How to turn off pop-up blockers on my computer

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Surfing the Internet and constantly being bombarded with pop-up ads can be extremely annoying. For this reason, most computer users enable a pop-up blocker. Occasionally, however, you run across a website that offers information that you need and it is blocked by the pop-up blocker. When this happens you need to disable the pop-up blocker. You can disable the pop-up blocker for all websites or just for specific ones.

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  1. 1

    Launch Internet Explorer.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Tools" drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Scroll down, click "Pop-up Blocker" and choose "Turn Off Pop-Up Blocker."

  4. 4

    Turn off pop-ups for specific sites by completing steps 1 and 2. Then, instead of choosing to turn off pop-ups, choose "Pop-Up Blocker Settings." Add sites to block or remove sites from the list that are being blocked.

  1. 1

    Even though you may have your pop-ups turned off in Internet Explorer, if you have a toolbar installed on your computer it can still block pop-ups. The most commonly installed toolbars are the Yahoo toolbar and Google toolbar.

  2. 2

    Click on the drop-down menu next to the pop-up blocker button to disable the pop-up blocker in the Yahoo toolbar. Select "Disable pop-up blocker."

  3. 3

    Click the "Options" button on the Google toolbar. In "Accessories," clear the box next to the pop-up blocker option.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are having a hard time disabling a pop-up blocker in a toolbar, you can uninstall the toolbar.
  • Disabling your pop-up blocker puts you at more risk from viruses and spyware.

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