How to Get Rid of Pop Ups & Advertisements

By Jason Jensen

There is nothing more annoying than all the pop-ups and advertisements that appear everywhere on the Internet. Many websites generate most, if not all their revenue from selling advertisements on their pages, which means pop-ups and other types of advertisements aren't going away anytime soon. The three most popular Web browsers all have pop-up blocking capabilities. Safari 4 and Internet Explorer 8 both have built-in pop-up blockers. Mozilla Firefox also has a built-in pop-up blocker that works very well, and an add-on called "Adblock Plus" that will hide the banner ads on a website.

Things You'll Need

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adblock Plus
  • Internet Explorer 8

Firefox

Step 1

Download and install the latest version of Mozilla Firefox. (See "Resources" for download link.)

Step 2

Launch Firefox and go to the Adblock Plus download page. (See "Resources" for link.) Click the "Add to Firefox" button, and then click "Install Now."

Step 3

Restart Firefox after the installation has finished by clicking the "Restart Firefox" button that appears in the "Add-ons" dialog box. Adblock plus will automatically be enabled.

Internet Explorer 8

Step 1

Download IE8 from the Microsoft website. (See "Resources" for download link.)

Step 2

Open Internet Explorer.

Step 3

Click on the "Tools" menu and select "Pop-up Blocker."

Step 4

Click "Turn On Pop-up Blocker" and click "OK."

Safari 4

Step 1

Download and install Safari 4. (See "Resources" for download link.)

Step 2

Open the Safari Web browser.

Step 3

Click on the "Safari" menu and click "Block Pop-up Windows."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are visiting a website and you see an ad that is not being blocked, right-click on the ad and select "Adblock this Image."
  • To disable Adblock Plus, click on the "Tools" menu then click on "Add-ons." Locate Adblock Plus in the list and click the "Disable" button. Follow the same steps to re-enable it.
  • Firefox will notify you each time it blocks a pop-up. If for some reason you need to view a pop-up that is being blocked, simply click on the "Allow" button in the upper-right corner of the window.