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7 Best Ad Blockers for 2023 [Free & Paid]

Trend of using Ad Blocker is getting more and more popular these days. With the popularity more and more companies started to build their own Ad blockers. There are dozens of ad blocker. But picking up the right one may be difficult. For your ease, we have picked up the 7 Best Ad Blockers that you can use.

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Best Free Ad Blockers:

1. uBlock Origin

With more than 15 million users including Firefox and Google Chrome, uBlock Origin is a completely free Ad blocker.

Compatible Platforms: Browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, All Safari release prior to 13.

Pros:
  • Lightweight on memory and processor, not slowing down systems.
  • Easy to use. With both basic or advanced modes.
  • Block trackers & coin miners.
  • Block ads on YouTube website’s Videos
  • Website whitelist feature.
  • Open Source.
Cons:
  • Only available for browsers.
  • There are two Ad Blockers of almost the same name “uBlock Origin” and “uBlock” uBlock Origin is well maintained and better. Users often may be confused by names.

2. AdBlock Plus

With more than 24 million users including Firefox and Google Chrome AdBlock Plus is one of the most used Ad Blockers on the internet. All features here are completely free.

Compatible Platforms: Browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari.

Pros:
  • Open source.
  • User friendly interface.
  • Website whitelist feature.
  • Reduce risk of malware infection.
  • Block tracking.
  • Block video ads on YouTube site.
Cons:
  • By default Acceptable Ad features is turned on, however you can turn it off anytime.
  • Only available for browsers.
  • Consume significantly high RAM.

Best Paid Ad Blockers (With some free features):

3. AdLock

With more than 70 thousand users including Firefox and Google Chrome, AdLock is a highly efficient ad blocker. Outside of the browser extension It is also popular for windows and android Ad Blocker. However browser extensions are free of cost but for other programs on windows and android it’s payable.

Compatible Platforms for Paid Version: All types of programs on Windows, Android, iOS, Mac.

Compatible Platforms for Free Version: Browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari.

Pros:
  • Block all types of ads.
  • Website whitelist feature.
  • Resist anti Ad Blocking scripts.
  • Spyware, Adware and Tracking protection.
  • Available for any programs other than browsers on Android, Windows, iOS, Mac.
Cons:
  • Full potential locked behind paywall.
  • Not available on Google Play Store. Need to download a mobile app from the official website.

4. Ghostery – Privacy Ad Blocker

With more than 3 million users including Firefox and Google Chrome Ghostery is also another popular Ad Blocker. However it’s full potential is locked under paywall.

Compatible Platforms: Only on browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari.

Pros:
  • Allows view and block trackers on websites.
  • Speed up features help to load web pages faster.
  • Customizable displays help users to choose their relevant information.
  • Website whitelist feature.
Cons:

5. AdBlocker Ultimate

With more than 1.5 million users including Firefox and Google Chrome AdBlocker Ultimate provides its user a safe and secure browsing experience.

Compatible Platforms: Only on browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari.

Pros:
  • Open source.
  • Improves browser performance by removing unwanted content.
  • YouTube website’s ad blocking.
  • Block malware and tracking.
Cons:
  • Some useful features like block ads on windows apps, customize block preference i.e whitelisting is locked behind paywall.

6. AdGuard AdBlocker

With more than 1.5 million users including Firefox and Google Chrome, AdGuard is another Ad blocker you should consider. However most of its features are locked behind a paywall.

Compatible Platforms for Paid Version: All types of programs on Windows, Android, iOS, Mac.

Compatible Platforms for Free Version: Browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari.

Pros:
  • Blocks many spyware, adware.
  • Protects your privacy by blocking common third-party tracking systems.
  • Paid versions can block YouTube Ads.
  • Protects you from malware and phishing.
  • Block YouTube Website’s ads.
Cons:
  • Free version is limited to browser extensions.
  • Premium features like block Facebook ad (Partly), Twitter ad are locked behind paywall.
  • Blocking ads from windows, android, iOS, Mac ads only for paid users.

Browser with inbuilt Ad Blocker:

Lazing about additional installations for blocking ads? Not a problem! You can use Web browsers directly, which have in-built Ad Blockers. We would recommend:

7. Opera Browser

Over 350 million active users Opera is not a browser extension, it’s a browser itself and completely free.

Compatible Platforms: Windows, Linux, Android, Mac, iOS, Chromebook.

Pros:
  • Built in ad blocker (no need to ad extensions)
  • Easy on RAM.
  • Website whitelist feature.
Cons:
  • It’s an Ad Blocker enabled browser not an Ad blocker directly.

The conclusion

Above mentioned all Ad Blockers are great, some are free while some are paid.

Now it’s up to you which one you will go for. If you want a free Ad blocker then you might go with uBlock Origin or AdBlock Plus. If you want to use Ad blockers outside of browsers and can spend money you can try between AdLock, AdGuard, Ghostery or AdBlocker Ultimate. If you do not want any of these you can always shift your browser to Opera for an ad free experience.

Arghyadeep Nath

Arghyadeep Nath

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