Browser pop-ups have become synonymous with intrusive ads for many. Indeed, such windows are quite annoying, especially when they are superimposed with a sound effect or impartial images. How to disable pop-ups without interfering with normal sites? You can control this process yourself and in almost any browser.
Why popups are needed
They arose as the development of the HTML language to increase the possibilities available to programmers developing the site interface. This is especially true of online stores, where you will definitely see pop-ups. The browser opens them when you click on a product’s photo, for example. In this sense, pop-up windows are quite a convenient and useful tool.
However, it was online stores that first used pop-up ads. For example, to report on promotions taking place on the site. But after the reputable stores, this element was also used by those who promote dubious advertising and frank links to phishing sites.
Pop-up needs to be distinguished from pop-under. The latter pop up not on the active page, but as if behind it. When you close the site, they will pop up in the foreground. The situation is further aggravated by the fact that it is sometimes difficult to determine which of the visited sites caused the appearance of annoying advertising. After all, we usually open a lot of web pages.
What browsers can block pop-up ads
Different browsers block pop-ups in different ways. Opera developers are the first to use this tool.. It was then that the “arms race” began, in which the developers of leading browsers participated:
- As already mentioned, the first to announce the ability to get rid of pop-ups are the browsers of the Opera browser. The first version with such a mechanism was implemented back in 2000.
- Mozilla Firefox developers joined this fight against pop-up ads a bit later. They improved the approach by blocking only ads that load immediately along with the main window of the site. If later the site needs to create pop-up, then this happens without problems.
- Well, the most Microsoft developers were the last, which in 2004 also implemented a blocking mechanism in their Internet Explorer.
- Google Chrome also has a similar mechanism. His know-how is to implement only the basic locking functions. Advanced features are transferred to add-ons, which today are represented by dozens of groups of independent developers.
- Yandex.Browser also knows how to block harmful content. Its feature is the work with its database of "bad" links. You see good advertising, and forbidden and doubtful are blocked.
By default, this browser blocks all pop-ups. To enable this mode or check its operation, select "..." in the settings and click the "View advanced settings" button.
Select "block pop-ups." The second from above is difficult to get confused.
In Internet Explorer, the setting is hidden deeper:
- You need to select the gear button.
- Then you need to select “Browser Properties”.
- Select the “Other” button in the menu and find the item “Miscellaneous” - “Block pop-ups”. By default, it is enabled.
Google Chrome and Opera
In this Internet browser, you need to select Settings. He is hiding under a button with three horizontal sticks.
Then we begin to write “block” in the settings search window and select "Content Settings."
Please note that in Google Chrome you can both remove all pop-ups and selectively.
Click on the “Configure Exclusions” button and add the site you trust in the list. Or vice versa - prevent a site from creating pop-ups.
In the Opera browser, which in the latest versions uses the same engine as Chrome, the settings for disabling pop-ups are similar.
If you see this icon in the address bar, then Google Chrome has blocked some pop-up window on this site. If you are sure that this is done incorrectly, click on the icon and allow this site to create such elements.
Programs for blocking pop-ups in browsers
As noted above, today entire teams of independent developers are working on creating ad blockers and pop-up content on websites. Here are some of the most famous of them.
Actively promoted on the domestic Internet application. It has its own base of "bad" addresses from which intrusive advertising comes. The application is able to distinguish contextual advertising that has passed the control of reputable advertising services from intrusive ads on gambling, phishing and pornography sites.
You can download Adguard from the official website of the manufacturer.
You can install the add-on for almost any browser. True, Yandex.Browser users are already quite well protected from harmful popup windows and ads by the services of the search giant itself.
This tool has worldwide authority. This free app has been downloaded 300 million times! On the official website you will find the download link specifically for your browser. Here's what it looks like for Yandex.Browser.
The add-on is also available for all browsers, including those that are very rare in the open spaces of the domestic network space. For example, Maxthoon.
You can install these applications in browser extension stores or on the manufacturers' official website. In no case do not use third-party links to distributions!
Free versions of the described ad blocking services allow you to use only the available filters. Paid will give you the opportunity to determine the list of "white" and "black" sites. Honestly, an ordinary user doesn’t need such functionality. So it’s better to use the basic free functionality.
Varieties of Pop-ups
Suddenly pop-ups can be:
- not very useful
Useful pop-ups are used to expand the functionality of the site: display the necessary tips, unobtrusive advertising, educational information.
For example, using the window that opens, the WOT (Web of Trust) program, which is a free add-on to the Mozilla Firefox browser, will warn that a user is about to open a site with a bad reputation or dangerous content:
Relatively useful pop-ups. Suppose that the user first gets to some site, has not yet had time to get to know him, and then before his eyes there is a proposal to subscribe to receive site materials or to receive some kind of information product.
On such pop-ups, the close button (X) or the word “Exit” can be so veiled that it is impossible to find them and it is very difficult to get rid of a pop-up window.
In such a situation, the user is left with either to accept a proposal that has suddenly arisen, so that you can continue to get to know the site, or simply leave it.
Malicious pop-ups may contain a tempting offer, but lead to a site with malicious content. Such a window might threaten something from the site visitor, for example, enter a phone number.
Unfortunately, pop-ups are often used with malicious intent, so the ability to "pop up" quite often has to be blocked.
The network even has lists of suspicious sites distributing ads and viruses through such windows. You need to prevent the browser from opening them, because such surprises can block the computer.
There are also pop-ups that appear when you try to close the site. Thus, the author of the site asks the visitor to stay on the page to receive a gift. The braking label can be of any content, with two choices: leave or stay:
Tired of the sudden appearance of numerous windows, the user naturally wonders:
"How to prevent pop-ups" so that they do not annoy, do not distract from targeted actions on the site? The answer to this question is given in the next section of this article.
How to get rid of annoying pop-ups on the desktop?
As we mentioned above, there are several pop-ups that the system itself sends you. They were shortened in Windows 7 and Windows 8, but they will never disappear completely. And, well, they are important.
However, some programs that you have installed intentionally or involuntarily will continue to remind you of yourself for a long time after you have used them. Below you will be shown how to install a program that has already “sickened you”. But first a warning: if your security software, your antivirus, asks you to update, you may have outdated protection, and you need to do something. But this does not mean that you have to pay for the extension. You can remove the program as described below and then enable the free Windows Defender.
So, if you continue to see an annoying window that requires updating or paying for software that you no longer use, you should remove this program. If you do not know what kind of program it is, open the task manager when it makes its annoying notification, and you will find it there.
In Windows 7 and Windows 8, you can uninstall a program by opening programs and functions. In Windows 7, click the Start button, Control Panel, Programs, and then Programs and Features. In Windows 8, just open “Search” and enter “Programs and Features”.
Select the program you want to remove and click “Delete”. Some programs include the ability to modify or restore the program in addition to uninstalling it, but many offer only the uninstall option. Select “Delete”, then confirm your choice. And that's all, you did what you need.
How to stop pop-ups while browsing the web?
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Here's how to stop pop-ups that appear when viewed using IE (Internet Explorer). Open Internet Explorer. Click the tool button (it’s located in the upper right corner and looks like a cog), then select Internet options. Go to the "Privacy" tab and in the "Pop-up blocker" section, select the "Enable pop-up blocker" check box, and then click or click "OK."
If this check box is selected, but you still see the pop-ups, click “Settings” and in the pop-up “Pop-up blocker settings” window that appears below, find “Block level”. Change the default deviation “Medium: block the most automatic pop-ups” to “High: block all the pop-ups (Ctrl + Alt to override)”.
Here's how to stop pop-ups that appear when viewed using Firefox
In the upper left corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, then select Options, then select the Content panel. The “Block pop-ups” checkbox will appear. Make sure it is selected. Unlike IE, there are no pop-up blocking levels: just on or off. Exceptions allow you to add a list of sites that you want to allow pop-ups to display.
Here's how to block pop-ups that appear when viewed with Chrome
By default, Google Chrome simply prevents pop-ups from automatically appearing and cluttering the screen. Whenever a browser blocks pop-ups for a site, a blocked pop-up warning icon appears in the address bar.
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You can remove the sponsored links by opening Chrome and clicking the options icon, it looks like three horizontal lines and can be found in the upper right corner of the window.
Click it, then scroll down and select "Settings." Now scroll down the page and click "Show advanced settings." Then find and select “Content Settings” in the “Privacy” section. Like Firefox, you can now enable pop-ups or not add exceptions at all.
Thank you for your attention! Good luck and prosperity to all! See you soon!
How to block pop-ups?
The browser usually does not block the suddenly appearing windows necessary for websites to work: subscriptions, sales of services. Some banner ads are similar to pop-ups, but they are not, browsers cannot prevent their occurrence.
Pop-up Blocker in Mozilla Firefox Browser
In the top browser menu, left-click on the Tools item, and then select the Settings item:
Pop-up Blocker in Google Chrome
A button with three horizontal lines is visible in the right corner: you need to click on it with the left mouse button, and then select the Settings item in the drop-down menu:
Pop-up Blocker in Opera
Press the main “Opera” button on the left. Then select “Settings” - “General Settings”:
Other browsers also have similar settings. The answer to the question "how to disable pop-up blocking" is also simple: in the settings of web browsers you need to uncheck the corresponding checkboxes - pop-up blocking will be disabled.
Some pop-ups can be very annoying, they appear periodically, distracting from reading or watching a video, closing the monitor screen. To prevent this from happening, you can use special programs to turn off their occurrence.
Popular programs and plugins for blocking pop-ups
1. The most popular plugin for blocking ads and annoying pop-ups is considered to be Adblock or its new modification Adblock Plus. This extension is the best solution to the question "how to remove pop-up ads", it is specially written for each popular web browser and is installed as its complement.
For example, in the Mozilla Firefox browser, you need to select the Add-ons item in the tools menu:
2. It is very convenient to use special firewall programs (firewalls) to increase the protection, which monitor the security of the sites visited, for example Outpost Firewall.