Pop-up Blockers

Popup blocking software is included with many of the free toolbars available as well as most Internet Security and Virus protection software have popup blockers available. These are often turned on by default when installed to prevent popup ads from appearing on the screen when you browse web sites. These popup blockers may disable certain functionalities of this website. So please make sure they are disabled prior to logging on to the website. You can re-enable them after you logout of this website.

Pop-up Blocker Test

Below is a link (use at your own discretion) which will help you determine if you have a pop-up blocker installed or enabled. Once you click on the link it will open up 10 pop-up windows. If it does not, you have something blocking the pop-ups or a possible issue with java.

  1. Link: http://www.popuptest.com
  2. Click on the Multi Pop-up Test link

How to disable Popup Blocking Software

The instruction below may help you to disable the feature. If necessary, use the Help feature in your Antivirus, Internet Security. Type 'popup blocker' in the help search window. Once you have verified all popup blocking software is turned off, attempt to logon to the website.

All of the toolbars supplied by Google, MSN and Yahoo have built in popup blockers and are turned on by default. Click on the necessary button on the toolbar to disable the popup blocking feature (this button will often have a red circle with a line thru it). 

Internet Explorer

With the release of Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, pop-up blocking is integrated into Internet Explorer. By default, pop-up blocking is enabled.

Listed below is the location of the menu within Internet Explorer:

MSN Pop-Up blocker menu

To disable pop-up blocking: click Tools, then Pop-up Blocker, then Turn Off Pop-up Blocker.

 


Yahoo Toolbar

The Yahoo Toolbar includes pop-up blocking. This is an example Yahoo Toolbar.

Yahoo Toolbar

The following icon is the Pop-Up Blocker:

Yahoo Pop-Up BLocker Icon

To disable Pop-Up Blocking:

  1. Click on the Down arrow in the icon to bring up a menu:

    Yahoo Pop-Up Blocker Menu

  2. Uncheck the Enable Pop-Up Blocker option.

 

To re-enable pop-up blocking, re-check the Enable Pop-Up Blocker option.


Google Toolbar

The Google Toolbar includes pop-up blocking. To disable pop-up blocking, you must close the toolbar.

This icon shows pop-up blocking activity:

To close the Google toolbar:

  1. Right-click on the toolbar and a drop-down menu will appear with a listing of all of the toolbars.

  2. Uncheck the Google option.

To re-enable the Google Toolbar, right-click again in the toolbar area and recheck Google.

Important Note:

Changing the icon to reflect that Pop-Ups are now allowed will NOT allow hotComm pop-ups to be displayed, even though it shows the following:

You MUST disable the entire Toolbar.


MSN Toolbar

The MSN toolbar includes pop-up blocking. This is an example MSN toolbar:

The following icon is the Pop-Up Blocker:

To disable Pop-Up Blocking:

  1. Click on the Down arrow to the right of the text to bring up the Menu:

  2. Click on the Allow Pop-ups option.

 

To re-enable pop-up blocking, re-check the Allow Pop-ups option.


AOL Toolbar

The AOL Toolbar includes pop-up blocking. This is an example AOL Toolbar:

The following icon is the Pop-Up Blocker:

To allow Pop-ups to appear, click on the pop-up blocker icon. You should now see the following:

To re-enable pop-up blocking, click the pop-up blocker icon again.


Netscape Toolbar

Netscape's pop-up blocker is integrated into the browser. To disable the pop-up blocker:

  1. From the Edit menu, select the Preferences option. The following window will appear:

 

  1. Click on the arrow beside the Privacy & Security option on the left-hand side of the window to make it display the options shown above.
     
  2. Click on the Pop-up Windows option
     
  3. Remove the checkmark from beside the Block Unrequested Pop-up Windows option.
     
  4. Click Ok to close the Window.

To re-enable pop-up blocking, check the Block Unrequested Pop-Up Winodws option.


Mozilla Firefox Toolbar

The Mozilla Firefox pop-up blocker is integrated into the Firefox browser. To disable the pop-up blocker:

  1. Open the Tools menu and click on Options:

    The following window will appear:

  2. Click on the Web Features icon in the list on the left.
     
  3. Remove the checkmark beside the Block Pop-up windows option.
     
  4. Click Ok to close the window.
     

To re-enable pop-up blocking, check the Block Pop-up windows option.


Pop-Up Stopper

This software is designed solely for preventing Pop-Ups. It will install an icon in the lower right corner of your Start Menu Toolbar

This is the Pop-Up Blocker icon:

To disable Pop-Up Blocking:

  1. Right-click on the icon and a Pop-Up menu will appear with a list of options:

  2. Uncheck the Block pop-up ad windows option.

To re-enable pop-up blocking, check the Block pop-up ad windows option.


Pop-Up Cop

This software is also designed solely for preventing Pop-Ups. It installs the following toolbar within the browser:

To disable Pop-Up Blocking:

  1. Click on the arrow to the right of the badge and a menu will appear with a list of options:

  2. Click on Disable PopUpCop.

To re-enable pop-up blocking, click on the arrow to the right of the badge and click on Enable PopUpCop.


Security Software

Check your Windows taskbar for security programs that may have a pop-up blocker, such as Norton Internet Security, McAfee Security Suite, and ZoneAlarm.

Icons for these programs are usually located in the lower right-hand corner of your screen, next to the clock (see below).

Try double-clicking the program icon to launch a window where you can change software settings. Refer to the software documentation to locate the pop-up blocker.

  1. Open the program
  2. Look for the options on the menu
  3. Check for a button to disable (some programs allow you to disable or pause them by right clicking on the programs system tray icon)
  4. Close the program

Internet Service Providers (ISP)

Some Internet Service Provicers include pop-up blockers in their connection software. This is an example from Comcast:

Example: Comcast - how to disable pop-up blocking software

  1. Select the Privacy button from the Security Manager (icon shown below)

     

  2. From the drop down list, select Privacy Settings.

  3. You can enable pop-up blocker or banner-ad blocking by placing a checkmark in the corresponding box. To disable either feature, remove the checkmark from the box.

  4. Click Apply and then Ok after making changes.