In this article, I’ll explain how to block pop-ups in the Google Chrome web browser. Google Chrome has a built-in pop-up blocker.
The pop-up blocker in Google Chrome works well against blocking pop-ups and offers most users sufficient protection against unwanted pop-ups. If you want to check if the Google Chrome pop-up blocker is enabled, follow the steps below.
Allow or block pop-ups in Google Chrome desktop
Open Google Chrome, in the top right corner click the three vertical dots (menu) button. Open Settings from the menu. Scroll down to the bottom and click Advanced.
In the Privacy and Security settings, open Content Settings. Click Pop-ups and Redirects.
Change the settings to allowed or blocked in order to allow or block pop-ups in Google Chrome.
Allow or block pop-ups for Google Chrome mobile (android and iOS)
Open Google Chrome, in the right bottom corner click the three horizontal dots (menu) button. Open Settings from the menu.
iOS – open Content settings
Android – open Site settings
Tap Block pop-ups (iOS) or pop-ups (Android) and change block pop-ups to on (blue) or off (grey) using the switch.
What to do if pop-ups still appear in the Chrome web browser?
If pop-ups still appear in the Google Chrome web browser then there might be a malware application installed on your device. A desktop computer with Microsoft Windows is susceptible to malware, but also Android.
It is important to check your device for the presence of malware. You can manually check the Google Chrome web browser for the presence of an ad-supported browser extension.
Start a virus scan using Google Chrome or check your entire device for malware with Malwarebytes (available for Desktop – PC, iOS and Android).
In this article, I will explain all three methods.
Google Chrome browser extension
A browser extension is an enhancement for Google Chrome, browser extensions are intended to add extra functionality to the Chrome web browser.
In principle there is nothing wrong with this, but in some cases browser extensions are provided with advertisements to offer the browser extension for free to users. This is called an ad-supported browser extension.
It is, therefore, possible that a browser extension shows pop-ups in the Google Chrome web browser. Check if an ad-supported browser extension is installed in Google Chrome, follow the steps below.
Open Google Chrome, in the top right corner click the three vertical dots (menu) button.
Open More Tools from the menu. Select Extensions from the Tools menu.
Now verify which browser extensions are installed, if there is an extension installed that you don’t know or don’t use disable or remove it. These browser extensions are pre-installed by Google and can be ignored: Google Docs Offline, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Click the Remove button to remove the browser extension.
Run virus scan in Google Chrome
It is possible to perform a virus scan in Google Chrome. However, the Google Chrome virus scan does not work for Google Chrome on a Mac, iOS (iPhone) and Android, only on Microsoft Windows.
Open Google Chrome, in the top right corner click the three vertical dots (menu) button. Open Settings from the menu. Scroll down to Advanced. Expand Advanced and scroll down to Reset and clean up.
Open the Clean up computer menu. Click the Find button next to Find and remove harmful software. Google Chrome will start checking for harmful software on your computer.
Malwarebytes for Desktop PC, iOS (iPhone) and Android
If unwanted pop-ups still appear in the Google Chrome web browser then it is possible that your device is infected with a malware application. Many malware is known to overloading users with unwanted pop-ups, redirects and other forms of advertisements.
By displaying pop-ups, malware developers try to generate revenue. Initially, a pop-up will open in the Google Chrome web browser and this pop-up will then be redirected via a tracker, or ad network to force the user to click onto pop-up advertisements in their native language.
The malware that causes pop-ups is often distributed through various websites that offer free software, for example, torrent websites. Malware is then installed with the installation of the free software, often without the user’s awareness.