I've started using the Mozilla Light browser called Firebird. (If you aren't techy, click here then scroll down a bit.) It doesn't include mail or composer; it is just a browser. Some of the (so far) features include very nice, clean pop-up blocking wherein a tiny icon is placed at the bottom when a pop-up is encountered. If you want to see the pop-up, you just click on the icon. Otherwise you browse away. It is only version .6, but it seems quite nice, quick, and clean to me.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled political ranting.