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Disable ad blockers in Chrome: how can I set exceptions for certain sites?

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Disabling an ad blocker can help the sites you love

A huge number of people now use an ad blocker in Google Chrome to stem the flood of banners and popups when they’re browsing. But, with ads their only source of revenue, many sites now order you to switch off your ad blocker to gain entry. Here’s how to disable ad blockers in Chrome for particular sites.  

An important note before we begin: the instructions below are for the AdBlock Google Chrome extension. With over ten million users, this is by far the most popular blocking tool on Chrome. If you use a different service, the steps will almost certainly be very similar. 

How to disable ad blockers in Chrome

First, and excuse us for stating the obvious, you’ll need to visit the site you want to set exceptions for. Instead of choosing a news supplier and starting a Brexit bun fight in the comments section, I’ve chosen a website we all visit on a daily basis: the official Leyton Orient FC portal…

Set exceptions for an ad blocker in Chrome

 Click on the AdBlock icon on the toolbar (a small stop symbol with an “adverts blocked” total next to it). The following dropdown menu will appear…

Set exceptions for an ad blocker in Chrome

Here you can choose whether you want to temporarily pause ad blocking on the site or permanently disable it when you’re keeping up to date with the latest Orient injury news. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to click on “Don’t run on pages on this site”, which will generate another pop-up…

Set exceptions for an ad blocker in Chrome

Make sure that the slider is fully to the left (which will cover all of the pages in the “leytonorient.com” domain), check the “Reload the page”, click Exclude and watch as the adverts magically reappear.

Set exceptions for an ad blocker in Chrome

You’ll also notice that the red toolbar icon has now transformed into a green thumb, indicating that it’s been green-lit for adverts.

If you have a change of heart, you can re-enable blocking by clicking on the icon and selecting “Enable AdBlock on this page” from the dropdown menu. 

If the idea of going through and setting exceptions for every site separately sounds like hell, you can do them in bulk by clicking on the AdBlock icon. Then select Options, choose the Customize header in the settings page and type each domain into the “Manually edit your filters box”. 

Set exceptions for an ad blocker in Chrome

Make sure that you follow the exact syntax as above, though, as AdBlock warns that you could “break” the filters…

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Max Figgett

Max has written for numerous websites and magazines over the years. Whether it’s about ancient hardware or software secrets, no Big Tech Question is too obscure for him to tackle.

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