Q: How do I stop all of those annoying pop-ups when I’m using the Internet?

A: You have a couple of choices when it comes to blocking pop-ups that appear while you are surfing the Internet.

If you are using the latest versions of either Internet Explorer or Firefox, both of these Internet browsers have pop-up blocking built into them. In Internet Explorer, use the Tools button and look for the Pop-up Blocker menu item. In Firefox, use the Tools menu item to select Options. Under the Content section you will find a checkbox to block pop-up windows.

Google ToolbarA third option is to add a toolbar, such as the Google toolbar, to your browser by going to toolbar.google.com and clicking the Download Google Toolbar button.

Keep in mind that not all pop-ups are bad. Some web sites will use pop-ups to ask for registration information or to present you with a wait screen when the web page is performing a task such as submitting your credit card order. In these cases, you will need to create exceptions for your pop-up blocker to allow these pop-ups.

It is this reason that I prefer to use the Google toolbar to block pop-ups. With the Google toolbar when a desired pop-up is blocked you can just click the pop-up blocker button on the toolbar and Google will automatically create an exception for the web site as well as make an attempt to re-display the pop-up that was blocked.

With some of the built-in pop-up blockers you need to manually enter the web site address if you want to accept pop-ups for that site.

If you are unsure about a pop-up, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard before clicking on a link that results in a pop-up. This tells your pop-up blocker to temporarily allow the pop-up so you can make your own decision whether or not to allow the pop-up in the future.

This post was originally broadcast Friday, July 6, 2007 on Tech Talk with Noobie, a weekly radio show on WCBK 102.3 FM in Martinsville, Indiana. Tech Talk with Noobie airs every Friday between 11:30 a.m. and noon. If you have a question you would like Noobie to answer on the air, simply e-mail your question to techtalk@wcbk.com.

Patric Welch

Patric Welch founded Noobie, Inc. in 2006 to help others effectively choose and use technologies to enhance their work and lives. The catchy company name earned Welch the name of Mr. Noobie®, but, in reality, Welch is an experienced and professional techie. Unlike most techies, Welch evaluates emerging technologies from a noobie’s perspective and provides technology education for all skill levels in a friendly, non-threatening way.

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