You are browsing normally and out of no where a window pops up and you go “what the…? …Why would I need to take a test to prove I am smart, I already know I am Awesome!! Click the close button”. And that’s how a Pop up just wasted 7 seconds of your beautiful Life.
No one is a fan of a Pop up ad, even browsers recommend to block pop ups from websites. They are annoying and waste time, although sometimes you do get an attractive offer, but in most cases they are just plain annoying.
If you are tired of them, then it is time to block them in your particular browser. All browsers come with the ability to block pop ups, you just need to make sure it is enabled. In this tutorial, we are going to address all Major browsers, you can just see instructions for your particular browser.
Note: Blocking Pop-ups in your browser doesn’t 100% guarantee that no pop-ups will ever be able to show again. There is a chance some of the sneaky ones may still pass and pop-up.
Quick access links
Block Pop Ups in Google Chrome
Click on the Menu located at the top right corner of the screen, and from the menu click on “Settings”.
In “Settings”, click on “Show advanced settings…” by scrolling down.
Now click on “Content settings” located under the heading “Privacy”.
In there, scroll down until you see the option “Pop ups”, just select options below it to allow or block pop ups.
Block Pop Ups in Firefox
Click on Menu located at the top right corner of the screen, and from there click on “Options”.
In “Options”, click on “Content” panel and in there you can check or uncheck checkbox next to “Block pop-up windows” to allow or block it.
Block Pop Ups in Internet Explorer
Click on “Tools” located at the top right corner of the screen, and from there click on “Internet options”.
A window will pop up, click on “Privacy” tab. Under “Privacy” tab you will see the option of “Turn on pop-up Blocker”, check or uncheck it to block or allow pop ups.
Once it is checked, click on “Settings” located next to it.
In “Settings”, you can specify individual websites of which pop ups will not be blocked. You will also have the option to set “Blocking level”. Just click on the drop down menu below the option “Blocking Level” and choose from Low, Medium and High blocking level options.
Block Pop Ups in Safari
Click on the “Gear” icon located at the top right corner of the screen and from the menu click on “Preferences…”.
A new Window will open, in there, just click on “Security” panel and under it, check or uncheck “Block pop-up windows” to allow or block pop ups.
You can also click on “Gear” icon and “tick” “Block pop-up windows” option right in the drop down menu to block pop ups. Or you can just press Ctrl+Shift+K to allow and block pop ups (there will be no confirmation when these buttons are pressed, so you will have to click on “Gear” icon to confirm pop ups are blocked or allowed).
Block Pop Ups in Opera
Click on “Opera” button located at the top left corner of the screen, and from the menu that opens up, click on “Settings”.
In “Settings”, click on “Websites” from the left menu and you will see new options on the right side. There, you will see an option of “Pop-ups”, just select the options below it to allow or block Pop-ups.
You can also click on “Manage exceptions…” to add individual websites and provide custom pop up settings for them.
Block Pop Ups with an Extension
If you still get pop ups after configuring your particular browser, then you also have the option to add added security with the help of an extension. There are many extensions that can help you block Pop up ads, some of them are free and some are paid with some added features.
Although, you can always look for Pop up blocker extensions for your specific browser, but our recommendation will be “AdBlock Plus”. It is an Open source extension to block ads and it is completely Free to use.
The extension works on all above mentioned browsers and you can just click on “Install” button on the website to download and install the extension in your specific browser. The extension is configured to block pop ups and other annoying ads by default, so you won’t have to make any changes unless you would like to block any other types of ads.
If you have any questions or would like to share your experience with pop up ads, let us know in the comments below.
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