How to Disable Popup Ads

by Chad Buleen, studioD

A pop-up ad is a small ad that opens during a web browsing session without the user choosing to open it. Pop-ups most-commonly open when another page opens. Since pop-up ads can be annoying, most web browsers include a pop-up blocker. Because browsers operate in different ways, the method to turn on the pop-up blocker depends on the browser being used. Three of the most commonly used browsers that have integrated pop-up blockers include Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Click the "Start" button on your desktop and click "Internet Explorer" in the menu that appears. Internet Explorer will open.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" button. A list will appear that includes the "Pop-up Blocker" option. Click that option.

Step 3

Click "Turn On Pop-up Blocker." Pop-up ads in Internet Explorer now will be disabled.


Step 1

Double-click the "Firefox" icon on your computer's desktop. The Firefox web browser will open.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the page and select "Options."

Step 3

Click "Content." A new panel will appear.

Step 4

Click the box next to "Block pop-up windows." Click "OK." You have now disabled pop-up ads in Firefox.


Step 1

Click the "Safari" icon in your Mac computer's dock. The Safari browser window will open.

Step 2

Click the "Safari" menu at the top-left of the page. A list of menu items will appear.

Step 3

Click "Block Pop-Up Windows." You now have disabled pop-up ads in Safari.

About the Author

Chad Buleen is a Society of Professional Journalists-award-winning newspaper journalist and magazine editor with more than 10 years experience. He is a senior magazine editor at an international children's publication. Buleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis in print journalism from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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