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More than you wanted to know about Ad Blockers (updated 2021)

Updated on 23.10.2021

What is an ad blocker?

Ad blockers are used to block or remove advertising from websites. They work by removing the JavaScript files that are responsible for the ads on a website.

Ad blockers come in two forms: browser extensions and mobile apps. Browser extensions work by blocking ads before they appear on your screen, while mobile apps filter content directly at the source, so you never see an advertisement at all.

Some people install ad blockers to improve their browsing experience because they do not want to be bombarded with advertisements while they are trying to read articles or watch videos online. Others might use it for security reasons, as some advertisers have been known to serve malware through advertisements.

When were ad blockers invented?

The first ad blocker was invented in 2003 by a programmer named Wladimir Palant. He had a problem with pop-up ads and decided to use his knowledge of programming to create a fix for this problem.

How many people use ad blockers?

Ad blockers are on the rise, and some countries are approaching 50%. There will always be people who use adblockers; they simply don't want their internet experience to be cluttered with ads. This inevitably leads to less revenue for publishers.

Ad blocking is not just about limiting ads. It can also be used to limit tracking cookies and other unwanted content. It can even help to avoid malware downloads that are found in ads. Clearly, there are many advantages to using ad blockers!

Is it ethical to use an ad blocker?

A lot of people think that the use of an ad blocker is unethical because it is a form of stealing content from the website.

However, others believe that an ad blocker is a form of protest against internet advertising and not taking away from the site content.

How do Ad blockers make money?

Recently ad blockers have found a new way to make money. They use their technology and expertise to offer website owners advice on how they can make more money from advertising through other channels, such as affiliate marketing or sponsored content, or by offering subscriptions and paywalls for content.

It has been discovered that consumers who use ad blockers spend more money on other products and services than users who do not use an ad blocker. Companies are realizing this and offering a premium for displaying their ads.

Do ad blockers work on Youtube?

Ad blockers are assumed to be able to block all ads on Youtube. However, this is not the case.

Ad blocking is used by many people as a way to reduce the amount of ads they see and it has been proven to work on most sites and apps. However, YouTube is an exception. Ad blockers can't block Youtube ads because Google uses a different form of advertisement technology called DFP (DoubleClick for Publishers) which does not require ad servers.

The reason why ad blockers don't work on YouTube is that Google relies on DoubleClick for Publishers, which doesn’t require third-party ad servers like those that most other publishers use.

Do ad blockers work on Facebook?

Facebook is one of the most heavily used sites in the world and it generates a lot of revenue from ads and sponsored posts.

Ad blockers do work for Facebook. However, with the rise of ad blockers, Facebook has started to find other ways to combat the practice. It's practically a game of whack-a-mole between users using AdBlockers and Facebook software engineers.

What types of ad blocking technologies are there?

The term "ad blocker" can represent any kind of content blocking technology that blocks ads on websites.

Pi-hole is a network-level ad blocker with DNS level filtering, which blocks most ads your computer sees. It also takes care of advertisements on mobile devices and blocking trackers.

A chrome extension is an ad blocker that operates in the browser and intercepts requests to advert servers.

VPNs are another popular form of ad blockers as they work by altering the user's IP address so their device loads from a different country which has less strict regulations on advertising.

AdBlock Plus review

AdBlock Plus is one of the most popular ad blocking tools available today, and with good reason. It has been around for over 6 years now, and continues to maintain its position as one of the leading free ad blockers available. The software can be installed on any browser you desire, including Chrome, Safaribook, Firefox, Opera Mini (yes it’s still around!), Internet Explorer (you’re welcome Microsoft), and even Safari. You can also use AdBlock Plus on your Android devices if you’ve got an AdBlock Plus-optimized version of your browser.

uBlock review

uBlock is another popular ad blocking tool, which is also free to use. The software boasts over 1 million downloads on the Chrome store alone, with approximately 7 million downloads running on all browsers. The extension is compatible with most browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Opera.

Poper blocker (for Chrome) review

Poper Blocker is a Chrome extension that helps in keeping a tab on the problematic content in a web page.

It blocks all pop-ups and other intrusive advertisements from the web pages, which helps in better content consumption.

More AdBlockers will be reviewed shortly