Netscape takes aim at pop-ups, spam

Customers of the Netscape Internet service will be offered a few new features today. Netscape Communications announced its Internet service will now block pop-ups, spam, and offer e-mail scanning for viruses. These new services won't be free. Web Accelerator with Pop-Up Blocker will go for $5 a month, and e-mail virus scanning will go for $1 a month.

Netscape Communications on Monday announced products designed to help customers of its Internet service block pop-ups and spam, as well as scan e-mail for viruses.

Additionally, the technology allows customers to surf the Internet at speeds of up to five times faster than they could over a standard dial-up connection, according to Netscape, which is a division of Time Warner's America Online unit. The product, called Web Accelerator with Pop-Up Blocker, is an add-on that can be used with the basic Netscape dial-up service.

The service's pop-up-blocking technology is designed to stop most of the "annoying and time-consuming pop-ups and pop-unders that interrupt normal Web surfing," the company said. Similarly, with the company's spam-blocking tool, customers can block e-mails based on specific words, Netscape said. Subscribers can also block e-mails that contain clickable URLs. Additionally, a new e-mail virus scanner is designed to detect known viruses and fix or help block infected attachments, the company said. This scanner will be updated hourly, according to Netscape.

News source: C|Net

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