How to Block Flash Pop-ups

By J.S. Copper

Most computer users find pop-up advertisements extremely annoying. Luckily, for the most part, the ships have sailed on this marketing (or spamming) tactic--though there are still a few sites that will send you a pop-up window. Most modern browsers now include pop-up blocking as a default feature, but there are a few other things you can tweak to ensure the Flash banners don't bombard you and interrupt your work flow.

Things You'll Need

  • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome

Step 1

Download and install a modern Web browser that supports extensions. This leaves either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Most browser block pop-ups, but with select extensions, you can completely disable Flash objects from loading.

Step 2

Navigate to the "Options" window via the menu bar. Ensure that the option to block all pop-ups is turned on. Select "OK" to save and close the preferences.

Step 3

Navigate to the respective browser's extensions gallery; both Firefox and Chrome have websites that provide all the extensions available for download and installation. (No extensions are installed by default.)

Step 4

Locate the "Flashblock" extension within the gallery and click "Install." See Resources for direct links for both Firefox and Chrome. Confirm the installation and restart the browser. Flasblock disables any detected Flash objects from loading, until you click on the object. Flashblock, coupled with the native pop-up blocker, prevents you from being bombarded with Flash-based pop-up windows.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to take it one step further, you can download the "Adblock" extensions for Firefox or Chrome. Adblock blocks all advertisements on most websites and therefore blocks most obnoxious Flash-banners.