The Google toolbar is one of the only utilities I allow on my computers. It’s so handy that I’m willing to let it take up a bit of valuable screen real estate.

Google will be announcing a new version of the toolbar, with one extraordinary feature: a built-in free popup blocker. That’s bad news for the legitimate popup blocking programs (one well-reviewed program is IHatePopups, a ten dollar program from the same company that makes the wonderful IHateSpam). But perhaps it will keep people from installing the evil Earthlink Total Access package (see below).

Here’s an article about the new Google toolbar, and here’s where you can download a preview version if you want to experiment before Google declares that it’s ready for an official release.