More and more sites are using boxes that pop up when you land on a site, which block you from actually reading or viewing or interacting with the site.
Some are pop-up ads and some are produced by the website, called "light boxes," and are usually aimed at getting you to sign up for a newsletter, buy a subscription or make a donation.
These "light boxes" just about always have a place in the upper right hand corner where you can close them-- there's usually an X and a close button there. The problem is, you can't always find the close button, and sometimes, you can't get the close button to work. That's when the light box becomes particularly annoying.
The pop-up ads usually work in a similar way.
I have a simple solution that works about 95% of the time, when I can't close a light box or pop ad, or can't find the close button.
I refresh the page. This almost always works.
Here's a sample of a pop-up ad on a popular progressive site. There is no close button that I could find on it. Refreshing the page got rid of it.
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