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Pop-Up Blockers
December 10, 2008 (published) | November 29, 2010 (revised)
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A pop-up is a small web browser window that appears on top of the main browser window you're viewing. Some pop-up windows open as soon as you visit a website; these are usually created by advertisers. They can also be displayed when you select an active link within a web page.

A pop-up blocker is a software program that lets you limit or block most pop-ups. Pop-up blockers are often provided by browsers, security software, operating systems, toolbars, and many internet applications. This information will cover only the basic pop-up blockers provided in some of the most common browsers.

You will need either to turn off pop-up blocking while visiting the VIN and VSPN websites (a per-session solution) or to leave pop-up blocking on, but configure the pop-up blocking software to allow pop-ups from the VIN and VSPN websites (a long-term solution).

Here are generic instructions about pop-up blocking. The specifics, e.g., menus and wordings, for individual versions of the software may differ slightly. If you experience difficulties, contact VIN's technical support team at 1.800.846.0028 ext 127 or 1.530.756.4881 (outside the US).

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Firefox Help - Pop-up blocker

Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and then click Options
  2. Select the Content panel.
  3. You can clear the Block pop-up windows checkbox so that all pop-ups are allowed
    Or you can leave the Block pop-up windows checked and add the www.vin.com, beta.vin.com, and www.vspn.org websites to the pop-up blocker exceptions list:
    1. To the right of Block pop-up windows, click the Exceptions... button. A dialog will appear that shows all the sites that are allowed to show pop-ups.
    2. Type the website address, e.g. www.vin.com, into the Address of website: text field, and select the Allow button.
    3. When you have added all 3 websites (www.vin.com, beta.vin.com, www.vspn.org), select the Close button.
  4. Click OK to close the Options window.
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Apple Safari

  1. At the top of the Safari window, open the Action menu (it looks like a gear) and find the entry "Block Pop-Up Windows."
  2. Click on the "Block Pop-Up Windows" entry in the Action menu so that it doesn't have a checkmark next to it.

Windows PC

Vista Operating System

  1. Go to "start," and click on "Control Panel."
  2. From "Control Panel," select "Internet Options" to open an "Internet Properties" window.
  3. Select the "Privacy" tab.
  4. At the bottom of the "Privacy" section, use the check box to turn the pop-up blocker "off" at the start of the session and "on" when the session is over.
  • WINDOWS INTERNET EXPLORER 8

    For a per session solution:

    1. Use the "Tools" menu on a regular Internet Explorer window; select the entry entitled "Pop-up Blocker."
    2. When you select "Pop-up Blocker," a submenu displays. If the entry in the submenu is "Turn On Pop-up Blocker," then no further action is needed. Otherwise select "Turn Off Pop-up Blocker."
    3. At the end of the Unity session, turn the pop-up blocker on again.

    For an ongoing, long-term solution:

    1. Use the "Tools" menu on a regular Internet Explorer window; select the entry entitled "Pop-up Blocker."
    2. When you select "Pop-up Blocker," a submenu displays.
    3. If the entry in the submenu is "Turn On Pop-up Blocker," then pop-up blocking is not being used; and there is no need for further action.
    4. If the entry in the submenu is "Turn Off Pop-up Blocker," then select "Pop-up Blocker Settings."
    5. In the small input box, type the VIN URL (www.vin.com) and select the "Add" button.
    6. In the small input box, type the VSPN URL (www.vspn.org) and select the "Add" button.
    7. Adding the VIN and VSPN URLs to the exceptions list will prevent pop-ups sent from the VIN and VSPN domains from being blocked. Select the "Close" button.
  • Mozilla Firefox 4

    For a per session solution:

    1. Use the "Tools" menu on the Firefox browser window; select "Options."
    2. Select "Content" from the "Options" choices.
    3. Click on the "Block Pop-ups" checkbox so that it is not checked; select "OK."
    4. At the end of the Unity session, return the pop-up blocker to its original state.

    For an ongoing, long-term solution:

    1. Use the "Tools" menu on the Firefox browser window; select "Options."
    2. Select "Content" from the "Options" choices.
    3. Click on the "Block Pop-ups" checkbox so that it is checked. This will block pop-ups except from a specified list of exception URLs.
    4. Select the "Exceptions..." button to the right of the "Block Pop-ups" checkbox.
    5. In the "Allowed Sites - Pop-ups" top input box, input the VIN URL (www.vin.com) and select the "Allow" button. Do the same for the VSPN URL (www.vspn.org).
    6. Press the "Close" button.
  • Apple Safari

    For a per session solution:

    1. Go to the Safari drop-down menu.
    2. Uncheck the box "Block Pop-Up Windows" to allow pop-ups.
    3. At the end of the Unity session, return the pop-up blocker to its original state (i.e., check the box "Block Pop-Up Windows" on the Safari drop-down menu).
  • Mozilla Firefox

    For an ongoing, long-term solution:

    1. Go to "Preferences," then "Content."
    2. Check the box to "Block pop-up windows."
    3. Click "Exceptions" and add www.vin.com and www.vspn.org to the exceptions list.
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