How to Remove Unwanted Popups

by Jeff GrundyUpdated September 28, 2017

When surfing the Web, few things are more annoying than the constant appearance pop-up ads and windows. Not only are pop-up ads usually unwelcome, they waste valuable bandwidth and increase the amount of time needed to open the Web pages you really do want to view. Fortunately, modern Web browsers have a built-in feature that will prevent most types of pop-ups from appearing on your screen.


Open the Firefox Web browser.

Wait for the browser to load, then click “Tools” on the menu bar. Click “Options” when the new menu appears.

Click the “Content” tab in the “Options” window. Click the check box next to the “Block pop-up windows” option near the top of the screen. Click the “OK” button to close the “Options” window.

Internet Explorer

Double-click the Internet Explorer icon on the Windows desktop to start the Web browser.

Click “Tools” and then “Pop-up Blocker” on the menu bar.

Click the “Turn on pop-up blocker” if visible. If the “Turn off pop-up blocker” link is visible, pop-up protection is already active.

Google Chrome

Launch the Google Chrome application.

Click the wrench icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen just below the address bar.

Click “Options.” After the “Options” window opens, click the “Under the Hood” tab.

Scroll to the “Privacy” section, then click the “Content Settings” button. In the “Content Settings” window, click the “Pop-ups” link on the left side. Click the “Do not allow any site to show pop-ups (Recommended)” option, then click the “Close” button.

Click the “Close” button in the “Google Chrome Options” window.


About the Author

Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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