How to Get Rid of Pop Up Windows

By Kefa Olang

Pop-up windows are extra browser windows that launch automatically when you view certain websites. They advertise everything from shopping sprees to sales, and offer other shopping information. Because they launch additional browser windows, pop-up windows consume additional memory, and slow down browser speed and performance. You can use your browser's built-in pop-up blocker to block annoying pop-up windows.

Internet Explorer Users

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer and click the "Tools" menu on the top.

Step 2

Scroll down the drop-down menu, select "Pop-up Blocker" and click "Turn On Pop-up Blocker."

Step 3

Click the "Tools" menu again, select "Pop-up Blocker" and click "Pop-up Blocker Settings." Select the blocking settings you want to use. For example, select the audio option if you want to hear a sound each time Internet Explorer blocks a pop-up. Select the blocking level you want to use. Select the default setting, medium, if you want to block pop-ups without interfering with most websites.

Firefox Users

Step 1

Launch Firefox and click the "Tools" menu on the top of your browser.

Step 2

Scroll down the drop-down menu and click "Options." If you use a Mac, click the "Firefox" menu and click "Preferences."

Step 3

Click the "Content" tab and click to place a check mark in the "Block pop-up windows" box. Click "Exceptions" if you want to enable pop-ups for certain sites. Close the browser options/preferences when you finish.

Safari Users

Step 1

Launch Safari and click the "Safari" menu on the top of your browser window.

Step 2

Scroll down the drop-down menu and click the "Block pop-up windows" option. Alternatively, click the "Safari" menu, select "Preferences" and click the "Security" tab.

Step 3

Click to place a check mark in the "Block pop-up windows" box.