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Pop up Blocker is probably the best Chrome popup blocker right now

Google Chrome, just like Mozilla Firefox and other web browsers, ships with a built-in popup blocker that has been designed to prevent the creation of popups on websites you visit in the browser.

While it blocks some popups out of the box, it has been my experience in the past that it does not work well as popups tends to slip past the protection regularly.

It depends on where you go and what you do mostly though. If you only visit websites that don't throw popups in your face you may believe that the popup blocker is working fine. Once you leave those safe havens you may change your opinion of the built-in protection quickly though.

Pop up Blocker

Pop up Blocker is a free extension for Google Chrome that is probably the best popup blocker for the browser currently.

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The browser extension works out of the box and adds its popup blocking power arsenal to Chrome's native solution. It happens that you see both programs reporting that popups were blocked but more often than not, it is Poper Blocker that blocked it while Chrome failed to do so.

Pop up Blocker displays a small overlay at the top of the screen indicating that a popup has been blocked by it. Buttons are provided to allow the popup this time or always, and there is a link to the options as well.

There are two reasons why you may need the allow options. It takes care of false positives for one. Some sites use popups for legitimate reasons, for instance to display login prompts or other information that users want to access usually.

Popups may also be needed to proceed on the actual site and if it is blocked, you may not be able to proceed. This is sometimes the case on video streaming sites that don't work properly if you block the popups they throw.

The settings provide you with the following customization options:

  1. Disable the on-page notifications when a popup is blocked.
  2. Don't show a badge on the toolbar button when a popup is blocked by the extension.
  3. Add sites to the whitelist (allow popups) and manage the whitelist.

While Pop up Blocker works well in most cases, it is not perfect and there are some popups that still slip through the cracks.  It, and Chrome's native popup blocker, fail to block popups on the following test site for instance.

Google introduced native improvements to the popup blocker of the browser in Chrome 65 and in other recent versions of the browser.

Popup blockers may not address website overlays that are used commonly in these days. You can check out the review of Overlay Blocker for Chrome to find out more about disabling those as well while using the Chrome web browser. While the Pop up Blocker promises to deal with overlays as well, you may want to give the dedicated extension a try if some slip by it.

Verdict

Popup Blocker may be worth a try if you encounter popups regularly while using Google Chrome. It is not really needed if you don't encounter popups, or if Chrome handles those that you encounter natively.

It may be worth the install if you encounter overlays on sites frequently as it does away with many of those as well. It works well in conjunction with ad blockers, for instance on sites that displays "we detected an adblocker, please turn it off" messages.

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Comments

  1. Pants said on September 10, 2015 at 10:19 am
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    Well, I just tested my FF (I’m not using any extensions specifically designed for popup blocking) .. and I have to say, of the 27 tests, I passed 26 of them (number 14 allowed them but this is supposed to work this way, and number 12 is the only one I failed, its an overlay rather than an actual popup – and yes, I know there are overlay popup killers).

    1. Jeff said on September 10, 2015 at 7:40 pm
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      There are overlay popup killers? I’ve been searching high & low for one that really works. Do you know of any that do, aside from going the NoScript nuclear option?

      1. Jeff said on September 10, 2015 at 10:11 pm
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        Thanks Pants, but that isn’t really a blocker, it just closes overlays that have already popped up (requiring user input). I’ve been searching for a blocker that *prevents* overlay popups from occurring in the first place.

      2. Pants said on September 11, 2015 at 4:13 am
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        @Jeff – You can’t really, because of the very nature of what an overlay is, you can never tell if it’s part site or part annoyance. The only way is to create a blacklist.

      3. Jeff said on September 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm
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        @pants. that’s what I figured. hmm. I guess the only real solution is to install noscript, whitelist everything, and then blacklist sites as they offend. But i find the ‘all or nothing’ method of script blocking on a site to be a problem as that will often disable parts of the site that are needed. oh well, I guess we’re just stuck with the overlay popups. It’s a wonder more sites don’t use them for advertising.

  2. M said on September 10, 2015 at 11:42 am
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    Well, even with this blocker the test page shows that pop up window. So, useless…

  3. beergas said on September 10, 2015 at 6:52 pm
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    Not getting all that many popups with Chrome but worth a try. Man MS Edge is a honey pot though until they get things like this.

  4. Jim Jackson said on September 13, 2015 at 4:23 am
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    I was able to kill that popup using uBlockO in Chrome. I saw it once blocked it now I’ll never see it again.

    1. Chris said on August 6, 2016 at 4:04 am
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      Thanks Jim! The uBlockO works awesome!

  5. Jammy said on December 21, 2016 at 8:02 pm
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