Does Ghostery block ads on YouTube?


Yes! Loud and clear!

According to internal tests ran by our developers, Ghostery ad blocker prevents you from seeing ads on YouTube to a safe 99%. If you find the one percent where an ad slips through the filters and magical cosmetics of the best ad blocker at Ghostery, please drop us a line with the example at It will help us to cover it as well.

How does Ghostery block ads on YouTube?

Ghostery ad blocker works by leveraging the effort put into open source block lists, maintained by the amazing community of developers worldwide dedicated to privacy online.

Why do I occasionally see ad(s) on YouTube?

This can happen for mainly two reasons:

  • The newly detected tracker is not included in the community block lists yet as it has just emerged on the tracking landscape and is still under assessment.
  • The tracker behind some of the ads has been categorized as not being fit for blocking just yet as it causes a high amount of site breakage, which in return will make you, dear reader quite unhappy with the ad blocker of your choice.

What to do if you see ads on YouTube using Ghostery?

If you get ads served by YouTube on a regular basis, please check your personal settings of the Ghostery Browser Extension - maybe they are misconfigured by mistake.

Troubleshooting steps

Is your Ghostery ad blocker disabled?

Ghostery Settings Ad-Blocking OFF - Simple View

Ghostery Settings Ad-Blocking OFF- Detailed View

If the above two screens did not help, go one step deeper into your Ghostery Settings and check if you trusted the site mistakenly. For the Ghostery Ad-Blocker to block ads as desired, you should not trust the site

Is Ghostery Ad-blocker enabled? 

For the Ghostery Ad-blocker to work as intended on, the settings need to look as on the screens below:

Ghostery Ad-Blocking ON- Simple View

Ghostery Ad-Blocking ON - Detailed View

Settings for Ad-Block Lists

Make sure the Ghostery Ad-Blocker is enabled in your Ghostery Browser Extension settings and set up for blocking ads on For any question, drop us a line at

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