If you use the same Internet as the rest of the world, chances are high you are fed up with online advertising. Pop-ups and pop-unders, autoplay video and huge banner ads—digital advertising is by no means polite and ethical. Online ads follow you in apps, in social media, and . . . in your Google Chrome browser. No wonder you ended up Googling “how to block ads on Chrome.”
By the end of this article, you will learn how to stop pop-ups and other forms of ads on Chrome. Let’s not waste time and dive right in.
Long story short, you have two options to choose from:
- Adjust your Chrome browser settings.
- Download third-party software (recommended).
How to Stop Pop-ups in Chrome (By Adjusting Your Browser Settings)
If all you need is to stop pop-up ads, you can simply go to your Chrome browser settings and make sure the pop-up blocking feature is enabled. Here’s a detailed guide on how to block pop-ups on Chrome:
- Open your Chrome Browser and click the three dots button at the top right corner.
- Find “Settings” in the drop-down menu and click it.
- Scroll down and click the “Advanced” button.
- Click “Content” and pick “pop-ups” from the drop-down menu.
- Switch to “Blocked” and add whitelisted URLs if needed.
How to Remove Ads from Chrome Completely (with Ad Blocking Software)
If you are not satisfied with the built-in pop-up blocker Chrome offers, consider using a third-party software. The best way to block ads on Chrome is to use a system-level ad blocker. Not only will it help you get rid of annoying pop-up ads, but it will also remove all other ad formats from your internet experience. Imagine browsing, using social media, and watching videos on YouTube without intrusive ads trying to catch your attention at any cost. What sounds like a dream (at least for those who are sick and tired of intrusive digital ads) becomes possible with a quality ad blocker. Understandably, we’re partial to StopAd.
All you have to do is to install an ad blocker, and it will do the legwork for you. With StopAd, there is no need to adjust browser settings (which is the case with built-in browser features). Neither it is needed to install a separate ad blocking extension for every browser you use (which is the case with outdated extension-like ad blockers).
It couldn’t be any simpler. You install StopAd, and it does what it’s been trained for—blocking ads of all forms not only in your Chrome browser but in apps, too—without exception.
Why Choose System-Level Ad Blockers Over Browser Extensions?
It all comes down to these two things: usability and efficiency.
The problem with browser extensions is that you have to download them multiple times if you use more than one browser. The issue with efficiency is that browser extensions don’t block ads in places other than your browser, while system-level ad blockers work in apps, and social media, too. Plus, this doesn’t even address the quality of some ad blockers, which participate in “acceptable ads” programs (they get paid by advertisers to let ads through.)
How to Block More Ads
If it’s not just ads on Chrome that drive you crazy, you will most certainly benefit from one of the following articles on our blog: