How to Stop Yahoo From Popping Up
By Nick Peers
When you install Yahoo Messenger, it configures itself to start with the operating system by default. This means that when you turn on your computer, Yahoo pops up automatically and asks you to log in. You can prevent this from happening by removing the program from the list of startup items. In case you want to disable the Yahoo pop-up messages that appear in the lower right corner of your screen, you must change Yahoo Messenger's notification settings.
Stop Yahoo From Starting With Windows
Launch Yahoo Messenger and log in to your account, or switch to its window if it is running in the background.
Click "Messenger" and choose "Preferences" from the menu, or press "Ctrl-Shift-P," to open the Yahoo Messenger Preferences window.
Click "General" in the left navigation pane and then uncheck the "Automatically start Yahoo Messenger" box in the "When I start up my computer" section.
Click "Apply" and then "OK" to apply the new settings. Yahoo Messenger will no longer pop up when you start your computer.
Stop Yahoo Pop-ups
Open Yahoo Messenger and log in to your account. If the program is running in the background, switch to its window.
Click "Messenger" and select "Preferences" from the menu to open the Yahoo Messenger Preferences window.
Click "Alerts & Sounds" in the left pane to view all settings related to alerts. Pop-ups that appear in the lower right section of the screen are Yahoo alerts.
Select each item in the "Alert me when" list and uncheck the "Showing a message at the bottom right corner of screen" and "Displaying a dialog box" boxes in the "Alert me by" section. If you want to turn off the sound alerts, uncheck the "Enable alert sounds" option.
Click "Apply" and then "OK" to apply the new settings and close the Yahoo Messenger Preferences window.
- If the Yahoo page appears every time you open the Web browser, you must change the home page. When you install Yahoo Messenger, the installer may change your home page to Yahoo.
- Information in this article applies to Yahoo Messenger 11. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
Nick Peers has been writing technology-related articles since 2003. His articles have appeared in dozens of technical publications, including MSN UK, CNET, BBC Who Do You Think You Are, LifeHacker UK and TechRadar. He holds a Masters in information technology degree from the University of East London.