Have you ever visited a website with ads flooding all over? Did you ever have a hard time figuring out the content because of so many ads scattered over the web page? Have you ever wondered how to get an ad-free browsing experience? Have you asked yourself, “how to block these annoying ads flooding my browser?”
If your answer is yes to any of the above question you are surely looking out for ad-blocker software. Here are a few options we have which will help you in getting the annoying ads removed for a nice browsing experience.
Controlling Google Ads (Basic options)
- Some Google image ads have an option of “Mute this Ad”. You can use this to get rid of the ad. You need to just click “x” in the top right corner of the ad and from the emerging drop down you need to click “Mute This ad”
- Another way to removing ads is to switch it off from the platform serving you the ad. Google provides you with the option of switching off Google based ads that are interest-based on Google platform and across the web. You need to visit the ads settings and turn it off. Edit your settings here : Google Ad Settings
This is the most efficient way of controlling the ads without consuming any of your system resources such as memory. Since you are not installing any software, you are doing a justice to your system resources ! But this method can only be used if you know the source of the Ads and does not block other non-Google ads or Google ads that are not interest/online behavior based.
Non Google Ads Basic Option:
Its possible to get rid of interest/behavior based ads from Non Google Ads too ! Here is a solution for the same. Visit aboutads.info, Aboutads.info provides user with a tool to know the current settings of ads and opt out of adds from different ad serving companies. Go the customers tab and look for customers choice page.
Look for a tab in this widget for “Existing opt outs” . Here your current add blocking preferences would be displayed. For example my current ads setting shows up something like this. I had personally opted out from Google ads (refer above paragraph) .
Now you can go to “companies customizing ads” tab and select the companies for which you won’t like to see the ads. Just mark opt out by depressing the submit your choices at the bottom of the widget. Done you are out of behavior ads targeting radar of all these companies !!
Controlling Ads through Anti-Ads product software
There are a few software programs available in the market that lets you remove ads from other software programs – Browser and Chat clients. This predominantly works at a System level and not at a specific browser level. So irrespective of the browser you are using, they work!
Two major players in this area are – Adfender and Adguard. Adfender is a free program while Adguard is a paid one. There are a few benefits , you don’t have to worry about controlling ads from a specific ad server or provider, you don’t have to install specific packages for individual browsers and as a matter of fact this works even for chat Clients, this option is quite useful if you are also used to chatting often over chat clients like Rediff Bol or Yahoo Messenger. But the biggest issue I find with this approach is that It takes a good part of your RAM and you won’t ever like that!
There are a whole lot of Browser extensions that helps you remove unwanted and obnoxious ads from websites you are visiting: – Adblock Plus , AdBlock , AdblockEdge, KillEvil. These do take memory space in you RAM, but not a vast amount. These are probably the most widely used softwares for blocking ads. I would personally recommend these products for anyone who wants to have a add-free browsing experience. There are numerous benefits doing it this way – Resource consumption is relatively low, this is surely the easiest way to install, a simple Plug and Play!, most of the extensions are free and an option to pause and resume, while you are browsing. But on the flip side – this needs you to install a separate extension for each browser that you are using resulting in separate extensions for Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and safari and also these extensions are Ineffective in chat client software like Yahoo Messenger .
Web Proxy software
What is a web proxy server?
As per Wikipedia definition for proxy server
“ A proxy server is a server (a computer system or an application) that acts as an intermediary for requests from clients seeking resources from other servers. A client connects to the proxy server, requesting some service, such as a file, connection, web page, or other resource available from a different server and the proxy server evaluates the request as a way to simplify and control its complexity.”
For tech savvy users, a few web proxies, do provide an advanced mechanism to filter out the ads from the website. Since a proxy has the ability to manipulate the response from a server before they are rendered to your browser, a proxy, technically speaking, is a wonderful way to block your ads. For instance Privoxy uses a URL pattern matching logic to block contents, if something looks like a banner or ad. It also makes use of the size of the response payload while inspecting HTML and ensures that it doesn’t request such payloads.
A few web proxies that support ad-blocking are : Privoxy , Proximodo, Tiny Proxy, Polipo. Now coming to benefits here, in addition to ad blocking, you would get advanced capabilities of privacy, controlling access, modifying web response data and most web proxies are freeware. But these may not be very effective filters of Ads and Banners and you may sometimes loose some useful images if the proxy considers it as an Ad or obnoxious Banner.