ADblock Easy to understand instructions or manual for dummies

Basem Khawaja
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I would like to know if anyone can help me configure in a easy to understand steps how the Adblock app works? I have it installed on my Chrome browser as an extension. I am having every time to click RELOAD in order to block the ADS, it works fine for that particular page but once I go to another Tab or Window , the ADS are back again. I want to know an easy and simple fix to block the ADS before I navigate to a given website if it's possible or once I am there to block the ADS for once and for all for future access to that website? I am open for other alternatives/recommendations from the Experts as long as it is  to easy and simple apps to use to block the ADS.

Thank you,

Basem
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Top Expert 2016

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I don't know which adblocker you are using but
Addblock, addblock plus, privacy badger come out of the box blocking all ads  If the site complains and won't allow you to block ads then you have to either whitelist the site or the particular page and they usually refresh the page.
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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it is called AdBlock it has a white hand and red background. It is not a website or a page that is complaining. It is not blocking all ads. I wish that was the case. If you know of an easy guide to use on how to block all ads , please let me know how to do that . Thank you.
Top Expert 2016

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if you select the gear you may have enabled
ACCEPTABLE ADS
Acceptable Ads are nonintrusive ads. They are the middle ground between ad blocking and supporting online content because they generate revenue for website owners.

Allow Acceptable Ads
Acceptable Ads are not annoying and do not interfere with the content you are viewing. Read more about the Acceptable Ads criteria
Only allow ads without third-party tracking
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which site are you having problems with ads on?
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Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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Nothing specific. I have this issue with all websites. That's why I want to make sure I am doing things right. Thank you David.
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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Hi Basem,

Firstly, can you confirm it's the following AdBlocker that you're using?

AdBlock

Assuming that's the ad blocker that you're using, there really isn't anything you should need to configure. Just install the extension and surf the web as normal, whitelisting any pages that you need to. Unless you've specifically changed any of its settings, it should just work.

That said, I recall using that ad blocker myself and ended up removing it because I didn't like the performance I was getting from it. Having just had a quick look through the reviews on the above page, I see that quite a few people are still complaining about shortcomings that I noted myself when I tried it.

The only thing I can suggest it to uninstall "Ad Block" and install Adblock Plus by adblockplus.org instead. Adblock Plus is the blocker I ended up settling on and have been using for about a year now. I recall having problems on Facebook (having to refresh pages) when using Ad Block and switching to Adblock Plus resolved the issue for me. They're both free and you could always switch back to AdBlock if AdBlock Plus doesn't meet with your needs.

Again, nothing to really configure with Adblock Plus either. Just install the extension and follow any prompts. If you decide to try it I can tell you how to configure it so that you can decide for yourself if you want to allow Acceptable ads or not.

Regards, Andrew
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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Andrew

Thank you for the recommendation. Yes you are correct, AdBlock is what I have . The white hand inside the hexagonal shape icon. It does not block the ads as it's supposed to for some reason. I am not sure if I need to whitelist sites every time that I want to see ads from, the truth is I don't want any ads PERIOD! I did notice though when I click on the reload page the ads tend to disappear till I open a new tab or window then they come back. I am ready to install the AdBlock Plus but I need your help please in configuring it so that it will do the ad blocking without me having to worry about anything else.

Thank you Andrew.
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Hi Basem,

the truth is I don't want any ads PERIOD!

You will never eliminate 100% of ads because of the different ways web pages are created. Some sites will even refuse to allow you to read any content if an ad blocker is detected on your machine and that's their right, so you will be forced to either whitelist the site if you really want to read the content, pay for a subscription or seek out the content elsewhere. Fortunately, such sites are still fairly far and few between.

For my own part, I personally don't mind unobtrusive ads as I understand that sites need to generate income in some way, so I support the "ACCEPTABLE ADS" initiative that a lot of ad blockers are now employing, including both Ad Blocker and AdBlocker Plus.

But that's just me -- other folks like yourself prefer to block every ad possible and that's OK too. To each, their own and fortunately, AdBlocker Plus that I use still gives you a choice to either block or not block what acceptableads.com consider to be acceptable or not. I can help you with configuring AdBlocker Plus to block all ads, acceptable or otherwise if that's your preference. I've used AdBlocker Plus in both configurations and found that for me, it works very well indeed.

I did notice though when I click on the reload page the ads tend to disappear till I open a new tab or window then they come back.

That problem is very similar to a reason I stopped using Ad Blocker and ended up switching to AdBlocker Plus.

My issues at the time revolved mainly around Facebook, where I found I needed to frequently refresh pages. Shame if getadblock.com haven't been able to address that problem as yet, but I found the solution to be quite simple. Just switch to an alternate product. For me, the better product was AdBlocker Plus  :)

I am ready to install the AdBlock Plus but I need your help please in configuring it so that it will do the ad blocking without me having to worry about anything else.

Not an unreasonable request. The first thing you need to do is remove your current Ad Blocker extension.

Once you've done that, go to this web address in your browser and install AdBlocker Plus. (There will be a big green "Get AdBlock Plus" button you click to be redirected to the correct extension install page for your browser)

Just install it with defaults by following any prompts. Once installed, in order to block all ads, including those considered as "acceptable" ads, simply do the following;

1. Click the ABP extension icon in the top right of your browser
2. Now click the Gear icon to bring up the settings page

ABP1.png
3. On the browser tab that opens, un-tick "Allow Acceptable Ads" as shown below.

ABP2.png
No other configuration should be necessary.

You can add websites to a whitelist (if necessary) on the fly by simply toggling the "Block ads on:' button (shown in the first graphic above) -- Once you toggle a website using this method during everyday use, the AdBlock Plus extension will remember your preference and add the site to a "Whitelist" of sites on which ads will be allowed. As mentioned earlier, this can be necessary on some web sites that have strict rules about the use of ad blockers.

Nothing else needs to be configured unless you notice problems that need to be addressed. The above is all that is needed to be configured based on your stated requirements for now.

One other important consideration. When using an Ad Blocking extension, it's a good idea to turn of any browsers built in ad blocker to prevent conflicts and problems. In Google Chrome, that's done as follows:

In your Google Browser address bar, enter the following: chrome://settings/content/ads?search=ad

ABP3.png
Now turn off "Blocked on sites that show intrusive or misleading ads (recommended)" on the page that opens.

ABP4.png
That's it. You're done.

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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Andrew

Let me work on this new extension. If I have any problems doing so I will let you know.

Thank you.

Basem
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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No probs Basem. Good luck :)
Basem KhawajaClinical Pharmacist

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Andrew

Thank you once again my friend. You should be awarded "MVE" "Most Valuable Expert"of the year award by EE community . You are a true human encyclopedia. I can not say that about a lot of people. Thank you again.


Basem Khawaja, R.Ph.
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist | Looking for Opportunities
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You're very welcome Basem and thank you for your very kind words. Much appreciated :)

Regards, Andrew

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