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Popups that appear in your internet browser are usually fixed using a good popup blocker.

How do I stop popups?

It depends on what kind of popups you're seeing.

If you're seeing Messenger Service popups (usually a grey box in the center of your screen with an OK button), you need to stop the Windows Messenger Service. The article about the different messengers below has instructions.

If you're seeing internet browser popups full of advertising or porn, then a good popup blocker will do. I'm quite happy with the blocker that's built into the Google Toolbar.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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17 Comments
Lowell
October 9, 2004 5:02 AM

Whenever I am reading mail, or browsing, popups continually appear. They stop, or mess up my search query as I type it in and when I look at the query window, nothing or little of what I typed is there. The Google blocked DOES NOT STOP THEM!!

Leo
October 9, 2004 9:48 AM

You might try an anti-spyware solution - many popups result from spyware. Recommendations here: http://ask-leo.com/d-recommend

Mike
March 31, 2005 5:27 AM

The Google Pop Up blocker does not stop the latest type of Pop Up - the ones where as you are reading the page it gradually spreads across your page, a person grins at you, it flips over and then finally moves to the side with for the first time a close button. I presume these are written in javascript but I would not buy from the advertiser out of sheer principle. But how do I stop them?

Ken
June 7, 2005 6:02 AM

I found this product called Adware Alert, it seems to work pretty good.

http://sahosted.com/spyware/index.html

Betty
November 12, 2005 9:08 AM

Lately I'be been getting pop ups online and off whats wrong with my system?????

Leo
November 13, 2005 7:57 PM

Sounds like spyware to me: http://ask-leo.com/spyware_how_do_i_remove_and_avoid_spyware.html

mark
December 26, 2005 7:32 PM

I just wanted to add how i stopped popups completely on my computer after being inundated with them. I was ready to throw my computer away until i stumbled across this tutorial i found.

http://adwarespywareremoval.blogspot.com/

This article will also help remove adware, spyware, viruses etc and uses a number of free programs to do it.

amy
June 3, 2006 11:15 AM

I have a problem. My popups have been stopped but for some reason this annoying lady on popup from "Movie Pass" keeps coming up.

How do I stop this?

thomo
August 31, 2006 6:18 AM

I keep getting system alert:malware threats,saying my computer is infected with a back door trojan,how do I get rid of it? tryed spybot,adaware,etc

Leo Notenboom
January 4, 2007 9:35 AM

I'd try an anti-virus program. http://ask-leo.com/viruses_how_do_i_keep_myself_safe_from_viruses.html

Jayson
August 3, 2007 7:13 PM

I keep getting which celebrity am I and some dating thing popping up ..and each time I check my tools then privacy tab it has set itsself back to accept all cookies..i move it back to medium high but then 30 min later it is back to accept all cookies...???

wanda
August 21, 2007 9:03 PM

how do I remove a popup that keeps showing up on my allowed popup sites, i remove it and it keeps coming back and allowing pop ups. My pop up blocker is enabled yet this oen keeps getting added as ok.

King
March 14, 2008 9:09 PM

AT first there were no side banners but then oneday for no reason they came back.How do i stop this please help!!!Can i download windows again as a last resort.Will that get rid of whats wrong with my computer?

leonardo.a.matos
August 2, 2008 4:15 PM

i have windows 2000 and i downloaded a program and it came with somthing called privacy danger and i got rid of that and it also came with vista av and i took that off but ever since ve been getting Pop-ups like vista av 2008 and 2009 and also somthing called repoted insecure browsing can u help take all my pop ups off please

Jaye
March 10, 2009 8:40 AM

I keep getting a privacy pop up on every single web page that I go on and have to press an option at least ten times before the box goes. How can I stop this? Thank you

lisa
December 30, 2009 12:53 PM

I keep getting system alert:malware threats,saying my computer is infected with a back door trojan,how do I get rid of it?

Andy -Spain
January 10, 2012 5:41 PM

how do i stop the annoying google pop-up -which blocks the o'k box on some sites -crazy

Not sure what Google pop-up you're referring to.
Leo
11-Jan-2012

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