Windows® XP Pop-up Blocker
What is a pop-up blocker? How do you manage it on Windows® XP? What all can you do with it?
Discussed below are ways to use a pop-up blocker on Windows® XP efficiently and tips to resolve the related issues:
- Where to find pop-up blockers for Windows® XP?
- How to use pop-up blockers for blocking pop-ups?
- Why do you still get pop-ups on your browser even after turning on the blocker?
Where to find pop-up blockers for Windows® XP?
Internet Explorer® on Windows® XP with Windows® XP SP2 comes with an in-built pop-up blocker. It is turned on by default and set to the ‘Medium’ setting. It plays a sound and shows information when a pop-up is blocked. Other browsers also have plug-ins for blocking pop-ups. Another option is buying specific software for blocking pop-ups and installing them on your system or downloading free antivirus software, like avast! and AVG Anti-Virus.
How to use pop-up blockers for blocking pop-ups?
Since the default pop-up blocker is turned on by default and set to the ‘Medium’ setting, you do not have to do anything manually. This automatically blocks most of the pop-ups. The default settings also allow you to see pop-ups that are opened when you click a link or a button on a website. You can also adjust these settings so that the pop-up blocker works the way you want it to. By setting the level to ‘High’, you can stop pop-ups that might crop up after you have voluntarily clicked on a link. The blocker also gives the option of exempting certain websites from getting blocked, temporarily as well as permanently.
The simplest reason for getting pop-ups even after using a pop-up blocker can be due to the turning off of the facility manually. In this case, you have to turn it on again. Other factors include malicious programs, like spyware, adware, etc. that are installed on your system and are deliberately launching pop-ups. In this case, you have to identify them and clean your PC to remove them. Again, certain trusted sites or content on local intranet might get filtered through, along with some types of pop-ups, like those on ticket booking websites that display your reservation details. Pop-up blockers generally overlook these pop-ups.