Adblock is one of the niftiest, hassle-free add-ons you can use in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you have ever been to a website or blog where ads have dominated the page and you cannot find the content you are looking for, utilizing Adblock can save you a headache. Adblock allows you to filter web ads through the use of databases or even by individually blocking them. It is a powerful tool that packs a big punch that you will never even notice you are using until you see a stray ad.
Our guide will show you how to use Adblock in Chrome. However, the steps can be used to work with Adblock in Firefox, too.
How to use Adblock Plus
Your first step to installing Adblock in Chrome will be to head to the Chrome Web Store. Once there, you will want to hunt down and begin installing Adblock.
Make sure to click “Add” to continue.
A few seconds later, Adblock will be installed and ready to work on your behalf. You can either leave the icon in the toolbar or choose to hide it, the choice is yours.
You will also be directed to a welcome message from the makers of Adblock. You can donate to the makers or even like them on Facebook and Twitter. Adblock by default will block every ad it can in its database. You can add to your own database, or you can import other databases if where you are going online seems to have more ads that are not in its database.
Now, open up your extensions in Chrome.
Click “Options” for Adblock.
This will let you work with the various settings for Adblock in Chrome. This is where you can make Adblock do wonders for you.
The first set of settings, for Filter lists, lets you either utilize the primary database of ads that will be blocked or add your own subscription. Depending on what you do online, finding new databases and lists may help make your browsing experience 100% ad free. You can also check to see if Adblock’s own databases have been updated recently. It is a good idea to run this tool at least once a week and definitely if you see any ads pop up.
Next, click “Add your own filters.”
If you choose to learn more about filters in Adblock from their website, you can start adding your own here. You can also eliminate filters here. This is for more advanced users, but if you really want to see what Adblock can do for you, this is the place.
Then, click “Whitelisted domains.”
If for some reason there are websites out there where you would rather see the ads than not, you can whitelist them here. Simply type in the domain and you will see ads only there. You can take them off at any time by coming back here and removing them.
Finally, click “General.”
These settings are just the basics for Adblock, such as showing or hiding its icon in Chrome or eliminating the right-click options that come with it to block individual ads. You can also hide placeholders and allow Adblock to let the page flow more naturally when eliminating those ads.
Speaking of those right-click functions now that we are done with the settings, head to any website you know for sure uses ads.
Now, “right-click on any of those ads.” You see that Block Element addition? That is your best friend when using Adblock and individually filtering items. Click on it.
A pop-up will appear written in Adblock’s filter language wanting you to confirm that you want to block it. Click “Add” to do so.
The ad will appear as a blank box on the page, gone until you decide otherwise.
You now have everything you need to know for Adblock to be your new best friend when browsing the web in either Chrome or Firefox.
How effective is Adblock Plus for dealing with online ads?
Adblock has been around for years. For many, it is hard to imagine using the Internet without it. If you are annoyed by the amount of ads you see online, give Adblock a try in Firefox or Chrome. It works wonders, it is updated frequently and it gives you control to block as you see fit. There is nothing quite like Adblock out there that works this effectively.