Hello. Today advertising can be found on almost every site (in one form or another). And there is nothing wrong with that – sometimes all the costs of the site owner for its creation are paid off only due to it.
But everything is good in moderation, including advertising. When there is too much of it on the site, then the information from it becomes extremely inconvenient to use (I'm not talking about the fact that your browser can start opening various tabs and windows without your knowledge).
In this article I want to talk about how to get rid of ads in any browser easily and quickly! So…
- Method number 1: remove ads using specials. programs
- Method number 2: hide ads (using the Adblock extension)
- If advertising does not disappear after installing special. utilities …
Method number 1: remove ads using specials. programs
There are a lot of programs for blocking ads, but the good ones can be counted on the fingers of one hand. In my opinion, one of the best is Adguard . Actually, in this article I wanted to dwell on it and recommend you to try it …
Official website: https://adguard.com/
A small program (the distribution kit weighs about 5-6 MB), which allows you to easily and quickly block most annoying ads: pop-ups, opening tabs, teasers (as in Fig. 1). It works fast enough, the difference in page loading speed with and without it is practically the same.
The utility still has a bunch of different features, but within the framework of this article (I think), there is no point in describing them …
By the way, in fig. 1 shows two screenshots with Adguard on and off – in my opinion, the difference is obvious!
fig. 1. Comparison of work with enabled and disabled Adguard.
More advanced users might argue that there are browser extensions that do the same job (like one of the most famous Adblock extensions).
The difference between Adguard and a regular browser extension is shown in Fig. 2.
Fig. 2. Comparison of Adguard and ad blocking extensions.
Method number 2: hide ads (using the Adblock extension)
Adblock (Adblock Plus, Adblock Pro, etc.) is basically a good extension (apart from a few disadvantages listed above). It is installed very quickly and easily (after installation, a characteristic icon will appear on one of the upper panels of the browser (see the picture on the left), which will set the settings for Adblock). I will consider installing this extension in several popular browsers.
The address given above will immediately take you to search for this extension from the official Google website. You just have to select the extension to install and install it.
Figure: 3. Choosing extensions in Chrome.
Add-on installation address: https://addons.mozilla.org/ru/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/
After going to this page (link above), you just need to click one button 'Add to Firefox'. Then a new button will appear on the browser panel: ad blocking.
Figure: 4. Mozilla Firefox
Extension installation address: https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/opera-adblock/
Installation is identical – go to the official website of the browser (link above) and click one button – 'Add to Opera' (see Fig. 5).
Figure: 5. Adblock Plus for Opera browser
Adblock is an extension that is available for all popular browsers. Installation is identical everywhere, as a rule it does not take more than 1-2 mouse clicks.
After installing the extension, a red icon appears in the top panel of the browser, with which you can quickly decide6 whether to block ads on a particular site. Very convenient, I can tell you (an example of work in the Mazilla Firefox browser in Fig. 6).
Figure: 6. Adblock works …
If advertising does not disappear after installing special. utilities …
Quite a typical situation: you began to notice an abundance of ads on various sites and decided to install a program to automatically block it. Installed, configured. There is less advertising, but it is still there, and on those sites where, in theory, it should not be at all! You ask your friends – they confirm that they have no ads on their PCs in this place on this site. Despondency comes, and the question: 'what to do next, if even ad blocking programs and the Adblock extension do not help?'.
Let's try to figure it out …
Figure: 7. Example: advertising that is not on the 'Vkontakte' website – advertising is displayed only on your PC
Important! Typically, such ads appear due to infection of the browser with malicious applications and scripts. More often than not, antivirus finds nothing harmful in this and cannot help fix the problem. The browser becomes infected, in more than half of the cases, during the installation of various software, when the user presses 'further-further' by inertia and does not look at the checkboxes …
A generic browser cleaning recipe
(allows you to get rid of most 'viruses' infecting browsers)
STEP 1 – full scan of your computer with antivirus
It is unlikely that checking with a regular antivirus will save you from advertising in the browser, but still this is the first thing I recommend. The fact is that often with these ad modules in the OS Windows more dangerous files are loaded, which it is highly desirable to delete.
Moreover, if there is one virus on the PC, it is possible that there are still hundreds of others (I give a link to an article with the best antiviruses below) …
The best antivirus programs of 2016 – https://pcpro100.info/luchshie-antivirusyi-2016/
(By the way, antivirus scan can also be performed in the second step of this article, using the AVZ utility)
STEP 2 – checking and restoring the hosts file
With the help of the hosts file, many viruses replace one site with another, or even block access to any site. Moreover, when ads appear in the browser, the hosts file is to blame in more than half of the cases, so cleaning and restoring it is one of the first recommendations.
You can restore it in different ways. I suggest one of the easiest – to use the AVZ utility. Firstly, it is free, secondly, it will restore the file even if it is blocked by a virus, and thirdly, even a novice user can handle it …
Program website: http://z-oleg.com/secur/avz/download.php
One of the best programs for restoring your computer's performance after any virus infection. I recommend that you have it on your computer without fail, more than once it will help you out with any problems.
Within the framework of this article, this utility has one function – it is to restore the hosts file (you only need to enable 1 checkbox: File / system restore / clear the hosts file – see Fig. 8).
Figure: 9. AVZ: restore system settings.
After the hosts file is restored, you can also use this utility to perform a full scan of your computer for viruses (if you did not do this in the first step).
STEP 3 – checking browser shortcuts
Further, before launching the browser, I recommend immediately checking the browser shortcut located on the desktop or taskbar. The fact is that often, in addition to launching the file itself, a line is added to them to launch a 'viral' advertisement (for example).
It is very easy to check the shortcut by clicking which you launch the browser: right-click on it and select 'Properties' from the context menu (as in Fig. 9).
Figure: 10. Checking the label.
Next, pay attention to the 'Object' line (see fig. 11 – in this picture everything is in order with this line).
Пример вирусной строчки: 'C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Browsers\exe.emorhc.bat' 'http://2knl.org/?src=hp4&subid1=feb'
Figure: 11. Object without any suspicious paths
For any suspicions (and not disappearing advertisements in the browser), I still recommend removing the shortcuts from the desktop and creating them again (to create a new shortcut: go to the folder where your program is installed, then find the executable file 'exe' itself, click on right-click it and in the explorer context menu select the 'Send to desktop (create shortcut)' option).
STEP 4 – check all add-ons and extensions in the browser
Comparatively, ad applications do not hide from the user in any way and they can be found simply in the list of browser extensions or add-ons.
Sometimes they are given a name very similar to some well-known extension. Therefore, a simple recommendation: remove from the browser all extensions and add-ons unfamiliar to you, and extensions that you do not use (see Fig. 12).
Chrome: go to chrome: // extensions /
Firefox: press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + A (see fig. 12);
Opera: shortcut keys Ctrl + Shift + A
Figure: 12. Firefox browser add-ons
STEP 5 – checking installed applications in Windows
By analogy with the previous step, it is recommended to check the list of programs installed in Windows. Special attention to unknown programs that were installed not so long ago (roughly comparable in terms of the time when ads appeared in the browser).
All that is unfamiliar – feel free to delete!
Figure: 13. Removing unknown applications
By the way, the standard installer Windows does not always display all applications that have been installed on the system. I also recommend using the application recommended in this article:
uninstall programs (several ways): https://pcpro100.info/kak-udalit-programmu-s-pc/
STEP 6 – checking your computer for malware, adware, etc.
Finally, the most important thing is to scan the computer with special utilities to find all sorts of adware 'garbage': malware, adware, etc. Antivirus, as a rule, does not find such a thing, and considers that everything is in order with the computer, while it is impossible to open any browser?
I recommend a couple of utilities: AdwCleaner and Malwarebytes (check your computer, preferably both (they work very quickly and take up little space, so downloading these utilities and checking your PC won't take much time!)).
Website: https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner /
Figure: 14. The main window of the AdwCleaner program.
A very lightweight utility that quickly scans your computer for any 'garbage' (on average, the scan takes 3-7 minutes). By the way, it cleans all popular browsers from virus lines: Chrome, Opera, IE, Firefox, etc.
Website: http://www.malwarebytes.org /
Figure: 15. The main window of the Malwarebyte program.
I recommend using this utility in addition to the first one. The computer can be scanned in various modes: fast, full, instant (see Fig. 15). For a full-fledged computer (laptop) scan, even the free version of the program and the quick scan mode are enough.
Advertising is not evil, evil is an abundance of advertising!
That's all for me. 99.9% chance of getting rid of ads in your browser – if you follow all the steps described in the article. Good luck?