Online stores tend to have companion Facebook pages. Often, the pages themselves serve as a selling platform or a place where you can get customer service. In theory, this is a good idea but there are now Messenger bots so, often the message you get asking if you need help are auto-generated. A lot of online stores tend to add the Messenger chat pop up to their websites. There are also lots of other third-party solutions that offer more or less the same service. These chat pop ups on websites can be helpful, or they can be annoying. If you don’t like them, you can hide them in Chrome and Firefox with an extension/add-on.
Hide chat pop ups
Down the Hello, Goodbye! – Chat popup blocker Chrome extension, or the Firefox add-on. Installing it is all you have to do. When you visit websites after installing the extension/add-on, you will no longer see the chat pop-up.
This extension won’t just block Facebook Messenger chat pop ups but also those with other chat pop-up services but the list is limited at present. The extension only works on websites so if you visit a Facebook page for a brand, the Messenger chat pop up that’s built-into Facebook will still open. It’s not going to block Messenger on any Facebook domain.
The app doesn’t have a whitelisting feature so on website where you actually benefit from the chat feature, you will have to disable it to use it. If you use web apps that have an on-site chat, you don’t need to worry about this extension blocking it since it only targets select chat pop up services and doesn’t block them all. Any time you need to turn this extension off, you’re going to have to disable it which isn’t the most convenient way to go about it but it’s the only way.
Ad blockers don’t normally tend to target these sort of extra elements that websites add. The chat pop ups are one type of annoyance that you have to deal with. Some websites will add a website generated pop up that will ask if you want to get notifications from the website. These pop ups aren’t generated via the built-in feature that browsers have which means you can’t block them. Every single time you visit the website that’s showing these notifications, you will get them. There’s no turning it off and extensions like this are a handy solution. Unfortunately, you’d end up with a lot of them installed and running just to have a less annoying browsing experience.