How do I stop pop-up and pop-under Internet ads?

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Annoying pop-up and pop-under adsAdvertisements on the Internet can be invasive. To get your attention, they are sometimes programmed to pop up in front of your current browser window, obscuring the content you want to see. Even worse, sometimes they will "pop under" your window, so that you don't see them until you minimize your browser. These ads are not only annoying, but it can interfere with your computer's performance. The good news is, most modern web browsers provide options for blocking these types of ads.

To configure your browser to block pop-up and pop-under Internet ads, follow the instructions below that correspond to the browser you're using:

Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Opera

Or, for information about other programs that will block these types of ads:

Third-party Pop-Up Blockers

Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is the default web browser included in Windows 10. It replaces Microsoft Internet Explorer, which was discontinued in January 2016.

To disable pop-up and pop-under ads in Edge:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge. It can be opened by clicking the blue "e" icon on your Taskbar. Or, you can open the Start Menu and find it listed under M.
  2. Open the "More" menu in the upper right-hand corner of your Edge window. The icon looks like three horizontal dots [ ] .
  3. At the bottom of this menu, select Settings.
  4. Scroll down and click Advanced Settings.
  5. Click the Block Pop-Ups radio button. When the button is blue, it's toggled on.

Turning on the pop-up blocking in Microsoft Edge

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer

If you are still using an old version of Internet Explorer, follow these instructions to enable pop-up blocking:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools (press the Alt key if you don't see the Tools menu option)
  3. Click Options (or Internet options)
  4. Click the Privacy tab
  5. At the bottom of the Privacy tab, you should have a Pop-up Blocker section. If you want pop-ups to be blocked, check the "Block pop-ups" option (may also be titled "Turn on Pop-Up Blocker"). You can also set additional options, such as disabling sound or the info bar whenever a pop-up is blocked, by clicking the Settings button.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click the menu button, which looks like three horizontal lines ( ) in the upper right-hand corner of your Firefox Window, and select Options. (If you are using OS X, go to your Firefox menu at the top of your screen and select Preferences).
  3. On the left side of the screen, click Content.
  4. Make sure that Block pop-up windows is checked.

If you'd like even more control over pop-up windows, there are add-ons for Firefox which can suppress them, including:

Google ChromeGoogle Chrome

Google Chrome includes its own pop-up blocker utility and does a good job at blocking most pop-ups by default.

If you are running Google Chrome and want to adjust or change how Chrome handles pop-ups, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. In the upper-right of your Chrome window, click the Menu icon, which looks like three vertical dots ( ).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings
  5. In the Privacy section, click the Content settings button.
  6. In the Content settings window, scroll down to the Pop-ups section. If not already selected by default, select the "Do no allow any site to show pop-ups" option. You can also add sites to the exceptions list to allow pop-ups from those sites by clicking the Manage exceptions button.

Another option for Google Chrome users is to download and install extensions which control pop-ups. These include:

OperaOpera

The latest version of Opera also includes its own pop-up blocker and has it enabled by default. When you install Opera, it will guide you through the options for blocking ads.

You can adjust how pop-ups are handled by following the steps below:

  1. Open Opera
  2. Click the Menu button in the top left corner of your Opera Window, and choose Settings. (If you are using OS X, go to the Opera menu at the top of your screen and select Preferences).
  3. The first item in your settings is Block Ads. Make sure the "Block Ads..." box is checked.

Another option for Opera users is to download and install one of the Opera extensions for blocking advertisements. These include:

Third-party Pop-Up Blocker programs

You can also download and install a third-party program to help prevent pop-ups from opening. Some are free, and others cost a small one-time fee to use. Below is a short list of some of the most popular solutions.

Software Title Website Address
AdFender http://www.adfender.com/
AdGuard http://www.adguard.com/
Anvi AD Blocker http://www.anvisoft.com/
NoAds http://www.southbaypc.com/NoAds/

Also, note that some anti-virus and anti-malware software programs include ad and pop-up blocking capabilities. One such program is Webroot SecureAnywhere, which provides virus and malware protection as well as efficiently blocks pop-ups and other ads.

Additional information

  • See the ads and pop-up definition for further information and related links.