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MacKeeper StopAd

The MacKeeper StopAd feature is designed to help users block annoying advertisements and stop internet tracking on websites. StopAd is a Mac browser extension that allows you to block advertisements you don't want to see. What’s more, many websites use trackers to learn what you are searching for and then show you ads based on the information they get from you. The great news is that StopAd blocks online tracking, too. 

Get started with the StopAd ad blocker

Despite the StopAd tool being built into MacKeeper, it works as a browser extension in Google Chrome for Mac or Safari. To open the StopAd ad blocker app:

  • Open MacKeeper
  • Select StopAd from the left sidebar
  • Click the blue Open button at the bottom

When you open StopAd for the first time, you’ll see a window with the following elements:

  1. The i button shows more information about StopAd
  2. The StopAd status explains the current state of the tool
  3. The benefit section explains what you get with StopAd
  4. The blue buttons to the right help you install StopAd for Chrome or enable it for Safari

What StopAd statuses mean

When you open StopAd for the first time, you’ll see the StopAd is disabled status in the center of the window. It means you haven’t yet installed the browser extension on your Mac for Safari or Google Chrome.

StopAd might also have three other statuses:

  • StopAd is not installed means that StopAd is not installed but only applies to Mac users with macOS 10.11.5 and earlier or Safari version 10.0. and earlier
  • When you see StopAd is off for all websites, it means you need to turn on the extension in Safari or Chrome since it’s already installed in your Mac’s browser

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  • StopAd is enabled means StopAd is installed in Safari or Chrome and successfully works

How to set up the StopAd adblock Safari extension

To set up the StopAd extension in Safari on Mac (for Safari 10 or higher and macOS 10.11.5 or higher):

  • Click the Enable button on the right side of the Safari extension field
  • Read the window with instructions on how to enable the extension in Safari
  • Click the blue Open Safari Preferences button at the bottom to proceed to Safari Extensions Preferences 
  • Select all of the checkboxes for MacKeeper in the left panel of the Safari Extensions Preferences

If you have manually disabled the extension in the MacKeeper app, you may need to go back to MacKeeper and click the blue Turn on button to enable the StopAd extension in Safari.

Now StopAd will successfully work as a Safari content blocker, and you should see the StopAd robot icon next to the Safari search bar.  

How to set up StopAd ad blocker for Google Chrome

To set up the StopAd extension in Google Chrome on Mac:

  • Click the Install button on the right side of the Chrome extension field
  • In the Chrome web store window that opens, click the blue Add to Chrome button
  • Click Add extension in the window that appears; this notifies you and allows StopAd to remove ads and trackers
  • Once StopAd is successfully installed in Google Chrome, you’ll see a notification

If everything has been done correctly, you’ll see the StopAd robot icon to the right of the Google Chrome search bar.

How to use the StopAd browser extension

Once installed on your Mac’s browser, StopAd is ready to help you browse ad-free and without leaving any traces behind. The StopAd extension has the following elements: 

  1. The gear icon opens StopAd extension settings
  2. The extension status explains how protected you are from ads and trackers
  3. The website URL shows the website where StopAd is currently blocking ads and trackers
  4. The Block on this website toggle enables or disables the blocking of ads and trackers on the website where you’re currently browsing
  5. The Ads blocked number shows how many advertisements StopAd has blocked on the webpage you’re currently browsing. Clicking the > arrow icon displays the domains of the blocked ads.
  6. The Trackers blocked number shows how many online trackers StopAd has blocked on the webpage you’re currently browsing. Clicking the >arrow icon displays the domains of the blocked trackers.
  7. The How StopAd works link opens an article that explains how the StopAd technology works

This is the main screen for the StopAd extension. From here, you can remove ads, trackers, or both for a specific website. 

Block ads and trackers for a specific website

By default, StopAd blocks both ads and trackers on the website you’re browsing.  

To stop blocking ads and trackers on a specific website: 

  • Open the StopAd extension
  • Toggle Block on this website off
  • For Google Chrome and Safari 10 or earlier, click Refresh to see changes at the top of the extension window

After that, the StopAd extension status will change to You’re not protected. This means StopAd isn’t protecting you from ads and trackers on this particular website.

Remove ads only on a specific website

By default, StopAd blocks both advertisements and trackers on the website you’re currently browsing  

To block only ads, you’ll need to stop blocking trackers: 

  • Open the StopAd extension
  • Click the Trackers blocked tab
  • Toggle Trackers blocked off
  • For Google Chrome and Safari 10 or earlier, click Refresh to see changes at the top of the extension window
  • Open the StopAd extension
  • Click the Trackers blocked tab
  • Toggle Trackers blocked off
  • For Google Chrome and Safari 10 or earlier, click Refresh to see changes at the top of the extension window

Block trackers only on a specific website

As we mentioned before, by default StopAd is blocking both ads and trackers on the website you’re currently browsing.

If you want StopAd to leave ads on webpages and block only trackers:  

  • Open the StopAd extension
  • Select the Ads blocked tab
  • Toggle Ads blocked off
  • For Google Chrome and Safari 10 or earlier, click Refresh to see changes at the top of the extension window

After that, StopAd will block only trackers and won’t block ads on the website you browse. Once again, the You’re protected status of the extension will remain as is.

How to manage StopAd extension settings

Everything above explains how to enable blocking on a specific website that you browse. If you want to set up your ad blocking preferences for all websites, you’ll need to go to the StopAd extension settings. 

Block both ads and trackers on all websites

By default, StopAd protects from advertisements and trackers on every website you browse. 

If you want to pause the StopAd extension and turn off protection from ads and trackers on all websites:

  • Click the gear icon in the top right corner of the StopAd extension
  • Toggle Protect on all websites off
  • For Google Chrome and Safari 10 or earlier, click Refresh to see changes at the top of the extension window

Now the StopAd extension has the status: Your protection is off for all websites. This means you’re currently not protected from ads and trackers on any of the websites you’re browsing. To turn it on again, push the > button then click the blue Turn On button below the extension status, or toggle on protection from the extension preferences screen. 

Only remove ads on all websites

By default, StopAd blocks advertisements on every website you browse. 

To block only ads and keep trackers on all websites: 

  • Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the StopAd extension
  • Toggle Block trackers off
  • For Google Chrome and Safari 10 or earlier, click Refresh to see changes at the top of the extension window

Now StopAd will block advertisements and won’t block online trackers on every website you browse. The You’re protected status of the StopAd extension will remain as is.

Block only trackers on all websites

By default, StopAd blocks trackers on every website you browse.

If you want to browse with ads but without trackers on all websites:

  • Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the StopAd extension
  • Toggle Block ads off
  • For Google Chrome and Safari 10 or earlier, click Refresh to see changes at the top of the extension window

After that StopAd will block trackers and won’t block advertisements. You’ll still see the You’re protected status.

How to uninstall the StopAd ad blocker extension

The process of uninstalling the StopAd ad blocker extension is different for Safari and Google Chrome. We’ll cover them step-by-step.

How to uninstall StopAd from Google Chrome

If you’d like to remove the StopAd extension from Chrome, you can find instructions here.  

How to uninstall StopAd from Safari

To remove the StopAd extension icon and functionality from Safari you can go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions and then deselect all of the MacKeeper StopAd checkboxes. This will remove the StopAd icon from the Safari toolbar.

To completely uninstall the StopAd extension from Safari, you must uninstall MacKeeper first:

  • Quit the MacKeeper app by pressing the Cmd and Q keys simultaneously
  • Click Finder, select Applications from its left sidebar, and find MacKeeper in the apps list
  • Drag the MacKeeper icon to the Trash
  • Enter your Mac password, and click OK to confirm
  • Empty the Trash and restart your Mac

This will uninstall the application and remove the StopAd extension from Safari

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