Ads are the major source of income for near-about all the publishers across the internet. When you view, click or interact with these ads, it helps the website earn a chunk of income. However, they are also known as the necessary evil, and there’s a concrete reason behind it.
Throughout the years, these ads are becoming more intrusive and ruin the user experience. Auto-playing audio/video ads and full-page banner ads are something that everyone hates to the core. They not only disrupt the normal usage of the site but in some cases also end up covering a major portion of the content. And this is the reason why many users are looking at ways to block these ads.
There are many ways of doing so, but the easiest among all these methods is using an extension. Since the majority of users are using the Chrome browser, we will list out some of the best Chrome Ad Blockers extensions. With that said, these extensions might work with other Chromium browsers as well, if you wish you could give it a try.
But before we begin with the list, we would like to discuss a pretty important point. Chrome does come with its adblocker. But it doesn’t work as other ad-blocker software and extensions, and neither is it intended to work that way.
The thing is that the Silicon Valley Giant’s ad-blocking tool integrated into Chrome is part of the Coalition for Better Ads. The main focus of this is to provide “better” and “data-driven ads.”
In other words, it aims to provide ads curated and personalized based on your interest. This is the sole motive of this feature and will not “block” all the ads, but only the intrusive and popup ones (to access it, head over to an individual site’s Settings > Permissions > Ads).
Now that we have addressed this point, let’s begin with the list of best Ad-Block extensions for Chrome.
How to Install AdBlock Extension in Chrome?
Installing an extension (adblocker or of another domain) is pretty easy in Chrome. Just click on the desired extension’s download link which we have provided at the end of their description. Doing so will take you to its download page. Then click on the Add to Chrome button, if it isn’t available to make sure you are logged in with your Google account.
Finally hit the Add Extension option in the pop up that appears. That’s it. You have successfully added your favorite extension to Chrome!
With that said, let’s now check out the list of best adblocker extensions for the Chrome browser. You may take note that most of these extensions are also available for your favorite browser.
Best AdBlock Extension for Chrome
Here are the best ad blocker extensions for chrome browser to block contextual ads, video ads, and pop-up ads at ease:
Whenever one thinks of an adblocker, this is the first thing that comes up. Well, not just because of its naming similarity, but it has established itself as one of the best ad blockers. Since its inception (which has been pretty long), there haven’t been any issues or performance drops as such. Just install it and leave the rest up to him. It will automatically block all the ads, whether it’s a static ad or even a video ad.
Similarly, it works not only in static web pages but efficiently blocks ads on all video streaming services, like Youtube. That’s not all. It also gives you a pretty handy option of customizing your ads experience.
For example, you could tick and untick the types of ads you wish to view or leave all untouched to block all the ads. It also provides an option of blocking those social media links that have now become a norm in most of the websites. Part of the Acceptable Ads program, it gives you the option to allow some curated and personalized ads to be displayed (if you give the consent for the same).
Furthermore, if you wish to support any site, you could add it to Adblock’s whitelist. The best part about this extension is that it regularly receives updates, something which is extremely crucial considering how new types of malicious ads are coming up now and then.
Well just to make it clear, it isn’t an upgraded version of the former. Both are separate entities with similar objectives: to provide a clean ad-free experience to the users. Among the earliest ones to make its way over to this domain, the software is still going pretty strong.
For starters, the extension does a pretty handy job in blocking all types of ads. By ads, we mean every type of ads, including the static ones, the banner ones, video ads, and the popup as well.
But this is something that the AdBlock also offered, so why go for this?
One reason for this could be the fact that it has among the easiest of interfaces which makes it pretty easy to change or tweak ad settings as per your requirement.
This includes the ability to add your favorite sites to the whitelist and let the extension display ads on them. You could also make it display non-intrusive and personalized ads, based on your online activity. As you might have guessed, yes AdBlock Plus also belongs to the Acceptable Ads initiative thereby giving you an option to support some content developers.
With that said, in its default state, the extension will block all the ads, so if you aren’t interested in this initiative, just install this extension and let it do the rest of the work.
Another of the power players in this domain, uBlock is also a pretty nifty adblocker. It can carry out its job in a rather impressive manner. Not only does it block all kinds of ads, but it also shows you the complete stats as to how many ads it has blocked up to now, and for the day as well.
Talking about ad blocking, the popup ads, full-screen ads, video, and text ads are all dealt with quite effectively by uBlock Origin.
Likewise, the ability to whitelist your favorite sites is also possible in this application. It also offers its filters for adware and malware. However, if these default filters don’t meet your requirements, you could create your own as well and set up some predefined rules to it.
So if you are looking for an extension that not only blocks all kinds of pesky ads but at the same time gives you complete data about the same, uBlock Origin is the name to remember!
This one is slightly different from all the others on this list. While it initially began as an effective tool for blocking malware and web trackers, it has now become a full-grown ad blocker extension. But what makes it unique from others is the kind of customizations that it has to offer.
Once you start using it, the application will list out all the types of ads, blockers, and trackers that a webpage has. It is left up to your sole discretion as to which of the components should be blocked and which shouldn’t.
Apart from that, the usual whitelist option is also there, but it’s not used much, because you could easily do the same when you define the adblocking rules for the concerned site.
However, it’s because of this ‘Do It Yourself’ component of the extension that some people hate and generally ditches this extension for something else. With other extensions, you could simply install it and let the rest be taken care of by the application itself. But with Ghostery you will first have to get some background knowledge regarding how things work out.
With that said, there still a wide majority of people who continue to this ad-blocker up to this very day, just because of the way it lets the user control and tweaks the ads as per their requirements.
Although it’s completely free to try out, yet if you are to throw in a few bucks ($2/month), premium features are waiting for you, in the form of tons of new themes, and detailed stats about each web page (including the type and number of trackers and ads blocked).
AdGuard has managed to keep a healthy name for itself in this domain. Efficiently blocking all kinds of ads, including pop-ups, audio, and video auto-playable ads, it does a decent job in this aspect. Apart from this, it is also able to block ads in social media sites like Facebook and video streaming sites like Youtube among others.
Coming to the non-ad category, it claims to deal with many different types of malware, trackers, and warnings in case it detects any malicious programs or software being installed. It promises to provide a rich and clean user experience to every one of you out there.
On the downside, there have been some complaints that it constantly sends out reminders to purchase its premium version (which ranges from $29.88 – $129.99), something that may be of a little bit of annoyance to some of the users. Apart from this little caveat, everything seems to be well and good.
Next one in our list of best ad blocker Chrome extensions comes AdBlocker Ultimate. It stands at its promise of delivering an ad-free experience and does so in style.
To begin with, it claims to put an end to all kinds of trackers, whether harmful or just for data collection purposes, malware, adware, and other scripts that might conflict with the usability factor.
Furthermore, it is completely open-source, meaning anyone could check its underlying structure and codebase. But due to this reason itself, it is somewhat slow in receiving regular updates.
Still, one shouldn’t take away from itself something that it excels in, and that is blocking near about all types of ads. After all, more than 1million downloads and a 4.8-star rating speaks volume in itself.
As evident from its name, this extension is capable of blocking all kinds of ads, yet its main target of attention are those pop-up and banner ads that cover a significant chunk of your screen.
Well, the trackers, adware, and malware aren’t spared either. And while it continues to do this job, it also offers a pretty handy interface with all kinds of stats, including the number and types of ads that a particular web page displays.
Strange as it may sound, but it is mostly known as the best compliment app for ad-blockers. Whatever ads or malware sneak through your primary blocker, Poper Blocker will deal with them with ease. Don’t get us wrong, it could still be used as your stand-alone ad blocker, and it works pretty well in that aspect too.
Furthermore, it is known to consume quite less memory, which will be quite a boon for many users, considering how notorious Chrome is as a memory hogger.
Part of the Acceptable Ads program, it gives everyone a fair chance of treating ads as per their liking. For example, you could make it display some non-intrusive and personalized ads.
This way it will help the content publishers get their fair trade of reward and you will only get ads that are curated as per your online activities and at the same time, won’t interfere with normal website components. However, if you choose you could still block all the ads, including the trackers and harmful malware as well.
Furthermore, it also provides the option to whitelist your favorite sites, thereby giving you complete control over which sites to block ad on and whatnot.
With that said, by default Fair Ad blocker might allow these non-intrusive ads. So if you want to get a completely ad-free experience, you might have to tweak its settings a bit, after making it a part of the browser.
This is perhaps the most underrated ad blockers in this list. Not only does it block all kinds of ads and trackers, but it has incorporated a pretty useful VPN within itself too. This is something that one usually doesn’t see with such types of applications. So an ad blocker combined with an ability to map your physical location, well what more could one ask for.
For the unawares, the VPN allows you to browse privately without your “actual” location being tracked. Likewise, you could also be able to access geo-restricted content with ease. Then there’s also social blocking that blocks all the ads across all your social media platforms.
Apart from that, there’s also Location API Spoofing, WebRTC blocking, Timezone Spoofing, Notification blocking, User-Agent Spoofing, and Cookie Monitoring feature.
On that note, while Ad blocking functionality is free for life, the VPN gives you 10 GB of data per month that you could work on, whereas the paid plan gives you unlimited data and access to servers of over 62 countries.
uBlocker belongs to the family of ad blockers that gives control to the user regarding whether they would like to allow some non-intrusive ads to get displayed or not. Or you could also add some of your websites to the whitelist and make the extension only display ads on those sites.
If you choose any of the above two options, the extensions will only display ads based on your personalization and interests. In other words, they will be curated based on your web activity.
By default, it will block every type of ad. So to make any tweaks, you will have to head over to its Settings menu. On that note, the extension lists out that it could block many different types of ads, including text ads, pre-roll video ads, text ads, banners, pop-unders, malware, viruses, and trackers too.
Likewise, blocking ads on Facebook, YouTube, and other such sites is also within its reach. The icing on the cake is that it gets regularly updated too. With support for over 20 languages, this simple yet effective adblocker is one that deserves a try.
Easy Ad Blocker
Although not many people know about it, it’s still a quite decent adblocker. Blocking all kinds of ads, including the likes of video ads, banners, full-screen ads, crypto miners, pop-ups, and phishing websites too. At the same time, all these help in speeding up your navigation and saving on your bandwidth.
Furthermore, being a lightweight plugin (around 1MB) further adds to its benefits. Although it doesn’t hold any of the extra functionalities that it could boast of, its sole purpose is to block intrusive ads, and it does excel in that with flying colors.
Ad Blocker Professional
Ending the list of best Adblocker extensions for Chrome is the Ad Blocker Profession plugin. If you are looking for a small extension with no extra fuss and functionality, then this could be your go-to plugin. To begin with, it blocks all the different types of ads, dangerous malware, trackers, and other related programs and scripts.
Likewise, it also makes the ad disappear from various social media sites and popular video streaming sites as well. With a small size, low CPU usage and bandwidth, it requires no extra configuration as well. Just install it and let him do its job.
There’s just a slight issue with it and that’s a lack of regular updates. The last time it got updated was in 2018 and one could hope that the developer could have done a slightly better job in this aspect. Anyways, it is still a decent ad blocker nevertheless.
Bottom Line – Chrome AdBlocker Extension
So with this, we conclude this list of the best ad blocker extensions for Chrome. Every one of these has some unique features as well as one or two caveats. It ultimately boils down to your personal preference whether you would like to try out a relatively newer player in the market or go for the tried and tested formula.
Whatever is your selection from the mentioned above, do let us know your choice in the comments section below.
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