We work in thousands of computers every day and I see many of their browsers completely infected and captured by pop-up ads. And I wonder, how the heck, they really browse the internet by using such sucked browsers. So, I thought I should write about it and tell the world how to block pop ups. So, here is the way to do it.

The Internet is one of the biggest and ever growing industries on this planet now and advertisements are all here to let advertisers and publishers earn money.

Adware, or advertising-supported software, displays advertising banners or pop-ups on your computer when you use your Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera). This is not necessarily a bad thing. Such advertising can fund the development of useful software, which is then distributed free (for example, Android apps, many of which are adware funded).

 

adware in browser

 

However, adware becomes a problem if it:

1. Installs itself on your computer without your consent

2. Installs itself in applications other than the one

3. It comes with and displays advertising when you use those applications

4. Hijacks your web browser in order to display more ads

5. Gathers data on your web browsing without your consent and sends it to others via the Internet

6. Is designed to be difficult to uninstall

 

Symptoms of Adware in your Browser:

1. Modified homepage and default search engine settings

2. Blocked attempts to change browser settings

3. Pop-up and banner ads in legitimate websites such as Google or Wikipedia

4. Poor computer performance

5. Unfamiliar extensions or toolbars

6. Getting redirected to pages that look unfamiliar

 

 

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Adware can slow down your PC. It can also slow down your Internet connection by downloading advertisements. Sometimes programming flaws in the adware can make your computer unstable. Advertising pop-ups can also distract you and waste your time if they have to be closed before you can continue using your PC.

Malware Adware is computer infections that are typically installed on your computer through two methods.

The first method is when these Adware programs pretend to be something innocuous so that you will download and install them, but once installed all they do is display ads.

The other method is when they are installed without your permission or knowledge through Windows or software vulnerabilities on your computer.

Adware of this type is the most difficult to remove and typically use protection mechanisms that make it hard to run security programs to assist in removing them.

But Yes, it is possible to block ads in Google Chrome & Firefox and the trick used to do this doesn’t require you to have a good technical knowledge. All you need to do is follow the steps and the ads will be blocked.

 

Google Chrome

How to Block pop ups & Ads in Google Chrome Manually:

 

For Windows:

Step 1: Chrome Cleanup Tool

To help find and remove unwanted software , you can download and run the Chrome Cleanup Tool. It’s an application that searches your computer for suspicious programs and offers to remove them for you.

Learn more about the Chrome Cleanup Tool and what it removes.

 

Step 2: Remove malicious programs with your computer’s anti-virus

READ THIS: HOW TO USE WINDOWS DEFENDER TO REMOVE MALWARE FROM YOUR WINDOWS PC

 

Step 3: Reset browser settings

After you have removed malicious programs from your computer, reset your Chrome browser settings. Your bookmarks and passwords won’t change, but you’ll need to customize things like your startup page, search engine, and browser theme again.

1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.

2. Select Settings.

3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.

4. Under the section “Reset settings,” click Reset settings.

5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

 

For Mac:

Step 1: Remove malicious programs

If you’ve bought or downloaded antivirus software, you can run the program to find and remove harmful programs.

You can also remove malware and other programs on your computer that you don’t remember installing.

1. In the bottom right corner of your screen, open Finder.

2. On the left side of the box that appears, click Applications.

3. Look for any programs you don’t recognize. Then do one of these:

Double-click Uninstall or Uninstaller, follow the onscreen steps.

If you don’t see these options, drag the icon from the Applications folder into the Trash.

4. Empty your trash when you’re done.

You can also try MalwareBytes, an anti-malware program that can find other malicious software that the Chrome Cleanup Tool might not remove. It’s available for Mac computers, Windows computers, and mobile devices.

 

Step 2: Reset browser settings

After you have removed malicious programs from your computer, reset your Chrome browser settings. Your bookmarks and passwords won’t change, but you’ll need to customize things like your startup page, search engine, and browser theme again.

1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.

2. Select Settings.

3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.

4. Under the section “Reset settings,” click Reset settings.

5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

 

If you ran Chrome Cleanup Tool and found a program that wasn’t able to be removed, you can report it here.

 

How to Block pop ups & Ads in Google Chrome Using Adblock Plus:

 

adblock plus for google chrome

 

 

1. Download Adblock Plus HERE.

2. Once downloaded, click on “Add to Chrome” button and within few seconds, it will be installed on your Chrome.

3. A prompt will appear, click on “Add” button to finalize the installation.

That’s it. You are done.

 

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Mozilla Firefox

How to Block pop ups & Ads in Firefox Manually:

 

how to block ads in mozilla firefox

 

Older versions of Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox

2. Click Tools (press the Alt key if you don’t see the Tools menu option)

3. Click Options

4. Click the Web features button on the left-hand side of the Options window.

5. By default, this feature should be enabled. If you want to disable this feature, uncheck “Block Popup Windows.” If you have allowed pop-ups on a site that you now want to block, you can also click “Allowed sites” in this window and remove any sites you want to block any pop-up on.

 

Newer versions of Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox

2. Click the orange Firefox button in the top left corner or click the Tools menu option.

3. Click Options

4. Click on the Content option in the Options window

5. By default, the “Block pop-up windows” option should be checked. Check this option if it is currently unchecked. If there are sites you want to allow pop-ups for, click the Exceptions button, enter the allowed site address, and click the Allow button.

 

You may also want to disable any pop-ups from any browser plug-ins, a tactic for bypassing many pop-up blockers. To enable this feature in Firefox, follow the steps below.

 

1. Open Mozilla Firefox

2. In the URL field, type about:config and press enter.

3. This should open the Firefox config window.

4. Right-click on a black portion of the window and click New and then Integer.

5. For the preference name, type privacy.popups.disable_from_plugins and click OK.

6. For the value, type 2.

We also suggest you locate the privacy.popups.firstTime option in the about:config screen and change the value of this setting to false.

 

How to Block pop ups & Ads in Firefox using Extension:

 

adblock for mozilla firefox

 

1. Download Adblock Plus HERE.

2. Click on Add to firefox.

4. Now it will start downloading and once it gets downloaded completely, you have to click on Install. A new page will open that will tell you that Adblock Plus has been installed.

That’s it.

 

Opera

How to Block pop ups & Ads in Opera Manually:

 

block ad in opera

 

 

Right-click on an any portion of a webpage (any page) and then click Block Content. Once the page has faded out, click the Details button at the top of the web browser.

This will open up a window that lets you enter in the advertisements that you would like to block. Note that although this filter does say “Blocked on current page“ at the top, the modifications that you make here do apply to all webpages.  You can also reach this window by clicking on the Opera icon in the upper left and then navigating to Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Blocked Content.

 

You will need to add the information about ads that you want to have blocked manually. Below are some of the most common ad servers.

*/ad.*
*/ad/*
*/ad2*
*/ads.*
*/ads/*
*/adv.*
*/adv/*
*/annonse*
*/banner*
*/click*
*/context-ads*

This makes a big difference in how a website looks.

 

How to Block pop ups & Ads in Opera Using Adblock Plus:

 

How to Block pop ups & Ads in Opera using adblock plus

 

1. Install the exetenstion by clicking on Add To Opera.

2. That’s it. You are done.

 

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Above article will show you, how to block pop ups and ads in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera Browser. If you are looking for instructions for any other browser, let us know in comment section. We will definately help you out.

 

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