf the Web, you've seen every type of ad imaginable, from pop-ups and pop-unders to noisy banner ads to the now-ubiquitous fly-ins and slide-ins. Fight back with blockers that promise to eliminate most, if not all, of these pesky Web ads. And for some real fun, test your current ad blocker against some of the toughest pop-ups I've seen at the Pop-Up Test site or the Pop-Up Killer site.
Most of these ad and pop-up blockers are freebies or have free trials, so give one a go. If its performance isn't up to your standards, uninstall it and try others until you find one that's a perfect fit with the way you browse.
Want my secret weapon for blocking ads? It's Ad Muncher, one of the most effective (and just as important, simple-to-use) ad and pop-up blockers I've ever encountered. Granted, Ad Muncher will set you back $30 (it has a 30-day trial), but I promise that it blocks 98 percent of banner, Flash, floating, pop-up, inline, and text ads. Ad Muncher has other useful features, too, such as an anonymous proxy server to disguise yourself while surfing.
If a Web site doesn't work correctly, or if you want a site's pop-up to pop up, the fix is easy. Just right-click Ad Muncher's icon in the system tray, choose the My Filters tab, click New, cut and paste the address into the Keyword field, choose No Filtering in the Filter Category, and click Close. And if you have any trouble, right-click on the offending page to have the program send the developers a detailed report. Better yet, use Ad Muncher's live chat feature: Chances are good that you'll get answers directly from the guy who programmed Ad Muncher.
For more about Ad Muncher, browse to "Ad Muncher: The Only Way to Block Ads."
Price: $30 (30-day free trial)