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Block Search Engine Ads on Opera

Block Search Engine Ads on Opera
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Your ad blocker will not block ads on search result pages. Opera does not allow extensions to “manipulate search results” from built-in search engines by default.

However, you can manually adjust your ad blocker settings to filter out unwanted ads on other web pages. This is because Opera gives users the flexibility to customize their ad blocking preferences according to their needs.

To block ads on Opera, you must allow extensions to access your search pages. This will ensure that your ad blocker will be able to block ads on search result pages.

Ghostery can also block ads on the Opera GX browser, which enhances a device’s gaming performance and experience.

Remove Ads on Search Results Pages

If you already have Ghostery installed, skip to step 5.

Step 1

Go here and click GET GHOSTERY FOR OPERA.

Shows Ghostery homepage to download Ghostery Tracker & Ad Blocker for Opera.

Step 2

On the Opera addons page, click Add to Opera.

Shows Ghostery extension on Opera addons page.

Step 3

In the new tab that opens, select Enable Ghostery.

Indicates clicking

Step 4

Click the Extensions icon and pin Ghostery for easy access.

Shows pinning the Ghostery extension to Opera.

Step 5

Go to opera://extensions to navigate to the Opera Extensions page. (You can also click the Extensions icon > three dot menu icon beside Ghostery > Manage extension.) Opera displays preferences for third-party extensions for Opera like Ghostery to run in Incognito mode (private windows) and on search page results.

Shows the extensions page in Opera.

Step 6

Find Allow access to search page results and toggle it ON. Once enabled, the extension is allowed to interact with search page results and prevent you from seeing ads.

Step 7

If you use Incognito Mode (private windows), toggle on Allow in Incognito.

Shows where to toggle on

Ad-free Browsing

Ad-free browsing is important because it can help you avoid unwanted distractions, save bandwidth, improve page load times, and protect your privacy.

Ads can be annoying, intrusive, and sometimes malicious, especially on search engines where users are looking for relevant and trustworthy information.

Ghostery can help users enjoy a faster, cleaner, and safer browsing experience, without compromising their online security or privacy.

For more information, check out How to Fix Opera from Stopping Ad Blockers on Search Pages.

Get in touch if you have questions. We’re always happy to help.


How do I block ads on Opera?

Download Ghostery to block ads in Opera or Opera GX.

Can you block ads on Opera while in incognito mode?

Yes. You can block ads on Opera in Incognito mode with Ghostery by following the steps here. This includes using Incognito Opera GX.

Still have questions?

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