Some of the important features of the Popup Blocker Lite addon are listed below. This is followed by an overview of this addon. This summary contains few words about the addon, its function, and its features. Next is FAQ, this section is useful to get information about how this addon works in your browser. If you couldn't find a specific answer, please fill the bug report form on this page or the contact form on the homepage to let us know about your question. Following the FAQ, is the bug report form. It is designed to collect user feedbacks and bugs about this addon. Users can suggest improvements or feature requests through this form too. The next section is for submitting comments about this addon which uses the Facebook comments plugin. The last section is dedicated to reports submitted through the GitHub website. We hope the information provided on this page, could help you get all the basics you need about this addon and enable you to have a better experience with Popup Blocker Lite.
In short, Popup Blocker Lite allows you to close all unwanted popups and popunders. You can also whitelist any website you would like to show popups.
8 Reasons to Use Popup Blocker Lite
Allows you to block all unwanted popups.
Has a built-in feature to whitelist a desired website in order to show popups.
Works fundamentally different than other popup blockers, therefore it works in almost all cases.
Has a switch to turn the addon ON or OFF from toolbar popup UI.
Several settings in the options page to adjust the addon functionality to your need.
Has badge icon text to show you the number of blocked popups.
Very lite addon with no significant CPU and memory usage.
Available for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers on all operating systems.
This video gives you an idea of how the extension works in your browser.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Popup Blocker Lite?
Popup Blocker Lite is a multi-browser Addon for your browser to block all annoying popups and pop-unders. Working with addon is very easy. Simply add it to your browser and start browsing as you normally do. When the addon encounters a popup, it will block it and badge icon will show the blocked item (number will increase). If you want to see notifications about the blocked popup, please enable desktop notifications from the options page. Clicking on the toolbar icon, will show a popup with five buttons. The first and the big one is the ON|OFF switch. When the addon is turned off, no popups are blocked. You can add any desired website to the whitelist and allow popups to open. Some websites are added to the whitelist by default. But you can add or remove items at any time. In order to the see the complete list of whitelisted domains, please open the options page. Within the options page there are several settings to adjust, plus the list of all whitelisted domains.
2. What is the logic behind popup blocker lite?
Unlike other popup blockers, this addon is working based on the opener tab as well as the referrer and click events. When a tab, page, popup, window or similar page is opened, it will have an opener tab. Opener means a tab where the new popup is initiated from. Now, when a new window with an opener is opened, the addon considers this as a candidate for a popup (to be closed). But, a second condition should also be met before closing this window. This condition is derived from mouse click events. When you click on a page with left mouse click (not middle or right click) it tells the addon that this click is unwanted (whether you have clicked it or the page has done it automatically). Therefore, a popup coming from an opener tab with left click will be closed immediately. If any popup does not an opener tab, the addon looks for a referrer instead (which is quite similar to the opener tab but obtained with a different method). The logic behind this popup blocker is very simple and works in almost all cases. There are still some situation where the addon fails to capture the unwanted popup, but this is a work in progress. Also, some settings in the options page add extra capabilities to capture some un-detected popups. You can test those as well to see if they match your need. If in any case, by doing all the above methods, you see an unwanted popup is opened, please fill the bug report form in this page. The developer will try to upgrade the addon to block all reported un-captured popups.
3. How can I download the source code for Popup Blocker Lite?
To download the source code for this extension from Chrome Web Store, it is recommended to use Extension Source Downloader. With this addon, you can download the source code as a ZIP or CRX format to your machine. If you want to download the source code from the Firefox addons store, please open the firefox download link (if available) in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the - Add to Firefox - button and select - Save Link As... - item. Choose the destination folder on your machine and then save the file in XPI format. You can then rename the XPI format to a RAR or ZIP file. Some extensions may have a GitHub repo address, which you can use to download the source code as well. But, it may not be the latest version of the addon. Therefore, downloading the source code from the official web stores is the best option as it always gives you the latest version of the addon.
4. How to access to the options for this Addon?
In order to open the options page, there are two methods available. The first one is from the toolbar popup, where there is a button to open the options page. The second method is from the extensions page where you can open the options page from the button next to the addon name.
5. What colors are available for toolbar button icon?
In total, three colors are available. The first one is red where it shows and active addon. Dark gray shows a disabled addon or a tab with an invalid URL (i.e. chrome://). The last color is green where it shows a whitelisted domain.
6. What settings are available within the options page?
There are several settings within the options page. The first one is time delay to close the popups. Default value for this settings is 0, meaning the popup will be closed immediately. You can increase this value to up to 30 seconds. However it is not recommended to do so as you do not want the unwanted popups to load completely. Second option is for the middle and right clicks, where it allows popup(s) to open if you open them through the middle or right clicks. This setting is activated by default, as it enhances your browsing experience a lot. Option (c) is to force close all unwanted popups. If a popup is opened and there is no opener tab (or referrer) associated with it, then addon will close this popup immediately. Opener tab means the tab in which this popup is originated from. This settings is disabled by default as it may close some useful popups to close as well. To see all the internal logs, please enable settings (d). This will print all logs to the browser console. In order to see the console, in Firefox, press (Ctrl + Shift + J) on the main window. In Chrome and Opera, head to extensions page and click on the 'background.html' link within the extension info (Inspect views). There is also an option to show you desktop notifications when a popup is close. In order to see these notifications please enable related setting from the options page. The last element within the options page is the list of all whitelisted domains. There are some websites added to the list by default. But you can edit this list at any time.
7. How to whitelist a website (domain)?
In order to whitelist a website, please press on the "Add domain to whitelist button" within the toolbar popup. The page will be reloaded automatically for the settings to take effect. If a page is whitelisted, no popups will be blocked. Please note, currently only domains are whitelisted. You cannot whitelist a specific URL.
8. How can I disable the addon?
In order to disable this addon, there are two methods available. First you can turn the addon OFF from the toolbar popup UI. Just click on the toggle button to disable it. As you will notice, the icon color will also change to dark gray when the addon is not active. Red color shows an active addon and green color is for whitelisted domains. The second method for disabling the addon is through the extensions page in your browser. Simply find the addon name and then click on the disable button.
9. What is new in this version (for Opera and Firefox)?
Check Opera Addon page, or Firefox Addon store for information about recent updates (Changelog).
10. How to add/remove the toolbar button in Firefox?
To add/remove the toolbar icon right-click on a free space in your Firefox toolbar and select "Customize...". Now you can drag and drop the button to a new position.
11. How to install this extension in your Firefox?
In order to install, head to Mozilla Store and click on "Add to Firefox" button.
12. How to uninstall this extension from your Firefox?
In order to uninstall, go to Firefox -> Add-ons -> (Extension Name), then press on the Uninstall button.
13. How to remove a website (URL) from the exclusion white-list?
In order to remove a URL, click on the toolbar-popup, find the URL in the list and press on the close button (red cross-sign) next to the link.
14. Is this Addon compatible with the latest version of Firefox (Firefox Nightly)?
yes, it is tested and fully compatible with the latest version of Firefox, including the beta channel and Firefox multi-process. It is also compatible with the latest versions of Google Chrome, Opera and Safari.
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