Best Ad Blockers to Secure Your Internet Browsing
Ads that appear when you open any website are not only annoying but a security threat as well. Most of the time, such ads are designed by third parties or individuals looking to gain unauthorized access to your information without your knowledge. These ads also serve as a gateway to malware which infects your devices and causes more unnecessary ads to pop up.
Below, we have reviewed the best ad blockers (paid and free) so you can have strong security without any compromise.
AdBlock does what it is supposed to do without costing you any money. It is the best free option as it allows its users to customize its settings and choose between preset filters, blocking specific ads and whitelisting. With AdBlock installed, you can browse through the blocking setting and specify the kind of ads you want to see.
With AdFender, users can browse the internet safely and anonymously through TOR. It is a great option for individuals who not only want to block ads but also block pop-ups as well. Through AdFender, you can adjust the settings according to your requirements and block online trackers and malvertisements. Furthermore, it can speed up your internet browsing and remove all sorts of profiling cookies.
AdLock is included in this list as it offers various benefits apart from just blocking ads. It is multifunctional in the sense that it not only blocks ads but it also protects your identity, saves up on your monthly data plan and filters various HTTPS sites. With AdLock installed, you will face no pop-up ads, no video or other Cryptocurrency mining ads.
Trustnav AdBlocker is a product of a security company so you can be assured that you will only get the best with this ad blocker. However, it does not come without a few flaws. On one hand, Trustnav has a very easy-to-use ad blocking interface but on the other hand, it does not offer many options. It comes with only a toggle through which you can turn the adblocker on or off, and block all ads or some of the ads. Also, you get to choose whether you want to get notifications or not. All in all, it will block ads like a true champion!
AdBlocker Genesis Plus comes from the developers behind uBlock Origin and AdBlock Style. Although the basic code of Genesis Plus is similar to the previous ad blockers, it has enough alterations to be considered a unique program. Apart from blocking unwanted ads, it removes tracking codes to provide more privacy to its users. Also, it fails to block all the ads but those ads can further be blocked through a ‘block element’ button that comes with it.
Incognito Adblocker can easily be the best option available in the market due to an array of features that come with it. It does its job well by blocking all the ads, except a few auto-play ads on certain websites. Other than that, it's free, asks for zero personal information and has a high user rating.
Microsoft may not be extremely popular among the users, but Microsoft Edge’s ad blocking abilities are quite impressive. Edge blocks every type of ad including the auto-play video ad but at the same time enables good pop-up ads. Unfortunately, it is not without a few flaws. Unlike many other ad blocking softwares, Edge’s settings are preset and cannot be changed which means that users cannot whitelist certain ads or web addresses. Also, it tends to block certain pop-ups that may be necessary for a website to work.