5 of the Best Alternatives to Adblock Plus that Won’t Show “Acceptable Ads”

Adblock has served me well over the years, making many websites clean and clear. Everything loads quickly, and it all goes on in the background. It’s often a shock when I open somebody else’s browser only to be attacked by spam and pop-ups, and that’s why ad-blockers are an important tool in everyday life.

With the news that Adblock has decided to allow what they deem to be “acceptable ads,” now is the perfect time to find a replacement. Here’s five alternatives that will allow you to browse in peace.

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uBlock is one of the best known alternatives for a reason. It’s a capable ad-blocker that is completely free to download. It doesn’t catch as much compared to Adblock,  but it’s far less resource-heavy. If you’re working on a laptop or an older machine, it might be a good idea to see if it has what it takes to handle your needs.

If you want to know more, here’s an in-depth guide to uBlock Origin and Adblock Plus.

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Opera is a great web browser with multiple features that it hopes will set it apart from the competition. It’s similar to Chrome in look and feel, and it’s easy enough to use and get used to. Pages tend to load at a reasonably competitive speed.

It’s true that some websites won’t recognise the smaller browser, and it can lead to longer load times. Nonetheless, it’s still a solid alternative to Adblock.

Here’s a direct link to their website if you’re interested.

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Ghostery is a browser extension that has been installed over 50,000,000 times. There have been some issues regarding what they do with the data they collect, but it’ll keep most ads out of sight. It’s also completely free to download.

It’s a little resource heavy, but it’s dependable if you just want an extension to take care of your ad-blocking needs. We discuss Ghostery further in this article, so check it out if you would like to find out more.

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Disconnect is a great tool that will allow you to browse the Internet safely. It was developed by former NSA and Google developers, so they should have a decent idea of how to keep your data more secure.

They display their recommendations prominently on their website as shown in the image above. It can be downloaded for free to one browser, so be sure to choose wisely.

Here’s a direct link to the download page.

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Privacy Badger is a Chrome add-on that will keep you safe while surfing. It’s free to download, and it will block both adverts and trackers aiming to get your interest or information in one form or another. It keeps track of adverts and content that comes from the same source or company, and will block it if the adverts keep following you from site to site. It’s a little different, but it’s definitely worthy of this list.

Here’s a direct link to their download page.

Blocking ads is one thing, but it’s also important to keep personal information as secure as you can. Internet privacy tends to be murky enough as it is, so it makes sense to take precautions to stay safe. Taking care of troublesome trackers should be helpful, and it’ll keep repeat offenders away.

Adblock can still provide the goods, and the acceptable ads platform isn’t the worst thing in the world. Nonetheless, it isn’t really ideal for many users.

If you want to make a change, there are lot of services to choose from. Hopefully, the five options listed above will be able to handle your needs. If you have a great alternative (or we’ve been able to help you out), please let us know in the comments section below!

14 comments

  1. Are you sure you should be writing about ‘Ad block alternatives that don’t show acceptable ads’? You’re hurting your own business, don’t you?

  2. uBlock Origin (“uBO”) author here. Your article about uBO is quite misleading.

    First, the picture you post in relation to uBO has nothing to do with uBO, it’s related to an long time abandoned fork of uBlock which still begs for donations. uBO does not accept donations.

    > It doesn’t catch as much compared to Adblock [or Adblock Plus]

    Your statement above is completely and demonstrably false. It’s easy to prove me wrong: provide a specific URL which supports your statement that uBO did not block something which Adblock did block. You won’t be able to find such case.

    Furthermore, uBO supports extended filter syntax which is not supported by Adblock (or Adblock Plus) and which allows to filter more efficiently and competently many of nowadays tricks used on various web sites[1].

    1. https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Static-filter-syntax

  3. Privacy Badger is not an ad blocker. Instead, the add-on focuses on blocking third-party trackers that try to build a portfolio about your online tastes and habits in an effort to deliver more precisely targeted advertising.

    But together with uBlock Origin operate in perfect synchronization. No more adverts and trackers :-)

  4. Aren’t ad-blocking apps ‘killing the Internet’???

    Privacy Badger currently works with Firefox as well as Chrome. However, per Privacy Badger site ‘Privacy Badger is primarily a privacy tool, not an ad blocker.’ It is mainly a tracker blocker.

    The five apps you mention above are not exact drop-in replacements for AdBlock. By your own admission, uBlock Origin does not block as many ads as AdBlock. Who knows what Opera blocks and what it lets through. Ghostery, Disconnect and Privacy Badger each block different things. They should be used as compliments to AdBlock, rather than as functional replacements for it.

  5. Now we need a blocker that the web sites can’t block. Many already refuse access to their sites if they detect a blocker in use.

    • That’s true. It’s a shame, because often those websites are interesting or useful at the time of trying to access it. However, ads have gradually gotten sillier and sillier over the years, and if I try to operate without an ad blocker, the internet is unusable. I have no choice but to use an ad blocker. Nowadays. that’s sometimes at the expense of being able to use the occasional website, but I imagine that it’ll swing back the other way at some stage.

      I think the best arrangement would be an ad blocker company that offers paid subscriptions, and that money is then distributed to the companies whose ads are blocked by the ad blocker company’s plugin. That would preserve the choice for internet users to: (a) pay the subscription and use the internet without ads; or (b) use the ad-riddled internet for free.

    • …but why would I *ever* choose to use a website that requires users to view ads to use? That’s like a TV that makes itself unable to change channels during a commercial. No thanks.

  6. Addition to ad-blockers I use a special HOST file from this web site: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm. I download the zip file and place the file in Windows system folder as stated on web site. It works great, it blocks many ad sites which Ad-Blocker pass. Using the Ad-Blocker and HOST file I can go all day without any pops.

  7. Its sad that the use of the internet now has become a game of avoiding ads. It all started with television. At some point? TV became so populated with commercials that people decided their favorite evening drama or afternoon show just wasn’t worth the amount of time you had to sit through commercials. Hence the dawning of the age of able TV where ads were almost non-existent…until now…As it is now? there are a lot of sites that will prevent you from seeing their content if they detect an ad-blocker, well you know what? I can find my information from other places! If you won’t let me in? and insist I have to play click-and-scroll just to read content? Then you’re not worth my time. And eventually? if enough people insist on keeping their ad-blockers in place, these web-sites will change their policy. I mean at what point did the one avenue of information, entertainment, and research turn into an advertising company’s paradise?…..who gave all these companies the right to turn the most useful invention of the 20th century into their own little playground? And how is it that THEY’RE the ones making the rules as to what sites I can or cannot visit? If you take this current mentality and transfer it into ANY other arena of life you’d be surprised at how fast this crap would get shut down!
    Picture it: You walk into a car dealership looking to spend YOUR money but because you’re using your bi-focals to “see” the prices on the cars more clearly you’re told at the door that if you want to get inside you’ll have to REMOVE them?…(for whatever stupid reason!)…..how fast would you leave that place and NEVER RETURN!? the same principle applies if you’re going to the movie theatre, or a concert, you’re told that you can only enter if you remove your hearing aid….or if you turn off the flashlight that you use to walk to your seats…..wanna see how fast you’d be ceiling the ticket office demanding your money back!!?..and threatening to sue if they didn’t comply? Well then how is it that the internet is being “held hostage” by companies looking to make a profit? Why can’t we show them that WE’RE the REAL power behind the internet and its longevity! Without CUSTOMERS?….these ad agencies and companies would NOT BE IN BUSINESS! So for me?…I’ll continue using AdBlock and any other app out there that can BLOCK them from throwing ads all over the place, and if it means I can’t read some info on their site because of it?…well we’re living in the age of “Alternatives”….and what one site WON’T show me?….ANOTHER SITE WILL!…so let this be a warning to all those companies out there who think their ads MUST get through or else: Your days are numbered……just like people who have turned their back on cableTV….and who are choosing to go the way of live streaming content from their internet connection to their TV’s you’re days of blasting ads all over a site are soon done. After all there’s the optional “Reader” view that browsers like FireFox offer which will wipe away ALL content from a site and leave JUST the TEXT!….so you keep on thinking that you have the upper hand…..eventually you’ll end up like the dinosaurs, extinct…..without a clue as to how you mysteriously disappeared. LoL!

    • Well said, Eddie! I got so fed up with the adverts and the political propaganda on TV being stuffed down my throat all the time that I got rid of my TV 5 years ago. On the odd occasion there is something I want to watch, I use ITV’s ‘Watch Again’ or whatever it is called, on my computer, which happens perhaps once or twice a year. Life has been so peaceful since then!

  8. I downloaded Adblock-Plus a few years ago.
    Up until about 17th June this year, if I posted a photo to someone, it would show on my timeline, along with any message I added to it, and all posts I received showed the name of the sender, the full content of their message, and under that would be the section saying Like, Comment, and Share. Suddenly, this all changed. The full content of my posts disappeared on my Timeline, as did that of people sending me posts. All that showed was: “shared’s post” (NO NAME) and under that the section saying Like, Comment, and Share, and that was it!

    I then went to the advanced settings in Google Chrome and reset all my settings to their origin defaults, everything then went back to the normal view of Facebook, but this also turned off my Adblock-Plus and I was flooded with adverts! I turned Adblock-Plus on again in my extensions, and once again I lost all the Facebook content. I am, therefore, looking for a different ad blocker that Google cannot interfere with in this way.

    • I don’t use Chrome only because its “tied” to Google, and while Google of itself isn’t too much of a burden, I prefer Firefox because of the “Reader” view, and because it almost comes standard with every version of Linux that I’ve installed. Oh….did I forget to mention that I don’t use Windows OR MacOS?……two of the buggiest operating systems out there?……well I don’t and even thought Linux is not for everybody, its an operating system that works like a charm at blocking things…..from toxic IP addresses (iptables) and rootkits.(rkhunter)…to sites that like to posit all manner of things on your system…ClamAV). So when it comes to dealing with sites that seem to “love” ads more than content? I already ignore them, And the sites that seem to want to litter my screen with all kinds of shiny, flashy content that I’m not in the least bit interested in?…will get the Adblock treatment and will like it. Or else they too will end up on my own “blacklist” that block sites with no damn sense!

      Kudos to you though…..on figuring out that its Google Chrome that’s forcing you to turn off your AdBlock……keep scouring the internet, there has to be something out there that will get the job done for you! Good luck and KEEP BLOCKING!….LoL!

      • I have managed to find two ad blockers that don’t ‘upset’ Chrome like Adblock-Plus does – Adblock, and Adaware Ad Block. The second one blocks nearly three times more ads than Adblock, and I believe it can be used with Firefox, too. Here is the link for it: https://www.adaware.com/ad-block I’m going to try Firefox, by the way. The “Reader” view sounds very interesting!

  9. Thanks for the link and info!……Yeah you’re gonna love the reader view….imagine…..being able to read up on something minus all the bric-a-brack that clutters (and sometimes slows down!) a page….its like someone typed up a document JUST for your reading pleasure….I mostly use it when I find Firefox slwoing down due to ads trying to load. Which is few and far between because Adblock usually takes care of that…..enjoy!!

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