How To Block Ads In Any Browser Without Adblock

adslogo   How To Block Ads In Any Browser Without AdblockOne of the main reasons that so many people like Firefox is because there are thousands of add-ons available that you can use to customize your browser experience. And one of the most popular add-ons for Firefox is AdBlock.

AdBlock blocks the advertisements on websites and lets you browse distraction free. Quite a few people don’t make the switch to alternative browsers because none of them can support AdBlock. That said, you can still block display ads using most of the popular browsers so let us see how you can block ads in other browsers that are not Firefox.

There are different hacks around there like special proxies and selective content blocking that you can use depending upon which browser you use. Here we will be using mainly using Adsweep. Although the project is not being maintained anymore, it provides a simple and easy ad blocking solution that just works.

Adsweep is essentially a user javascript (think Greasemonkey) that hides the page elements that contain advertisements. Setting it up is a little different for different browsers, lets have a look.

Chrome

  • Download AdSweep.user.js
  • Open Chrome user data directory. Use the following information if you are unsure about its location:
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
    • Vista: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
    • Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
    • Linux: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default
  • Once you are in there, create a folder named User Scripts

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  • Copy the file you downloaded above into this folder.
  • Now we need to close Chrome and restart it with the ‘–enable-user-scripts‘ switch. You can do so from the command line or simply right-click on the chrome icon on your desktop and click properties. Add ‘ –enable-user-scripts‘ at the end. Click OK and double the icon to start Chrome with User Scripts enabled.

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  • Visit the AdSweep website.  If you see a red notification in the top right corner, everything went fine. If you don’t, recheck that you performed the above mentioned steps correctly.

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If you use the development build of Chrome and have extensions enabled, then you can click and download the Adsweep extension for Chrome and spare yourself some work!

Opera

  • Download AdSweep.js
  • Within Opera, go to Tools > Preferences and then to the Advanced tab.
  • Choose Content on the left side and then click on Javascript Options.

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  • Click Choose and browse to the location where you downloaded the file in Step 1

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  • Hit Refresh and notice the difference

Here is a quick before and after:

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How to Block Display Ads In Internet Explorer

This is where you would have to leave AdSweep (it won’t work on IE) and take things into your hands. First and foremost, upgrade to the latest version of IE – Internet Explorer 8. IE8 has a feature called InPrivate filtering which can be tweaked to block ads. Here is how:

  • Enable InPrivate Filtering from the Safety Menu (or press Ctrl + Shift +F)
  • Now you need a filtering list of some sorts, that can identify ads on a page. Just Google around and you can find plenty, even AdBlock lists. Download the XML file onto your computer.
  • Click on Safety > InPrivate Filtering Settings. In the dialog that opens, lower the Show content by providers used by this number of websites to the minimum. click on Advanced settings.

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  • In the Manage Add-ons dialog that opens, choose InPrivate Filtering on the left and click on import, browse to the XML file you just downloaded and the rules will be imported.

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Keep in mind that you won’t block each and every ad with these methods, because the rules have to updated frequently to take care of new advertisers and other changes. On the flip side there would be times when genuine third party content will be blocked as well (specially in the InPrivate Filtering Technique). In any case, this should rid you of a considerable amount of ads and improve the overall browsing experience.

Do you know of any other ways to block display ads in Internet Explorer, Chrome or any other browser? Sound off in the comments, we would love to hear about them.

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29 Comments -

ew

question to K: I found this site, is that the bfilter you talked about?

bfilter.sourceforge.net/download.php

it seems like it only works for Windows 95, 98, ME

I have vista.
can someone recommend something similar for vista?

K

Hi, that’s the right site. I have vista 64 bit ultimate and it works fine. Little complicated to set up, but worth it.

Jordi

I use for several months admuncher admuncher.com/ I don’t wanna go back anymore :P.

Blocks everything I want and can add some ads :).

Highly Recommended!!

Mulder

You didn’t include any information about using it to block ads in Safari on Mac OS X, which is the predominant browser for Mac users. Where’s that info?

bigdipper

Safari??? Your title mentions all browsers… Safari is an amazing browser.

JX

I’ve been using Opera a lot more than Firefox recently, so this is a nice little addition.

Thanks!

K

I would also recommend pairing adsweep with bfilter. I use both and the result is faster, cleaner browsing. Very happy. If anyone knows of a third adblocker (that I can use with Chrome) that would be awesome. I’m still seeing a couple of ads.

Anomaly

What is bfilter?

Ashutosh Mishra

Privoxy is another way of blocking most ads, though it can be a pain in the ass at times. IE users can also try IE7Pro (works fine in IE 8).
I still find FF + Adblock to be the best combo, though.
:)

Anomaly

Some comments and suggestions.

Adsweep is really not the way to go for Opera. Opera has a built in content blocker that works much better than Adsweep and all you have to do is add a filter list. They are easily found doing a Google search.

As for Safari on a Mac I use Safari Adblock and it is very good and easy to use and free.

For IE I use IE7 Pro which has a very good ad blocker among other nice features.

Another option is to use a Hosts file. This will block ads on all browsers. I find it slows down my browsing though many don’t seem to have a problem with it.

James

Yeah I’d also like another dblocker for chrome.
You do know adsweep is not being actively developed now, right?

Don

Beware of ad blockers for Safari–most use dangerous methods to do their thing. You can block Flash-based ads effectively and very compatibly with ClickToFlash.

K

Hi,

That’s the right site. I have Vista and bfilter works fine on it. It’s a little complicated to set up, but works fine after that.

K

?: ad muncher seems great, but it costs money after 30 days. any suggestions on alternates?

nav

Proxomitron- it’s free, & works with IE7 and IE8.

Pitw

I use hosts file, It works for any browser or operating system.
Simple and not too complicated.
Just google “hosts file” for information.

Charax

What happened to using the good old Hosts file?
1)Easy to use: anyone who can use Notepad can edit a HOSTS file
2)Works on ALL browsers: so it’d actually fulfill the article’s promise – even works for non-browsers
3) Changes take effect immediately

I’ve been using an anti-ad HOSTS file for the last couple of months and it’s very, very rare for me to see an ad – at worst a site will throw up a blank popup occasionally.

arkadas

Hosts file doesn’t work if you have a proxy server and it is much slower.

Scott

Here is a tool for blocking ads on safari burgersoftware.com/en/safariadblock

ChaCha Fance

Is Adsweep reliable? I see the project has been discontinued……

nonick

It works! No more ads on MUO. Are you going bankrupt now? :)

Angel

Program does not work on the latest versions of Chrome, at least on ads that use Adobe Flash Player. The script has no effect on them.

GetBrowser

Is Adsweep reliable? I see the project has been discontinued.
And here is a tool for blocking ads on safari http://burgersoftware.com/en/safariadblock

geeknik

Good job promoting a project that isn’t even updated anymore.

Guttorm

Another tip is Privoxy. This is a local proxyserver for filtering ads and more. Then you tell your browser, msn or whatever to connect through the proxy (localhost:8118). And your internet experience will be (almost) ad-free! (And of course you can spesify what privoxy should block…) privoxy.org/

Patrick

2How To Block Ads In Any Browser Without Adblock”, well where’s Safari gone?

Peter

In Internet Explorer I would use simple-adblock.com
It is free and gives a good performance boost when surfing the web

dsi

Yeah lets block adverts from web pages – they only pay for the websites to exist. Yeah good idea….

arkadas

userjs isn’t blocking ads on chrome, it’s just hiding them.