less firefox popups

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, but if you’re a Firefox user (or anything Mozilla based for that matter) and are having occasional popups, they’re more than likely triggered from a Flash object. Eric has been having some problems with comics.com when he goes to read Pearls Before Swine – so this is for you Eric. Cleverly, the Mozilla folks have a way to block popups being generated from a plugin, such as the Flash Player. How can you invoke this? Read on…

  1. Type about:config in your address bar and press Enter
  2. Anywhere in that list of settings which appears, right-click and choose New->Integer
  3. Copy and paste this into the box which appears: privacy.popups.disable_from_plugins
  4. Click OK or press Enter and then enter a value of 0 into the next box and click OK or press Enter.

Notes: The value of 0 above allows popups, but only from the list of allowed sites you have configured in your Options. You can also choose a value of 2 for the final step above if you choose to block all popups generated by plugins.