Protein Explorer will be unable to start if your browser is configured
to block it from opening a new window. (Protein Explorer needs to open
several new windows in order to work.)
To fix this, please give Protein Explorer permission to open new windows.
Why to you have this problem?
The usual reason for this problem is use of software designed to
stop websites from "popping-up" new windows to display advertisements.
Such ad-blocking software may need to be disabled in order to use
Protein Explorer, or it may have an
option to give permission to certain websites to open new windows.
In the latter case, if you are using Protein Explorer from, for example,
give permission for all websites in the domain sdsc.edu to
pop open new windows.
Netscape 4.8 does not have a built-in blocker for pop-up windows,
but Internet Explorer 6.0 SP2 (on Windows XP) does have!
Other generic software that we know about that can block popup
windows includes AdSubtract,
the Google Toolbar,
and many more!
How do you find the blocking software?
If you don't know what software is blocking popups, here are some ideas
to help you find it.
Good luck! If you have suggestions for improving this page,
please email them to yours truly.
- Windows: carefully inspect the browser window in which Protein
Explore fails to start. Many pop-up blockers alert you about
what they are doing, sometimes with a message or icon that appears
near the top or bottom of the browser window. In Internet Explorer
in Windows XP,
an alert may appear, and also an Information Bar appears
that enables you to give permission for the current website to open
- Windows: carefully inspect everything in your task bar at the lower
right. Most popup blockers have an icon there to access their settings.
- Windows: carefully inspect everything on your Start, Programs menu.
- Windows or Macintosh: find all files with "block" or "pop" in their names.
- Windows, Control Panel, Add/Remove Software: inspect the list of
- Windows: Ctrl-Alt-Del to open the Task Manager. Look for running
processes with suspicious names.