How Do I Stop Pop-Ups?

By Alex Lubyansky

Pop-up ads pose a major nuisance in Internet browsing. Above their general annoyance factor, these ads can be dangerous. Some pop-up ads capture user information and lead to both spam and scams. When you open some websites, a new browser automatically opens up with a pop-up advertisement. An alternate method of advertising pops under your browsing window, dubbed the pop-under ad. These ads can be even more infuriating as they are impossible to see until you close your window. Sometimes, these ads play music which can lead to a mystery for a user. Have no fear, pop-ups in all of their nasty varieties can and should be blocked.

Stop Pop-Ups

Step 1

In Internet Explorer, go to the tools tab and click the drop-down menu. Select "pop-up blocker". You will have the option to turn the blocker on or off.

Step 2

Go to Pop-up blocker settings in the Tools tab of Internet Explorer. Here, you can add exceptions. Some pop-ups actually are beneficial. If a website you use opens pop-ups frequently to give you valuable information, you must add that website to the exceptions. As an alternative, every time a pop-up comes up, you can hold Ctrl and Alt. This will allow the upcoming pop-up to show up.

Step 3

Tinker with your security settings. The default level in Internet Explorer is Medium. As with most defaults, this one benefits the greatest number of users possible. The average user should not use the low setting, as too many pop-ups will find their way through. On the other hand, average users should not use high as they will lose a lot of functionality in their daily web browsing.

Step 4

If you don't use Internet Explorer, look at the browser you use to find similar options. Nearly all reputable browsers have built in pop-up blockers.

Step 5

Add an additional layer of security. Firefox and Internet Explorer are compatible with Google toolbar, which offers an additional pop-up blocker. You can download Google toolbar at http://www.google.com/toolbar/ff/index.html.

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