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Firefox Popup Blocker

Friday, June 9th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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Firefox Popup Blocker

You are probably more familiar with the concept of popups in today’s online world than you ever really wanted to be. You know, the annoying, nagging windows that pop up and fill our screen space with different kinds of messages, usually the advertising kind.

Some popup windows are made exclusively for serving as advertisement, but others try to attack your privacy. It’s been observed that many online threats are enacted through the use of popups. When a popup appears on your screen, a small code is inserted into a window that, by loading and displaying, can affect your PC.

Today, a large number of online Internet users use more than one browser. Many have selected Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox for their daily Internet voyages. As you may know, Internet Explorer has a built in popup blocker that allows users to block any unwanted popup windows,. Well, Firefox has come up with a form of this valuable internal feature as well. It allows users to stop the annoying popups and it also makes room for the popups we would actually like to see.

Let’s start by examining how Firefox can help us block the unwanted popups by clicking the Tools menu at the top of the page and selecting Options.

Now, the Options window has appeared.

Next, select the Content tab. As you can see in the image, the Block Popup Windows box is selected by default, and if not, just checkmark it.

Now, your Popup Blocking system has been activated, so that whenever you are visiting a Web site and a popup comes up, it’s going to be blocked by Mozilla Firefox.

All of that is good, but there is also an additional part that Firefox offers that helps distinguish between the favorite and unwanted popup windows. In fact, if you want to, you can tell Firefox to allow popups from certain Web sites that you trust.

Now, click the Allowed Sites button to display the Allowed Sites window. By using this option, you can type in the Web addresses or the URLs of the sites you think should be allowed to open popups.

For example, let’s try this out by typing in the address of Google’s Web site into the proper address bar of the window, and then select Allow.

By clicking Allow, the Web site is automatically inserted in the lower menu, meaning that popups from any Google Web site will be allowed to open.

You can choose as many Web site addresses as you like, and whenever you want to disable a site from displaying popups, just click on its address and select Remove Site from the bottom of the window. You can also select Remove All to return to the default mode of blocking all popups from all Web sites.

When you have them all chosen, click on Close and then OK to exit. Everything has been set properly, so let’s go a little further by seeing what actually happens when you visit a Web site trying to load a popup onto your computer screen.

In such cases, when you visit a Web site, Firefox will block the popup window and a slim, yellow information bar appears in your Firefox status bar.

This way, as you can see, Firefox announces the blockage of the popup window. Now, there are some nice features hidden inside this information bar.

To find them, click on Options. A drop down menu will appear with some nice features. You can then decide what to do: you can either allow the popup to be displayed from the Web site, you can have it open the same Popup Blocker window that we have just examined or you can choose to not show the information bar anymore.

Now you can say that you have personally experienced the Mozilla Firefox internal Popup Blocker feature that allows us to block the unwanted popup windows displayed on our screens. We have also examined what happens when a popup window is blocked, which allows us to make sure of the information bar. Pretty cool, huh?!

~ Hamid Reza

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