At times when you visit a website, multiple pop-ups appear, which is annoying. To avoid them, one can block them by clicking on settings. Every browser has this pop-up blocking feature, which allows you to have an effortless surfing experience. In this post, I will share how you can block pop-ups in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
How to Block Pop-ups in Microsoft Edge, Chrome, and Firefox
There are primarily three ways to block pop-up Windows in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox:
- Browser Settings
- Registry Method
- Group Policy
You may need an admin account to get these done. Let’s have a closer look at these methods.
1] Block pop-up Windows with Regular Method:
- Launch Microsoft Edge browser. Click on the three dots in the top left corner of the browser, and then click on Settings.
- In settings, click on Cookies and Ste permissions.
- Gspecificp-ups and redirects under the All permissions section
- Turn on the toggle button next to The Block (Recommended) option
If you wish to allow specific websites, such as Bank, and Government, to show pop-ups, you can add them to the allow list.
Click on Add button in the allow section, and add the URL of the website you want to allow the pop-ups.
- Open Google Chrome, and click on the three dots in the top left corner; click on them.
- A scrolling menu will appear, where you have to click on Settings. Go to Privacy and security, and click on Site settings.
- Now, click on Pop-ups and redirects. Select the option— Don’t allow sites to send pop-ups and use the redirects.
If you need to allow pop-ups for some websites, you can add them under the Allowed list using the option available under the same window.
- Open Firefox, and click on the hamburger menu on top-right
- Click on Settings, and go to Privacy & Security
- Scroll to find the Permission section
- Check the Block pop-up windows option
To allow any website, click the Exceptions button, and add it to the list.
Once done, you can read our guide on how you can check if the Pop-Up Blocker is working as expected.
2] Block pop-up Windows with Registry:
- Press keys Window + R to open the Run prompt dialogue box.
- Now, type regedit and then press the Enter key.
- Go to the following path on the Registry Editor:
- Create a New Key, and name it Main. Go inside it.
- Right-click the blank space. Now, select New > String value and give it a name as AllowPopups
- Open the string, and set the value as Yes.
- Press the keys Windows + R to launch the run prompt.
- Type regedit and press the Enter key to open the registry editor.
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:
- Right-click the blank space, and click on New. Then, DWORD (32 bit) and give it a name as DefaultPopupsSetting.
- Double-click the newly created value and enter value 2; it will block the pop-ups. You can again make it 1 to allow the pop-ups.
3] Block pop-up Windows with Group Policy:
- In your Windows search bar, type the Edit group policy and click on it.
- Now, expand the User Configuration.
- Go to Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge.
- Double-click on the configure pop-up blocker.
- Click on enable to block the pop-ups.
- Click Apply > Ok.
You can block the pop-ups in Chrome, but it requires the ADMX files installed on the PC.
Follow the below steps to configure the policy:
- In the Windows search bar, type gpedit.msc
- When the Edit Group Policy appears in the result, click to open it.
- Go to Window User Configuration Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Google > Chrome or Administrative Templates > Google Chrome
- Go inside the Content Settings folder, and you will have three policies:
- Default pop-up settings
- Allow pop-ups on these sites
- Block pop-ups on these sites.
- Double-click on the Default pop-up settings to open it.
- Setting the policy to 1 let websites display pop-ups.
- Setting the policy to 2 denies pop-ups.
- Click On Apply > OK.
We have discussed every possible way to block the pop-up in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. The traditional methods are commonly used for all of them, while the Registry method only applies in Edge and Chrome. Lastly, the Group Policy method works in both Edge and Chrome. You must install the Google Chrome ADMX files for the Windows PC.
In this way, any other browser can block pop-ups. Therefore, follow the above steps for a smooth working experience without getting annoyed.
Why Should You Block Pop-ups in a Browser?
The pop-ups are the windows that suddenly appear in the foreground of the visual interface. It is a form of online marketing advertisement promoting the web page’s content, products, and services.
Pop-ups can be annoying while containing dangerous files. They usually display ads but can contain malware. Therefore, blocking them will ensure your laptop or PC is safe.
How Do Pop-Ups Affect Your Working Experience in Any Browser?
The pop-up screens appear on the display while you search for information on the browser. The problem is that multiple pop-ups ruin our experience of watching movies online. Hence, blocking pop-ups in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox is essential.
Other web browsers can also have this pop-up feature, which later requires to be blocked. But, yes, some of the website’s pop-ups are required. Such websites can be added in the allowed area so that you can have the latest updates about the websites.