This morning I woke up to “kikin” asking me to “Upgrade [my] browser.” I hit Task Manager and noticed that the popup was delivered by Viewpoint, a plugin I had probably been forced to install along with another piece of software (such as AIM or AOL). Viewpoint is a self-avowed Internet Marketing Technology company that produces a media manager, media player and toolbar. Their technology is similar to Quicktime or Real Player, and is about as necessary to have on your computer as those two. Kikin is a browser plugin which will monitor your internet habits and deliver ads and marketing that they think you’ll buy into.
Anyway, like most people I don’t appreciate popups of any kind (reminds me too much of the popup hell we used to have before browsers got wise) so I have said “no thanks” to kikin, and I’m now uninstalling Viewpoint’s programs (Start–>Control Panel–>Add/Remove Programs) to prevent this from happening in the future.
Update 1/2011 – A reader has informed me that the popup may no longer have an option to say “No Thanks” to the install. I suggest using CTRL+ALT+DEL and then End the install program or process if you can figure out which it is.