How to Stop Windows 10 Pop up Ads

Disable those ads and get on with your life

What to Know

  • In Microsoft Edge, switch Block Pop-ups to On under Security.
  • For ads in File Explorer, uncheck Show Sync Provider Notifications in Advanced Settings.
  • To stop ads in your lock screen, notifications, and the Stop/Start menu, go to Start > Settings.

This article covers how to disable ads and stop pop-ups in Microsoft Edge and File Explorer, on your lock screen, in your notifications, and in the Stop/Start menu.

Block Pop-Ups in Microsoft Edge

To disable pop-up ads when MS Edge is running:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Click the Settings and More ellipsis at the right end of the toolbar. Alternatively, press the keyboard shortcut Alt+X.

    Settings and More in Edge
  3. Click Settings near the bottom of the drop-down menu.

    Microsoft Edge Settings in menu
  4. Select Privacy and Security, which is represented by a padlock icon in the left pane of the Settings menu.

    Edge Privacy & security settings
  5. Switch Block Pop-ups to On under Security.

    Block pop-ups in Edge

Stop File Explorer Ads

Here's how to stop seeing ads for OneDrive or Microsoft 365 as you browse files and folders on your Windows 10 computer.

  1. Press Win+E on your keyboard to open the File Explorer window.

  2. Click the View tab.

    View tab
  3. Select Options and choose Change Folder and Search Options. The Folder Options dialog box will open.

    Change folder and search options
  4. Select the View tab on Folder Options.

    Folder Options > View
  5. Scroll through the list of options in the Advanced settings section.

  6. Clear the Show Sync Provider Notifications checkbox.

    Show sync provider notifications
  7. Select Apply and OK.

  8. Close the window and exit File Explorer.

Stop Windows 10 Lock Screen Ads

Here's how to get rid of pop-up ads on your lock screen.

  1. Go to Start > Settings.

  2. Select Personalization.

    Windows Settings > Personalization
  3. Click Lock Screen in the left pane.

    Settings > Lock screen
  4. Click Picture or Slideshow in the background drop-down menu.

    Lock screen > picture
  5. Turn off the Get fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen toggle switch.

  6. Exit the Settings window.

Stop Push Notification Pop-Ups

To disable ads in Windows 10 notifications disguised as suggestions:

  1. Go to Start > Settings.

  2. Select System.

    Settings > System
  3. Select Notifications & actions in the left pane.

    Notifications & actions
  4. Turn Show me the Windows welcome experience after updates and occasionally when I sign in to highlight what’s new and suggested to Off.

    Show Windows welcome experience toggle
  5. Exit Settings.

Stop/Start Menu Ads

Disable Start Menu ads by right-clicking the ad and selecting Turn Off All Suggestions. If you don't want to wait until you see an ad, disable them in Settings.

  1. Click Start > Settings > Personalization.

  2. Select Start in the left pane.

    Settings > Start
  3. Disable Show Suggestions Occasionally in Start and exit Settings.

    Settings > Start

You can block ads in your web browser using an integrated pop-up blocker or third-party ad-blocking software applications, but these don't work for pop-ups that appear when you're not browsing the web.

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