Our ISP, Tripod, decided to use heavy advertisement such as banners, pop-up windows and similar "niceties". Also, Tripod is distributing tracking cookies, which are considered spy-ware. That's the provider's doing, not ours. We are sorry for Tripod misbehavior. Following software will help to alleviate all of the above. Freeware versions are available:

Zone Alarm from Zone Labs

Spybot Search and Destroy

Spyware Blaster

Ad-Aware from Lavasoft