How to Stop Unwanted Pop Ups

By Daniel Hatter

Unwanted pop-ups can be very annoying. If you've ever visited a website and had three or four windows pop up by themselves, you know what I'm talking about. Unfortunately for the general public, it seems as though people are using pop-ups more and more on their websites. There is good news though. Most of these unwanted pop-ups can be prevented by changing a simple setting in your web browser. After changing this setting, your browser will effectively block most of the pop-ups you encounter.

Step 1

Open your web browser and click on the "Tools" tab. From the Tools tab, click on "Internet Options," or "Options" in Firefox.

Step 2

Open the "Privacy" tab. In Firefox, open the "Content" tab.

Step 3

Click the checkbox next to "Turn on Pop-up Blocker." In Firefox, click the checkbox next to "Block Pop-Up Windows." In Internet Explorer, you have the option of setting the filter level for pop-ups. To access these options, click on "Settings," then click on the dropdown box at the bottom of the window. You now may change your filter to either "High" (blocks all pop-ups), "Medium" (blocks most pop-ups) or "Low" (allows pop-ups from secure sites). Note that you may want to create an "Exceptions" list for websites you visit that require the use of pop-ups (such as banking websites). To do this, simply type the web address of the site into the "Exceptions" box. In Firefox, click on the "Exceptions" button and type in the address. To save your changes and exit, press "Close," then "Apply" and "OK."