How to Clear Pop Up's on My Computer

Written by anne wood
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A pop-up is a window that opens on your screen as you are viewing content on a website. Usually these pop-ups appear out of nowhere. A main reason you have a pop-up on your screen is that you have clicked a link on a web page. The pop-ups are usually a form of advertising. Some popups might display fake warnings that your computer is infected with a virus, tricking you into clicking a link to purchase their software. You can clear pop-ups by turning on the pop-up blocker built into the web browser you use.

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    Internet Explorer

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    Open Internet Explorer by clicking the icon on the desktop. Alternately, click the Windows-logo button, click "All Programs," and then click "Internet Explorer."

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    Click "Tools" from the menu bar at the top, and click "Pop-up Blocker." Click "Turn On Pop-up Blocker" from the side menu. Internet Explorer Pop-up blocker automatically turns on. Most pop-ups will be blocked with this setting.

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    Stop all pop-ups by clicking "Tools" from the menu bar at the top, click "Pop-up Blocker," and then click "Pop-up Blocker Settings." Select "High: Block all pop-ups" under Filter level. Click "Close" to save the settings.


  1. 1

    Click the Firefox button at the top of the screen, and then click "Options."

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    Select the "Content" tab at the top. Check the "Block pop-up windows" check box.

  3. 3

    Click the "Exceptions" button to add a site to the exceptions list. Enter the URL (web address) in the Address of Website field, and click "Close" to save the changes.

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