Though irritating for most, ads are one of the biggest sources of revenue for websites. When not coming from a credible source, sometimes the ads are laden with malware such as adware or spyware, which are detrimental to your privacy. Also, the pop-up ads hamper with the viewing experience. For a large part, ads — especially on social media — have also become a source for propaganda campaigns promoted by various companies, countries and other entities.
Ads are present almost everywhere in this digital world. So, how will you find peace with a clutter-free internet surfing experience? Here we will explain how you can block ads in Google Chrome and enjoy surfing the internet.
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Using the DuckDuckGo extension for Chrome
DuckDuckGo is actually a browser, much like Chrome, but respects your privacy and blocking ads is one service among the list of service that it provides. If you want to remove the ads, we recommend you to install the DuckDuckGo extension for Google Chrome. You can download the app standalone DuckDuckGo browser app form the Play Store and Apple Store — it will take a few minutes to get around as the interface is different than Chrome’s but it gets the work done better than the latter.
If you are using Google Chrome on Windows, you can follow the steps given below to add DuckDuckGo extension.
- Go to DuckDuckGo.com and you will see a drop-down menu.
- Click on Add DuckDuckGo to Google Chrome.
Alternatively, you can also search for DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials on Chrome’s store.
- In a new window, click on Add to Chrome.
- Finally, confirm by clicking on Add Extension.
If you open a website from this search engine, you will notice that there is a grading system on each website, as you can see from the screenshot above. When you will click on the grade, it will show you how safe you are when visiting the site.
If you look above, you will see the top offenders list. Do some names look familiar?
Now, let us talk how this search engine fares on the ads front. As you can see from the above screenshot, there is an ad showing. Now, look at the screenshot below which I have taken after adding the DuckDuckGo extension. You will notice that the ad is gone and instead a blank space is shown.
If DuckDuckGo doesn’t work out for you, we have other methods that you can try.
Block ads using Google Chrome settings on PC
You can block ads by going to the Google settings and clicking on a few options. The steps are as follows.
- Go to Settings by clicking on the three-dot button.
- On the left panel, click on Advanced.
- Select Privacy and Security from the drop-down menu.
- Go to Site Settings.
- Scroll a bit and then click on Ads.
- If the button is blue, then turn it off. When you turn it off, the ads will be blocked. By default, the button is off.
- Then, go to the Pop-ups and redirects section and then turn off the blue-button there. (By default, it is off)
Block ads on Google Chrome for iOS and Android
Below is the screenshot of the same process on the Chrome app. Follow the same steps mentioned above for PC to block ads via the in-built settings on Chrome for Android and iOS.
Note: This method will block only some ads that are intrusive. You will continue to see most of the ads.
Using AdBlock or Adblock Plus
You can add either of these extensions to Google Chrome. Follow the steps given below to add the extensions.
Follow the steps given below.
- Go to AdBlock website.
- Click on Get AdBlock now.
- Click on Add to Chrome.
- Confirm the process by clicking on Add extension.
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If you want to add this extension, below are the steps.
- Go to Adblock Plus website.
- Click on Get Adblock Plus for Chrome.
- Click on Add to Chrome and then confirm by clicking on Add extension.
Note: With the free version of Adblock, it’s possible that you’ll see ads.
We recommend that you install the DuckDuckGo extension, as it protects your privacy and blocks all the ads without you having to potentially pay for blocking ads.
Hope this tutorial has helped in your quest for an ad-free internet experience! That said, please take a note of our request that you can find below the author bio here.
Former Senior Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant has a keen interest in social issues and international relations.