How to Remove Pop-Ups and Adware from Microsoft Edge

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Unwanted ads and pop-ups are present on majority of websites, and they could be very annoying. Various browsers have their own way of fighting against unwanted pop-ups and adware, and in this article, we’re going to show you how to remove these annoying ads in Microsoft Edge.

How to Remove Pop-Ups and Adware From Microsoft Edge

How To Remove Pop-Ups, Adware And Ads From Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Block Pop-up in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft know that various pop-ups can be annoying, so it integrated an option for blocking pop-ups in Microsoft Edge, so you don’t have to install any third-party program or plugin for this. Here’s how to block pop-ups in Microsoft Edge with just a few clicks:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge and go to a dotted menu
  2. Go to Settings, and then to ads block microsoft edge
  3. Now just check block pop-ups option, and you’re good to go.ads block microsoft edge windows 10

After you turned Block pop-ups option on, annoying pop-up ads won’t bother you anymore. But, you should know that some sites use popups, like registration to your bank’s site, and that you won’t be able to access this feature, if you have pop-up blocker turned on, but you now know how to enable it, so it won’t be a problem.

Remove Adware From Microsoft Edge

Various toolbars or custom search engines could be equally annoying as pop-ups, and you should remove them, as well. These toolbars often come as a part of installation of some other software that you actually installed on purpose, but they’re completely unnecessary. Unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t include an option for removing adware in Microsoft Edge, so you’ll have to do it yourself. To find out how to remove toolbars, adware, and other crapware, check out our article about bloatware, and you’ll find the solution.

Remove Ads From Microsoft Edge

And now, something that probably interests you the most, how to completely remove ads from Microsoft Edge. Most of other web browsers have special plugins for ad-blocking, and all they have to do is install these plugins, but Microsoft Edge doesn’t have such a plugin, so we’ll have to come up with an alternative solution. Here’s what you need to do to block ads in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Download this HOSTS.ZIP file, provided by winhelp2002.mvps.org
  2. Extract all files from the zip folder anywhere
  3. Run mvps.bat as administrator and let the process finish

This will automatically edit all your host files, so you don’t have to do anything manually. However, modified HOST files may cause websites to load slow, which can be as annoying, as having ads on websites. Luckily, there’s a fix for this, as well, jus follow these steps:

  1. Go to Search, type regedit and open Registry Editor
  2. Navigate to the following path:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DnsCache\Parameters
  3. Create a new DWORD value “MaxCacheTtl” and set the value to 1
  4. Create another new DWORD “MaxNegativeCacheTtl” and set the value to 0
  5. Close Registry Editor, and restart your PC

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After performing these registry tweaks, all ads should be blocked in your Microsoft Edge browser, and sites should load normally, as well.

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