How to: Block popups in Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox ?

Block popups, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, FirefoxPopups; one of the most annoying thing when surfing the world wide web. We say popups because they pop-up when you are just visiting a website, but what are popups and where do they come from ? Popups often come from advertisers and are used to make money or traffic for a specific publisher. Popups might be coded into a website you are visiting or caused by a Browser Extension or Browser Helper Object within your own browser.

This Browser Extensions or Browser Helper Objects are commonly named: adware. Obviously because they promote “ads” through there Extensions. In this guide i will specify options to enable popup protection within Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and software to prevent popups from “popping” up from your browser. 

Block popups in Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox

Internet Explorer

Microsoft Security Essentials can help protect against pop-up ads

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free program that helps protect your computer against dangerous pop-up ads, spyware, viruses, and other unwanted software. For more information, see Microsoft Security Essentials. If you run Windows 8 or Windows RT, you don’t need Microsoft Security Essentials.

Use a pop-up blocker

I recommend that you turn on a pop-up blocker when you surf the web, and turn it off only for those rare cases where you need to interact with a pop-up on a site to complete a task. Internet Explorer includes a pop-up blocker.

Enable Internet Explorer pop-up blocker

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Goto wrench icon in the top right corner
  • Select Internet Options

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  • Goto Tab: Privacy
  • enable “Turn on Pop-up Blocker

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  • To turn off Pop-up Blocker, follow same steps and disableTurn on Pop-up blocker

To download Internet Explorer, visit the Internet Explorer website.

If the Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker blocks a pop-up window from a site that you trust, you can decide to temporarily allow pop-up ads from that site or to always allow pop-ups from that site.

To adjust the settings in the Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker

  • Follow directions as above and select “Settings” button next to “Turn of Pop-up Blocker

Google Chrome

Enable pop-up protection for Google Chrome, follow this directions

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Goto three stripes, select “Settings

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  • At Settings, scroll down to “+ Show advanced settings

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  • Scroll down, select “Content Settings…” from Privacy

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  • Enable “do not allow any site to show pop-ups (recommended)” from Pop-ups

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Mozilla Firefox

Enable pop-up protection for Mozilla Firefox, follow this directions

  • At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select Options.

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  • Select the Content panel.

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In the content panel:

Block pop-up windows: Uncheck this to disable the pop-up blocker altogether.
Exceptions: This is a list of sites that you want to allow to display pop-ups.

The dialog has the following choices:

Allow: Click this to add a website to the exceptions list.
Remove Site: Click this to remove a website from the exceptions list.
Remove All Sites: Click this to remove all of the websites in the exceptions list.

Software to Block pop-ups

AdBlock Plus (recommended)

Adblock Plus blocks annoying ads on the web. It can block other things, like tracking, as well. With more than 50 million users, it is the world’s most popular browser extension. Adblock Plus is an open source project created by Wladimir Palant in 2006. Eyeo was founded in 2011 by Wladimir Palant and Till Faida to make its development sustainable.

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NoScript for Mozilla Firefox

The NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers: this free, open source add-on allows JavaScriptJavaFlash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank).

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Privoxy (advanced)

Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk. Privoxy has a flexible configuration and can be customized to suit individual needs and tastes. It has application for both stand-alone systems and multi-user networks. Privoxy works for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows.

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