A how to guide to ad blocking

Ever wonder how AdBlock and other ad blockers know what content to block (ads) and not block (everything else)? In Part 1 of our series on ad blocking methods, AdBlock Community Manager Rhana Cassidy discusses the filter lists that give ad blockers their mojo.

A how to guide to ad blocking

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  • Hi Lavonbud,

    Thanks for the tip! This is one of the suggestions in our article, I turned off AdBlock or whitelisted a site (or I don't have an ad blocker) but the site still asks me to turn off my ad blocker. It wasn't as clear as your instruction, however, so I expanded our tip using yours. :)

    Stay awesome,

    Rhana Cassidy

    AdBlock Community Manager

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  • Thanks for the valuable info.

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  • Hi Mayra,

    You're very welcome! I'm glad you found the article helpful. :)

    Warm regards,

    Rhana Cassidy

    AdBlock Community Manager

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  • When I access some website, there are many ads appear, this is uncomfortable because some ads obscure the text I want to readThanks for sharing the way to block ad and the process Adblock act.

  • Hi!

    Please try disabling "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" in AdBlock's options. If you're still seeing ads, it could be because some websites require additional custom filters to block their ads, especially in Chrome. Ads can also be injected by malware, which no ad blocker can block.


    Here are some things you can check: https://help.getadblock.com/solution/articles/6000055490-no-ads-are-blocked


    If those troubleshooting steps don't help, please use our "Report an ad" feature on the page where you're seeing ads. Thanks!

    - Rhana, AdBlock Community Manager

  • It would be great if the iOS app can blacklist individual page element.

    spanish to english

  • Could anyone please provide advice or link to blocking the current generation of Twitch.tv ads.

    It's been like this for about ten days now, I don't think the broadcaster is directly applying the ad inside the broadcast/OBS software. These exact same types of ads were being blocked correctly 11 days ago roughly, they must have gotten around adblock?

  • Hi Dexter,

    Please try the suggestions in this article in our knowledge base: I'm seeing ads on Twitch.tv

    Warm regards,

    Rhana Cassidy

    AdBlock Community Manager

  •  On Firefox Quantum 59.0.1, when I go to foodnetwork.com a banner comes up on the bottom and tells me to turn off my ad blocker. I whitelisted the site but to no avail. Adblocker banner still came up. After much investigation, discovered i needed to uncheck the "DoNot Track" button. Even when the sight was whitelisted or adblock was turned off for the site the banner still appeared. Unchecking DoNot Track SOLVED the problem. Foodnetwork.com is the only site i have noticed this on so far.

  • Hehehe, this Blastoise186 has sensed a question about Filter Lists :)

    I'm not one of the team myself, but I do have a few tricks when it comes to AdBlock.

    The basics of Filter Lists aren't too complicated - but you can go really deep if you wanted to! Be advised please that you can break sites if you're not careful, so please undo any changes if things go wrong!

    Here's a simple one that gets rid of the Google Logo on their homepage: www.google.co.uk##IMG[id="hplogo"]

    If (like me!) you're the kind of person who likes to experiment with Filter Lists, please do feel free to check out the article Rhana wrote at This Support Article

    Hope that helps!


    p.s. Sorry Rhana but I somehow broke Project Sprint while getting an example for this one!

  • Great post,Thanks for providing us this great knowledge,Keep it up.

  • Thank you for that information you article

  • Thank you,is it connected.???
  • Is it possible to block elements in AB mobile? Specifically, I want to block a gif (not an ad) from running on a site. I am using Safari.
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