Browser ads are not only a nuisance visually but pose a significant security risk. There are several moral implications of blocking these ads. By implementing ad blockers on your browser, you cut down on the salaries of those coding, designing, and providing the content that you usually view for free. The very ads you wish to block are the same ones that provide the funding for placing everything else online. Nevertheless, the frequency of these ads ultimately undermines the browsing experience.
Michael Brown, a marketing guru from Semalt, provides here few points to remember:
- Ad blockers are very legal which means that they have no restrictions. The decision on how to block the ads rests entirely on you. If you do decide to use an Ad Blocker, make sure that it is clean, and will serve you well. However, they have some limitations.
- Funding for Ad Blockers emanates from a single organization or person. Therefore, one must conduct their research on the company before using their service. You must make sure that it will ethically block all ads for as long you are signed up with them. There are cases where ownership of the Ad Blocking service changes and the new owners receive premiums from some companies to skip their ad addresses.
- Adding an extension to a browser will undeniably slow the browser down. However, if you have an efficient machine, this should not worry you. Otherwise, you may have to restrict yourself to two or three tabs at the same time.
- Extensions require constant updates which take up more of your time and resources.
- Ad Blockers cannot function well without subscriptions. You must select a list of websites that you wish to have blocked and manually add them to the block list.
- It is not possible to run a system-wide Ad Blocker if you run multiple browsers.
Luckily, there is a better solution which is free of charge with no subscription. It blocks ads for the entire system forever. It does not need a software to install it, meaning it will not slow down your system.
Install the host files from MVPS. It alters known ad server URLs with a null character. When the computer tries to access the internet, it will return this null character meaning it does not download the ad which will, in turn, save you a lot of time and resources. The following is a process on how to block ads manually using the MVPS method.
- Confirm you have administrator privileges. Open the “Run” Console by pressing the windows key and R concurrently.
- Enter “Services.Msc” and locate the “DNS Client” option. Right click on it and scroll down to “Properties” and then choose to “Stop.”
- From the “Startup type” drop-down menu, choose either “Manual” or “Disabled.” Experts recommend the Manual option.
- Apply the new settings and restart.
- Replace the host files in “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc” with the updated ones.
- If the anti-virus or windows defender attempts to take action against the action, decline.
You now know how to block ads without an ad blocker whenever you are on the internet. Make sure to update the host files regularly and replace them in the specified directory.