How to Block Popup Flash

By Chris Brake

Flash is an audio and video delivery method used by advertisers to add interactive elements to pop-up ads. Unwanted Flash pop-ups can bog down a computer's response time and create a distraction from the user's initial Internet activities. Flashblock, Flash and Pics Control and ClickToFlash are three free browser plug-ins that will block unwanted pop-up Flash.

Step 1

Download and install the free Flashblock plugin for Mozilla Firefox. Click the "Add to Firefox" button from the Flashblock page located on Mozilla's add ons site. Click to allow the site to install the plugin, then restart Firefox. Flashblock will block Flash popups and replace them with a button. Click the button to view the Flash animation.

Step 2

Download and install the free Flash and Pics Control for Internet Explorer. Open Internet Explorer and locate the Flash and Pics Control icon in the Internet Explorer toolbar. Click the icon and then click to uncheck "Flash Animation," or click "Configure" and uncheck the "Display Flash Animation" box. Restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect.

Step 3

Download and install the free ClickToFlash plugin for the Mac OS Safari browser. Run Safari and ClickToFlash will automatically block any Flash objects from appearing and replace them with an empty box and a small gear icon. Click the gear icon to add or remove sites from the whitelist. Sites in the whitelist will automatically display Flash objects, allowing users to filter out only the unwanted Flash objects.