How To: Block ads in Microsoft Edge

Despite various income sources for websites and online services, ads are still the most widely used solution. Sadly, they are also one of the most abused solutions as you’ve probably seen annoying pop-ups, misleading ads with concealed close buttons, full-screen ads and so on.

Yes, the whole point of such ad banners is to get you to click on them, whether it’s by mistake or your own choice, but they also make it very difficult to enjoy browsing (even some very popular) websites.

Popular web browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have tons of add-ons that can effectively block all types of ads. However, Microsoft Edge is still a new player and if you’ve been using this super fast web browser then you might have also noticed it doesn’t support extensions (at least not yet) – This means no ad-blocker for Edge among many other features you can get via add-ons.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean there is no way to block ads in Microsoft Edge. We’ll show you a simple solution below, which relies on a small application called HostsMan.

How To Block Ads in Edge Web Browser

The first step is to download the HostsMan utility, which you can do by visiting the link below:

Download HostsMan

When the download is complete, extract the contents of the archive and double click on the installer to start the setup. Finish installing the application to continue.

Run HostsMan and when the utility launches select “Run as Administrator” (you can use this option directly from the context menu that shows up when you right click on the application).

HostsMan 1

Select ‘Manage Sources‘ and on the following screen check the ‘MVPS Hosts‘ option. Click ‘Close‘.

HostsMan 2

All you have left to do is to select the ‘Check for Updates’ option and the application will look for updated hosts files. When the search is complete, it will install the MVPS Host file.

From then on, you can enjoy an ad-free browsing experience in Microsoft Edge, which also means less bandwidth usage and faster page load times.