How to Stop Windows 10 Pop-Up Ads

Disable those ads and get on with your life

Spend any time in Windows, and you'll encounter a seemingly endless supply of unwanted pop-up ads. Pop-ups are a popular form of online advertising that isn't particularly popular with most users. This article explains 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 in Windows 10.

Block Pop-Ups in Microsoft Edge

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

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Select 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. Choose Settings in the drop-down menu.

    Microsoft Edge Settings in menu
  4. Select Privacy and Security, 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 opens.

    Change folder and search options
  4. Choose the View tab.

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

  6. Clear the Show sync provider notifications check box.

    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 a web browser using an integrated pop-up blocker or third-party ad-blocking software application, but these don't work for pop-ups that appear when you're not browsing the web.

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