How to Block Ads & Pop-Ups on Google Chrome [March 2020 Update]

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Dishonest, unscrupulous marketers made a very bad name for online advertising. Ad blockers like AdLock, AdBlock, AdGuard, and any others wouldn’t exist at all if advertisers followed one simple rule: don’t be an eyesore! With their flashing, sticky, stalking adverts, they push paid ads-free subscriptions to entertaining web-sources instead of marketed products. And as long as that situation continues, we will issue articles on how to stop ads and pop-ups on Google Chrome.
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Of course, the simplest way to block diverse ads, pop-ups/pop-unders on Chrome is to install AdLock, and we’re not just saying that ‘cause we are creators of this wonderwork. However, in a way yeah because of that, but exactly because we developed AdLock we know best all its useful features and essential settings. Though we try to be guided by the principle of impartiality, that’s why we’re going to show you how to remove ads from Chrome on your Android and PC using conventional inbuilt Chrome tools and using AdLock adblocker.

Opera users are lucky to have a built-in pop-up blocker on Opera. It’s disabled by default and needs to be adjusted in order to block online advertising.

How to Block Pop-Ups on Chrome by Adjusting Your Browser Settings

In February 2018 an unprecedented event occurred: Google enabled its built-in ad blocker for Chrome. However, it blocks only those ads that don’t meet standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads. The Coalition for Better Ads surveyed more than 40,000 internet users from North America and Europe to find out which advertisements they consider unacceptable. The survey showed that the most annoying ads are flash banners and full-page ads. The list of unwelcome ads also included pop-up windows, ads with autoplaying sound and video, banners with a countdown timer, etc.

How to enable Google Chrome’s adblocker?

Google Chrome pop-up blocker is turned on by default. However, you can disable it at any time or fine-tune it to meet your needs.

  1. First, go to your Settings;
  2. Next, type “popups” in a search bar ;
    It’s the quickest way to find the menu option where you can fine-tune Chrome’s ad filter. Usually, you need Content Settings, like on the screenshot below.
  3.  Go to Pop-ups and redirects;

    You’ll see the current state of pop-ups: “Allowed” or “Blocked”. To change this permission (block/allow them), switch the toggle. You can enable the “Blocked” state to be the default permission for pop-ups across the web and then add exceptions as shown below.
  4. Add exceptions;
    Click on ADD in front the Block or Allow options and in the pop-up window type down the URL of the site you want to block/allow pop-ups on.
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  5. Allow/block ads
    A similar procedure is applicable if you want to stop ads on Chrome. For this, go back to the Content Settings, click Ads and then repeat actions from the 3rd step.

How to Block Ads on Specific Websites

If you tolerate ads, but there are some specific websites that drive even such toughie like you mad, then you might’ve looked for ways to block ads on those sites. As we’ve already mentioned before, ads are allowed in chrome by default, but you have a chance to stop commercials on separate websites. All you need is to set up the list of exceptions. Here’s how you can do this.

Navigate to a particular website you want/don’t want to see ads on, then click the padlock (“Secure”) icon in the address bar. Then in the dropdown menu click Settings. Find the Ads entry, then choose a preferred option in the menu.

You don’t have to duplicate all of the above steps on every single device if you have a Google account. Google Chrome on your smartphone, if you are authorized in it, will have the same settings for displaying ads as the desktop version of the browser. In the mobile version, ad filtering rules are even stricter: whereas the desktop Google Chrome is going to block pop-up windows, large sticky ads, ads with autoplaying video and sound, and banner ads with countdown, the mobile Google Chrome is going to block animated flash banners, full-page scrollover ads, and densely placed advertising as well.

Unbearable ads on YouTube drive millions of people crazy all over the world. If YouTube Red is not available in your country or you simply don’t want to buy a subscription you can block YouTube ads on Android.

So, after those steps, I won’t see ads?

Not exactly. Chrome pop-up ad blocker doesn’t work like AdLock or other third-party solutions at least initially, it works as an alert system for web-developers. If certain website owners violate standards of the Coalition for Better Ads by displaying unacceptable types of ads, Google will send them a notification asking to fix things up within 30 days. If notification is ignored or modifications are late, then Google will block all types of ads on such a website. So, no, you won’t immediately get rid of ads on Chrome if you enable the inbuilt ad-blocking tool. If you want to block adverts here and now, use the best pop-up blocker for Chrome AdLock.
If even after you’ve installed an ad-blocking application and/or added an extension you continue seeing diverse commercials, then it’s probably because of adware. It might’ve happened that when surfing the internet you visited a website with malicious scripts that infected your browser and, what’s worse, your system. So, what should you do then?

Scan Your PC for Malware

In the majority of cases, adware infects browsers and then starts changing settings, homepage, default search engine, etc. This kind of virus can be easily removed via recovering your browser to its default settings. To find out how you can reset different browsers, follow this link. If recovering your browser did nothing and you continue getting damn adverts, then you should break out the big guns. The longer you take no actions, the more adware spreads across your system. Generally, PCs have built-in antivirus tools, but as we’ve already mentioned in one of our articles, those pre-installed tools are not effective. The way out is to grab a reliable antivirus Norton, AVG, ESET, McAfee, Kaspersky, whatever, and run a deep scan of your system. Yep, it may take long to find a lurking saboteur, but be patient. As soon as antivirus finds suspicious scripts/software, it isolates it and moves to quarantine so it wouldn’t harm your system anymore. Wait until the scan is over and then check the scan report. Antivirus will offer you to take actions against suspicious elements. Don’t hesitate when you see a virus. Delete it permanently.

How to Block Ads In Google Chrome Using AdLock Extension

Our newest product to beat ads exclusively in Google Chrome is here. AdLock extension is a superior Chrome extension and here is why:

  • It blocks all ads with no exceptions;
  • It blocks online tracking, spyware, web bugs, and data collectors;
  • It provides the highest level of privacy, even we can’t see your internet activity;
  • It is forever free and doesn’t support the acceptable ads policy.

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How to Block Ads in Chrome on Desktop Using AdLock

It’s the simplest thing in the world to block ads in both desktop Chrome and in your whole PC using AdLock. All you have to do is:

Download AdLock

Follow this link to download AdLock for Windows.

Install AdLock

AdLock will take over the operation and suggest you the perfect folder for installation.

Open and adjust AdLock

The very moment you open AdLock it will start to block advertising. Though, you can adjust it to meet your needs. For example, if you’re willing to see ads on a particular website, you can add its URL to AdLock Domains exclusions. Open an AdLocker tab in the application, click on Add domain name and type a URL in this format: www.example.com. Since then AdLock will disable ads on every site except that one.
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How to Disable Ads in Chrome on Android With AdLock

Download AdLock

First of all, you need to download a pop-up blocker for Chrome. Open this link, with your phone/tablet to start downloading the AdLock APK. If you’re willing to use AdLock for free for 14 days go to the next step, otherwise, follow this link to choose one of two types of licenses. After you submit your order, you will get a unique code which you will need to enter in your AdLock application.

Allow installation from unknown sources

Navigate to the Settings in your smartphone where you will need to select one of two possible options either Security or Applications (it depends on the phone model). Better check it in the user’s manual to know for sure. Then follow steps suggested by your device.

Install AdLock

Find the file adlock.apk on your phone and tap it to start the installation. Greedy Google doesn’t want you to install applications that block advertising that’s why it will attempt to scare you with pop-ups like “this application may harm your device”. Ignore warnings, be sure, AdLock is completely safe as long as you treat it nice. Kidding. AdLock won’t do anything wrong with your device. Moreover, it will protect your phone from such attempts from third-parties. Launch AdLock after the installation.

Enable HTTPS filtering

It’s a very important step as it’s the only way AdLock can filter ads on websites that use HTTPS encryption. To enable HTTPS filtering, switch to the AdLocker tab and switch the toggle next to Enable HTTPS filtering. In a pop-up window tap OK.
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From the very moment you enable HTTPS filtering, AdLock will start disabling pop-ups on Chrome as well as in your games, applications, system apps, and messengers. Though you may want to fine-tune it for your personal needs.

Create a whitelist of domains where ads won’t be blocked and filtered

For example, you like a particular website which as you know makes a profit only from ads and you don’t want to deprive it of this opportunity. Then you should add the URL of this website to Domains Exclusions. Since then AdLock will filter ads on all websites except that one.
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Final words

In summary, we’d like to say, that built-in adblockers and antivirus tools on different browsers will never be perfect. We suggest you stick to a trusted and reliable adblocker and forget your past worries about insecurity, vulnerability online, and numerous commercials that mutate and sneak through the tools provided by browser developers. At the end of the day, they develop browsers while we develop and enhance one of the best adblocking products on the market. We’re in it every day. We deliver the best.

Firefox has built-in Tracking Protection which can be adjusted to disable promotional banners. A simple guide on how to block ads on Firefox will teach you dealing with ads in just a few steps.
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