How to Remove AdBlock From Browsers

After removing AdBlock, you would need to redownload the extension to use it again.
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Popular ad blocking extensions such as AdBlock and AdBlock Plus offer settings for temporarily disabling ad filtering if you want to see ads on a particular website. If you'd rather get rid of the ad blocker entirely, for example, if it interferes with many sites you use or you want to switch to an alternate extension, uninstall it through the Extensions tab in Firefox's or Chrome's settings. The Internet Explorer version of AdBlock Plus, on the other hand, uninstalls through the Programs and Features Control Panel.

Firefox

Step 1

Open your Firefox add-ons.
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Open the menu in the upper right corner of Firefox and choose "Add-ons."

Step 2

Open the extensions.
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Switch to the "Extensions" tab. This tab contains user-made browser add-ons, including ad blockers.

Step 3

Remove the ad blocker.
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Click "Remove" by the ad blocker you want to uninstall. The most popular extension is AdBlock Plus, but if you use another, press "Remove" by its name instead. You might need to quit and reopen Firefox before your ad blocker turns off entirely.

Chrome

Step 1

Open Chrome's settings.
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Open Chrome's menu and click "Settings."

Step 2

Open the Extensions tab.
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Press "Extensions" on the left-hand menu on the Settings page to see all your browser extensions.

Step 3

Remove the extension.
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Click the garbage can icon next to your ad blocker. The two most popular Chrome ad blocking extensions are AdBlock and AdBlock Plus, but the removal method is the same regardless of which you use. Press "Remove" to confirm the choice and restart your browser.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open the Programs and Features Control Panel.
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Close all Internet Explorer windows, and then search for and open "Add or Remove Programs" on the Windows 8.1 Start screen or the Windows 7 Start menu. Unlike with Firefox and Chrome, you can't remove AdBlock Plus from within Internet Explorer 10 or 11 -- you need to use the Windows Control Panel.

Step 2

Uninstall AdBlock.
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Select "AdBlock Plus for IE" and click "Uninstall." To find the program easily, search for it with the search bar at the top right corner of the window.

Step 3

Confirm the uninstallation.
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Press "Yes" to finish the removal.

Tip

If you have multiple profiles set up in Firefox or Chrome, make sure you open the program with the correct profile to remove your ad blocker. Each profile has its own set of extensions.

Warning

If Windows prompts you with a User Account Control warning when you try to uninstall AdBlock Plus for IE, press "Continue."

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