How to Stop Windows 10 Pop Up Ads

Disable those ads and get on with your life

You can block ads in your web browser using an integrated pop-up blocker or third-party ad-blocking software applications. However, if you are seeing random pop up ads on your Windows 10 computer even when you're not browsing the web, those tactics will not work.

Learn how to disable ads and stop pop-ups in different areas of Windows 10.

Block Pop-Ups in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is the default internet browser in Windows 10. If you are noticing pop-up ads when MS Edge is running, you can quickly disable them.

  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
  3. Click Settings near the bottom of the drop-down menu.

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

    Screenshot of Privacy & Security in Edge
  5. Switch Block Pop-ups to On under Security.

    Screenshot of Block Pop-ups switch

Stop File Explorer Ads

You might encounter ads for OneDrive or Office 365 as you browse files and folders on your Windows 10 computer. If you find them annoying, you can put a stop to them.

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

  2. Click the View tab.

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

    Screenshot of Change Folder and Search Options in File Explorer
  4. Select the View tab on Folder Options.

    Screenshot of View tab on Folder Options
  5. Scroll through the list of options in the Advanced settings section.

  6. Clear the Show Sync Provider Notifications checkbox.

    Screenshot of Show sync provider notifications checkbox
  7. Select Apply and OK.

  8. Close the window and exit File Explorer.

Stop Windows 10 Lock Screen Ads

The lock screen helps protect your computer, but you might see ads there, as well. Here's how to get rid of those pop-ups.

  1. Go to Start > Settings.

  2. Select Personalization.

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

    Lock Screen
  4. Click Picture or Slideshow in the background drop-down menu.

    Lock Screen background
  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

You might see ads in Windows 10 notifications disguised as suggestions. You can disable these, as well.

  1. Go to Start > Settings.

  2. Select System.

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

    Notifications and 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.

    Disable push notification ads
  5. Exit Settings.

Stop/Start Menu Ads

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

  1. Click Start > Settings > Personalization.

  2. Select Start in the left pane.

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