Microsoft® Windows® XP Toolbar Pop-ups
Do you know how you can disable pop-up blockers in Windows® XP?
At the earlier stages of the Internet, some pages came up with the pop-up system. As you opened a new page, it would automatically open a new window promoting some related products. This system became so annoying that soon the Internet was filled with all kind of pop-up blockers. Nowadays, you can stop getting these pop-up windows by setting the Microsoft® Windows® XP toolbar blocker to maximum. However, you might be interested about some products promoted by this system. This is why you will need your Microsoft® Windows® XP toolbar pop-ups blocker turned off from time to time.
Here are some smart tips about turning off the pop-up blocker:
- Using the control panel
- Using the local policy
- Using group policy
Using the control panel
Pop-ups are usually managed by your Internet browser. Either you are using Mozilla®, Internet Explorer® or Opera™ as your browser, every one of these have different settings for the pop-up blocker. You might try to switch them all off one by one, but this could be very annoying, especially if you are an advanced webmaster that needs to work on all those browsers. Just use the control panel and you can set the pop-up blocker for all your browsers at the same time. This can be done by selecting the privacy tab from the Internet options. Make sure that the checkbox 'Block pop-ups' is not selected and then click 'OK'.
Using the local policy
If you own a small business network or a home network, you will surely want all the pop-ups blocked as some of them might be very dangerous. However, sometimes you will need it to be turned on and you have to make sure that you can control all the network computers at the same time. On Windows® XP, you can do this by running the gpedit.msc from the 'Run' section. You should expand Computer Configuration, Administrative templates and then the Windows® component. Find the desired browser after that and double-click the 'Use Pop-up Blocker' option. Disable it and your pop-ups should be back immediately. Be sure to turn the Microsoft® Windows® XP toolbar pop-ups on immediately after your work is done. Pop-ups windows can be very dangerous especially if they are coming from an unauthorized site or sources.
This method is a little bit complicated, but any novice network administrator can do it. You must create a group policy object first. You will have to first name it and then select it. Right click on the newly created policy and select 'Edit'. Follow the same steps as in the previous section, but be sure to change the security filter also.