Google Chrome may have removed one of the most annoying things about surfing the web: pop-ups.
We’ve all been there. You cross your favorite website, open a few tabs to check out your lunch break and then the dreaded one pop-apokalyps occurs. Maybe it’s a message that makes you unfit to access your microphone or camera, or maybe it’s a “system dialog” warning that looks tailored to deliver malicious software to your computer. In any case, for many, they are the lifeblood of a browser.
If these scenarios sound too familiar, you may want to let Chrome do the heavy lifting from now on in the form of Chrome 84. This latest browser update is the first version of Chrome that actively blocks pop-ups for messages on less than trusted websites.
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“Notifications are one of the best user complaints we get about Chrome,” the post explained. “A large proportion of application requests and notifications come from a small number of abusive websites. Protecting users from these websites improves user safety and integrity on the web and provides a better browsing experience.”
It’s quick and easy to make sure you’ve enabled this new feature, so let’s run how you can protect yourself from malicious pop-ups (hopefully) permanently.
First, make sure you use Chrome, as these new features only work with that particular browser. You can keep the latest version via official Chrome website to make sure everyone is up to date.
If you’re already using Chrome, find the menu button at the top right of your browser – it looks like three dots – and select Settings. From there, you will find about Google Chrome. Chrome automatically checks for new updates and then works to apply them.
When the browser is complete, you will be prompted to restart Chrome, which will install Chrome 84 on your machine.
When this tool is triggered, pop-ups from websites with a spammy reputation will be hidden by default. You can still see them if you want, but Chrome hides these “abusive notifications” because it refers to them in the official announcement. You need to see them through an icon in the Chrome URL bar instead of satisfying your curiosity.
If you receive a potentially abusive popup, a message appears stating that notifications are blocked. It will warn you that “the site in question may be trying to trick you into making intrusive notifications.” You can also allow some websites’ pop-ups to come through if you choose to do so, so if the block does not apply to you, you can click Allow or Continue Blocking to continue preventing the notifications from appearing.
As long as you use Chrome, this feature works automatically. This means that you will no longer see shady popups that plague your internet playground. And on the internet, where you already have a lot to deal with, a small thing is certainly nothing to sneeze at.