Windows 10 brought us Edge, Microsoft's newest web browser. Unfortunately, on Windows 10's release date, Edge still doesn't support extensions, so we're pretty much stuck with only its default features and options. One of the worst things for many users is the fact that you cannot block all those annoying ads and popups that fill the Internet these days. However… there is an app out there which you can use to block ads even in Microsoft Edge. It's called Adguard and it works very well. On the other hand though, you can only use it for free for 14 days, after which you'll have to pay for it. But, who knows, maybe Microsoft will move quickly and, before Adguard's trial ends, we all get extensions support in Edge. Until then, read this tutorial to see where to get and how to use Adguard to block ads on Microsoft Edge.
What Is Adguard?
To put it simply, Adguard is an ad blocker. That means it will protect you from all the annoying ads and unwanted pop-ups from the Internet. To be able to do that, Adguard uses a list of filters, each with its own filtering rules for all kinds of advertising content, such as banners, pop-ups and others. These filters are automatically loaded by Adguard, depending on the websites you're visiting. For example, there's an English filter (for websites with English content), a Russian filter (for websites with Russian content) and even a Spyware filter (for protecting you against websites that try to track your actions on the Internet). If you want to get a more detailed view of the filters available in Adguard, check this page: Adguard Ad Filters.
Most of the ad blockers available come in the form of browser extensions. That means that, in order for them to block ads from being displayed on your browser, they first need to load websites, and only after that can they identify and remove ads and pop-ups. Adguard works in a different way: it processes the websites you visit before they are actually loaded in the browser. Because the browser doesn't load all the commercials, this translates into a faster browsing experience and less data being transferred.
Another great thing is the fact that Adguard is a standalone app that works regardless of the browser you use. By default, it knows how to work with 33 different browsers, including Microsoft Edge. We must also point out the fact that Adguard can also work with any other browser, as long as you manually add it to the list of filtered browsers from its Settings window.
Where To Get & How To Install Adguard
Adguard can be downloaded from its official web page, here: Adguard.
The download file you get is a small executable file, called adguardInstaller.exe, with 382 KB in size.
After downloading it, run the installer. Take note that you need to have administrative privileges in order to be able to install Adguard. When asked by the User Account Control if you want to run it, select Yes.
The first installation step for Adguard will ask you to agree with its License Agreement. Read the terms and, if you're OK with them, click or tap I accept the agreement.
Then, Adguard lets you choose the location to where it will be installed. Enter the one you want or, if you're satisfied with the default location, go ahead and press Next.
Now wait for adguard to end its installation process. It will only take a couple of moments.
When this is finished, Adguard will need a few seconds to prepare its first launch.
When it's ready, Adguard asks you to select the language you want use for its interface. You can choose from English, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, German or Serbian.
Then, you can configure a few basic filtering options. You can choose if you want to block trackers, social media widgets and all ads, or only annoying ads. This last option deserves a bit of explaining: by default, rather than blocking all the ads, Adguard chooses to let some "useful" ads pass through its filters. "Useful ads" are considered to be search ads on Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask.com and DuckDuckGo.com. If you want to see such contextual ads, go with the default configuration of Adguard, but if you don't, simply uncheck the "Do not block useful ads" option.
And the last step from the initial configuration for Adguard lets you choose whether you want secure connections (HTTPS) to be filtered as well and also if you want to submit anonymous information to Adguard's server.
How To Work With Adguard
As we finished the installation process and the first steps in configuring Adguard, now we get to see its interface, which looks quite nice and easy to use.
Right now, you could simply close Adguards's interface and let it do its job. If you'll open Microsoft Edge (or any other browser) you'll see that all those pesky ads and popups that fill your favorite websites are now gone. You could start to enjoy a better and cleaner online experience.
However, if you are the type that wants to check every little detail of how something works, stay a bit and let's walk through Adguard's interface.
Adguard's main console is split into five major sections: Protection, Settings, Support, License and About.
Among other things, the Protection section lets you enable or disable the protection services, see status information and a little statistical data, report missed ads to Adguard developers and add exceptions for websites on which you don't want it to remove ads.
An aspect that differentiates Adguard from many other ad blockers is the fact that it also includes a Parental Control feature. However, even after enabling it, we could still use different user accounts to navigate on inappropriate websites. So we don't recommend you rely on it for its purpose.
Adguard's Settings section allows you to configure various aspects of its operations. You can change the interface language, set Adguard to launch on startup or not, let it auto-update, activate ad filters automatically and so on.
If you want to access even more settings, you can also access Adguard's Extended interface. Here, you can change additional options, like adding custom user ad filters, turning notifications on or off, enable or disable ad filters for specific browsers, change proxy settings and so on.
Going back to Adguard's main interface, the Support section offers an email form which you can use to send messages directly to the team behind Adguard.
Inside the License section, you can activate a serial key you already own or you can choose to Purchase a license.
And finally, the About section gives you information about your Adguard app, but also lets you check for available updates.
If you want to get rid of unwanted ads and pop-ups that fill almost all the Internet, Adguard is the only ad blocker that can stop ads, pop-ups and stop companies from tracking your online activities when using Microsoft Edge. So, if you like Edge, but you don't like ads, then this is your only choice for salvation. At least for now, and until Microsoft releases extensions support for their latest web browser. The only downside in using Adguard is the fact that it's not a free product, and after a 14 day trial, you'll have to pay in order to be able to continue using it.