Wednesday, August 03, 2005

How to block plugin-based popups in Firefox

From this link:

  1. Type about:config into the Firefox location bar.
  2. Right-click on the page and select New and then Integer.
  3. Name it privacy.popups.disable_from_plugins
  4. Set the value to 2.


The possible values are:

* 0: Allow all popups from plugins.
* 1: Allow popups, but limit them to dom.popup_maximum.
* 2: Block popups from plugins.
* 3: Block popups from plugins, even on whitelisted sites.


Yes, Firefox does have a built-in pop-up blocker turned on by default, but it doesn't block popups created using Macromedia Flash (which has a plugin for Firefox and other browsers), like the one on Mugglenet. Using this trick, unwanted (or if you used a value of 3, absolutely all) popups will become a thing of the past...at least, until popup advertizers find another workaround.