How to Block Unwanted Web Pages From Popping Up

by Aramenta Waithe

Pop-up windows are common in advertising on the Web. Advertisers use pop-up windows with the idea that, because the user must physically act to close the window, they will be more likely to view the advertisement without ignoring it. However, many users find pop-ups distracting and bothersome. To help with this problem, modern Web browsers include pop-up blockers. Enable the pop-up blocker in your Web browser to prevent pop-up advertisements from appearing.

Internet Explorer 8

Open the "Tools" menu in Internet Explorer 8.

Click "Pop-up Blocker."

Click "Turn On Pop-up Blocker."

Firefox 3.6

Open the "Tools" menu in Firefox 3.6.

Click "Options."

Click the "Content" tab.

Click "Block pop-up windows."

Click "OK."

Chrome 9

Open the "Customize and Control Google Chrome" menu in Chrome 9.

Click "Options."

Click the "Under the Hood" tab.

Click "Content Settings."

Click "Pop-ups" in the left column under "Features."

Click "Do not allow any site to show pop-ups (recommended)."

Click both "Close" buttons.

About the Author

Aramenta Waithe has been a professional writer and ghostwriter since 1989. Her work has appeared in Florida's "Sun-Sentinel" and the "Miami Herald." She writes about a variety of subjects from home improvement to medicine. Waithe attended the University of Massachusetts and Florida Atlantic University, majoring in oceanographic engineering.

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