Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile

Let’s learn how to Manage your browser’s Pop-up Blocker with Intune using configuration profiles on a Windows device. The present discourse aims to elucidate the process of setting the Pop-up Blocker and deploying the configuration profiles to the Security group.

This policy provides you with the option to enable or disable the Pop-up Blocker feature on your browser. This feature can be utilized to prevent unwanted pop-up advertisements from appearing while browsing the internet.

By enabling this feature, you can enhance the security and browsing experience of your web sessions. Conversely, disabling this feature could allow certain websites to open pop-up windows that could potentially contain harmful content. It is important to take this into consideration when making your decision.

It is important to bear in mind that Google Chrome has a default feature that blocks pop-ups from automatically appearing on your screen. However, this setting will applied only to the MS Edge browser.

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Learn More About the Pop-up Blocker

What is a Pop-up Blocker? Let’s learn more about the Pop-up Blocker. A pop-up blocker is a web browser feature that automatically prevents unwanted pop-up windows from appearing on the user’s screen. Whenever a pop-up is blocked, a notification is displayed in the address bar, indicating the event.

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Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 1

This feature is particularly useful for ensuring a smoother browsing experience and avoiding potential security risks associated with pop-up windows. Users can enjoy uninterrupted web browsing by blocking pop-ups while minimizing distractions and protecting their sensitive information.

Overall, the use of a pop-up blocker is a recommended practice for all users who value a safer and more efficient web browsing experience. I will demonstrate how to manage the Pop-up Blocker using MS Intune Configuration Profile in this article. Let’s begin!

Disable the Pop-up Blocker with Intune

To manage your browser’s Pop-up Blocker on a Windows device through configuration profiles in Intune, follow these steps meticulously. I will disable the pop-up blocker for this example.

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You will open a new window when you click Create Policy. Select Windows 10 and later in Platform, Select Profile Type as Settings Catalog, and Click on Create.

PlatformProfile Type
Windows 10 and laterSettings Catalog
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Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 2
Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 2

Navigate to the Basics tab and input the Name and Description for the profile. Click Next to go further.

Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 3
Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 3

In the Configuration Settings section, under Settings Catalog, click Add Settings.

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Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 4
NOTE! Microsoft discovered that administrators may experience performance degradation when they add more than 400 settings to a single policy. However, Microsoft is working on making improvements to address this issue.

You will see a Settings picker tab when you click on Add Settings, as in the screenshot below. In the search bar, search for Browser. Select Allow Popups.

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Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 5

This setting lets you decide whether to turn on the Pop-up Blocker and whether to allow pop-ups to appear in secondary windows. By default, these settings will be blocked; click Next to continue.

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Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 6

Click Next to display the Scope tags page. Add the Scope tags if you wish and click Next to assign the policy to computers. I will deploy it to the HTMD – Test Computers Group.

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Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 7

On the Review + Create page, carefully review all the settings you’ve defined to block Pop-up Blocker. Once you’ve confirmed that everything is correct, select Create to implement the changes.

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Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 8

Monitor the Configuration Profile Deployment in Microsoft Intune

The Configuration Profile is deployed to Azure AD groups. Let’s see how we can monitor the deployment and status of installation from the Intune portal. To monitor the Intune policy assignment, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to the list of Configuration Profiles and select the policy you targeted.
  • Check the device and user check-in status from here.
  • If you click “View Report,” you can see additional details.
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Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 9

Event Log to Verify the Policy’s Deployment Status

To verify the successful implementation of String or integer policies on Windows 10 or 11 devices through Intune, you can leverage event IDs 813 and 814. These event IDs provide valuable insights into the application status of the policy as well as the specific value assigned to the policy on those devices. In the case of this particular policy, the value is String and is linked to the event ID 814.

By analyzing these event IDs, you can gain a clear understanding of the policy’s application status and the corresponding value associated with it on the devices in question.

To confirm this, you can check the Event log path – Applications and Services Logs – Microsoft – Windows – Devicemanagement-Enterprise-Diagnostics-Provider – Admin.

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Manage Pop-up Blocker with Intune Configuration Profile Fig. 10

Thank you for your patience in reading this post. I look forward to seeing you in the next post. Keep supporting the HTMD Community.

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About Author – Sujin Nelladath has over 10 years of experience in SCCM device management and Automation solutions. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies, Azure, and PowerShell automation.

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