How to Block Pop Ups on Mac: The Easy Guide

2018-02-01 21:49:23 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

When you browse the internet, advertisements are unavoidable, which is understandable. That being said, sometimes online ads can be very annoying, especially the ones that take the form of pop ups which disturb the browsing experience. Imagine that you are about to read an article you are very interested in, only to find several pop ups blocking your view. Some pop up ads may even lead to malicious websites or pages. In this article, you will find a detailed guide on how to block pop ups on Mac, along with tips on how to easily get unwanted websites blocked on your Mac computer.

At the top right corner of some pop up ads, there is a button that looks like a close button which, when clicked, may lead to unexpected, unwanted actions such as downloading a file, etc. Be cautious and avoid such interaction. The best solution is to block these ads in the first place.

Guide: How to Block Unwanted Pop Ups on Your Mac

Most browsers available for Mac come with a built-in feature that allow users to block pop up ads. Pop up blocker extensions are also easily accessible. This part of the article will show you how to block pop ups on Mac with ease on different browsers.

#1 Via Browser Built-in Pop Up Blocker

How to Block Pop Ups on Mac: Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences.

2. Open the Security Preferences window by clicking on Security.

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3. Find the Block pop-up windows option and select it. To turn off this blocker, just uncheck the box.

How to Block Pop Ups on Mac: Chrome

1. Go to Chrome > Settings > Advanced > Content settings. You can also open the Content settings window by typing “chrome://settings/content” in the browser’s address bar.

2. Scroll down until you reach the Pop-ups section. Select the “Do not allow any site to show pop-ups (recommended)” option.

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3. You can also block or allow pop up ads from specific sites by using the Mange exceptions feature. Make sure you select the desired option and click on Done.

How to Block Pop Ups on Mac: Firefox

1. Go to Firefox > Options > Content > Pop-ups. Alternatively, you can type in the address bar “about:preferences#content” and press Enter.

2. Find the Pop-ups section where there is a Block pop-up windows option. By default, the checkbox is selected, which means that the the pop-up blocker is active. You can disable or enable this feature any time you want by unselecting or selecting the checkbox.

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3. There is also an Exceptions feature. With it, you can specify which websites are allowed to open pop-up windows. Type the exact address of the site you want to allow and then click Allow.

#2 Via Pop Up Blocker Extension

Adblock Plus is one of the most used and reliable browser extensions to block online ads including pop ups. It’s available on Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. Here’s how to block pop ups on Mac using Adblock Plus.

1. Visit Adblock Plus’s official website, download the version suitable for your browser and install it.

2. After it’s installed on your browser, it will immediately start working.

3. If you’d like to customize how this blocker works, you can go to the Options section and change the settings according to your needs. By default, this tool allows some non-intrusive ads. In this case, annoying pop ups will still be blocked. But if you want to block all ads, just unselect this option.

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Bonus Tip: How to Block Unwanted Websites on Mac

Just like unwanted pop ups, unwanted websites are also something we want to block. This bonus tip will show you how to block any website on Mac. It’s as easy as how to block pop ups on macOS(OS X).

Some Reasons to Block Websites

  • Block distracting sites such as social media platforms while working or studying
  • Prevent yourself from spending too much time on websites you are addicted to
  • Keep children from visiting websites containing inappropriate contents such as drugs, alcohol, etc.
  • Help quit addiction to porn sites, gaming sites, etc.
  • Help reduce screen time in general

Below is a step-by-step how-to guide.

1. Install Cisdem AppCrypt on your Mac. AppCrypt can block any website on Mac regardless of which browser you use. It can also lock any app on your Mac.

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2. Launch it and set a password.

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3. Click the WebBlock tab on the top of the user interface. Add websites you need to block to the Blacklist. Website(s) can be removed from the list any time you want. You can also create a whitelist.

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Now that you know the easy ways on how to block pop ups on Mac, you can choose the method that best suits your needs. Keeping pop up ads from showing up can improve your browsing experience and prevent your browser from opening potential malicious sites or pages. Which do you prefer, browser integrated pop up blocker or extension? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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