New Free Pop-Up Blocker for a New Breed of Pop-Ups

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You may have noticed that your old free pop-up stopper is no longer working as well. That’s because the companies that provide and use pop-ups have worked hard to get around the current popup blockers. What you need is a new free pop-up ad blocker. In fact, what you need is a free pop-up killer.

So we are going to let you in on a little secret. First, it’s important to realize that many popups (and pop unders) are simply creating new browser windows. They are smaller, but they are regular browser windows.


So the trick is not a traditional pop-up blocker, but rather something that blocks your browser from going to the URL they are trying to open.

We advocate that people use a program called [Page no longer available – we have linked to the archive.org version instead]. While Leechblock is not marketed as a pop-up blocker, it actually serves that function for many pop-ups, because what Leechblock does is allow you to list ‘forbidden’ URLs that your browser must never go to. If your browser can’t go to the site trying to be popped-up, then the pop-ups don’t work!

Now, Leechblock works only with Firefox (in fact it’s what is known as a Firefox extension). It’s worth switching to Firefox just to use Leechblock (but also for a lot of other reasons). However, if you are using another browser, you can still create the same effect.

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If you are using IE7 there are instructions here. If you are using Safari there are (somewhat more complicated) instructions here. (If anyone knows of a program to do this with Safari, please let us know!)

No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free?
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