Ads are universally frustrating when you’re trying to read or watch something online. That’s why I hunted down the best ad blocker extensions for all browsers, whether it’s Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or even Opera or Yandex.
Below you’ll find a list of my top choices that block all kinds of ads to cut down annoyances and speed up browsing. Many of them also help limit trackers and secure your privacy. What’s more? Most of them are free with no catches. So, there’s no excuse not to use one!
- Adblock Plus
- AdGuard AdBlocker
- AdBlocker Ultimate
- UBlock Origin
- Fair AdBlocker
- Total Adblock
1. Adblock Plus: Editor’s Choice
Availability: Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera, Yandex
Adblock Plus (ABP) is my go-to ad blocker because it works just as effectively on multiple browsers. It’s super quick to set up and works like a charm. It uses preset filter lists that allow users to block all kinds of ads on websites, including YouTube.
Moreover, you can also filter malware for a safer browsing experience. Of course, it offers complete flexibility to set custom filters and whitelist sites that you want to support. All in all, it’s the best free adblocker extension for Chrome, Safari, and other popular browsers.
In fact, it’s also on my list of must-have Chrome extensions. I’ve lost track of how often I’ve recommended this to others, including my co-workers at iGeeksBlog. Try it for yourself, and I’m sure you’ll understand why I love it so much.
2. AdBlock: Best YouTube ad blocker
Availability: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari
AdBlock is similar to Adblock Plus but unrelated to it. It’s one of the most popular ad blockers for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge.
It uses a series of filter lists to block ad content from known ad servers and providers automatically. You can keep the default blocklists, subscribe to additional ones, or even create your own.
It blocks ads, pop-ups, malware, YouTube & Facebook ads, and Cryptocurrency Mining. Of course, you can also whitelist websites as needed.
3. AdGuard AdBlocker: Wide availability across browsers
Availability: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, Edge, Yandex
AdGuard is available as both a browser extension and an application. It’s super fast and power-efficient across browsers.
Apart from ads and pop-ups, it protects your privacy by blocking common third-party tracking systems. It blocks many kinds of spyware, adware, and dialer installers to keep you safe from malware and phishing.
The company also has a home solution that protects all the devices in your home, along with a free AdGuard DNS that can change the DNS settings on any device.
4. Ghostery: Great privacy tool
Availability: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge
Ghostery is much more than an ad blocker. It offers many privacy features that block pesky trackers on websites collecting information about your browsing activity. For more privacy, you can turn on Ghostery’s Enhanced Anti Tracking to anonymize your data.
At the same time, it also prevents ads and pop-ups for a distraction-free browsing experience. It’s free to download for basic web protection, but the advanced features require a subscription. The subscription also includes a built-in VPN for anonymizing yourself online and accessing geo-restricted content.
Price: Free ($4.99 per month for advanced privacy features)
5. AdBlocker Ultimate: Blocks everything
Availability: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera
AdBlocker Ultimate effectively blocks all annoying ads, malicious websites, and online trackers. It also keeps your data safe from trackers and online activity analyzers.
The best part is that it does not have any predefined list of acceptable ads. So, it blocks everything without exception, and you are the only one who can decide which sites to whitelist.
Although the extension is not available for Safari on Mac, it has a nifty iOS app that blocks all ads in Safari on your iPhone, including YouTube commercials.
6. UBlock Origin: For advanced users
Availability: Chrome, Firefox
This one’s not just an ad-blocker but rather a wide-spectrum content blocker with CPU and memory efficiency as a primary feature. It focuses on straightforward blocking with a low resource overhead that keeps things snappy.
Moreover, the extension comes with several filter lists for known advertising and malware sources. You can also create custom lists for complete personalization. It’s perfect for advanced users who want to control the content they see.
7. Fair AdBlocker: Support websites
Hate ads but want to support sites to sustain them? Check out the Fair AdBlocker that blocks ads, pop-ups, malware, and trackers, while giving you a choice to allow a few ads on participating websites. This gives you the best of both worlds, helping you decide how many “safe” ads you’re ok with for the sake of supporting the websites you frequent.
Further, it works to prevent companies from selling your information without your permission. It also protects against dangerous forms of malware, adware, and trackers. It’s super easy to set up and intuitive to use. This makes it one of the best Google Chrome ad-block extensions. However, it’s not currently available on any other browser.
8. Total Adblock: Comprehensive protection
As the name suggests, this is a comprehensive Adblock solution. It helps you instantly eliminate unwanted adverts, intrusive notifications, and advertising trackers in just a few clicks.
It’s available free for seven days, after which you need to subscribe to continue using it. The paid version includes award-winning antivirus for comprehensive protection. Moreover, it gives you complete control over which ads to block or allow.
There’s also an app for iOS and Android that blocks ad pop-ups and autoplay video and audio ads on Facebook and YouTube. Pretty cool!
Price: $29.00 per year
To wrap up, I hope you won’t be letting ads bother you anymore. These ad-blocker browser extensions offer everything you need for an uninterrupted and safe browsing experience. Let me know in the comments below what other kinds of extensions you use!