How to Block all Popups for Free

By Andrew Smith

Popups, also called pop-up windows, occur when you click a link and manually open up a new window or when you visit a website that hosts popups. While these windows seem harmless, certain popups slow down a computer and some even contain adware or spyware that can cause damage to the computer's operating system. Acquiring a software program that blocks these popups is no longer necessary, as popular Web browsers come with popup blockers already installed.

Things You'll Need

  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer

Firefox

Step 1

Open Firefox.

Step 2

Click "Tools" at the very top of the browser. A menu drops down.

Step 3

Choose the "Options" selection. A window appears.

Step 4

Click "Content" located at the very top of the open window.

Step 5

Click the box next to "Block pop-up windows." The box becomes checked.

Step 6

Click "OK" at the bottom of the open window. The Firefox popup blocker is enabled.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click "Tools at the very top of the browser. Choose "Pop-up Blocker." Then, select "Pop-up Blocker Settings." A window opens.

Step 3

Click on the "Blocking level" menu that's at the bottom of the window.

Step 4

Choose "High." All pop-ups are now blocked.

Step 5

Click "Close." The window is closed.