The 8 Best Ad Blockers of 2019

Save time and aggravation with these top adblockers

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Not only can blocking ads with a browser extension make web pages load faster, they can also give you peace of mind due to their ability to stop websites from tracking your browser history and activity. Here are the best ad blockers, both paid and free, that are worth installing to your web browser.

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Adblock Plus

AdBlock Plus ad blocker web browser extension.

AdBlock Plus

What We Like

  • Supports Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Edge, Opera, Maxthon, and Yandex Browser.

  • Option to enable some ads to support websites.

What We Don't Like

  • Microsoft Edge version is still in beta and a little glitchy.

  • Ironically pops up a message after every update which can be annoying.

Adblock Plus is one of the most-popular ad blockers online due to its support for most major web browsers, and advanced options allowing you to enable some unobtrusive ads to support websites, while blocking the really annoying ones. The option to disable tracking done by social media icons is a nice addition and the extra filter lists work as expected.

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Cloudopt

Cloudopt ad blocker web browser plugin

Cloudopt

What We Like

  • One of the few ad blockers with dedicated Bitcoin mining protection.

  • Good support for western and eastern web browsers.

What We Don't Like

  • A lot of the company’s social media channels appear dead though the ad blocker is updated on a very regular basis.

Cloudopt is a free ad blocker that supports the usual pop-up window and ad blocking features, but also boasts automatic blocking of suspicious websites and dedicated protection against crypto mining software that can let a site use your computer for the mining of cryptocurrencies.

Cloudopt supports a wide range of popular Asian web browsers, from Sogou and QQ through to Yandex and Baidu Yun, in addition to most major western ones.

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AdBlocker Ultimate

Ad Blocker Ultimate ad blocker extension.

AdBlocker Ultimate

What We Like

  • Strong protection against all kinds of online advertising.

  • Also blocks ads on YouTube videos.

What We Don't Like

  • Initial setup takes a long time as it scans your computer.

  • Continually resizes the browser window in Microsoft Edge.

AdBlocker Ultimate is a powerful ad block browser extension that works with Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. While its name may hint at a paid upgrade tier, this ad blocker is completely free to install and use. Once installed, AdBlocker Ultimate can block pop-up ads, web page ad units, YouTube video ads, interstitial page ads, overlay ads, and even ads on Facebook.

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MinerBlock

MinerBlock browser extension.

MinerBlock

What We Like

  • Fills a much-needed niche in the ad blocker market.

  • Very easy to turn on and off.

What We Don't Like

  • Only offers the one feature so you’ll need at least one more plugin for blocking ads.

  • Needs some basic information to educate those who are new to crypto.

MinerBlock is a basic free ad block extension for Opera, Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers that’s designed solely to prevent untrustworthy websites from using your computer as a mining rig for mining cryptocoins. This plugin is extremely lightweight due to its dedicated functionality and is a good choice to have if none of your current ad blockers offer cryptocurrency mining protection.

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CatBlock

CatBlock ad blocker browser extension.

CatBlock

What We Like

  • Very original and cute idea for an ad blocker.

  • Lets you upload your own photos that can be used to replace ads.

What We Don't Like

  • Block most ads but not all.

  • Settings are very minimal.

CatBlock is a quirky little ad block plugin for Opera, Chrome, and Firefox that simultaneously blocks ads and replaces them with randomly generated photos of cats. The ad blocking with this extension is as effective as the more serious ad blockers out there, but this one is much cuter.

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uBlock Origin

uBlock Microsoft Edge ad blocker extension.

uBlock Origin contribution

What We Like

  • Effectively blocks ads on websites.

  • Doesn’t slow down Edge which is known to struggle with extensions at times.

What We Don't Like

  • Lacks a list of all of the ad types that it blocks.

  • Settings are too advanced for most casual users.

uBlock is a free pop-up blocker for the Microsoft Edge. This extension is extremely lightweight and doesn’t slow down Edge like so many other plugins or websites. It features basic ad blocking for website banner ads and popup ads and supports a wide range of advanced features for blocking media elements over a certain size and even making a page more color-blind friendly.

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AdultBlocker

AdultBlocker browser extension.

AdultBlocker

What We Like

  • Can block web pages with curse words or phrases associated with violence.

  • Password protection to keep parents in control.

What We Don't Like

  • Isn’t available for every browser so parents will need to be aware of what browsers are installed on their computer.

While there are a lot of standalone apps parents can use to monitor their kids’ internet usage and protect them from dangerous content, most of them require a recurring monthly fee to use, which can get expensive. Adult Blocker is a great alternative to these apps as it’s completely free and offers many of the same features, like blocking mature or dangerous websites from being accessed.

This content blocker extension is available on Opera, Chrome, and Firefox and can be password protected once it’s turned on to prevent kids to switching it off.

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Adguard AdBlocker

Adguard AdBlocker ad blocker browser extension.

Adguard AdBlocker

What We Like

  • Phishing and malware protection in addition to ad blocking.

  • Great privacy options for protecting your personal information while surfing the web.

What We Don't Like

  • Randomly resizes the Edge browser window sometimes.

  • Lots of information for learning about features but all of it is on a website, not in the app. 

The Adguard AdBlocker extension is a powerful free plugin for Microsoft Edge, Opera, Yandex, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers that can block ads, protect your privacy, and protect your device from phishing and malware attacks.

Adguard AdBlocker also features a variety of modes and settings for completely hiding your tracks such as self-destruct cookies, hidden search queries, and automatic do-not-send requests. This one extension has almost every feature you could want.