Beware that all the solutions given in the comments below for emulating register_global being off are bogus, because they can destroy predefined variables you should not unset. For example, suppose that you have
<?php $_GET['_COOKIE'] == 'foo'; ?>
Then the simplistic solutions of the previous comments let you lose all the cookies registered in the superglobal "$_COOKIE"! (Note that in this situation, even with register_global set to "on", PHP is smart enough to not mess predefined variables such as $_COOKIE.)
A proper solution for emulating register_global being off is given in the FAQ, as stated in the documentation above.