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How to Block Pop-ups on Safari


Why do we block pop-ups in Safari?

According to studies, the most annoying type of online ads is different pop-ups that suddenly start to appear on a current browser window or in another tab getting on our nerves. Almost everyone has faced this problem, and almost everyone has tried to find a solution.
Why block pop-ups at all? The thing is, pop-up ads can not only be annoying but also dangerous for users’ privacy. Some of them try to trick people into believing they’re from trusted companies and inform users about prizes they won or warn them about something.
Be careful: when clicking on such pop-ups you may appear on some phishing websites and be tricked into sharing your personal or financial information.
Some banners just make users subscribe to a daily mailing of unnecessary news but other force people to install unwanted software by offering free downloads, software updates, or such. Be careful: it can be virus pop-ups which are very dangerous for your device and your privacy!
However, the worst thing about pop-ups is that they distract people from reading information they were looking for making them close banners repeatedly. Sometimes users even have to restart a browser, but annoying pop-ups tend to appear again. This makes people search for information on how to remove or disable pop-ups once and for all.
In this article, we will tell you how to get rid of pop-ups in Safari, one of the most popular browsers. You will find out what advantages and disadvantages different solutions have and what Safari pop-up blocker is better to choose. We are pretty sure, you don’t want to wait anymore. So, let’s start!

How to block pop-ups in Safari on desktops

When restarting a browser doesn’t help and you can’t stand working on computer with all these bright blinking banners anymore, you begin thinking about ad blocking. As promised, we will show you the main ways of disabling pop-ups in Safari.

How to block pop-ups in Safari preferences

The easiest way to block pop-ups in Safari is to disable them in Safari settings on your computer. Let’s see how to do it.
Open Safari Preferences;
Choose the Security tab;
Check the box “Warn when visiting a fraudulent website”
To get rid of most of pop-ups you should also do the following:
Open the Websites tab;
Click on “Pop-up Windows”
Then choose Block or Block and Notify in the lower right corner of a window
There is another easy way to disable some of the pop-ups you don’t want to see – click the Extensions tab in Safari preferences and check if there are some extensions installed that you want to turn off.
Let’s make some conclusion by assessing the benefits and drawbacks of disabling pop-ups in browser settings.
You can customize blocking in Safari settings easily and quickly;
You don’t need to install anything to block pop-ups in the browser
It doesn’t let you get rid of all kinds of annoying pop-up banners;
You will have to activate these options again and again when updating the versions

How to block pop-ups in Safari using ad blocking extensions

When you search for a pop-up blocker for Safari you are more likely expecting to find some addon for your favourite browser.
Let's first figure out what we can call an ad blocker. Well, the ad blocker is usually a browser extension or sometimes a standalone program that helps us remove different kinds of ads from the Internet.
There are different ad blocking extensions which are intended to block ads specifically in Safari browser. These extensions are easy to install and more likely to be free. You can find them in App Store on your computer.
In the App Store on your Mac you will also find AdGuard for Safari ‒ a browser extension which was created by our team and which perfectly works in Safari browser: blocks ads, pop-ups, video ads, banners and such, and what equally important is, protects your personal data from trackers and malicious websites.
AdGuard extension gives you a lot of possibilities of managing filtering process. You can add some sites to the Whitelist, enable/disable a wide range of filters, or create your own filtering rules. Besides, there is a very handy instrument for blocking annoying elements or reporting websites directly on the page.
But all the Safari extensions now have big problems because of the Apple's new policy. The thing is, Apple has recently forced everyone to use the new SDK, and therefore, most of the functions simply stopped working. It means that the quality of filtering became worse. AdGuard extension works better than other extensions, but even so, the filtering is constrained by the browser's capabilities.
So, let’s see the benefits and drawbacks of using ad blocking extensions for Safari.
Extensions are easy to install and customize;
You can download most of extensions for free;
You will get rid of most of annoying banners
The lower filtering quality because of the Apple’s new policy;
Blocking only in Safari browser (ads are not blocked in other browsers and apps)
It’s a different matter when it comes to ad blocking programs (not all programs though) which provide better filtering quality and block ads everywhere. Below, you will find the information about the most effective pop-up blocking solution for your Mac.

The most effective way of blocking pop-ups in Safari on Mac

You will be surprised but there is a great solution on how to block pop-ups in Safari on Mac. AdGuard is a full-fledged ad blocking program that perfectly works on your computer without any limitations. With AdGuard for Mac you will forget about all the intrusive pop-ups and other kinds of annoying ads once and for all. But that's not all!
Imagine, you are surfing the web in Safari on your Mac and there are no banners and video ads to disturb you. Your personal data are perfectly safe… What more could you expect from the ad blocker? Well, of course, ad-free and safe apps and other browsers! And AdGuard for Mac allows you to block ads there too.
So what can AdGuard do?
AdGuard for Mac helps you deal with all the pop-up windows and other kinds of ads in Safari and other browsers and apps. It processes pages even before they are loaded, so you can see only the information you were looking for, without annoying elements.
As it is shown in the picture, except for the ad blocking AdGuard offers even more useful options. These are the most important from them:
Browsing Security - a module that protect you from malware and phishing websites. It will not let you install malware and will protect you from web frauds;
Please note: AdGuard is not an antivirus program, so it can’t remove malware from your computer, it will just warn you about visiting a malicious website
Privacy Protection - a module that protects you and your personal data from trackers and online statistics gathering resources;
Extending the app functionality by adding different extensions AdGuard has: AdGuard Assistant, Popup Blocker, etc.
You see that AdGuard includes a number of features protecting your personal information from online threats. Malicious, fraudulent, phishing and scam websites ‒ AdGuard will stop them all from disturbing you.
All these and some other settings can be customized in AdGuard for Mac application on your computer after you download the program.
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks of using AdGuard for Mac
High quality of filtering;
No more ads in Safari and other browsers and apps on your PC;
Faster pages loading;
Protection from tracking and analytical systems;
Protection from malicious and phishing websites;
24/7 Support;
Trial period - you can try AdGuard before buying the program :)
Fee-based program

How to block pop-ups in Safari on mobile devices

There are different possibilities of blocking pop-ups in Safari on iOS devices as on Mac computers. Here we’ll list the more appropriate and effective ones.

How to block pop-ups in Safari preferences

You can easily disable pop-ups on iOS devices going almost the same way as in case with PCs. So, you should just open device settings and do the following:
Open Safari preferences in device settings;
Activate Block Pop-ups option
The benefits and drawbacks of disabling pop-ups in Safari preferences are:
You can enable blocking easily and quickly on your device;
You don’t need to install anything to block pop-ups in the browser
It doesn’t let you get rid of all kinds of annoying pop-up banners;
There is no possibility to customize filtering
When you see some pop-up in Safari and you want to take it out, you can enter a new URL or search term into the Search field to browse to a new site. Of course, sometimes it works but it’s not really a user-friendly way of getting rid of pop-up windows.

Blocking pop-ups on mobile devices using AdGuard

For those users who want to ensure a better filtering quality and manage blocking processes on their device(s) there is a perfect solution ‒ a special ad blocking tool by AdGuard. AdGuard for iOS is an app which eliminates all ads in Safari, protects your personal data and saves your traffic. The app contains multiple filters (including language-specific ones) and effectively blocks all annoying ads and social media widgets. And of course, AdGuard is a great Safari pop-up blocker which helps to get rid of all intrusive pop-ups in the browser on iPhones or/and iPads.
If you are an advanced user, you can try AdGuard for iOS Pro that has much more to offer. It blocks ads in all browsers and in some apps and lets you customize DNS settings what ensures the best filtering quality. Besides, you can fine-tune filtering by accessing AdGuard Assistant right from Safari.
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of blocking pop-ups in Safari with AdGuard for iOS Pro:
High quality of filtering;
No ads and trackers in browsers and in some apps;
Faster pages loading;
Protection from malicious and phishing websites;
24/7 Support
It doesn’t let you block all ads in all apps because of the Apple's policy;
AdGuard Pro for iOS is a fee-based program

Conclusion: what solution to choose

As you already know, there are completely different ways of blocking pop-ups and other ads in Safari. We’ve tried to show you the main advantages and disadvantages of these ways and we hope you will find something that suits your needs.
In conclusion we’d like to say that AdGuard app is a great solution that really gives you something more than just a usual pop-up blocking extension could give. It has been created to block ads everywhere on the Internet (including social networks) and in apps on your device, and developed to protect your privacy from tracking, phishing and other online threats.

Why is AdGuard better than other ad blocking apps?

We have already mentioned the main benefits of AdGuard for Mac and AdGuard for iOS Pro. In the two following pictures you can see the main advantages of AdGuard in comparison with other ad blocking applications more clearly.
AdGuard VS competitors
If you have no doubts anymore and you want to try AdGuard as soon as possible, we are happy to offer you the downloading and installation instruction.

How to download and install AdGuard


Go to AdGuard official website and click “Download” button;
Wait for Adguard.release.dmg to download and click on its icon in the list of downloaded files in the Dock panel. The AdGuard icon will appear on your Desktop. Click on it to open the installation app;
In the installation window, drag the AdGuard icon to the Applications folder icon on the right;
Now the application has been installed on your computer. To launch the application, double click on the AdGuard icon in the Applications folder that you can open with Finder. Upon the first AdGuard launch, your operating system will warn you that this application has been downloaded from the Internet. Click Open;
To use the application, you will need the administrator password for your macOS account. Enter the password when propped in the dialogue box and press OK.


Go to App Store and search for AdGuard for iOS Pro;
Download the app and receive further installation instructions within the app
We hope this article was useful and informative for you. Keep yourself safe from all the dangers that the Internet contains!


Why am I getting ads on Safari?

Pop-ups are ads, notifications or alerts opening in your browser window. The real ones from Safari might be useful, while others are often unwanted, tiresome or even hazardous.

Are ads on Safari dangerous?

Third-party pop-ups can use phishing – a form of online fraud – to make you believe they’re actually from a trusted company. The danger is that users might share their sensitive data (personal data or credit card details) or download software that turns out to be malicious.

Can ads on Safari cause viruses?

Unfortunately, they can, even despite the fact that Mac computers have a built-in protection against the classic viruses. So it is better not to put oneself at risk and preventively block advertising.

How do I block all ads?

There is one sure-fire way: install system-wide ad filtering software. AdGuard ad blocker suits perfectly.

How do I get rid of ads without an ad blocker?

Disable pop-ups in your browser settings. You’ll see fewer pop-up windows but the bulk of ads will still be there.
Consider purchasing subscriptions to the services where you want ads to be blocked. The limitation lies in the fact that this method is too costly – you’ll have to pay an ungodly price to clear each service of ads, yet other websites will be flooded with ads.
So it seems that an ad blocker is a better option if you want to pull all the ads.

Are ad blockers legal?

Totally. To have a grip of the verifiable information, google the skirmish of Eyeo, a software developer of many solutions such as Adblock Plus, and Alex Springer, a digital publishing house. Germany's Federal Court of Justice then established that ad blocking is legitimate, and consequently, Internet users can and should control what they see online.

Are ad blockers safe?

They are, in the event that you use an ad blocker from a decent developer. Do download it from the developer's site! Be cautious and keep away from dubious ad blockers – they may end up being fake and abuse your personal data.

Do ad blockers track you?

Good ones don’t. How to check your ad blocker? Make sure that it’s from a trusted developer and that you downloaded it from a valid source. If the answer is yes, you may skip worrying, your ad blocker is not likely to track you. Also note that a paid ad blocker is usually more credible than a free one.
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