3 Ways Your Browser Can Block Popups

By September 7, 2017Productivity

There is a serious threat out there. It’s been plaguing the internet since the dawn of the browser.

Maybe you’re just browsing for fun. Maybe you have work to do and you’re researching sites far and wide. All the while, you’re putting your efficiency and flow at risk of the dreaded pop-up

When you block popups it won’t just remove the annoyance of seeing unwanted ads. It will also help decrease your bandwidth while it increases internet speed and load times.

Here we will look at the 3 best ways your internet toolbar can help you block popups on the most popular internet browser — Google Chrome.

The process isn’t radically different amongst the various web browser software out there but there are some minor differences. This will provide a simple guide to block popups when using Chrome and give you a good idea for other browsers as well.

Go to Settings

You can block pop-ups by telling the internet browser itself to do it for you. Here I’ll describe how to block adds on your computer using Chrome.

After starting up Google Chrome you’ll want to click the Menu button on the top right corner — it’s the three dots on the toolbar.

Then find and click “Settings.” Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” drop down menu to see the advanced settings.

In the privacy and security section, you’ll click the “Content Settings.”

Now you will find “Popups” in the list. It should be the 9th tab from the top. If you have trouble finding it you can use the “Search Settings” bar at the top of the page to guide you.

When you click the “Popups” tab you’ll go to the popup settings. You can turn off pop-ups by pressing the button so that it reads “Blocked.” From here you can also add specific sites you wish to block or sites you want to allow popups by adding their URL to the list.

Find a Plug-in/Extension

You can find blocker plug-in extensions to add to your web browser to prevent popups and other ads from appearing.

On Google Chrome, after booting up the browser, you will want to click the menu button at the top right of the task bar.

Then find “More Tools” and hover your cursor over it to see another drop down menu.

Find and click “Extensions.” This will take you to your current extensions and by scrolling to the bottom of the list you can find a link to “Get More Extensions.”

From there search “Popup Blocker.” You will see a list of extensions to choose from and you can look at them all to see which fits your needs most.

AdBlocker Ultimate is a plug-in that is available for both Chrome and FireFox as well as Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Yandex. This plug-in will stop any popup ads, pop-under ads, Facebook ads, video ads, text ads, banner ads, and more.

Block Popups on Mobile

When using Chrome on mobile devices the process to block popups is quite similar.

You’ll want to tap the three dots at the top right of the toolbar.

Then click “Settings.” Now under “Advanced”, you’ll see “Site settings.” You can click there to find and click the “Pop-ups” section.

Click the button there to block sites from showing pop-ups.

Browse Popup Free

Searches on the internet don’t have to be a hassle. Experience the internet the way it was intended (even though they probably had no idea that pop-ups would be “a thing”) – without popups!

Tom De Spiegelaere

About Tom De Spiegelaere

I love everything visual, from photography to graphic design and special effects. I'm the founder of MangoMatter and specialise in creating sites that not only convert, but also easily outrank the competition in Google, giving my clients a website that markets itself!