About Firewall Popup Blockers

About Firewall Popup Blockers
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What are Popups and How to Eliminate Them?

“Pop-up ads are those small windows containing advertisements that literally pop up during your Internet sessions. In some cases, closing the window results in the repeated opening of one or more advertisement boxes. These boxes often are generated when you are surfing a commercial site, but they can also be launched by spyware.” [1]

A popup blocker is a tool or a piece of software that prevents pop-up windows before attempting to view certain web pages. Many Web browsers have built in pop up blockers. (Note: Older web browsers may not get rid of popups so be sure to upgrade to a better web browser–like those found in the article.) Besides eliminating pop-ups from a web browser, “some Internet Service Providers include pop-up blockers in their connection software.” [2]

PC users can stop pop-ups sent to their web browser from the toolbar. (See the different sections of the article to know more.) Also, installing and running a firewall management program can prevent pop-up ads and harden the security of a computer. Firewalls can be easily setup to run in the background while a user navigates the Internet to stop downloads from non-approved sites and block the pop-ups.

A popup blocker is designed to scan the web page for certain popup codes and if found, the popup blocker deactivates the command resulting in no popups on the screen. Popups may look like advertisements, marketing tactics, or simple dynamic graphic elements that appear when the user views a web page. However, they distract the user greatly and make it difficult to navigate through the website until and unless they are blocked or disabled. Hence firewall popup blockers are used to disable such pop-ups.

How to Selectively Disable an Anti-Popup Blocker

Usually there would be more than one pop-up blocker installed on the computer such as “Ad blocker” or “Window Killer.” In such cases you may have to configure them all individually. In other cases a blocker known as spam might be installed without the knowledge of the user. Popup blockers enable the user to either allow popups from the sites or temporarily disable their function. If a firewall pop-up blocker is installed, it displays a message whether to allow the popup or to block it. Hence the users can selectively disable the popups if they wish too.

How to Configure the Google Toolbar Popup Blocker?

If you are using Internet Explorer with Google toolbar, ensure that the Google Toolbar says Popups Okay for Approved Websites. To enable popups go to the desired webpage, and click on the Google Toolbar button that says blocked. If enabled the button turns into Popups Okay.

Note: The image to the left (the part circled in red) illustrates the number of pop-ups blocked as well as indicating “Popups Okay” in Google.

How to Configure the Yahoo Toolbar Popup Blocker


If you are using Internet Explorer with a Yahoo Toolbar, click on the popup menu on the toolbar and follow the instructions given below. If a website Popup is blocked, add the source of the popup window to an allowed list by clicking the Pop-Up Blocker menu and selecting the Always Allow Pop-Ups from… button. Next, select the website (eg: abc.com) from the Sources of Recently Blocked Pop-ups list and click Allow.

Note: The image to the right (with the red arrow) illustrates the information about Yahoo’s Pop-up Blocker.

How to Configure the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Popup Blocker?

Follow these steps to configure the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Popup Blocker:


1. Open an Internet Explorer window.

2. Click on Tools on the menu.

3. Select Internet Options.

4. Choose the Privacy tab.

5. Click on the Settings button (as illustrated in the image on the right).

6. Fill the box for the Address for Web Site to allow as www.abc.com.

7. Click on the Add button.

8. Click Apply and select Ok.

9. Now you can close the browser and reload the webpage.


Note: The Pop-ups on the webpage abc.com will now

be allowed and will appear when the page is reloaded

(as shown in the image on the left).

How to Configure the Norton Internet Security Pop-up Blocker?

1. Open the Norton Internet Security main window or click on the firewall icon in the system tray.


2. Click the Ad Blocking function.

3. Click the Turn Off button (as illustrated in the image to the right).

Note: This will cause the Pop-up Blocker to allow the ads and Pop-ups on the webcasted page.

Reference Section

[1] RCMP - Pop-up Ads

[2] Hotcomm - FAQ - Disable Pop-Up Blockers

How to disable your browser’s popup blockers: https://www.lbl.gov/ehs/training/webcourses/globalAssets/CourseRequirements/disablePopups/disablepopups.html

**Top 10 Popup Blocker - Free and Shareware:**https://www.all-internet-security.com/top_10_popup_blocker.html

Images: You-niversity - Pop-Up Blockers