How to Block Internet Pop-ups
By Eric Summers
Internet pop-ups can be an annoying distraction when you are trying to read your favorite website or play an online game. Not only can they be a nuisance, they can also tie up valuable system resources and if the pop-up was not coded properly, it may cause your browser or even your entire computer to freeze. Luckily all of the major Internet browsers offer some form of pop-up blocking. Once you activate the blocking feature, then the Web pages you visit will no longer be allowed to display pop-up windows unless you give them permission.
Click on "Tools," then select "Options," then select the "Content" tab.
Locate the "Block pop-up windows" option and make sure that it is checked if you wish to block all pop-ups by default.
Click on the "Exceptions" button if there are sites that you frequent that legitimately use pop-up boxes that you want to enable. You can also visit the sites and Firefox will remind you that pop-ups are blocked and give you the option to restore pop-up functionality for that particular site.
Internet Explorer 8
Click on "Tools," then select the "Pop-up Blocker" menu item. Verify that the first option says "Turn off pop-up blocker." If it does not, then click on that menu option and the pop-up blocker will be turned on.
Click on "Tools," then select the "Pop-up Blocker" menu item, then select "Pop-Up Blocker Settings." If you have a website that uses Internet pop-ups for legitimate reasons, add them to the list of exceptions here.
Locate the "Notifications and blocking level" portion of the screen and enable or disable the playing of a sound when a pop-up is blocked. Select the level of automatic pop-up blocking that you wish to use, then click on "Close."
Google Chrome 5
Click on the wrench icon in the upper left corner of the screen, select "Options" from the drop-down menu, then select the "Under the Hood" tab and click on the "Content Settings..." button.
Click on the "Pop-ups" tab and select "Do not allow any sites to show pop-ups (recommended)" to turn off all pop-up windows.
Click on the "Exceptions" button to access the exceptions screen. If you have a site that you want to allow to show pop-ups, click on the "Add" button and then input the name of the site to add it to the exceptions list.
- Many sites use pop-ups to save space on the main Web page. If a page you visit appears to not be functioning correctly, try turning pop-ups back on for that page to see if that fixes the problem.
Eric Summers is a writer and computer professional from Southern Indiana. Summers has been writing for more than 20 years, first as a journalist for his college newspaper, then as a short story writer and blogger for various websites. Summers has several professional certifications, including Comptia Network+ and A+.