How to turn off pop-up blockers on my computer

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

Launch Internet Explorer.

Click on the "Tools" drop-down menu.

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

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.

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.

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."

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


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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A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."