How Do I Stop Redirects to Different Web Pages?

Updated February 21, 2017

Web pages can automatically redirect visitors to other pages as a way of driving up hits and advertising revenue. This practice is often used for increasing the profits of a legitimate page, but can also be used by untrustworthy sites to spread viruses and other malware. Fortunately it is quite simple to stop pages from redirecting by changing some of your browser's basic settings.

Launch Firefox.

Click "Tools" then "Options" on a PC, or "Firefox" then "Preferences" on a Mac.

Click the "Advanced" tab, then click the "General" sub tab.

Check the box next to "Warn me when websites try to redirect or reload the page."

Click "Ok." Firefox will now warn you any time a website tries to automatically redirect you to another page.

Launch Internet Explorer or Chrome.

Click "Tools" then "Internet Options."

Click the "Security" tab.

Slide the Security Level slider all the way up to "High."

Click the "Custom Level" button.

Click "Miscellaneous."

Click "Disable" under "Allow Meta refresh."

Click "OK."

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