How to Stop Redirects Online

Written by robert schrader
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In most cases, a website landing page automatically redirecting you to another page within the site is little to worry about, such as in the case of a Flash-based website introduction. In some instances, however, websites redirect you to third-party sites replete with malicious software or web robots that can harm your computer. Stop all automatic redirects within the Web browsers Firefox and Internet Explorer to protect yourself online.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the Web browser. Click the "Tools" drop-down menu. Click "Internet Options" in Internet Explorer or "Options" in Mozilla Firefox.

  2. 2

    Choose the "Advanced" tab. Click the "General" pane in Internet Explorer and the "Network" pane within Firefox.

  3. 3

    Tick the box next to "Warn Me When Websites Try to Redirect or Reload the Page" within Internet Explorer. Un-tick the box next to "Automatic Redirection" within Firefox. Click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • Google Chrome doesn't allow users to disable automatic redirect as of July 2011, as this feature prohibits the automatic refresh of features like "Google News" from functioning.

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