Microsoft Edge is not the clunky web browser it used to be when it was first launched. Perhaps the biggest issue that Microsoft’s browser had during its infancy was the lack of extensions. For example, if you wanted to watch YouTube videos on Edge at that time, there was no way to block ads. Luckily, that’s not the case anymore and the Microsoft Store now includes various Microsoft Edge extensions for blocking YouTube ads.
There’s still a long way to go until Edge will gather an amount of add-ons similar to the one of Chrome or Mozilla which have been on the market for many years. However, even now we have several Microsoft Edge extensions for blocking YouTube ads to choose from.
Best Microsoft Edge extensions for blocking YouTube ads
Nevertheless, time is precious so we selected the best ones for you. This way, you can enjoy using Edge even while browsing YouTube but without annoying pre-roll ads or text banners.
uBlock Origin can work as a simple ad blocker, also providing a dedicated button for disabling ads for the website open in your active tab. However, you can also use it to read and create filters from hosts files. The host file enables you to block your computer from accessing certain web domains.
This extension comes with some very popular hosts files preloaded but it also includes several more to choose from. However, keep in mind the more lists you use the higher the memory footprint of the extension, so just stick to the ones that are most relevant to you.
Adguard Adblocker is a full-featured ad blocker – it doesn’t block just YouTube ads, it will also prevent all types of advertising from being displayed on practically any web page you visit. This includes floating ads, video ads, and other rich media advertising elements.
There’s also a security component to this extension since it’s also able to block third-party trackers, adware, and spyware, ensuring protection against phishing and various types of malware.
AdBlock is an extremely popular adblocker because of the fame of its Chrome extension which naturally transferred to its Edge version. The extension lets you block all types of ads on all websites you visit or opt to see unobtrusive ads to support publishers who are mindful when it comes to advertising.
Nevertheless, when it comes to YouTube ads, AdBlock doesn’t work as well on Edge as it does on Chrome. Some users occasionally get pre-roll ads that are still displayed but the best course of action would be to try it yourself and see how it works for you.
Finally, we have AdBlock Plus which is also designed to block YouTube ads, but also advertising elements on any regular website. This particular add-on is still in its early stages of development so it might not work on some web pages even though many users are very satisfied with it.
Just like AdBlock, AdBlock Plus also gives you the option to enable unobtrusive ads.
The collection of Microsoft Edge extensions is still in its infancy, so I’m sure over time we’ll have even more ad blockers to choose from. Nevertheless, even now we have the ones I mentioned above, which work quite well so it’s only a matter of personal preference when selecting the perfect one for you.