How To Stop Website Redirects

In order to ensure that you remain safe from malicious links, you will need to stop redirects within your browser. This is how to adjust the settings in various browsers like Chrome, IE, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Opera.

If you have ever clicked on a stable-looking link in order to find yourself presented with unwanted webpages like porn sites, then you have inevitably been redirected.

How To Stop Website Redirects

In order to prevent this from occurring, you can adjust your settings to prevent these unwanted redirects from affecting your web browser. 

How To Stop Redirects On Google Chrome

In order to prevent Google Chrome from redirecting you automatically, you will need to adjust the settings accordingly.

In order to do this, you will need to open the google chrome browser and click on the three dots situated in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

From here, you will need to select settings from the drop-down menu, and then, click on advanced at the bottom of this list. 

Within the privacy and security section of these advanced settings, you will need to select content settings, pop-ups and redirects, and then check that the description says ‘blocked’.

If this says ‘allowed’ then you will need to adjust these settings and turn off the switch that is situated to the right of this word.

How To Stop Redirects On Microsoft Edge

Whilst the option to block any redirects in this browser is more indistinct than google chrome, it is still a possibility.

To block redirects on Microsoft Edge, you will need to open your browser and click on the three dots in the top right corner of your screen. 

Then, select settings, and click view advanced settings, before enabling the switch that is marked ‘keep me protected from malicious sites and downloads within windows defender smart screen.

You may need to restart your browser to make sure that the setting has taken effect. After this, you should be protected from unwanted redirects. 

How To Stop Redirects On Internet Explorer

In order to use internet explorer effectively, you will need to open your browser and select the settings option in the top right hand corner of the screen. This will look like a gear cog.

From this menu, select internet options. You will see a number of tabs at the top of the window that will appear. Select security and you will be given an option to adjust the security level by using a slider.

Once you move it up and increase the security levels, IE will begin to prevent redirects in your browser. 

However this solution is far from ideal as it may cause websites that are legitimate to behave incorrectly.

If you find that you are experiencing issues, then you should return the original settings to where they were situated before and try this alternative step. Select the advanced tap and then find the secret section.

From here, there will be a setting that is marked as ‘Use SSL 3.0’ which ensures that IE encrypts the connections that it makes with servers. 

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Once you have clicked on the tick-box and enabled this, then you will also need to select OK at the bottom to implement these adjustments. 

How To Stop Redirects On Mozilla Firefox

If you open up your browser and click on the three lines situated in the top right hand corner of your screen, you will then access a drop-down menu.

From here, select options and click on to the privacy and security section that is positioned within the left-hand column. There will be two settings that you will need to ensure that you enable. 

Firstly, you need to select ‘block pop-up windows’ which will be located within the permissions section. The second option to select is the ‘block dangerous and deceptive content’ which can be located in the security section.

Remember to make sure that you relaunch Firefox to assess whether these settings have been implemented properly. 

How To Stop Redirects On Opera 

Because Opera uses the same engine as Google Chrome, the steps required in order to prevent redirects are much the same. Redirects should also be blocked by proxy.

In order to ascertain whether this is the case, you should open up Opera and clock on the menu option that is stated in the top left corner of your screen. Then, select settings from the drop-down menu and go to advanced. 

Go to the privacy and security section of your advanced settings and elect content settings. Then, select pop-ups and redirects to ensure that the ‘allowed’ option is not turned on. 

How To Stop Redirects On Safari

A number of Mac users will also be plagued with redirected links. However, there is a means to enable all of the protections that are available in Safari. Firstly, you need to open up safari and select preferences from the menu that drops down.

Then, click on security. From here, you will be able to find an option that says ‘warn when visiting a fraudulent website’. You should ensure that this section is ticked. This will inherently prevent redirections. 

How To Stop Redirect Viruses

In the instance that your redirects are occurring due to a virus in your computer system, then you will need to contact a computer specialist or run an appropriate antivirus software on your computer in order to cleanse it of any troublesome viruses. 

Conclusion

To conclude, there are numerous ways to stop redirects from occurring on your internet browser. The vast majority of browsers will include settings that you can easily adjust in order to ensure that you do not experience redirected links.

More often than not, adjusting the security settings on your computer is the best way to ensure that you do not get sent to any unwanted webpages, avoiding embarrassment and unwanted viruses on your device. 

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