If you spend any amount of time on the Internet, you’re almost guaranteed to have come across annoying advertisements in multiple forms, including pop ups, auto-playing ads and more. They’re virtually unavoidable, but you can take action to dodge them.
There’s one particular ad blocking browser plugin we love when using Google Chrome, and it works quietly in the background without you having to manipulate it. It’s called Simple Adblock. We’ll show you how to get it up and running, though if you use Firefox, you can follow our guide on how to get an ad blocker for that browser.
Update: This article was updated Sept. 9, 2014 to include an instructional video.
How to block pop ups with a Google Chrome browser extension
First, open Chrome. Then, click the button in the upper right hand corner of the window with three horizontal bars on it. Hover your mouse over Tools and then click Extensions. From there, click Get more extensions. In the new page that pops up, click on the search box in the upper left hand corner and type “simple ad” without the quotes. Press Enter.
Simple Adblock should be the fourth result from the top. Click the blue button to the right of Simple Adblock labeled “Free,” then when a new notification pops up in the middle of the screen, click “Add.”
That’s all there is to it, you’re not required to restart Chrome in order to get Simple Adblock up and running. Some content can’t be consumed, like videos, unless you go through the ad. In such situations, all you need to do is click on the red Simple Adblock icon in the upper right hand corner of Google Chrome, and then click Turn off Simple Adblock. After that, refresh the page containing the content you want to check out, and it should play normally. Repeat the same process to turn Simple Adblock back on.
Note that Simple Adblock won’t ensnare every single ad you run into on the ‘net, but in our experience, its caught and body slammed most of them. Enjoy.