Prevent Pop-Up Ads With These Blockers

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It seems like every time you click on a link to open one website, three or more windows pop up with it to advertise everything from low insurance rates to online casinos. These windows are annoying and eat up your bandwidth. However, software and extensions can stop pop-ups and other types of online advertising before you see them. Here's a look at five top ad blockers you can install to prevent these annoying ads.

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Adblock Plus Extension

What We Like

  • Quick setup that loads preset filters.

  • Customizable by users.

  • Stops malware.

  • Easy to close the "acceptable ads" loophole.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't block pop-up video ads by default.

  • Misses some ads.

  • Sells whitelist status to some advertisers requiring users to opt out manually.

Adblock Plus is the world's most popular browser extension. This free open-source software blocks banners, pop-up ads, tracking, and malware. Adblock Plus is available as an extension for Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox web browsers.

By default, Adblock Plus settings don't block nonintrusive ads in order to support websites. The company's "Acceptable Ad" initiative allows advertisers who agree to make ads that follow user-generated criteria to be whitelisted. However, users can disable the option to browse completely ad-free.

The Acceptable Ad specifications are listed on the ABP website.

The same company makes an ad-blocking app entitled Adblock Browser, which is available for browsers on Android and iOS mobile devices. 

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AdGuard

What We Like

  • Stops most advertising including video ads.

  • Informative user interface.

  • Available for multiple platforms and devices.

  • Filters ads out of code before the web page loads.

What We Don't Like

  • Uses an immense amount of processing power.

  • Slows down Windows startup.

  • Sometimes blocks things it shouldn't.

  • Browser extension isn't as effective as desktop version.

AdGuard ad blocker for Chrome, Firefox, and most other browsers blocks all types of advertising on all types of web pages including on Facebook and YouTube. Compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems, this product can handle anti-ad block scripts. It is fast and uses half the memory of other ad blockers.

AdGuard blocks all ads including video ads, floating ads, interstitial ads, pop-ups and text ads including Facebook advertisements​ while protecting you from malware and phishing.

AdGuard was the first stand-alone ad blocker for the Mac and also released versions for iOS and Android mobile devices.

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Simply Block Ads!

What We Like

  • Blocks YouTube ads, pop-ups, text ads, and background ads.

  • Extremely simple to learn and operate.

  • Free browser add-on.

What We Don't Like

  • Not as much customization as competitors.

  • Minimal customer support.

  • Misses some ads.

The Simply Block Ads! extension for Chrome is proud of its super simple interface. The free extension gets rid of YouTube pre-video ads, pop-ups, in-site ads, text ads, background ads, and whole-site ads. 

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AdFender

What We Like

  • Simple ad blocker with user-friendly interface.

  • Works with most Windows browsers.

  • Limited free-for-life Standard version available.

What We Don't Like

  • Available for Windows desktop only.

  • Full version requires an annual fee.

AdFender offers multiple filter lists and works with all browsers automatically. It blocks banner ads, video ads, pop-ups and other types of ads. This Windows software gives you a faster surfing experience with much less clutter. Browse anonymously to speed up your web browsing experience.

AdFender works with Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer and Opera on computers running Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and Vista.

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Ad Muncher

What We Like

  • Prevents video ads, pop-ups, floating ads, and others.

  • Compatible with most internet browsers.

  • No setup is necessary. It runs immediately upon installation.

What We Don't Like

  • Available for Windows desktop computers only.

  • No phone or live-chat support.

  • The Ad Muncher toolbar is hidden by default.

Ad Muncher, now free, was once a paid application. It is a Windows app that works to block ads in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome. AdMuncher blocks rich media ads like video ads, interstitial ads, and floating ads. It also blocks many spyware, adware, and dialer installers. Using Ad Muncher to block ads and pop-up windows speeds up page loading and saves bandwidth.​