How to Stop Pop-Ups On a PC

by Chad Anderson

Pop ups are generated by advertisements on websites. Some modern advertisers use annoying techniques like the "forever" cookie, a piece of information stored in your browser, to monitor and track your movements across the Internet, then providing a pop-up advertisement applicable to your consumer profile. These advertisements get annoying, and that is why most modern Web browsers provide pop-up blocking function. To make sure that pop-up blocking works, you also need to clear your browser cookies before enabling the blocker.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Step 1

Click the "Start" button, then click "Internet Explorer" from the menu. Click the "Tools" menu item, then "Internet Options" from the submenu.

Step 2

Click the "General" tab, then click the "Delete" button. Click the check-box next to the "Cookies" option, then click the "Delete" button at the bottom of the dialog. Click the "OK" button to exit the Internet Properties dialog.

Step 3

Click the "Tools" menu item again, then click "Pop-up Blocker" from the submenu to enable your system's pop-up Blocker, if it is not already enabled.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Click the "Start" button, then click "Mozilla Firefox" from the menu. Click the "Tools" menu item, then "Clear Recent History..." from the submenu.

Step 2

Click the Details arrow, then click the check-box next to the "Cookies" option. Click the drop-down box at the top of the dialog labeled "Time range to clear:" and choose the "Everything" option. Click the "Clear Now" button to clear your cookies.

Step 3

Click the "Edit" menu item from the main Firefox window, then click the "Preferences" submenu item. Click the "Content" tab, then click the check-box next to the "Block pop-up windows" option. Click the "OK" button to save your settings.

Google Chrome

Step 1

Click the "Start" button, then click "Chrome" from the menu. Click the wrench icon, then "Preferences" from the submenu.

Step 2

Click the "Under the Hood" tab, then click the "Clear browsing data..." button. Click the "Clear Browsing Data" button, then click the "OK" button to save your changes and exit the dialog.

Step 3

Click the wrench icon again, then the "Preferences" sub-menu item. Click the "Content Settings" button, then the "Pop-ups" tab. Click the "Do not allow any site to show pop-up windows" menu item to select, then click the "OK" button to save your settings and return to your browser session.

Warning

  • If you continue to experience pop-up advertisements and your web browser's pop-up blocker is enabled, then the advertisements are not coming from your web browser and are likely a part of malicious software installed on your computer. Many of these types of pop-ups are phishing scams to extract your personal information and financial details, some may even be potentially harmful viruses. Use your system's virus scanner to attempt to remove the malicious software. If the virus scanner is unsuccessful you should have your computer looked over by a professional since some malware code can embed itself further into your system than a virus scanner can detect or remove.

About the Author

Chad Anderson began writing professionally in 2009. He primarily contributes articles on technology and outdoor topics for various websites. His areas of interest include Linux and open-source software along with cycling and other outdoor sports. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Nevada in Reno.