How to close pop-ups?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tbear1, May 25, 2013.

  1. tbear1 macrumors regular

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    How do I force close pop-ups or Safari when windows and dialog boxes open up unannounced? Twice today I went to sites (different news sites) that popped open dialog boxes for Mackeeper. I tried to close the windows without responding to the questions and could not find the proper way to do this. I ended up holding down the power button to reboot.

    I do have block pop-up windows selected in my Safari preferences, but developers must have a way around that already.
     
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    And Cmd-Q should close all Safari windows, even if their "on close" is set to open yet another one.
     
  4. tbear1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, the command+W does not close the windows. Also, Safari refuses to close, waiting for a response on the dialog box.

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    I will give it a try next time it happens. Pretty poor that Safari does not allow a force close in these cases.
     
  5. davidinva macrumors 6502a

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    I have good luck using Ghostery. Does a good job of blocking pop-ups. It's an add on for Safari.
     
  6. Nermal, May 25, 2013
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    That's really weird. In the worst case, you should still be able to force quit Safari; this doesn't give it any choice in the matter. To do this, right-click its icon in the Dock, then hold Option and choose Force Quit (this menu item will not appear until you hold Option).

    Alternatively you can press Cmd-Opt-Esc to get a list of force-quittable apps.
     
  7. tbear1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    This works, thanks. There should be an easier way, but this takes care of it.
     
  8. nameismatt macrumors newbie

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    The new popups (that demand you update) with a cancel or resubmit info button were screwing me up for a long time (i stream my tv because i live in germany and german tv sucks) but i have solved the problem. obviously don't resubmit info you have to be quick. hold cmnd down with thumb and hover index finger over w. click cancel and immediately hit the w. this closes the window. sometimes the task window reappears but you can hit cancel again and poof, you're back to surfing! hope that helps. good luck
     

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