Getting started with Adblock Plus
What is Adblock Plus?
Adblock Plus is the most popular browser extension available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Android. Its primary purpose is to remove all intrusive advertisements from your browsing experience: YouTube video ads, Facebook ads, banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, background ads etc.
How does Adblock Plus work?
In order to block ads, Adblock Plus requires the so-called filters to “tell” it which requests to block. Out of the box, Adblock Plus comes without any filters, but, it will offer you to add a filter subscription on first start. With these filters enabled, it can block specific requests from websites, usually the requests to serve an ad. Blocked ads often leave blank spaces or “Advertising Tags” on webpages. Adblock Plus is still able to remove these with a functionality called “element-hiding”: based on certain specific characteristics, Adblock Plus is able to hide certain elements from the webpage.
Installing Adblock Plus
If you use the Mozilla Firefox browser, click the install button on the Firefox installation page. Firefox will prompt you to allow Adblock Plus to install the add-on: Click on “Allow”.