How to Change Settings to Avoid Pop-Ups - dummies

How to Change Settings to Avoid Pop-Ups

By Amy Lupold Bair

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.


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.


  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.


  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.


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.


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.