How to Stop Pop Up Adverts

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.

Blocking Pop-ups on Firefox

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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.

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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

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

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Turn on Pop-up blocker.