Ads on the internet are annoying. Sure, sometimes they serve malware, but most of the time they’re just in the way of you and seamless content consumption. You don’t need that. You need an ad blocker.

By the way, please be sure to whitelist sites you like so they can receive some revenue for the content they produce. If you like TechNorms, please whitelist us.

The Best Desktop Ad Blockers

The desktop market is pretty well developed and there’s a lot of user freedom built into modern browsers, so you have a lot of space to work with. Here are some of our favorite tools.

uBlock Origin


uBlock my personal favorite adblocker. It’s free, open-source and available for most major browsers. It’s faster and more efficient than Adblock Plus, and it doesn’t have the uncomfortable monetization scheme that allows companies to pay to bypass your blocker.

From the creator of uBlock Origin:

“So given uBlock did much better CPU-wise than ABP in its content script for such a bloated web site means it was a worst-case scenario for µBlock, and yet it did its job of hiding elements between 2 and 3 times faster.”

Granted, this might not be as much of an issue if you’re on a good PC and have 8 GB of RAM or something. If you’re on a slow work PC, then it’s a different story.

uBlock Origin also offers some useful granular controls right from its control bar that let you toggle custom fonts, strict blocking and cosmetic filtering.

I would highly recommend uBlock Origin as the faster, more trustworthy adblocker.

Download uBlock Origin for Chrome, Firefox, Opera

uBlock Origin is a fork of uBlock after the creators had a disagreement. Origin does not support Safari but uBlock does. The Safari version is no longer under development, sadly. You may be better off with another adblocker that’s still under development.

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is probably the most popular adblocker out there. It has a lot going for it- free, open source, free under the GPL, and supports almost every platform (Chrome, Firefox, Android, Opera, IE, Safari, Yandex, Maxthon, Edge).

Like we mentioned before, Adblock Plus tends to take up more memory to do the same job. It does a good job, too, filtering out all the annoying ads that infest the web.

It does not, however, filter ads that meet its Acceptable Ads policy. Smaller outlets (less than 10 million additional ad impressions per month due to participating in Acceptable Ads) can get on the acceptable list for free. Larger entities will have to pay 30% of the additional revenue created by whitelisting the acceptable ads.

On one hand, we like the push toward minimalist advertising that isn’t obnoxious. It’s good to block the crap and let through ads that don’t intrude so much. On the other, this is basically a shakedown of larger companies. Give us money and we’ll stop blocking some of your ads. Rough.

Download Adblock Plus


Adblock (not the same thing as Adblock Plus) is another widely used adblocker with 200 million downloads. It supports Chrome and Safari, so it’s not quite as versatile as Adblock Plus with regards to platforms.

Still, I used Adblock for a while in Safari and it worked pretty well. Didn’t block YouTube ads for too many videos, but it got everything else.

Download Adblock

Final Thoughts

If you do use an adblocker, please find a way to contribute to creators you like. We can’t get by without getting paid for our work somehow. If you don’t want to see the ads (totally understandable), send content creators money through Paypal or something. Whatever it is, please support work you like.

To whitelist TechNorms:

  • Click the uBlock Origin button in the tab bar and click the big power icon. This will turn on ads for our site and uBlock will remember it. Reference
  • Right-click the Adblock Plus icon > Options > whitelisted domains > > add domain. Reference
  • Adblock button > Disable adblock on this page. Reference