I love the new popup killer that’s part of the Windows XP Service Pack 2 updates to Internet Explorer, but I have a question. Is there a way to tell IE that, for specific websites, you don’t want the Information Bar to appear and alert you that a popup has been blocked? For example, everyone knows that CNN went the way of the devil a long time ago, and that a popup will try to, well, pop up every single time you go to the home page. How can I tell IE to just silently block that attempt from cnn.com, but still let me know about other websites’ efforts to annoy me?


I have to say that Win xp service pack 2 absolutly sux…crashes all the time. Just an excuse from microsoft to half patch bugs.

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• Posted by: Itil on Aug 18, 2004, 10:37 AM

Great bug report, Itil; I hope that you were as detailed and thorough in your bug report to Microsoft! And thanks for the on-point answer, as well.

• Posted by: Jason on Aug 18, 2004, 11:05 AM

Right click on the information bar and under Settings uncheck “Show information bar for Pop-ups”. It’ll still show future blocks in the status bar.

• Posted by: riffola on Aug 18, 2004, 11:54 AM

Yeah, I saw that, but what I’m looking for is a way to suppress the Information Bar only for specific sites, but still show it for all others. I doubt there’s a way to do it (yet); I’m just hopeful that maybe there is!

• Posted by: Jason on Aug 18, 2004, 1:56 PM

Update to myself: Microsoft’s Jeff Davis documented all the current Registry settings for the popup blocker in a blog post back in June, and it doesn’t appear that there’s one to do what I asked. Oh well!

• Posted by: Jason on Aug 18, 2004, 6:46 PM
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