Opera does a great job of blocking ads on websites. In fact, it does such a good job that I regularly run into sites that call out the browser to block ads. For the sites I want to view that do make money from ad revenue, I’ll add an exception to Opera, so they can be rendered exactly as they should.
For other sites, I want their ads to be blocked. On many occasions, those ads are so intrusive that they make the site almost impossible to view. Either that, or they’ll bring my web browser — and sometimes my desktop — to a crawl.
For the most part, Opera’s built-in block lists are pretty good. But there are some things that those lists don’t prevent, such as annoying popups and other “features” that get in the way of you enjoying content.
One such list is the Fanboy Annoyances list — and I’m going to show you how to add it.
How to add the Fanboy Annoyances list to Opera
What you’ll need: You’ll need two things to make this trick work. First, you’ll need a running/updated instance of the Opera web browser. Second, you’ll need to download the Fanboy Annoyances list (more on that in a bit).
You can do the same thing with other lists, such as:
I wouldn’t automatically add all of these lists. Add the first Fanboy list and see how it goes. The chances are pretty good that the Fanboy Annoyances list — in conjunction with the default Opera lists — will be enough for you.
And that’s how you add a custom ad-block list to Opera. Just remember, some sites make their revenue from ads, so if you have particular sites you want to keep supporting, make sure to add exceptions for them so their ads can be displayed.