How to Stop Pop-Up Ads in Google Chrome
People don’t like firecrackers blowing up in their faces. So why do marketers think pop-ups are a good idea? Now, instead of enjoying your digital experience from your favorite browser, you’re Googling ‘how to get rid of pop-up ads on Chrome.’
Sure, pop-ups may be a cost-effective marketing tool, telling you of newly launched products or newsletters. But enough is enough. If pop-ups have become so obnoxious that they’re ruining your online surfing, they’ve got to go. Keep reading to discover:
- How to block pop-ups on Chrome
- How to allow pop-ups from specific websites
- What ad blocker to choose
- Why do pop-ups keep appearing on my Chrome?
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How to block pop-ups on Chrome
Let’s cut to the chase: you’re sick of pop-up ads, and you want them gone. Easy! Just follow our instructions.
Disabling pop-ups in Chrome on your computer
If pop-up ads bother you when you’re working at your desktop computer, be it a PC or a Mac, Chrome allows you to turn them off.
To disable pop-ups in Chrome from your desktop computer:
1. In Chrome, navigate to the upper right corner, click on the three dots to open Chrome’s menu (it’s called the kebab menu. We know, so funny!). Click on Settings
2. From the panel on the left, select Privacy and security
3. Scroll down to find Site settings
4. Select Pop-ups and redirects
5. Move the toggle to block pop-ups. If it works, the toggle becomes grey
That’s all it takes to stop pop-ups in Chrome on your desktop. Now, to your mobile devices...
Disabling pop-ups in Chrome on your mobile device
Since we’re disabling pop-ups in the browser, it doesn’t matter if you’re using an iOS or Android mobile device. The instructions are the same for all.
To disable pop-ups in Chrome on your mobile device:
- Open the Chrome app and, in the upper right corner, tap on the Settings kebab menu
- Scroll down to Site settings
- Tap Pop-ups and redirects and tap the toggle to block pop-ups. When disabled, the toggle should be grey
And that’s it!
How to allow pop-ups from specific websites
Now, if you think you’re okay seeing pop-ups from your favorite websites, you can allow them too.
To allow pop-ups from specific websites:
1. In Chrome, navigate to the upper right corner and click on the three dots to open Chrome’s menu
2. Click on Settings
3. From the panel on the left, select Privacy and security
4. Scroll down to find Site settings
5. Select Pop-ups and redirects
6. Next to the Allow field, click ADD
7. In the window that appears, type the URL of the website you want to keep seeing pop-ups from and click ADD
Now, the website should be on the Allow list.
Alternatively, if you’re on a web page and want to see a pop-up Chrome has blocked:
- In the address bar on the left, click the Pop-up blocked icon
- Click the link for the pop-up
- Select Always allow pop-ups and redirects from [site] and click Done
To always get the latest information on how to stop pop-ups on Chrome, read Google’s official documentation.
Why do pop-ups keep appearing on my Chrome?
Pop-ups can be just annoying or plain evil. The annoying ones often pressure you into buying something or signing up for stuff. They’re easy to get rid of and usually appear because:
- They promote buying a product related to the website you’re browsing
- They inform you of related content you might like based on what you’ve just read or seen
- They give you subscription options, whether that’s for newsletters or video channels (such as YouTube)
- They’re advertising something to you based on cookies (i.e., your browsing experience and preferences)
Unfortunately, there are also malicious pop-ups that are a result of adware. Adware is a form of malware that keeps randomly showing pop-ups even when you’re not in your browser. These pop-ups may slow down your device, install spyware, or trick you into installing other viruses.
If you see pop-ups all the time, even when you’re not browsing, and they’re pretending to be a government organization suspecting you of tax evasion or a support team warning you that your device is infected with a bunch of viruses and urging you to take action, then you’ve probably caught adware.
There’s not much you can do about it, aside from finally getting yourself a comprehensive digital security solution. One like Clario.
What ad blocker to choose
Don’t you just hate it when you go to a web page, and it has so many pop-up ads that it starts glitching? If you have experienced this, then have you considered ad blockers to make your internet surfing more pleasant?
Ad blocking browser extensions may be in the moral grey zone, but some websites really have it coming! Plus, there are ad blockers that allow you to customize the ads you want to see. Here are our top three options.
The Clario ad-blocking extension for Chrome is more than a free and easy-to-use way to block ads. Along with removing annoying pop-ups, Clario stops websites from tracking you, tells you if the websites in your search results are safe and if the site you're on has malicious links.
But that’s not all. If you install the Clario desktop app (available for Macs only) along with the extension, you’ll also get a VPN, malware protection (since the app checks scripts running on websites), and 24/7 live support from cybersecurity professionals.The desktop app comes at a reasonable price and offers a free 7-day free trial.
- An all-in-one tool for ad blocking, adware and malware protection
- Is super user-friendly
- Doesn’t allow websites to track you
- Shows you what Google search results are safe to open
- Easy to install
- Effortless user experience
- Doesn’t block ads on YouTube
- You need to pay for additional cybersecurity functions
Adblock Plus has been around since the dawn of ad blocking software and can now boast 10 million users on Chrome alone. It’s not too radical and will allow non-intrusive ads if you don’t change the settings.
- Regular updates by its open-source community
- Can be installed on most popular browsers
- Blocks ads on YouTube and Facebook
- Easy to configure
- The ‘don’t block non-intrusive ads’ feature doesn’t always work properly
- Might slow the browser down
Called the Stands Fair Ad Blocker, this Chrome-only extension allows blocking ads without hurting specific websites. By only blocking unwanted ads, you make sustainable choices in favor of fair advertising.
- Light and easy to use
- Doesn’t slow the Chrome browser down
- Respects your privacy
- Easy to install and uninstall
- No mobile app
- Only available on Chrome
There are plenty of other pop-up ad blockers, but these three are the top ones. So choose wisely!
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At Clario, we believe technology should work for the people, not the other way around. You should be free to browse online without unwelcome pop-ups or the fear of contracting malware. So if our tips on how to get rid of pop-up ads on Chrome helped improve your digital experience, we’re more than happy. And if you’re looking for more cybersecurity advice, be sure to check out other articles on Clario’s blog.