Best ad blockers for Chrome 2024

Chrome is an extremely popular browser and is the default for many. But even with its built-in ad and pop-up blockers, you may have noticed that you still see many of these things in your browsing sessions. This is for a few reasons, but mainly because those ads generate revenue for the browser — not just Chrome. 

Some ads aren't bad and can actually be useful. Unfortunately, not all ads are that way and can be a bad actor that is designed to look like a normal ad but, instead, is a phishing scheme, adware, or malicious download. So, to better protect your information, we've put together a list of the best ad blockers for Chrome.

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These browser extensions tap into long lists of ad companies to stop pop-ups, banner ads, video commercials, and other online ads. On a more productive level, the best blockers also stop trackers from capturing your browser history and following your online activity. Since people have become smarter about creating malware and phishing schemes, you'll want that extra protection built right into the browser.

We recommend AdBlock because of how easy it is to use and the extensive amount of ads it automatically blocks, including banner and video ads. It doesn't track your online movements or keep tabs on your browser history, making it secure, too. AdBlock also requires no personal information before downloading the Chrome browser extension.

Ghostery is another good ad-blocking option, but it's unique because it takes you to websites' privacy policies and opt-out forms — super helpful. It stops all sorts of cookies and trackers, including those on social media pages, plus annoying ads and pop-ups. Ghostery isn't as widely used and known as AdBlock and doesn't block as many ads, so AdBlock is our overall best pick.

Several browsers, including Chrome, have started to block access to webpages when it detects an ad blocker is on. Access will be granted once the block is disabled. If you find this happening often with the sites you visit, it may be better to invest in a VPN. Several have ad blockers built into them, but they also do a fantastic job of shielding all your online activity in a way that doesn't tip off the browser or website. It is nearly impossible for cookies to figure out your online movements, and your browser history is erased immediately after you close the browser. VPNs not only stop pop-up ads but also cut down on the personalized ads that show on social media and other sites based on search terms you've recently used.

Chris Wedel
Smart Home Writer
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.