How to Block Pop-Ups on Safari Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Pop-up ads can be annoying and intrusive, but luckily, Safari on Mac offers a built-in feature to block them. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to block pop-ups on Safari Mac.

So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences

To begin, click on the “Safari” menu at the top left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “Preferences.”

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Command + ,” (comma) to open preferences quickly.

Step 2: Navigate to the Security Tab

Once the preferences window opens, click on the “Security” tab located at the top. This tab contains various security-related settings for Safari.

Step 3: Enable Pop-Up Blocker

In the Security tab, you will see an option labeled “Block pop-up windows.” Make sure this option is checked or ticked.

Enabling this feature will prevent most pop-ups from appearing while browsing in Safari.

Note: While this built-in pop-up blocker is effective in blocking most pop-ups, some websites may still manage to bypass it using different techniques.

Step 4: Allow Pop-Ups for Specific Websites (Optional)

If there are certain websites where you want to allow pop-ups, you can add them to your exceptions list in Safari. To do this:

  • Go back to the main Safari preferences window.
  • Navigate to the “Websites” tab.
  • In the left sidebar, click on “Pop-up Windows.”
  • You will see a list of websites with their blocking preferences.
  • To allow pop-ups for a specific website, simply uncheck the “Block and Notify” option next to it.

This way, Safari will allow pop-ups on those websites, giving you more control over your browsing experience.

Step 5: Test Your Pop-Up Blocker

To ensure that your pop-up blocker is working correctly, visit a website known for displaying pop-up ads. If the blocker is enabled, you should not see any intrusive pop-ups while browsing that site.

Troubleshooting Tip:

If you are still experiencing unwanted pop-ups after enabling the built-in blocker, it’s possible that your Mac may have adware installed. In such cases, it is recommended to scan your system with reliable anti-malware software to remove any malicious programs causing the issue.

That’s it! You have successfully learned how to block pop-ups on Safari Mac.

By following these steps, you can enjoy a more seamless and uninterrupted browsing experience. Say goodbye to those pesky and unwanted pop-up ads!

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