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3 ways how to block ads on YouTube

With over 30 million daily visitors and more than 5 billion videos watched each day, YouTube is one of the most popular platforms for watching videos online. It offers a mind-boggling range of content, from live-stream pilates classes, instructional videos for virtually every topic or craft, cooking instructional classes, and a wealth of music videos and soundtracks. 

Its diversity is unmatched by any other streaming or video-sharing platform on the internet, but many agree there's just one small gripe when it comes to enjoying their favorite YouTube video, and that's ads. Ads are an important part of how YouTube makes revenue, and revenue from YouTube accounts reaches a staggering $4,000,000,000 per year and generates around 6% of Google's ad sales revenue. 

Options to remove YouTube ads

For most people, ads on YouTube are annoying, intrusive, and at times dangerous elements that interfere with their viewing experience. That's because some ads online can be malicious and hackers use them to infiltrate your PC with viruses or malware. But did you know, there are a few easy ways to remove ads from YouTube? Let's take a look at some of the best options available to block ads on YouTube.

1. Subscribe to YouTube Premium

Formerly known as YouTube Red, YouTube Premium is a subscription service that offers some great features. For $11.99 per month (in the US) YouTube Premium offers ad-free access to all of its content as well as access to premium features that are curated by the site's creators. It also allows you to download videos and gives you the ability to play videos in the background so that audio will continue even if you minimize the app. In addition, you'll also receive access to YouTube Music which is a music streaming service. 

2. Use a VPN 

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) has become a popular option for many users. Some come with built-in ad blockers that will prevent advertising domains from playing unwanted ads during your favorite YouTube video. They often cost less than the YouTube subscription so are an easy and affordable way to block ads. 

Of course, YouTube is free to use without the need to pay for a monthly subscription, so for many, paying for a subscription to watch the same videos that are available for free doesn't make a lot of sense. That's where a third-party ad blocker is a perfect option.

3. Use an ad blocker

Ad-blocking services stop advertiser domains from loading ads on the web pages you visit, and there are quite a few advantages to doing this. 

  • They greatly improve the speed and safety of your viewing experience on YouTube 
  • They provide cleaner looking web pages free of distractions
  • They prevent advertising domains from inserting trackers and sharing your data with external marketers, advertisers, and data analytics companies
  • They help reduce battery drain on your PC
  • They filter fake news sites and remove fake advertising distributors

There are a ton of free third-party ad blockers available online, and most will do exactly that: block ads. They're a simple tool that will filter which domains are able to access your computer. However, there are some ad-blocking services that go one step further and include additional features to improve your overall experience while on the internet. 

CCleaner Browser is one such tool. First and foremost, it's free and it features Adblock, software that's specially designed to prevent ads from appearing within all of your browsers, including while watching videos on YouTube. 

It also boasts other benefits, such as Anti-Fingerprinting which hides your browser information from websites and advertisers to help protect your privacy and limit online tracking. CCleaner Browser also provides total online security, allowing you to surf the net, shop, and do online banking without the threat of phishing scams, malware attacks, and identity theft. Our community of users loves how safe the tools in CCleaner Browser keep them, so why not download it now and see what it can do for you?


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