How to stop automatic redirects in Chrome, Firefox, Edge browsers

The Internet changed the world tremendously. Now, JavaScript is driving the modern web ahead. And to make these experiences seamless and less cluttery, redirection is often used on web pages. Many times the user is prompted about them and most of the times, we do not even notice them. However, sometimes things go wrong. When this redirection becomes a loop, it starts to mess things up. The web browser starts to take up a lot of computer resources and eventually results in poor user experience. In this article, we will be discussing ways by which we can stop these automatic redirects on any web browser.

Stop automatic redirects in any web browser

Stop automatic redirects in any web browser

We will be covering Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in this article. We will be taking a look at the following methods to do so-

  1. Remove any Malware activity.
  2. Set browsers to stop popups & deceptive content.

1] Remove any Malware activity

There is a high probability that malware can be messing up your computer in the background and might be resulting in too many redirections being triggered.

Therefore, scan your whole system for malware or adware. Use any antivirus software or Browser Hijacker Removal Tools to scan your computer.

You may want to also use AdwCleaner. This useful freeware lets you carry out the following tasks with the click of your button:

2] Set browsers to stop popups & deceptive content

Many browsers come with inbuilt settings that can stop this kind of behavior on them. We will be discussing them separately for each one of them.

If you are using Microsoft Edge, click on the Menu button denoted by three horizontal dots. Then click on Settings and from the left side navigation, select Privacy & security. Now, on the right side panel, scroll down to find Block pop-ups and Windows Defender SmartScreen. Finally, toggle both of them to be On.

In case you are using Google Chrome, open Google Chrome and click on the Menu button denoted by three verticle dots in the top right corner. Then, click on Settings. In the Settings section, scroll down and click on Advanced to reveal the Advanced Settings. Now, scroll down to the section of Privacy and Security and look for Safe browsing to toggle it to be on.

And for those who are using Mozilla Firefox, open Mozilla Firefox and click on the Menu button denoted by three horizontal lines in the top right corner. Then, click on Options. In the Settings section, select the Privacy & Security tab and scroll down and click on Permissions to make sure that the Block pop-up windows checkbox is checked. Now, scroll down to the section called Security to make sure that the Block dangerous and deceptive content checkbox is checked.

Hope this helps.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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