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Intrusive online paid ads can not only be annoying but also inconvenient and detract from your overall user experience. Most visual or text ads you encounter online are part of retargeting campaigns. Retargeting is a popular form of advertising where marketers utilize online tracking technology like web cookies to remind you of products/services after you leave a website without completing any transaction.
Marketers conduct retargeting through Google Ads, Facebook retargeting other retargeting advertising platforms. Retargeting works with search, apps, and website banner ads. Generally, when you make a purchase from a certain advertiser, the retargeted ads from the advertiser should stop following you around online. However, sometimes this isn't the case leaving you with no choice but to block/hide the ads.
Adblocking isn't a refined process, and you can't completely block all ads without caveats, as they are the lifeline of many apps and websites. Nonetheless, there are several options when it comes to hiding such online ads. Herein is an overview of how you can hide or block online paid ads on various platforms.
There are several types of Google ads, including personalized ads, search ads, video ads, shopping ads, and Google Display Network ads. Personalized ads are the most frequent and annoying. If you seek to stop personalized Google ads, you simply opt out of Ads Personalization.
If you are using the Chrome desktop browser, below are the steps to switch off personalized ads:
If you encounter a Google ad while browsing a website or app, you can follow the steps below to hide ads from that advertiser:
To hide an ad appearing on Google search:
There are limited ways of blocking Facebook ads. You can influence the types of Facebook ads by customizing your profile settings. Below are the steps:
Follow the steps below to hide ads showing on your Facebook account from a certain advertiser:
To switch off personalized ad tracking on Bing, you must opt out of customized ads on all Microsoft sites. Below are the steps:
If you encounter an ad on YouTube, below are the steps to easily hide the ad:
The most effective option (but will cost you) to avoid YouTube ads involves subscribing to YouTube Premium. YouTube Premium allows for a better experience across YouTube, YouTube Gaming, and YouTube Music. If you use YouTube regularly, purchasing a premium subscription is a viable option for ad-free content plus other additional features like background playback, video downloads, and personalized playlists.