How to Stop Pop-Ups in Chrome

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Google does a pretty good job about keeping pop-up windows under control in its Chrome browser. A sea of pop-up windows invading your traditional browsing experience indicates a problem. Thankfully, we have a few tricks up our sleeve for dealing with these annoying advertisements, and they don’t take much time – or know-how – in order to set up.

Below we list a number of detailed ways to stop pop-ups, including running malware scans and creating an exception list. However, blocking in Chrome browser involves five basic actions.

  1. Select Settings from the Chrome menu.
  2. Typing in Popups
  3. Click the Content Settings button.
  4. Click Pop-ups.
  5. Toggle the Pop-ups option to Blocked or delete exceptions.

Enable Chrome's Pop-Up Blocking Feature

1. Click on the Chrome menu icon in the upper-right corner of the browser, and then click on Settings.


2. Type "Popups" into the Search settings field.


3. Click Content settings.


4. Under Popups it should say Blocked. If it says Allowed, click Popups. 


5. Turn off the switch next to Allowed.


Check Your Approved List of Sites

1. Follow steps 1 to 4 above. 

2. Scroll down to Allow and click on a three dots icon.2 01

3. Select Remove. 2 02 30867715012413444. Repeat 1 through 3 as necessary.

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Scan for Malware

1. Google search to find and install an antivirus program such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, because it's possible that the pop-ups aren’t coming from websites you visit. They may be originating from annoying software that’s causing a bit of trouble on your system. Download it, install it.

2. Run a full scan of your system – preferably in Safe Mode, if you can. If you don’t find anything, try another app or two just to be sure: Avast is another good option.

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Uninstall Odd Software

1. Go to your Windows Control Panel (or Settings->System->Apps in Windows 10) and select Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features. 

2. Select programs to remove. You’re going to be on the lookout for anything that looks… odd: Perhaps an app that you accidentally installed as a package deal alongside an app that you actually wanted, a strange game-sounding program that’s appeared out of nowhere, or anything that just doesn’t sound quite right. If you don’t recognize (or use) an app that you have installed, you might want to consider uninstalling it – it could be the source of your pop-up problems.

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NOTE: If you really have no idea whether an installed program is “good” or not, err on the side of keeping it, lest you accidentally remove something rather critical to Windows’ healthy operation).

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  • Charles Smith Says:

    Hey! Thanks for coming up such solution to stop pop up in chrome . Adblocking has become a major concern. We need to take firm action against them. Out of the solutions you have explained, Blockadblock and adblocker notify seem good solutions to beat adblockers. As yet I have used Adzsafe to deal with adblocking issues. It disables adblocker instantly and supports my ads to load safely. But I would like to try your suggested ad blocking solutions.

  • Virginia Dorn Says:

    8 hrs battery life all day endurance sounds great to me with a smaller screen and better portability . Destiny is great for intense games.

  • joy corn Says:

    Pop-ups are preventing me from staying in my address book long enough to send mwssages!

  • Sean Pete Says:

    Thanks the steps were helpful. I appreciate.

  • Scott Johnson Says:

    Doesn't work. I did this a couple of weeks ago and still get plenty of popups.

  • Celeste swain Says:

    Thanks So much this really Helped saved me some Money It was Virus trying to get on my Computer

  • Robert Hale Says:

    followed the steps. My Chrome was already set to block popups. Didn't work for me.

  • Toivod Says:

    1. quit chrome
    2. shutdown internet connection
    3. open chrome
    4. clear all cookies and history
    5. reconnect to internet
    worked for me

  • Ivanko Says:

    You can install chrome extension "7 Times Faster". It speed up your internet in 2 times by blocking ads and tracking.

  • Delphine W. Suggs Says:

    Do not want to see any advertisments at all

  • John Gleason Says:

    Was getting redirected to ads from Chrome when clicking link in Foxnews and elsewhere. Found problem was a Chrome extension called "MapsAlly marketing" was enabled.

  • mouse Says:

    IF al above and below steps won't help and it only happens in chrome try the chrome cleanup tool from google.
    Other thing you could also try is to hit start -> run: type msconfig and hit ok. on the tab services click on hide all microsoft-services and disable all services you see after it click apply and restart. Scan you're computer with malwarebytes and a good antivirus afterwards.

  • Dylan Says:

    Adds are popping up in the middle of nowhere

  • Dylan Says:

    Adds are popping up in the middle of nowhere

  • John88 Says:

    Guys, finally i figured it out. Just go to extension in Google Chrome and search & install 'Fair AdBlocker (by STANDS)'. It blocks every single ads & ALL kind of pop ups. Just give it a try! :)

  • Aiden Says:

    for those wondering if it is happening on firefox yes it does. it is a problem that chrome might be working on fixing with the rumours they are going to release chrome with a built in ad blocker. the other option is to install ublock origin, and use the advanced user feature to block pop ups ont he sites you visit

  • BabyPower Says:

    Does switching to firefox help or does it have the same problem?

  • Nikita Says:

    it still comes on the new is awful....and im pissed.....

  • Alexa Says:

    This doesn't work. A lot of people have the same answer.

  • eusebiu Says:

    click the 3 dots on the top right corner, more tools, add to desktop (the desired site - online movies etc) and tick open as window. You will open the site from the shortcat created on the desktop. The popup window will try to open without to much succes and the ones who succeeed wil open in chrom witch you will be able to close it from the task managet without affectin your site opend from the desktop. Hope this will help

  • Karl Pilkington Says:

    This doesn't work, pop-ups still get through.
    1. I scan with Windows Defender and Malware Bytes every 2 weeks.
    2. I have no other extensions installed except UBlock Origin.
    3. I have "don't allow popups checked".
    4. I have no exceptions.
    5. I have no unwanted programs.

  • G Matamoros Says:

    I followed the steps described here including installing malwarebytes, and it didn't work. I've had enough of trying to fix the issue. I have adblock, antivirus protection and malwarebytes all to no avail. My issue is confined to Google Chrome, so as a last resort, I moved to Firefox and the issues stopped. Google should get interested as I cannot imagine I am the only one who found this to be the solution.

  • Teri Colone Says:

    I can't keep dealing with games that pop up behind what I am working on. It's frustrating to say the least.
    I am really disliking Chrome...WHAT DO WE DO????

  • Christian Proetti Says:

    This does nothing about onclick popups by javascript. Please update this to instruct people how to block the real problem mostly encountered which is onclick popups.

    Above article is actually default for Chrome so people who are searching "how to block popups" are not going to be any better off by this article, but if you can tell them how to block so called "user initiated" pops which use a script, then this would actually be helpful.

  • Samantha Says:

    Pop-up ads on my phone, pop-up ads in my laptop. I have pop-ups disabled in my chrome browser settings, and I have AdBlock installed on both... so far, it's still pop-ups galore. And yes, it's the same story for Edge and Firefox. And yes, my devices are clean as a whistle as they are both fairly new. I don't know what else to do. These ads are so annoying!

  • Philip Edward Says:

    This does not work. If the person knows exactly about this issue and recommends these steps, then this David Murphy is the perpetrator. BEWARE, please don't follow this, people!

  • VexenX Says:

    That's great for stopping harmless ads, but, that doesn't do me any good stopping the bad ones that no popup blocker will stop. >.>

  • Tom Lee Brooks Says:

    I'm so sick of noses blood family people upstairs here at 727 south 14th.street trying to keep update with me and my lady friend she need to get her a job that is real business her and Comcast infinity network

  • Vickie Ramage Says:

    This doesn't work. On top of this method I have adblock AND adblock plus installed and still getting pop up ads. I can't use Firefox because it's exactly the same. This is why I've not used my computer in months, favouring my phone. I guess this is the death of PCs and laptops.

  • Mike Goldthwaite Says:

    If Windows/Chrome does not provide users a way to block ad-pops-ups, I'm switching to Apple in one year.

  • remik Says:

    its problem with chrome.. becouse its not opening on ordinary windows explorer

  • Tom Sisson Says:

    Chrome does not allow you to fully control pop-ups. Firefox does better, especially since it exposes more settings. However, there are also pop-ins. They are similar to pop-ups except they only show in the window or tab from which they are generated. Flash is also used to create pop-ups or pop-ins. Generally, pop-up blocking only blocks unrequested windows. If you click on a link that requests a pop-up, it is considered a requested pop=up. To get better control of your browser, install extensions that block ads, plugins, and JavaScript. One can choose to disable all, but it will be necessary to permit pages for functionality. One may choose to add exceptions for trusted sites, such as your banking website, Microsoft, and government websites.

  • Martha Says:

    Still not blocking pop ups. Keeping getting that I won an iPhone and can't get out of without going to site.

  • Smartie Says:

    I still get popups, so thanks for nothing i guess, but maybe you'd wanna update this "guide" to one that actually does help against cancerous pop-ups

  • Margaret hagan Says:

    I want all these pop ups totaly gone

  • michellecrouch Says:

    I was wondering does the ANTI-MALWARE really work or is it just a thing that makes your laptop not better but worse ??

  • cheryl mullikin Says:

    stop unwanted ads stop playing game i hate ads stop it now

  • I cannot block the popup ad Says:

    I added all block from chrome extention, I still cannot block popup ads my page top and bottom

  • Latoya Says:

    Stop pop up on my phone I can't play on my phone

  • Crosby Lame Says:

    I was also facing same problem. I tried a lot to fix that at last I made a call on 1-85S-213-4314 toll free. I got great help from a certified technician to fix all kind of pop-ups only in a single call.

  • what about surveys Says:

    look at name up above thirty characters

  • juan dos Says:

    there was ABSOLUTELY nothing valid or factual in this article regarding the chrome browser

  • paul Says:

    pup us $ucks

  • Eric Says:

    This doesn't work for mac

  • Ronnie Callvin Says:

    I am not able to find an extension on my chrome to delete.nor can see any odd software in control panel. what to do now to stop these pop ups?

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