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You may know from experience that certain sites your children go to cause pop-up ads to appear. If that’s the case, ask your kids to avoid those sites to protect your computer and private information. Better yet, disable pop-up ads from appearing on your computer, regardless of what site your kids go to.

To disable pop-up advertisements from appearing when using the Internet Explorer (IE) web browser, take the following steps:

  1. Open IE and click the Tools menu (or gear icon) in the upper-right corner.

  2. Choose Internet Options from the drop-down menu.

  3. On the Internet Options dialog box that opens, click the Privacy tab.

  4. Select the Turn on Pop-up Blocker check box.

  5. Click OK to dismiss the dialog box.

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To enable pop-up advertising blockers in Mozilla Firefox, do the following:

  1. Click the Firefox menu in the upper-left corner of your Firefox browser.

  2. Choose Options from the drop-down menu and then choose Options again.

  3. In the Options dialog box that appears, click the Content tab and then select the Block Pop-up Windows check box.

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  4. Click OK.

The Google Chrome Internet browser also includes settings that allow you to block pop-up ads from appearing in your web browser. To activate these settings, take the following steps:

  1. Locate the Google Chrome tool bar and click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button (just under the ‘x’ Close button) in the upper-right corner of your web browser.

  2. Choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

  3. Select Show Advanced Settings.

  4. On the Settings page, in the Privacy section (you might have to scroll down), click the Content Settings button.

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  5. Within the Content Settings window that appears, in the Pop-ups section, select the Do Not Allow Any Site to Show Pop-ups radio button; and then click OK.

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To block pop-up ads on the Safari web browser, take the following steps:

  1. Choose Edit→Preferences.

    The General dialog box appears by default.

  2. Click the Security tab.

  3. In the web Content section, click the Block Pop-up Windows check box.

    You can also set other Security preferences here including enabling plug-ins, Java, and JavaScript.

  4. After you set preferences, simply close the dialog box.

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Along with using your web browser preferences to prevent pop-up ads from appearing during Internet use, you can also purchase security programs to block pop-up ads from appearing on your computer. These programs are often included within other protective software. Typically, such software not only blocks pop-up ads, but also erases spyware or adware that has been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

Even if you elect to block pop-up ads on your home computer, still take some time to discuss pop-up ads with children of all ages. Remind them that clicking these ads may harm the computer and that pop-up ads should be closed immediately. If they’re unsure how to close a pop-up ad safely, have them come to you for help before proceeding.

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