How to Manage Pop-ups With Internet Explorer

By Techwalla Internet Editor

Let's face it. Pop-up ads are annoying. How many times have you been browsing the Internet and suddenly been swamped in a deluge of pop-ups? Probably more times than you would like to recall. So, how do you deal with these irritating ads? If you are using Internet Explorer as your Web browser, you are in luck. Internet Explorer knows the agony of pop-ups and has a built-in solution to manage them.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Explorer
  • Internet connection
  • Computer

Get Rid of Unwanted Pop-ups

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer, then select 'Tools' from the menu.

Step 2

Click on 'Pop-Up Blocker.'

Step 3

Select 'Pop-Up Blocker Settings.'

Step 4

Enter the URLs of Web sites from which you wish to receive pop-ups.

Step 5

Choose a filter level from the drop-down menu. You will be able to select a low, medium or high pop-up filter. The low filter will allow pop-ups from secure sites. The medium filter will block pop-ups from most sites. The high filter will block all pop-ups from every site.

Step 6

Be informed. If you want to know each time Internet Explorer blocks a pop-up, you can choose to receive notification by being shown an information bar or by hearing a tone. You can use your mouse to place a check in the box beside the notification option you prefer.

Step 7

Click 'Close' when you are done making your selections to manage pop-ups.

Tips & Warnings

  • Should you have further questions about how to manage pop-ups with Internet Explorer, just go to the Internet Explorer FAQs page (see Resources below).
  • When you install Internet Explorer on your computer, it comes with the pop-up blocker already turned on. If you ever want to turn it off, just go to 'Tools,' then click 'Pop-Up Blocker.' Select 'Turn Off Pop-Up Blocker.' You will then be able to see pop-ups on any Web site you visit that has them.
  • Be aware that you will need a minimum of 64 MB of memory on your computer to run Internet Explorer.
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 was used for these steps. Earlier versions of the program may have different steps to block pop-ups.
  • Some Web sites use pop-ups as an integral part of the site. If you find yourself on a Web page that appears blank, check to see whether the site tried to open a pop-up window and couldn't (this is where your blocking alerts will come in handy).