How to Get Rid of That Annoying Share Box in Web Pages

By Chris Hoke

Many blogs and other regularly updated website use a "share box" that, when hovered over with the mouse cursor, displays a range of ways in which a user can share the Web page with social media networks. These share boxes are convenient if you like sharing interesting articles, but can be annoying when you accidentally drag your cursor over the box and it pops up and blocks the content. You can effectively stop a share box from loading on the Web page by disabling scripting on the page, which can be done from within your Web browser.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer. Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the screen. If the tools menu is not displayed, press and hold the "Alt" key, then tap "T" to open the Tools menu.

Step 2

Click "Internet Options." Click the "Security" tab.

Step 3

Click to select the "Internet" zone, then click the "Custom Level" button.

Step 4

Scroll down to the "Scripting" section of the options list. Click the "Disable" option under the "Active Scripting" header.

Step 5

Click "OK," then click "OK" again to confirm the settings. Press the "F5" key on your keyboard to refresh the Web page.

Firefox

Step 1

Launch Firefox. Click the "Tools" menu and choose "Options."

Step 2

Click the "Content" icon.

Step 3

Click to clear the check from the "Enable Javascript" box.

Step 4

Click "OK." Click "OK" again to return to the Firefox program window.

Step 5

Press the "F5" key to refresh the Web page.

Chrome

Step 1

Launch Chrome. Click the wrench icon in the top-right corner and choose "Options."

Step 2

Click the "Under the Hood" tab.

Step 3

Click the "Content Settings" button.

Step 4

Click to select "Javascript" on the left side of the "Content Settings" window. Click to select "Do not allow any site to run Javascript," then click "Close."

Step 5

Click the "Close" button to return to the Chrome program window. Press "F5" to reload the displayed Web page.

Safari

Step 1

Launch Safari. Click the "Safari" menu and choose "Preferences."

Step 2

Click "Security."

Step 3

Click to clear a check from the "Enable Javascript" box under the "Web Content" heading.

Step 4

Close the "Preferences" window, then close and restart the Safari Web browser to enact the new settings.

Opera

Step 1

Launch Opera and click the "Tools" menu.

Step 2

Click "Preferences." Click the "Content" option on the left side of the "Preferences" window.

Step 3

Click to clear the check from the "Enable JavaScript" box.

Step 4

Click "OK," then close and restart your browser.