Pop-ups used to be a major problem in the early days of the internet. Sites use them to advertise and spam users. Modern browsers like Google Chrome have gotten good at blocking pop-ups by default.
However, you may need to enable pop-ups in the Chrome browser for select sites like banking, as those sites required pop-ups to be allowed in order to function well with all the services it provides for the customer.
Even though Google Chrome does a great job at blocking pop-up windows, sometimes it prevents them even if you’re expecting one from a trusted site. Here’s how you can take control and allow or block pop-ups in Chrome.
How to Allow Pop-ups and Redirect in Chrome Computer
To enable, follow the steps below:
- Open up the Chrome browser
- Click on the menu option and navigate to the settings sections, the settings page will display the settings on the left-hand side of the browser.
- Select Site settings on the page.
- Scroll down and click Pop-ups and redirects.
- Near the top, select “Sites can send pop-ups and use redirects.”
How to Block Pop-ups and Redirect in Chrome Computer
For security purposes, it is not recommended to keep the pop-ups and redirects feature enabled for all the websites. Unless otherwise, consider always blocking pop-ups and redirects on your Chrome browser.
Steps on how to block browser pop-ups and redirects in chrome:
- Launch the Google Chrome browser.
- Click on the menu (three dots in the right top corner) and scroll down to Settings and click on it.
- On the next page, navigate to the Privacy and Security section, and select the Site settings from the menu (same as the above method).
- Choose the Pop-ups and redirects option within Site settings.
- Make sure the “Don’t allow sites to send pop-ups or use redirects” is selected.
How to Allow Pop-Ups from a Specific Site
When Chrome blocks a pop-up from a website, it displays an icon with a red X in the corner of the Omnibus bar.
If you suspect this is an error and want to see pop-ups from this website,
- Click on the icon to see site-specific options, then select “Always Allow Pop-ups and Redirects”.
- Click “Done.” to confirm the changes.
Now refresh the page to save your choice and see any intended pop-ups on this website.
Another way to allow pop-ups from a specific website is by clicking the blue link in the window. It will redirect to the pop-ups link which was initially blocked. But this option works only once.
How to Block Pop-ups from a Specific Site
Chrome does a great job at blocking a majority of pop-ups, but sometimes a pop-up squeaks through—or you accidentally click “Allow” instead of “Block”—and makes its way onto your screen. To explicitly block a website from showing pop-ups, you can add it to Chrome’s block list.
- Click the menu icon, and then click on “Settings.”
- Select “Security and Privacy” from the sidebar.
- Locate the Security and Privacy section and choose the “Site Settings” option.
- Scroll down in the list of settings and then click the “Pop-ups and Redirects” option.
- For a website that you’ve accidentally added to the Allow list, you can promptly revoke its permissions to have Chrome start blocking its pop-ups again.
- Otherwise, add the problematic URL to the block list manually.
Under the Allow heading, find the problematic website, click More (three dots), then click “Block.”
This moves the URL from the “Allow” list to the “Blocked” list.
If the site is not listed under either heading, click the “Add” button to the right of the “Not allowed to send pop-ups or use redirects” heading.
In the prompt that opens, type the URL of the website you want to block and then click “Add.”
Tip: To block all pop-ups across the whole site, use the [*.] prefix to catch all subdomains from the website.
The web address and all of its subdomains are now under the “Block” list, and Chrome should handle any future pop-up requests from this site.
Use an extension
If you’ve enabled Chrome’s anti-malware option, and you’re still encountering page redirects, you can use the “Skip Redirect” extension.
To install it:
- Go to the Skip Redirect extension page.
- Click ADD TO CHROME
- Click Add extension when prompted.
Now, restart Google Chrome. Your extension should work as intended. Skip Redirect will simply ignore most page redirects and take you to the destination page.
- If the page redirect in question opens an ad in your current tab and opens your link or search result in another tab, Skip Redirect ensures the result tab is opened and, the ad tab remains in the background.
- Browsers also have unnecessary toolbars and add-ons. Sometimes, even after using the antivirus, the culprit program might be a part of the main program, like the add-ons. So, you will have to remove them manually. Go to the Extension section and delete them there.
Manipulation of Network Setting is another way to stop redirects
- Click on the Start button and then navigate to the Control Panel.
- Click on the Network and Internet option.
- Tap on the Internet option,
- A pop-up will be displayed, click on Advanced Setting.
- On the advance option, make sure that the boxes corresponding to “Use SSL 3.0” and “Use SSL 2.0” have a mark.
- If the boxes have a label, then click OK and leave. If not, then mark them and EXIT. This should reset the settings, and sort the problem, too.
Installing Anti-Malware software
- Install any aunty-malware software with a good reputation.
- Next, allow the software to scan for any malware on the system. If there are any discrepancies, the software will delete or fix them.
There are sites that you trust and know won’t display ads or other unwanted content. In such a case, you may want to enable pop-ups in Chrome for those particular websites.
Redirects and pop-ups can often be very “persistent” and distract us while we’re surfing the internet using Google Chrome.
Fortunately, they can be disabled in only a few steps, regardless of the platform you’re using. Google Chrome even enables you to choose the websites for which you want to see pop-ups and redirects.
Customizing your Google Chrome user experience takes only a few minutes and can mean a lot, especially for those who don’t like to be interrupted when surfing.
Disabling a pop-up blocker is easy. The difficult part is distinguishing between genuine pop-ups and dangerous malware. Therefore, when browsing the web without a pop-up blocker, remember to be cautious always.