How to Stop Popups for Free

By Andrew Smith

Pop-up windows that you encounter while surfing the Internet are advertisements to direct you to other websites. These pop-ups cause Web pages to open up slower than normal, and they can slow down the performance of the entire computer. Commonly used Web browsers come with a pop-up blocker "add-on" that you can enable and disable as you wish. You also have the option to download and install a free third-party pop-up blocker.

Step 1

Open an Internet Explorer window. Click on "Tools" found at the top of the window. A menu drops down beneath "Tools." Place the cursor over "Pop-up Blocker." Another menu appears. Select "Pop-up Blocker Settings." Click the "Blocking Level" menu at the bottom of the window that opens. Select a level and click "Close."

Step 2

Open a Firefox window. Click on "Tools" at the top of that window. A menu appears. Select "Options" and click "Content" at the top of the window that opens. Click to place a check mark in the box found to the left of "Block pop-up windows." Click "OK" to save the setting.

Step 3

Open a Google Chrome window. Click the "Wrench" icon or the "Chrome" option, for Mac users only, at the top of the window. Select "Options," "Preferences" or "Settings" based upon the exact version of Chrome you use. Click "Under the Hood" at the top of the window that opens. Click the "Content Settings" tab found under the "Privacy" heading. Click the tab labeled "Pop-ups" at the top of the second window that opens. Click to remove the check mark from the box next to "Allow all sites to show pop-ups." This will enable Chrome's pop-up blocker.

Step 4

Download and install Simple Adblock (see Resources). Simple Adblock is a free pop-up blocker that works only with versions of Internet Explorer running on Windows computers. This add-on blocks both pop-up advertisements as well as other ads found on Web pages, causing the pages to load more quickly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Note that these instructions apply to Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.6 and Google Chrome 9.0.