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What is AdBlock?

Do I have to pay for AdBlock?

Is Adblock Plus an upgraded version of AdBlock?

What is the AdBlock for Safari app?

Should I install the AdBlock app or the AdBlock extension?

Why can't I uninstall the AdBlock app like other extensions?

How do I uninstall the AdBlock for Safari app?

How do I disable AdBlock on a site that won't let me use an ad blocker?

I paused AdBlock or whitelisted the site. Why won't the site let me in?

How do I block ads again on a site I whitelisted?

What does the "Allow some non-intrusive ads" setting do?

I installed AdBlock. Why am I still seeing ads?

I think AdBlock is breaking a site I use. Can you fix it?

Why doesn't the AdBlock app have the same features as the extension?

Where are all the filter lists that were in the extension?

Can I whitelist my favorite YouTube channels?



What is AdBlock?

AdBlock is a content blocker for use with the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge browsers. It works inside your browser to block unwanted content on the web, such as trackers (the magic behind those creepy ads that follow you around the web), and ads that slow page loading. And while it is not an antivirus or anti-malware application, AdBlock can help protect your computer from malicious software distributed through some types of ads.


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Do I have to pay for AdBlock?

AdBlock is free. We rely on donations from happy users to survive. If you would like to help out, you can donate on our website at https://getadblock.com/pay. And thanks!


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Is Adblock Plus an upgraded version of AdBlock?

AdBlock and Adblock Plus (ABP) are separate products made by different developers. (The reason the names are so similar is an interesting piece of Internet history.)


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What is the AdBlock for Safari app?

The AdBlock for Safari app, first released in 2018, is the "next-generation" version of the AdBlock for Safari extension that has been around since 2009. It replaces the AdBlock extension in MacOS Mojave/Safari 12 and later.


The AdBlock for Safari app consists of three components:

  1. The AdBlock extension, which uses filter lists to determine what to block on websites you visit. This is the content blocking piece, the part that actually blocks the ads. It has no user interface.

  2. The AdBlock Safari Icon extension, which allows you to control the AdBlock extension in Safari. You can use the AdBlock icon on the Safari toolbar to pause ad blocking everywhere, whitelist just the site you're on, open the app, find answers to questions, and contact AdBlock Support.

  3. The AdBlock app, which allows you to select and update filter lists and whitelist any site manually. The app's user interface includes the app window and a button in the MacOS menu bar.


Both extensions are required for the AdBlock app to work.


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Should I install the AdBlock app or the AdBlock extension?

Apple will discontinue traditional Safari extensions in late 2018. Although you can still use the old AdBlock extension for now, we recommend that you switch to the new app by the end of the year.


If you use older versions of Safari (version 11 and earlier), you can continue to use the AdBlock extension. The Safari Extensions Gallery is going away, but you will be able to install the extension from our website. Please note that we may decide to stop adding new features to the Safari extension at some point. If we do, we will notify you so that you can switch to the AdBlock app if you like. (You may need to update to the latest version of Safari first.)


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Why can't I uninstall the AdBlock app like other extensions?

The new version of AdBlock for Safari isn't a browser extension. It's a Mac app, which means it is uninstalled like any other Mac app.


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How do I uninstall the AdBlock for Safari app?

If the app is running, you will need to close it first. You will also need to quit Safari to allow the extension part of the app to be uninstalled.

  1. If AdBlock is running, right-click the icon in the Dock and select Quit.

    Quitting Safari


  1. Open Safari if it isn't already. Open Safari Extensions preferences and disable both AdBlock and AdBlock Safari Icon.

    Disabling the AdBlock extensions in Safari Extensions preferences


  1. Quit Safari.


  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock. Position the pointer over the AdBlock app icon, press and hold until all the icons begin to jiggle, and then click the little "x" and confirm.

    Confirming uninstalling the AdBlock app


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How do I disable AdBlock on a site that won't let me use an ad blocker?

The quickest way is to pause AdBlock, which suspends ad blocking everywhere. The content blocker remains active but idle, like a conscientious security guard at a cotton ball factory.


Click the AdBlock icon in the Safari toolbar and select Pause. The page reloads automatically.


When you're ready to start blocking ads again, click the AdBlock icon in the Safari toolbar and select Resume.


If you visit the site frequently and you don't mind the ads it serves, you can also whitelist it. If you don't want to see ads, you may have other options.


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I paused AdBlock or whitelisted the site. Why won't the site let me in?

If AdBlock is paused or you whitelisted the site and the site still tells you to disable your ad blocker, it means something other than AdBlock is preventing the site's ads from getting to your browser. Please see these troubleshooting tips.


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How do I block ads again on a site I whitelisted?

To remove the current site from your whitelist, click the AdBlock icon in the Safari toolbar and select Block ads on this site.


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What does the "Allow some non-intrusive ads" setting do?

The Allow some non-intrusive ads setting in the AdBlock app controls the Acceptable Ads filter list. Acceptable Ads does not block text ads in Google and Bing search results or other unobtrusive ads that don't bog down web page loading or get in the way of the content you came for. Acceptable Ads is a compromise between putting up with web pages filled with ads and depriving sites of the ad revenue that keeps them in business. Learn more about the Acceptable Ads program.


If you keep this setting on, ads that meet the Acceptable Ads criteria may appear on any website. Keep in mind that ads on sites you whitelist are independent of ads that are whitelisted by the Acceptable Ads filter list. If you whitelist a site, the ads you see may not meet Acceptable Ads criteria even if that setting is turned on.


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I installed AdBlock. Why am I still seeing ads?

These are the most common reason ads aren't blocked:

  • AdBlock is paused

  • The site is whitelisted

  • The non-intrusive ads setting is on

  • Your computer is infected with adware (malware designed to show you ads)

  • The site is using an aggressive ad technology that's difficult or impossible to circumvent (for example, Twitch.tv and many news sites)


Please try these troubleshooting suggestions.


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I think AdBlock is breaking a site I use. Can you fix it?

If the problem is caused by a bug in AdBlock, then we can fix it. If the problem is caused by an overzealous filter list blocking something it shouldn't, however, only the list authors can help. Please try these troubleshooting steps and suggestions.


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Why doesn't the AdBlock app have the same features as the extension?

We wanted to get the new app into the Mac App Store quickly. Some of our users are already upgrading to MacOS Mojave Beta and Safari 12, in which Apple is phasing out support for Safari extensions. We kept the feature set to the bare minimum in the initial release.


Never fear! We plan to add more of the familiar AdBlock features you love over the coming months.


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Where are all the filter lists that were in the extension?

In the interest of releasing a functional content blocker as quickly as possible (see the previous question), we included the minimum number of filter lists in version 1.0 of the app. We will be adding more filter lists as quickly as possible.


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Can I whitelist my favorite YouTube channels?

YouTube channel whitelisting is not available at this time.


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