Exclamation-point cursor in Win-XP Internet Explorer
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: drpangloss-ga
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31 Aug 2004 06:27 PDT
Expires: 30 Sep 2004 06:27 PDT
Question ID: 395018
Why do some webpages that I access show the cursor with a yellow cloud (almost looks like a yellow star) with an exclamation point inside it? (Most webpages that I access do not -- it happens perhaps 5% of the time but I have been unable to detect a pattern with regard to the web pages affected). What causes this indication; what does it mean? (Is it related to cookies or other IE settings?) I am asking this question only because when I see something I do not understand, I try to find the answer (and, of course, try to be alert to security problems). I have done Google searches but, unlike most topics, cannot find any relevant documentation on this subject. I suspect that there is a simple answer to this question that unfortunately exposes a hole in my personal knowledge base.
Re: Exclamation-point cursor in Win-XP Internet Explorer
Answered By: knowledge_seeker-ga on 31 Aug 2004 11:05 PDT
Hi there drpangloss, What you are seeing is the Google Toolbar Pop-up Blocker at work. The Pop Up blocker actively prevents many types of Pop Up advertisements from appearing in front of your screen. The cursor changes so that you can see that the blocker has blocked something, just to show you that it's working and alert you in case you actually want to see the item that is trying to load (such as in the case of some necessary alerts or dialog boxes). It is not indicative of a security problem. For a picture of the cursor icon and more information on the Google Toolbar Pop Up Blocker, see the Help Page here: GOOGLE TOOLBAR - About the Pop-up Blocker http://toolbar.google.com/popup_help.html To confirm that this is a result of the Pop Up blocker, go this site and click any link. Your cursor should change to show you that an ad has been blocked. (At least mine did!) http://www.touchlocal.com/directory/category-towns.cfm/Estate%20Agents/E%20Riding%20of%20Yorkshire Other Pop Up blocking services also have cursor icons that change. If for some reason you do not have the Google Toolbar installed, it is likely that your cursor change is due to some another Pop Up blocking program. Examples: Toolbar 2.2 Frequently Asked Questions http://www.infospace.com/_1_300313__swbd.main/tbar/inc/faq_popup.htm "When the Toolbar blocks a popup window, your cursor changes briefly" --------------- VIVISIMO Pop-Up Blocker http://vivisimo.com/toolbar/toolbar-features.html "When blocking a popup the Popup Blocker will alert you by briefly changing the image of your cursor. " ----------------- That should explain your mystery cursor! -K~ search terms - none, I use the Google Toolbar myself.
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