If there’s anything true about the Internet, it’s that there will be ads. It’s one of the unavoidable facts of using this amazing utility. Right? Up until somewhat recently, it was. However, there’s now something you can do about it: AdBlock. It’s the single most effective technique ever developed for eliminating ads on the internet.
What is AdBlock?
AdBlock is an extension that’s installed in Google Chrome that stops almost every ad on almost every website. Advertisements use specific scripts to operate. Some of them reference common sources, such as affiliate networks, while others contain certain code elements that are typically used in ads.
AdBlock uses this information to stop the scripts from running. Below are some popular websites that can become ad free with the use of AdBlock:
- Pretty much every other website…
As of this publication, AdBlock makes all of those websites a completely ad free experience. YouTube won’t load ads before or during your videos. Facebook won’t give you weirdly specific ads on the side. Google’s sponsored results won’t even show up.
How Do You Install AdBlock?
First, you need to be using Google Chrome. If you’re not, you can download it here.
- Click on the three bars on the upper right. This opens up a menu.
- Select “Settings.”
- Navigate to “Extensions” on the bar on the left.
- Select “Get more extensions”. This will take you to the Chrome Web Store.
- Search AdBlock.
- Click on the “+Free” rectangle for AdBlock. The extension will be installed and activated on your browser.
- A new tab will open with a donation page. Feel free to donate.
Now, navigate to your favorite website. Notice the lack of ads?
Are There Any Downsides to AdBlock?
There is only one downside to using AdBlock. While rare, sometimes it can block scripts that are not related to advertisements, but are close enough to be caught by AdBlock’s filter. Fortunately, the remedy is simple. If you’re ever on a website and it isn’t working as expected, pause AdBlock on that page and refresh it. If the problem was AdBlock, the website will now work as intended.
You can pause AdBlock by selecting the Adblock icon (looks like a stop sign with a hand) in the upper right corner. A menu will appear. Select either “Pause AdBlock” or “Don’t run on this page.”
Are you ready to have a much less annoying Internet browsing experience? It’s time to get AdBlock!
Author’s Note: I’ve had AdBlock running for a few years now. According to the AdBlock menu, it has blocked 62,000 ads! That’s well worth the minute or two it takes to install.