How to Stop Pop Ups on Windows 11

The latest iteration of Windows is everything that tech enthusiasts wanted it to be. From better app compatibility to a gorgeous user interface, there’s a whole lot to drool over. But there are some features which, though they may seem useful at first, can quickly become an eyesore in one’s daily use.

Yes, it’s those annoying pop-ups and ads that throw you off your game and refuse to subside. Thankfully, with a few clicks, you can stop those pop-ups from ever coming up and demanding your attention. Here are all the ways that you can keep your Windows 11 free of pop-ups and ads.

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1. Turn off notifications from apps completely

In effect, there are pop-ups and ads that have your browser as their source, and then there are pop-ups that come directly from Windows 11. Let’s take a look at these first. 

By default, native apps as well as those installed on your computer have complete authority to push notifications and annoy you every time there’s an event to notify about. Here’s how you can turn off app notifications completely:

Press Win + I to open Settings. Click on System in the left panel.

On the right, click on Notifications.

Here, toggle Off notifications.

Doing this will ensure that you don’t get any notifications from apps and other senders.

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2. Turn off Tips and Suggestions

Another source of annoying pop-ups is Windows tips and suggestions. Though quite useful for early use, these become obsolete quickly. Here’s how you can turn them off:

Press Win + I to open Settings. Click on System in the left panel.

On the right, click on Notifications.

Scroll down to the bottom and uncheck the Offer suggestions on how I can set up my device and the Get tips and suggestions when I use Windows options.

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3. Turn off your Manufacturer’s App Notifications

If you don’t want to miss out on important updates by turning off notifications from apps completely, you may at least want to stop getting pop-ups from apps installed by your PC manufacturer. Apps by computer manufacturers, such as Dell or HP, have access to notifications that they’ll use to show you ads and other unwanted pop-ups. This annoyance, however, has a quick fix:

Press Win + I to open Settings. Click on System in the left panel.

On the right, click on Notifications.

Now, uncheck the apps that came pre-installed on your OEM computer. 

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4. Turn off Sync Provider Notifications

Ads and pop-ups don’t just appear in the system tray. Microsoft pushes its sync provider ads in the File Explorer as well, mainly to get you to subscribe to its Office and OneDrive services. 

These suggestions aren’t just irksome, they also waste precious space. Here’s how you can disable them:

Open File Explorer. 

Then click on the ellipsis button in the toolbar at the top.

Choose Options.

Click the View tab.

Now, scroll down under ‘Advanced settings’ and uncheck Show sync provider notifications.

Click OK.

This will keep any ads from being displayed in File Explorer.

5. Turn off app access to your Advertising ID

Every Windows user gets an Advertising ID that Microsoft uses to keep a database of your usage and interests in order to display ads within apps that are relevant to you. If you’re someone who doesn’t care much about such targeted ads and would rather have them turned off, here’s how to do so:

Press Win + I to open Settings. Then click on Privacy & security in the left panel.

On the right, under ‘Windows permissions’, click on General.

Now, toggle off the Let apps show me personalized ads by using my advertising ID.

6. Block Pop-ups and Ads in Microsoft Edge

Now that you’ve taken care of pop-ups and ads that Windows itself pushes on to you, let’s take a look at some other sources of pop-ups that can be equally annoying, if not more. 

Firstly, let’s start with Microsoft Edge itself. Being the default browser on Windows 11, it’s not surprising that a lot of users actually stick with it. If you’re one such user, the good thing is that Microsoft Edge has an in-built pop-up blocker. Here’s how you can turn it on:

Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three horizontal dots (ellipsis) at the top right corner. 

Click on Settings.

In the left panel, click on Cookies and site permissions.

Then scroll down and find Pop-ups and redirects and click on it.

Toggle On Block.

You won’t get any bothersome pop-ups anymore. Moreover, if you want to turn off advertisements that are intrusive or misleading, go back to the ‘Cookies and site permissions’ page and select Ads.

Here, too, toggle On the ‘Block on sites that show intrusive or misleading ads’ option.

In addition to that, Microsoft Edge also has a handy ‘Tracking preventing’ feature to minimize data tracking and block pop-ups related to that. Here’s how you can turn it on: 

In the Settings menu click on Privacy, search, and services.

Now, make sure ‘Tracking prevention’ is toggled on.

Then click on Strict to make sure trackers from all websites are blocked.

7. Block Pop-ups and Ads in Google Chrome

The option to block pop-ups and ads is available on Google Chrome as well. Here’s how you can access it and ensure that it is turned on:

Open Google Chrome and click on the vertical ellipsis in the top right corner.

Then click on Settings.

Under ‘Privacy and security’ click on Site Settings.

Now scroll down and find Pop-ups and redirects and click on it.

Here, click on Don’t allow sites to send pop-ups or use redirects.

8. Avoid websites that throw popups

One of the biggest culprits of annoying pop-ups and ads is, unsurprisingly, sleazy and untrustworthy websites. If you’re on a website that constantly throws pop-ups on-screen, get out of there immediately. Though some websites may just be too hungry for your attention, many of these are, in fact, browser hijackers or programs that infect your browser and have the potential to introduce malware to your system as well. 

If such programs are allowed free reign, they can introduce tons of malware and pop-ups that will keep on coming back even after you click the cross button. So, always stay away from websites that you don’t trust. If you’re not sure, at least have an anti-virus installed on your system and make sure that it’s providing you real-time protection (online protection).

9. Use an Ad Blocking Extension on your browser

Using an Ad blocking extension for your browser is another thing that you can do to keep unwanted pop-ups and ads at bay. But these extensions are all-or-nothing programs and they can be quite strict in their implementation. When turned on, they will block all the ads, even if they may have been relevant to you. 

Adblocker extensions and programs are also known to make a website completely inaccessible. Fortunately, most of them have an option to whitelist sites and you may have to whitelist sites yourself to access them.

Other than that, ad blockers work well to remove distracting advertisements, keep you from accidentally clicking on ads, and keep advertisers from tracking your browsing habits. In that, they are a boon. But one has to know when to allow a site to display ads and when to block them entirely.

So these were some of the ways that you can stop pop-ups on Windows 11, regardless of whether they are generated by your browser or Windows itself. Hopefully, through this guide, you’re able to reduce distractions and wrest back control of your PC.

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