For all of us who are constantly getting annoyed with all the pop ups in Chrome, a popup blocker add-on specifically designed for this browser is a dream come true. Sure, such blockers have been around for a while, but mostly for other browsers (especially Mozilla’s Firefox). Furthermore, those pop-ups weren’t just annoying, but could pose a real threat to your system, since some could actually be a dangerous virus in disguise of a harmless (albeit nagging) add. The so-called Chrome pop up virus was a malware-spewing plague that many Chrome users complained about for quite a while. In order to protect your computer (and yourself from getting constantly annoyed by those adds), learn how to install or activate the Chrome pop up blocker. This is how to stop pop ups in Chrome forever (or at least until the next update).
How to Install Chrome Pop Up Blocker
Step 1. Install the Poper Blocker Extension
Google Chrome offers this automatic pop up blocker in its range of extensions which you can install in your browser. You can find it in the Google Chrome store, with a direct link to the extension here. Once you access the link and find the extension, you simply have to download it and follow the rest of the instructions in order to have it properly installed. There’s nothing to worry about, the entire process of installing the pop up blocker on Google Chrome is really easy and smooth (and done in 2 or 3 minutes).
Step 2. Customization of the Pop Up Blocker Once Installed
The best thing about the pop up blocker Chrome has available for its users is the fact that it allows a huge degree of customization. You may want only some of the websites you browse to be blocked from presenting you with popup windows, since some pop ups may actually be useful and vital to the website’s activity. For example, some portals you may browse won’t take you away from the page you are browsing when they’ll require you to log into your account previously registered with them. Instead, a popup may show up prompting you to log in in a separate, small, pop-up window. If your Chrome pop up blocker would automatically block everything, indiscriminately, then you may have difficulties with achieving the full extent of your internet activities. Therefore, the customization options are more than necessary.
This is how you customize your pop up blocker on Chrome:
- Default options: First of all, each time you browse something and encounter a pop up, the extension will automatically block it, but also notify you of this action. Instead of the pop-up (which may slow your computer or even bring malware into your system), you will see a smaller popup-like notification in the top right corner of your Chrome browser. Through this tiny notification, the pop up blocker on Google Chrome will tell you of the website it just blocked from presenting you with pop-ups and also ask you if you agree to this action. If you click it, you will have further options, of allowing the pop-up just this once or permanently allow pop-ups for this portal only. Select the second option (of allowing popups for always) only if this is a portal (website) you truly are familiar with and trust.
- Manual exceptions and settings: Second of all, the Chrome pop up blocker also has a control panel where you can see a list of websites you allow popups for, a list of websites which have been blocked from ever presenting you with popups, and so on. You can make modifications of this lists manually from there, and it is also useful for checking if you have any browsing issues. For example, a website you know and want to use may not function properly and the only explanation for this oddity is the fact that you blocked its popups. In order to access this Control Panel, simply access your Extensions section of your browser settings.
Post Installation Tip: If you experience any issues with your Chrome pop up blocker and can’t find an answer to them online easily, then you should contact the customer support of the extension’s developer. They are quite helpful and usually respond to queries pretty fast.