Google Chrome just fixed the worst thing about web browsing — how to get it now

Google Chrome just fixed the worst thing about web browsing: how to get it now
Google Chrome may have removed on its own one of the most annoying things about surfing the web: pop-ups.

We have all been there. You're browsing your favorite website, opening a few tabs to see your lunch break, and then the dreaded pop-up apocalypse occurs. Maybe it's a notification accusing you of having access to your microphone or camera, or maybe it's a "system dialog" warning that seems tailored to send malware to your computer. Whatever the case, they are the downfall of many browsers.

If these scenarios seem too familiar to you, you can let Chrome do the heavy lifting from now on in the form of Chrome 84. This latest web browser update is the first version of Chrome to actively block notification pop-ups on fewer websites trustworthy.

Firefox has been using a similar tool since its debut last year, but now it's up to Chrome to shine. Google detailed its thought process behind the introduction of this tool through the Chromium blog.

"Abusive notification notifications are one of the main user complaints we receive about Chrome," the post explains. "A large percentage of notification and notification requests come from a small number of abusive sites. Protecting the users of these sites improves user security and privacy on the web, and improves the browsing experience."

How to use Chrome to block annoying pop-ups
First, make sure you're using Chrome, as these new features only work with that particular browser. You can get the latest version through the official Chrome website to make sure it's up to date.

If you're already using Chrome, find the menu button at the top right of your browser (it looks like three dots) and choose Settings. From there, find About Google Chrome. Chrome will automatically check for new updates and then work to apply them.

When the browser finishes, you will be asked to restart Chrom, which will install Chrome 84 on your machine.

When this tool is activated, notification pop-ups for sites with somewhat spam reputations will be hidden by default. You can still see them if you want, but Chrome will hide these "abusive notifications" as referred to in the official announcement. Instead, you'll need to see them via an icon in the Chrome URL bar to satisfy your curiosity.

If you receive a potentially abusive popup, you will see a message that notifications are blocked. It will warn you that "the site in question may be trying to trick you into allowing intrusive notifications." You can also allow pop-ups to appear on certain websites if you choose to, so if the block doesn't apply to you, you can click Allow or Continue Block to continue to prevent notifications from appearing.

While you are using Chrome, this feature will work automatically. That means you should no longer see dirty pop-ups that plague your Internet playground. And on the Internet, where you already have a lot to deal with, one less thing is surely nothing to sneeze at.

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