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How to Allow and Block Pop-Ups in Chrome

Pop-ups are rarely useful and usually irritating. You can choose to block or allow pop-ups by tweaking your settings or by using a dedicated pop-up blocker for Chrome. But it’s much more convenient to use a private browser that automatically manages and blocks pop-ups for you. Enjoy distraction-free browsing, completely free.

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How to block pop-ups on Chrome

In today’s attention economy, many websites use pop-ups to make you look and click. And they can be very distracting, increasing page load time and disrupting your flow. Here’s how to stop pop-ups in Chrome.

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    Block pop-ups on specific sites

    Some websites use lots of pop-ups or have pop-ups that you know you don’t want to deal with. Follow these steps to block pop-ups on specific sites in Chrome:

    1. Open Chrome and click the three dots in the upper-right corner, then click Settings.

      To block pop ups on Chrome, first go to Settings.
    2. Click Privacy and security from the left navigation menu.

      Go to Privacy and settings next while trying to block pop ups in Chrome
    3. Click Site Settings in the box at the top of the page.

      Site settings is the next step to block pop ups in Chrome
    4. Scroll down and click Pop-ups and redirects.

      Next go to Pop-ups and redirects to see specific sites to block pop ups from in Chrome
    5. If you see the targeted website on your Allow list, click the three dots next to its name, then click Block in the drop-down menu.

      Blocking pop-ups on specific sites in Chrome.

      If you don’t see the targeted site on the Allow list, click the Add button across from Block at the top.

      Add a specific site to block pop ups from using Chrome settings

      Enter the website’s URL, then click Add.

      Just add the web address of the site you want to block pop ups from

    Helpful tip: If you’re on a website, you can also access the pop-up blocker settings for that site directly:

    1. Click the lock icon on the left side of the address bar, then click Site Settings from the menu.

      You can also fins settings to block pop ups on a specific site by using the lock icon in the address bar
    2. Proceed as above, steps 2 through 5.

    Predictably, pop-ups aren’t the only Chrome nuisance. You can also block those annoying Chrome notifications in just a few easy steps.

    Block pop-ups on all sites

    Maybe you just don’t want any pop-ups at all. Here’s how to block all pop-ups in Chrome.

    1. Open Chrome and click the three dots in the upper-right corner, then click Settings.

      To block pop ups on Chrome, first go to Settings.
    2. Click Privacy and security from the left navigation menu.

      Go to Privacy and settings next while trying to block pop ups in Chrome
    3. Click Site Settings in the box at the top of the page.

      Site settings is the next step to block pop ups in Chrome
    4. Scroll down and click Pop-ups and redirects.

      Next go to Pop-ups and redirects to see to block pop ups from in Chrome
    5. At the top, toggle the Blocked (recommended) button to the on position.

      To block all pop ups on all sites in Chrome, just move the toggle to Blocked

    This technique may not work for every website, in which case a third-party pop-up blocker should be more effective. You can also block pop-ups in Safari, block pop-ups in Firefox, or block pop-ups in Microsoft Edge. Each browser has a similar settings flow that you can follow.

    Blocking and allowing pop-ups in Chrome is possible, but it can be time-consuming — and it may not be totally effective. Rather than waste time rooting around in your Chrome settings, block pop-ups automatically with the free Avast Secure Browser

    Not only will Avast Secure Browser automatically block any pop-ups heading your way, it’ll also block ads and web tracking — two more often frustrating features of today’s internet. Make your online life easier, more private, and more secure with Avast Secure Browser.

    How to allow pop-ups on Chrome

    You might find some pop-ups useful — many websites use pop-ups to log in or link a social media account. With sites you know and trust, allowing pop-ups might actually speed up what you’re trying to do. Here’s how to allow pop-ups in Chrome:

    Allow pop-ups on specific sites

    Here’s how to allow Chrome pop-ups on specific sites you trust:

    1. Open Chrome and click the three dots in the upper-right corner, then click Settings.

      To allow pop ups on Chrome, first go to Settings.
    2. Click Privacy and security from the left navigation menu.

      Go to Privacy and settings next while trying to allow pop ups in Chrome
    3. Click Site Settings in the box at the top of the page.

      Site settings is the next step to allow pop ups in Chrome
    4. Scroll down and click on Pop-ups and redirects.

      Next go to Pop-ups and redirects to see to allow pop ups from in Chrome
    5. To allow pop-ups from a website currently on your Block list, click the three dots next to the website’s name. Then click Allow in the drop-down menu.

      Find the specific site you want to allow pop ups form on the Block list and change its statusIf the targeted site isn’t currently on the Block list, click the Add button across from Allow.

      You can add any website to the list to allow pop ups from it

      Enter the web address of the site you want to allow pop-ups from (type it in or just copy/paste it from your web address bar), then click Add.

      Just add the web address of the site you want to allow pop ups from

    If you’re currently on a site that’s trying to show you a pop-up, Chrome will alert you. Here’s how to allow those sorts of pop-ups:

    1. Click the blocked pop-up icon in the address bar, then select Always allow pop-ups and redirects from [site name].

    2. Click Done.

    Allow pop-ups on all sites

    If you want to allow pop-ups in Chrome on every website and all the time — perhaps you need to frequently log in and log out or use various sites for work or school — then take these simple steps:

    1. Open Chrome and click the three dots in the upper-right corner, then click Settings.

      To allow pop ups on Chrome, first go to Settings.
    2. Click Privacy and security from the left navigation menu.

      Go to Privacy and settings next while trying to allow pop ups in Chrome
    3. Click Site Settings in the box at the top of the page.

      Site settings is the next step to allow pop ups in Chrome
    4. Scroll down and click Pop-ups and redirects.

      Next go to Pop-ups and redirects to see to allow pop ups from in Chrome
    5. At the top, move the toggle across from Allowed to the on position.

      To allow all pop ups on all sites in Chrome, just move the toggle to Allow

    How to install or disable a Chrome pop-up blocker extension

    If you want more protection from pop-ups, consider installing a Google Chrome pop-up blocker extension for the browser.

    1. Go to the part of the Chrome Web Store for extensions.

    2. Type “pop-up blocker” into the search bar, then hit Return.

    3. Click on the Chrome pop-up blocker extension you’d like to use.

    4. On the product-description page, click the blue Add to Chrome button. 

    5. Click Add extension when prompted by Chrome. 

    6. Access and configure the pop-up blocker Chrome extension by clicking the icon next to your address bar.

    Found another solution? Here’s how to disable and remove a pop-up blocker extension from Chrome:

    1. Right-click the extension’s icon next to your address bar. If you don’t see the extension you’re looking for, click the puzzle piece icon, then right-click the extension you’d like to disable or remove.

    2. Click Disable [extension name].

      Disable the pop up blocker Chrome extension directly from the icon in the browser
    3. To remove the extension completely, select Remove from Chrome.

      Remove the pop up blocker entirely from Chrome by right clicking the iconYou can also remove an extension by going to the product page in the Chrome Store and clicking the blue Remove from Chrome button.

      You can also remove a pop up blocker extension for Chrome from the product page in the Chrome Store

    Pop-up blockers are just one of the many security and privacy extensions you can get for Chrome. Others include ad blockers, password managers, and extensions that block web tracking.

    Are Chrome pop-ups dangerous?

    Some pop-ups are not merely annoying, but actually malicious. These include pop-ups that look like they’re from a trusted source but aren’t. Scareware, malvertising, and adware can all cause pop-ups to appear on your screen.

    Scareware

    Scareware refers to legitimate-looking but fake pop-ups that try to trick you into thinking your computer has a virus or is infected with malware. According to the scareware’s message, you need to download some kind of software “solution”— a Trojan in disguise — to remove the malware infection.

    Scareware tries to trick you with fake warnings about viruses.Scareware tries to make you panic and react quickly. The program you download might be useless, or it might be malicious software that lets hackers remotely access your system or even ransomware that locks your computer.

    Malvertising

    Malvertising is the use of malicious ads to attack victims as they browse. Legitimate websites can unwittingly host malvertising ads, which can attack your computer as soon as you land on an infected page. These drive-by downloads exploit your browser to install malware right when the ad loads on the page.

    Malvertising can also automatically redirect your browser to a malicious site. The site you’re redirected to might even be a phishing site, designed to mimic a site you trust. Or it could hijack Javascript and start displaying ads, pop-ups, or malicious content you definitely don’t want. Privacy-focused browsers fight malvertising by automatically blocking ads.

    Adware

    Maybe you have your settings the way you want them and you’re using a pop-up blocker Chrome extension, and yet you’re still getting pop-ups. In this case, adware — malware that spams you with pop-ups even when you aren’t online — could be responsible. If you think you have an adware infection, use an adware removal tool.

    Many people share data between their smartphone and computer, which can cause adware infections to spread. You should use an ad blocker for your iPhone or an ad blocker for your Android mobile device. 

    For even stronger online security, a secure browser like Avast Secure Browser is your best bet. In addition to automatic pop-up blocking, you’ll get a suite of additional security features that block ads and web trackers, prevent hackers from accessing your data, and speed up your entire browsing experience — completely free.

    How do I know which pop-ups to block?

    Pop-ups hijack your attention and force you to engage, even if it’s just to close the window. They’re often ads, but they can also be useful — they can explain something or offer additional resources without you having to navigate elsewhere. Many websites also use pop-ups for managing downloads.

    It’s reasonable that you might want to allow pop-ups from some sites but block them on others. A good rule of thumb is to treat your browser like the front door to your home — if you don’t know who’s knocking, don’t let them in.

    With just a few clicks, you can quickly check to see if a website is safe. Look at the address bar to see if the URL begins with HTTPS — if it doesn’t, then your connection to that site isn’t secure. Websites you use regularly have already proved their trustworthiness, so they’re probably fine. But you should be a bit more cautious on sites you’re visiting for the first time.

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    When surfing the web, you either need to bone up on ways to spot fake and malicious websites, or take the smarter step of using a secure browser. Avast Secure Browser gives you all the tools you need to manage your privacy and security, right from one easy and convenient home base.

    Use Avast Secure Browser for faster, ad-free browsing

    Shape your browsing experience so that the internet works the way you want — with or without pop-ups, ads, tracking, phishing, and other browser-based threats. With Avast Secure Browser, you can protect your personal data with the ultra-secure Bank Mode, block ads and web trackers, and get automatic HTTPS encryption. Secure and private browsing is easy, intuitive, and absolutely free on Avast Secure Browser.

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