Clickbait, pop-up ads, and other ads aren't blocked in Chrome

More and more websites are exploiting known weaknesses in Chrome to force clickbait ads, pop-ups, and other types of ads on Chrome users. In fact, when websites detect an ad or pop-up blocker is being used, they often serve more (and worse!) ads to ad-blocking visitors. Newspapers are among the most aggressive of these websites, but other popular sites have started using the same tactics.

We're continuing to develop ways to block these ads in Chrome. The challenge is that our two developers are outnumbered a gajillion to one, and every workaround we find is often discovered and worked around itself within days.

That said, we do have some suggestions.

Disable JavaScript

Disabling JavaScript in Chrome blocks this kind of ad on any site. It also blocks some needed functionality. Sometimes, depending on the site, this is fine. Here's an article on how to disable JavaScript in major web browsers.

Look for custom filters

When disabling JavaScript makes a site unusable, you can sometimes find custom filters that will block the ads. Look for the site name in the EasyList "unblocked ads" forum.

We don't maintain either the filter lists or any custom filters you may find. Keep in mind that custom filters can stop working at any time as sites find new ways around ad blockers. Please report problems with custom filters in a comment on the EasyList forum post where you found them. 

Warning: Custom filters can break websites! Please read these important warnings before using them.

Use the It's Not Important userscript

Sometimes the reason an ad isn't blocked is that an element style called "!important" has been applied to it. This style overrides the styling code filter lists use to hide ads. Try using the It's Not Important userscript with the Tampermonkey script manager to give the filter lists a little boost.

  1. Install the Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey script manager appropriate for your browser (see below).
  2. Install the It's Not Important userscript.

Chrome: Tampermonkey
Firefox: Violentmonkey or Tampermonkey
Safari: Tampermonkey
Microsoft Edge: Tampermonkey

Use a different browser

If all else fails, we recommend visiting the site in Microsoft Edge, Firefox, or, if you're on a Mac, Safari, even if you keep Chrome as your browser for everything else. These browsers don't have the same weaknesses Chrome does.

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