What's the best web portal?

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  1. Terry Wysocki

    Terry Wysocki Stunt Coordinator

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    I've used Yahoo as my home page on my IE6 browser for a long time. Now they're putting out a bunch of popup ads (like for some stupid online casino). If I wanted popup ads I'd be using AOL! I switched to Excite for a home page but they're doing it too. I know I can run a popup blocker but I want to decide when to enable/disable it so I don't run it for every page I visit (sometimes popups are ok). What's your favorite portal (home page)? I'd like something that's informative, customizable, fast and without popups or a ton of ads.
     
  2. Aurel Savin

    Aurel Savin Supporting Actor

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    I personally have been using cnn.com as my home age for over 2 years now.

    It's not cutomizable, but it has links on the home page to everything I need (sports, stocks, entertainment, up to the minute news)
     
  3. Rob Gillespie

    Rob Gillespie Producer

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    Ever since I've been on the web...blank page. I really don't see the need to load something every time I start a browser.

    As for the popups, try AdSubtract. You can switch it on and off, and customize it for different domains (e.g. allow popups from yahoo.com domains etc).
     
  5. Marshall Alsup

    Marshall Alsup Second Unit

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    I dont know that Yahoo is doing popups. I did a paper for a class about spyware and found out that sometimes you get shit on your computer that randomly pop up add while you're websurfing so it looks like the pop up add come from the sites you're visiting. I discovered this by going to websites (like Yahoo) that I knew didn't produce popups and I'd get popups!

    I downloaded ad-aware (not sure if this still exists) and removed the billion pieces of spyware that I didn't know were on my comptuer, and this stopped these random popups to stop happening. The only popups I got after that were the ones from websites that actualy have pop ups.

    I'm not saying that Yahoo does not have popups (although I know they didn't used to) but I'd look into what I said and see if that helps.

    -marshall
     
  6. Terry Wysocki

    Terry Wysocki Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going to try all these ideas. Yahoo didn't use popups in the past but lately they've started. Maybe it's significant that I'm using my.yahoo.com instead of www.yahoo.com . I've run ad aware and there is no spyware found on my computer, but every once in a while (about one in ten times) when I start IE with yahoo home page, a second IE shows up in the taskbar and it's an add for Online Casino (technically a popunder). Not coincidently , there's a banner on Yahoo for the same group. Maybe they've triggered the popup when the banner is for a paying merchant.
     
  7. Mark Dubbelboer

    Mark Dubbelboer Screenwriter

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    I use the canadian equivalent of My Yahoo and haven't had a pop-up. not sure if the content would be much different.
     
  8. James_A

    James_A Stunt Coordinator

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    My startup page is here.... heh, why go anywhere else on the internet. Also, the latest version of the google toolbar has a beta in it to tey to stop popunder ads... it doesn't work all the time, but I've noticed an improvement in the number of ads that I get.

    At least untill my ISP changes from Prodigy to SBC Yahoo... yuk!

    Jim
     

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