Robert from Atadcadero, CA writes:

Using Firefox when clicking on a site a new window pops up, usually having to do with taking a survey. How can you stop that and how dangerous is it to click?

Although there are a few exceptions where they are a necessary evil, most legitimate sites these days realize that pop-up windows are nothing more than annoyance as they are primarily used for unwanted ads.

Pop-up windows are generally the web browser equivalent of spam (especially if it’s something asking you to take a survey to win a prize) and clicking them will just take you down an Internet hole towards spyware and even more ads.

Thankfully intrepid web designers have created a solution to this problem, with the tools available varying depending on which web browser you have. Google Chrome for instance has a built-in pop-up blocker that is automatically active.

Firefox, on the other hand, requires you to download a third party extension for stopping pop-ups from loading. In Firefox, open the Menu bar at the top-right corner of the browser and then click the “Add-Ons” button.

Firefox Menu

Type “adblock plus” (without the quotation marks) into the extension search box at the upper-right corner. Click the “Install” button to the right of the “AdBlock Plus” entry in the list of search results. Repeat the process with the entry labeled “AdBlock Plus Pop-Up Add On.”

AdBlock Plus

Restart Firefox to get the pop-up blocker up and running. If you ever need to disable the program to access a legitimate pop-up from a website (such as a site that launches a pop-up to log in to an account), return to the “Add-Ons” screen and click the “Extensions” tab at the left side of the screen.

Firefox Extensions

Click “Disable” next to each of the AdBlock entries and then restart Firefox to enable pop-ups again. To turn the blockers back on later, simply return to the screen again and click “Enable” next to each of the AdBlock entries.

~ Ty Arthur