How to Block Pop Ups on Vista

by Chad Buleen

Like other Windows operating systems, Microsoft Windows Vista features settings that can help users manage what to do with pop-ups. Pop-ups are small web browsers that often appear when you open up a new web page. While pop-ups sometimes include relevant content to what you are viewing, pop-ups often feature advertisements. Because pop-ups can be an annoyance, Vista allows users to easily block them. If you want to view pop-ups, you can change the pop-up blocker settings.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" button at the bottom of the Vista desktop home screen and then click on the "Internet Explorer" icon.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" menu header at the top of the page. A menu will appear just below "Tools" that includes the "Pop-up Blocker" menu item. Click on "Pop-up Blocker."

Click on "Turn On Pop-up Blocker." Vista will now block pop-ups when they attempt to appear.


  • To turn off the pop-up blocker, click "Turn Off Pop-up Blocker" in Step 3.

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