AdBlock is among the most popular YouTube ad blocker extensions. It has a plain window with basic functions like disabling ad blocking on a current page. In settings it has more functions, including customizing filter lists, whitelisting, statistics, as well as contacting the support team.
Another example with a cute design is Ghostery. When you click on Ghostery icon you will see the amount of ads and trackers blocked and page load time (most ad blockers do not display such info). You can also mark a current website as Trusted or Restricted to manage tracking. Even though Ghostery is primarily an anti-tracking tool, it hides ads just as well, not a single ad has appeared while testing. Load speed impact is minor, only getting around 5%.
If you are switching between different browsers, it might be inconvenient to use different ad blockers. In this case, one might want to consider a regular desktop application that will cover all the browsers and even programs containing ads. These apps are naturally more expensive. We have tested two multi-browser ad blockers on four browsers that are popular among Mac users: Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
Q: Is there an adblock that works in many browsers?A: Yes. If you download a no-root ad blocker, such as AdGuard or Ghostery, it will block ads on all the browsers and apps.
Q: How can I disable ad blocking on a specific YouTube channel?A: AdBlock extension has this function. To enable it, go to Extensions > AdBlock > General > Allow whitelisting of specific YouTube channels. If you use different ad blocker, you will have to disable ad blocking manually and refresh the page every time you watch videos where you want to see ads.
Q: AdBlock vs AdBlock Plus vs AdBlock ProA: These are different ad blockers from different developers that use similar names and similar logos. AdBlock seems to be the most original and better performing extension.
Q: Do ad blockers slow down YouTube?A: It depends. In most cases, it does not slow down YouTube and in some cases it even increases the speed of page loading. Try disabling ad blocker and then enabling it again. If the change in page load time is noticeable, consider changing your ad blocker.
Q: Does an adblocker make YouTube load faster?A: Yes, some ad blockers increase the speed of YouTube loading, since they omit downloading ads. Page load time may vary depending on the ad blocker, browser, the amount of tabs open, quality of the video, and other variables.
Q: Is ad blocking safe?A: Ad blocking itself is safe, but some ad blockers may have malware/adware inside or make a profit from users personal data. Make sure to use products from reliable developers or use privacy and malware protection apps to stay safe.
Total Adblock - Best adblocker for Safari. A secure ad-blocker Safari extension for iOS devices. Premium plan includes anti-virus protection and an exclusive YouTube ad-blocker. AdLock - A great standalone solution, which works with browsers and apps across all popular platforms. AdGuard - The best buy ad-blocker for Safari. Another great choice for blocking ads on this popular browser, with loads of customization. Wipr - A beginner-friendly ad-blocker for iOS and macOS. It's a solid service for Safari that's a breeze to set up and even simpler to use. AdBlock - A longstanding iOS ad-blocker ideal for use on mac products and beyond.
Total AdBlock is an excellent adblocking solution for Safari on iOS devices. Unfortunately, Safari extension with this ad-blocker is not yet available for Mac devices, however, it efficiently removes all types of annoying ads on iPhones and iPads. But don't worry! If you're a Mac user, you can still use this ad-blocker with all the other popular browsers, including Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Opera.
Total Adblock also takes care of your online privacy by blocking trackers and third-party cookies. So you can surf on Safari (and other browsers) without worrying that some advertisers and third-party companies might snoop on your activities or collect your data. And, with its exclusive features like YouTube ad-blocker, your overall online experience becomes much more pleasant, faster, and safer.
AdLock is certainly one of the pricier ad-blockers around, but still a steal for what you're getting. For a little over $22 dollars a year, you'll have an ultra-reliable piece of kit that works extremely well with Safari. It's available as both an iPhone app and a Mac app, blocking both adverts and the tracking that goes on when you visit websites.
AdLock does not pander to the acceptable ads policy, meaning it blocks all adverts without compromise. This ad-blocker seems to work with just about every site we visit, from streaming sites to social media, but you can also whitelist sites you'd like to support financially.
AdGuard is an ad-blocker I use regularly. Set up takes a matter of seconds and once you download it, it works brilliantly with Safari. You can choose exactly which kind of adverts and tracking script you'd like to block; it's highly configurable software but the user interface on devices like iPhone are quite easy to navigate.
An ad-blocker is an application that will remove or alter adverts on the web pages you visit. When you click on a website, the webpage loads a number of scripts in order to display the content. Some of these scripts are related to adverts on the page. Ad-blockers analyze these scripts whilst webpages load, compare them to a list of known advertising scripts, and block what they recognize (with varying degrees of success).
Due to the fact that advertisements are necessarily connected to tracking (a lot of adverts you'll see are served to you because of information gathered by trackers from your browsing history and activity on websites), the other crucial thing ad-blockers do is to prevent tracking scripts from running on your device.
When you're using a handheld Apple product like an iPhone or an iPad, you can head over to the App Store to download an ad-blocking app. On a Mac or a Macbook, ad-blockers are available as both Safari extensions or standalone Mac apps.
Finally, nearly all advertising in this modern age is built on the privacy-eroding practices of surveillance capitalism. Ever wonder why you see the same ads follow you across different sites? How is Instagram able to show you extremely targeted ads? It's because gathering information about you and your activities is big business. Ad blockers not only keep you from seeing some ads, but the best ad blockers also block the trackers and other tools advertisers use to spy on you.
All our testing was done on a macBook Pro running macOS 11.6.4. We tested each ad blocker in Chrome version 100. We only tested Chrome extensions, as it remains the world's most popular browser. Note, however, that most of the ad blockers we tested are available for multiple browsers.
To evaluate each service, we wanted both an objective measurement and subjective impressions. On the subjective side, we browsed PCMag's homepage and a review page to see which elements were blocked and whether the site functioned as intended. We also considered the design of each ad blocker, giving preference to well-designed, pleasant looking options.
For its high scores and sheer breadth of customization options, uBlock Origin is the best ad blocker we tested. Ghostery, which also has a standalone privacy suite, deserves a look for its excellent design and strong scores. We're also giving special attention to Privacy Badger, which performed almost as well as other ad blockers but with a unique, privacy-first approach.
Last alphabetically but first in our hearts, uBlock Origin is our top choice for ad-blockers. If it's an ad, uBlock Origin can block it. Hell, even if it's not an ad, uBlock Origin can probably still block it with its Element Zapper mode. It also boasts a remarkable (if overwhelming) degree of customization that internet pros will love, but luckily it is tuned to work very well in its default state, too.
Privacy Badger goes in a different direction from the other ad blockers we tested. Created by the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation(Opens in a new window), Privacy Badger doesn't explicitly block ads. What it does do is block trackers, typically after it has encountered those trackers a few times. Because tracking users between websites is such an integral part of advertising, blocking trackers ends up blocking most ads.
Ghostery brings strong design and protection together into a smart package that does a good job blocking ads and provides enormous insight into what is tracking you and how. We were also impressed that it earned a perfect score from adblocker-tester and did a good job blocking trackers. It did not, however, outperform uBlock, Privacy Badger, or AdBlock Plus in terms of sheer number of ads blocked.
Along with uBlock Origin, Ghostery has an extremely customizable experience. Along with its powerful analytics, you get fine-grained control over what appears in your web browser. And it will look great, too, as Ghostery has the best design of all the ad blockers we tested. To get access to even more data, you will have to pay but its free package is strong on its own.
To get some sense of each ad blocker's YouTube ad blocking powers, we loaded five videos from the popular Defunctland(Opens in a new window) series on YouTube and watched for pre-roll ads and ad windows over the video.
We found both the YouTube specific ad blockers to be lackluster as general privacy tools. Both failed the EFF's Cover Your Tracks test, and both scored a 40/100 on Adblock-Tester. On PCMag's homepage and review pages, both failed to block ads. They did work equally well for YouTube, and we saw no pre-roll ads or windowed ads. 2b1af7f3a8