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Google Chrome Adblocker

Google Chrome does not come with an option to block Internet ads. Many think that this has been a deliberate choice by the Google development team to avoid harming Google's core businesses Adsense and Adwords. Whatever the reason it surely means that the web browser is unattractive to those users who prefer to block ads on Internet websites. Several websites have posted workarounds to block ads with bookmarklets or third part solutions like Privoxy.

While that surely works it is not the same as to simply flip a switch and have the ad blocking functionality enabled on all sites automatically. This is currently not possible in Google Chrome but it is possible in its Open-Source pendant SRWare Iron. Iron is based on the Chromium source that is also used in Google Chrome. The advantages of Iron are increased privacy and security.

What many users do not know is that it is possible to enable ad blocking in the Iron browser. This is done by downloading a file called adblock.ini from the developers homepage and copying that file into the main SRWare Iron directory replacing the blank file of the same name.

The adblock.ini file contains information to block hundreds of advertisers, included are all the popular advertising companies like Google and Yahoo.

Update: A lot has changed in the last two years. Google Chrome is now supporting extensions, and several adblockers have been created for the browser to hide advertisement on websites.

Among the options are ScriptNo, an extension that blocks all scripts from running automatically in the web browser, or Adblock Plus, one of the most popular adblockers on today's Internet.

Both extensions block ads in the Chrome browser. They do come with options to let some ads through and only block annoying or irritating advertisement.

The most recent version of AdBlock Plus can block more than just ads. You can use it to block social media icons for example, or tracking companies from tracking you on the Internet.

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Once you have installed Adblock Plus, you will notice a new ABP icon in Chrome's address bar whenever you load websites in the browser. This icon acts as an indicator whether the ad blocker is enabled on the site you are on or not. You can click on the icon to display a prompt to disable the ad blocking on the site.

It is alternatively possible to right-click the icon to open its preferences. Here you can opt-out of non-intrusive advertising, a controversial feature that lets some ads pass through, add new lists to the application, or manage whitelisted domains.

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  1. Hlinker said on January 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm
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    I wonder if we can add a flash blocker

  2. Dotan Cohen said on January 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm
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    The hosts file could be used to block ads as well.

  3. dddw said on January 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm
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    this is another option that does work with google-chrome

    http://lifehacker.com/5046529/how-to-block-ads-in-google-chrome

  4. thomasalan said on January 6, 2009 at 2:09 am
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    i use AdMucher for blocking ads in chrome.

    http://cncmaps.admuncher.com/

  5. Dani said on January 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm
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    I’ve been using Privoxy proxy to block ads in Google Chrome. Worked very well.

  6. Brian said on January 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm
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    Admuncher FTW!#%

  7. docxsz said on January 7, 2009 at 10:47 pm
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    Google Chrome does not come with an option to block Internet ads. Many think that this has been a deliberate choice by the Google development team to avoid harming Google’s core businesses Adsense and Adwords. Whatever the reason it surely means that the web browser is unattractive to those users who prefer to block ads on Internet websites. Several websites have posted workarounds to block ads with bookmarklets or third part solutions like Privoxy.

    While that surely works it is not the same as to simply flip a switch and have the ad blocking functionality. This is currently not possible in Google Chrome but it is possible in its Open-Source pendant SRWare Iron. Iron is based on the Chromium source that is also used in Google Chrome. The advantages of Iron are increased privacy and security.

    What many users do not know is that it is possible to enable ad blocking in the Iron browser. This is done by downloading a file called adblock.ini from the developers homepage and copying that file into the main SRWare Iron directory replacing the blank file of the same name.

    The adblock.ini file contains information to block hundreds of advertisers, included are all the popular advertising companies like Google and Yahoo.

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    How to Block Ads in Google Chrome???

    One of the biggest reasons most Windows users are sticking with Firefox over Google Chrome is its extensibility—and the most popular Firefox extension by far among Lifehacker readers is Adblock Plus [ http://lifehacker.com/5042246/battle-of-the-must+have-firefox-extensions ]. If annoying web site advertisements are the only thing holding you back from using Chrome, a user at the Geekzone forums explains how to block ’em without an extension. In short, you use the free Privoxy web proxy software, which blocks web sites serving ads, and configure Google Chrome to use the proxy. Here’s how to do it.

    1. Download and install Privoxy [ http://www.privoxy.org/ ].
    2. Click on the Wrench icon in Chrome in the upper right corner.
    3. Choose options>Under The Hood>Change proxy settings.
    4. In the Internet Properties dialog’s Connections tab, click on the LAN settings button.
    5. Check off “Proxy settings” and in the address setting add 127.0.0.1 and in the port 8118.
    6. If you have the option, you can also check off “Bypass proxy for local settings”.
    7. Click “OK,” close Chrome and restart it.

    Privoxy’s default installation blocks ads from coming through it, so from there you’ll notice ad-free web pages. After I installed Privoxy I got an error going to Gmail, but a refresh fixed the problem. However, I’m still seeing Google text ads in Gmail at least. Have you given Privoxy a try for ad blocking? Let us know how it went in the comments. Thanks, xint!
    Adblock for Chrome [Geekzone]

    add: http://lifehacker.com/5046529/how-to-block-ads-in-google-chrome

    Thanks & Regards
    -. docxsz .-

  8. ThePornBlockingPope said on March 21, 2009 at 1:02 am
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    Or, you can use k9 web protection, and allow the categories you want while blocking only web advertisements.. you can also add in spyware and malware sites as well, and even phishing..

  9. Booger Red said on May 18, 2009 at 5:06 pm
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    Ad Muncher is the perfect ad blocking solution for Chrome. I discovered it works great with Chrome after using it with both IE and Firefox. IMHO, it’s the best ad blocker out there and works silently in the background.
    Once you’ve tried it, you’ll use no other.

    Booger

  10. roger said on May 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm
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    admuncher costs money

  11. kyle said on December 28, 2009 at 7:21 pm
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    the ad blocker does not block the ads on youtube videos :(

  12. tman said on January 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm
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    Just set up privoxy in Chrome and it appears to be rockin good. No ads on my usual news pages – so far I’m loving it! Thanks for the tip!!

    ~T

  13. Mark said on May 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm
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    it looks as though there is now adblock [as in ff] for chrome too https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom

    1. Simon said on June 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm
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      The real Adblock Plus from Firefox is now available for Google Chrome as well: https://adblockplus.org/en/chrome

  14. George Rix said on November 7, 2011 at 4:06 am
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    Ad Blocking software will end end forcing us to pay for everything that is free now.

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