Thanks to the iron memory of my trusty friend Oliver I have now installed a program called Pop-Up Stopper that has completely eliminated the pop-up ads from my life. It’s simple to install and it just plain works (thanks, Oliver).
One important thing to note: Pop-Up Stopper stops both evil and good pop-up windows (i.e. pop-up shipping information on a shopping cart that you might actually find useful). There is allowance for this in that you can set the program to beep when it’s cancelling out a pop-up window, and you can hold down the Control key while clicking on a link to allow the window to pop up.