How to Stop Pop Up Adverts

By Anthony Markesino

Pop-up advertising is one of the most common and frustrating forms of adverts in Web surfing. Many browsers allow pop-up advertising by default as it is one of the main revenue streams for online retailers. All major web browsers--including Firefox and Internet Explorer, who together own 95 percent of the market share--are capable of blocking pop ups without any added toolbars, plug-ins or third-party software. Always make sure you are using the newest versions of your chosen browser as they often contain important security updates. If on a shared computer, you will need administrative access to make security changes on your browser.

Things You'll Need

  • Web browser
  • Administrative access

Blocking Pop-ups on Firefox

Step 1

Open a Firefox browser window to your home page or any default page that does not have a pop-up or a lot of graphical information, such as the Google search engine.

Step 2

Open the "Tools" tab at the top of your browser.

Step 3

Left-click the "Options" setting. This will open the browser configuration window.

Step 4

Left-click the "Content" icon. It will look like several documents.

Step 5

Put a check next to the setting box that says "Disable Pop Up Windows." Then click "Apply" to confirm your change.

Blocking Pop-ups with Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open an Explorer browser window to your home page or any default page that does not have a pop-up or a lot of graphical information, such as the Google search engine.

Step 2

Open the "Tools" tab at the top of your browser.

Step 3

Left-click the "Pop-up blocker" setting.

Step 4

Turn on Pop-up blocker.

Tips & Warnings

  • You should also consider blocking javascript or telling your browser to only enable it on a case-by-case basis. Javascript is one of the most common tools used to insert malicious software from the Internet onto your personal computer. This option can be located in the same "Tools" area, typically under "Security".
  • Some sites require the use of pop-up windows for legitimate uses. Many of these are education sites that use a pop-up window to enter additional information. You can still access and use these sites, but you must either add an exception for them or click "Allow pop up" when the browser warns you that this site has attempted to open an additional window.