Firstly, if you’re not using Firefox, then you should be. Now simply install these two browser extensions to get started blocking ads. Links below…
“Catch me blocking ads like Mutombo, ears open wide to the streets like I’m Dumbo”– Yung Swearen
- uBlock Origin – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/
- Best for the casual user who doesn’t want to click a lot. Allows right clicking of elements and blocking them directly on the page (such as those stupid annoying meanyhead cookie notices in website footers) and has some more advanced filtering options on the back end that you most likely don’t need to tweak.
- uMatrix – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/umatrix/
- For the more advanced user who wants full customization options. Allows much more precise blocking of various aspects of a website. I say use both of these extensions in tandem!
What if one of these ad-blockers breaks a site?
CTRL + SHIFT + A: Use this keyboard shortcut in Firefox to quickly disable or enable browser extensions in the extensions manager tab.
Ain’t nobody got time to click around in the settings menu. Just take me to the tab, bro!
This keyboard shortcut is the bee’s knees because you can quickly deactivate any browser extension in a few steps. I use it a lot if one of my ad-blockers is breaking a website by blocking certain things like scripts or iFrames. Sometimes you need to totally disable uBlock origin so that iFrames or other page elements will finally load.
A big universal “Thank you!” goes from me and everyone else to the creator of these great ad-blocking Firefox extensions. Raymond Hill, you’re a gentleman and a scholar. I pray a fine truckload of the best shrubberies is on its way to you soon.
If you don’t want me to block your ads, don’t make them so annoying, deceptive, interrupting, intrusive, and just all around shite, as a commenter would say.
If your website actually provides me with good valuable content, I’ll actually click your ads, bro. Not a joke! I’ll even scroll, click another link on the page from your ad, and then wait a few minutes to bounce in order to make it look like real human behavior and not a bot click so you get a few pennies! This is how we do it!