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The ad blocker - a secret weapon against annoying ads.

So many ads, so little patience ... it's time to stop the madness.

The average person sees an average of 4,000 ads per day. If you think these are too many, an ad blocker is your new best friend.

An ad blocker is software that can be used to block ads and works in two ways. The first possibility is for an ad blocker to block the signal from an advertiser's server so that the ad never appears on your page. Another way ad blockers work is to block areas of a website that could be ads.

These ads can be loud video ads, ads tracking you around the internet, trackers, third-party cookies, and more. To use an ad blocker, you can check for ad blocker add-ons available in your browser. For example, Firefox has this list of approved ad blocker add-ons. Click on this list (or any ad blockers allowed for your browser) and see which ones are right for your needs.

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Find the right ad blocker for you

There's AdBlocker Ultimate, which removes every single ad, but buyers need to be careful. Some of your favorite newspapers and magazines rely on advertising. Too many people blocking their ads could put them out of business.

Pop-up ads are the worst. You can block them with Pop-up Blocker to get rid of annoying pop-ups forever.

One of the most popular ad blockers for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox is AdBlock. Use it to block ads on Facebook, YouTube, and Hulu.

Create a tracker-free zone with content blocking

In Firefox, you can use the Privacy or Content Blocking settings to have even more control over the ad trackers that deliver the ads to you.

Choose your protection level

First, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner of your screen. It looks like three lines stacked on top of each other. From the drop-down menu, click Content Blocking. You should see a blue pop-up with several choices.

The standard mode is quite relaxed

If ads don't bother you and you don't mind being followed by third-party trackers and cookies, the default setting should be sufficient. Use a Private Mode window to keep trackers off your neck in Standard Mode.

Strict mode blocks more

If too many ads are ruining your day, Strict Mode is more suitable. In this mode, known trackers and third-party cookies are blocked in all Firefox windows.

Custom mode with your own settings

With the custom setting you have the maximum choice. You can choose what to block, including trackers, cookies, and more. If you allow cookies from a website, you are automatically in custom mode.

Hide your trail and block trackers

Click the tracker box to block trackers in two ways. One way to block trackers is when you are working in a private window. Another option is to block trackers from all windows. Note that if you always block trackers, some pages may not load correctly.

Stop cookies

Cookies are sent from websites that you visit. They are stored on your computer and keep track of what you have done on a website. If an airline increases the price for you because you looked at airline tickets once that day, it is the work of a cookie.

In Firefox, you can block all third-party cookies or only those set by trackers. Note that blocking all cookies can disrupt some websites.

Send a do-not-track signal

If you do not want your online behavior to be used for ads, you can send websites a polite "thank you, but no thanks" message by checking the Do Not Track option in Firefox. Participation is voluntary, but participating websites will stop tracking you immediately.

More speed thanks to ad blockers

In some cases, an ad blocker can help make your browser run faster. When an ad is loading it can slow down a website. At the same time, if you're too busy to close another ad, it takes longer to find what you're looking for.

If you want to learn more about blocking ads, there are hundreds of ad blocker extensions available for Firefox and other browsers. If you'd like to try the ad blockers Firefox uses, click here to download a browser that puts privacy first.

Take control of your browser.

Download Firefox - German

Your system may not meet all the requirements for Firefox. Try one of these versions:

Download Firefox - German

Firefox privacy notice