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Mute and turn off the popup blocker sound in Internet Explorer

In its default settings, Internet Explorer will perform three other actions when it blocks an unwanted popup: it will display a yellow information bar at the top of the screen (you can hide the popup bar), show a "blocked popup" icon in the status bar, as shown on the screenshot below, and play a "tudu" sound in the background. Since you get a couple of visual notifications already that Internet Explorer successfully blocked a popup, the sound may not be needed, and can actually become a nuisance depending on the type of work you are doing, listening to music as well, etc. In this tutorial, we will show you how to keep the popup blocker enabled, but mute and turn of the popup blocked sound!

Blocked popup icon appears in the status bar in Internet Explorer 8

Disable the popup blocked sound in Internet Explorer

Follow these simple steps to prevent Internet Explorer from playing a background sound when it blocks a popup window from opening:

Change the popup blocker sound for Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer Tip: there is yet another option, if you want to keep the popup blocked sound, but would like to hear another one. Since Internet Explorer is made by Microsoft (which makes Windows), it is tightly integrated with your operating system's "system sounds". If you want to change the sound Internet Explorer plays when blocking popup windows, you'll find this setting under "Windows Explorer > Blocked Pop-up Window":

Change the popup blocker sound for Internet Explorer
Change popup blocker sound for Internet Explorer in Windows 7.

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