When you’re browsing the internet, you’ve probably come across the annoying phenomenon known as “pop-ups,” those boxes or windows of text and images that literally pop up over the webpage you’re reading.
Pop-ups can be third-party advertising messages or messages from the website itself. And they behave in one of two ways:
- Often in the case of ads, you’ll see a notice telling you how many seconds the ad will show before it disappears to reveal your webpage, or before you can click on an X on the top right of the pop-up window to make the ad disappear.
- Site messages – for example, a newsletter signup invitation – usually will disappear when you click the X in the upper-hand corner of the popup window.
But sometimes you’ll land on a site where no sooner have you clicked a pop-up shut, than another one pops up.
How to Get Rid of Pop-Ups Altogether
All the major Internet browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari, let you block all pop-ups. Here’s how:
In Internet Explorer
1. Click the icon in the upper right-hand corner, then select “internet options,” which will display this window:
2. Click the “privacy” tab, check “Turn on Pop-up Blocker,” then hit “Apply.” Click the X to close the box and you are all set.
In Mozilla Firefox
1. Select the tab marked tools in your browser toolbar and select “options”
2. In “options” select “content” and check “block pop-up windows,” hit OK and you are all done.
In Google Chrome
1. Click on the icon and select “Settings.” On the settings page, click on “Show advanced settings” at the very bottom of the page:
2. In the “Privacy Section” click the “Content settings” button
3. In the “Contents Setting Box,” scroll down to Pop Ups and select “Do not allow any site to show pop-ups (recommended)”
Hit OK and you are good to go.
In Safari (Apple’s browser)
Apple makes it easy to stop pop-ups:
1. Go to the icon in the upper right-hand corner.
2. Then check “Block pop-up windows.”
That does the trick.
After You Block Pop-Ups
Sometimes after you’ve blocked pop-ups, you’ll see a bar in the top right of your browser screen telling you that a pop-up is trying to open. Often, this is because you’ve landed on a webpage where the pop-up is an integral part of the site experience; for example, you might be on a shopping site, and the pop-up might be a detail view of the item you’re looking at.
When the pop-up bar appears, it will give you a choice of allowing the popup; allowing all popups on this site for this and future visits; or continuing to block popups on this site. Your choice – if you say “yes,” your browsing on other sites will still be pop-up free.
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