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How to Remove Or Block Ads In Yahoo Mail?

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If you use Yahoo Mail, you probably get annoyed by the ads on the right of the Yahoo Mail page. They are quite obtrusive and are really distracting. Don’t worry though. You can easily remove or block these Yahoo Mail ads. Here are three methods to hide Yahoo Mail ads:

#1. Use the Hide Button to Remove Yahoo ads


You wouldn’t have noticed it. Yahoo itself provides a way to hide ads in Yahoo Mail. There’s a small arrow mark near the long vertical banner ad. When clicked, the advertisement gets hidden immediately.

The downside is that the ad will reappear the next time you open a new mail. So, this is not a permanent solution to block ads in Yahoo Mail.

#2. Install Firefox + Greasemonkey Script to Block Yahoo ads

block_yahoo_mail_ads There’s another way to block Yahoo ads and here’s how you can go about doing it. Download and install Firefox, and then install the Greasemonkey addon. Then go here and install the Yahoo! Mail Cleaner script. This script will allow you to remove ads in Yahoo Mail.

Refresh the Yahoo mail page and voila! The ads are gone.

#3. Upgrade to Yahoo! Mail Plus to Remove Yahoo Ads

This is the 3rd method to remove Yahoo Mail ads. You’ll have to shell out $19.99 from your pocket and the graphical Yahoo Mail ads are gone permanently. You get loads of other features, you can check more on this here.

Hope these methods to disable and remove Yahoo ads in the Yahoo Mail page worked for you. Let us know in the comments section if you experience any difficulties in blocking Yahoo Mail advertisements.

Written by Killer Tech Tips

April 10th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

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  • Arun Shivaram

    Another best way of blocking ads , not just on yahoo but on all sites, is to install Adblock Plus add-on for firefox.

  • Shankar Ganesh

    Yep, that is true!

  • Syahid A

    No #3 is obviously not my choice Shankar! lol!

  • Shankar Ganesh

    Who wants to pay when we’ve got beloved Gmail? :)

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  • jjw

    AdBlock may prevent you from being able to send emails – i get an error because Yahoo! likes to hit you with an ad with every email you send.

  • notanadfan

    ie7pro does a good job of blocking ads in ie7….

  • caravaggio

    use firefox with adblock plus

  • Evgeni

    #1 : a small arrow is easy to miss, so that the ad is clicked. Maybe that was the intention.

  • Judy

    Thank you, thank you! I have Yahoo Mail Plus, as far as I know. Supposedly provided free by Verizon, who recently added ads. At first it wasn’t so bad but after bobble heads and dogs dancing on thermometers, today I’ve had it!

    The link for Mail Plus doesn’t work. I found the new Mail Plus page and it does not mention ads directly. It does say I could sign up by doing this or that, but that option isn’t available to me, so I am a Plus customer, thanks to Verizon. I get no ads in my emails and can use POP mail, etc. A question asks about ads and says you don’t get them but then to go “back” the link takes you to the dead link you have.

    But I installed the Greasemonkey script, since I already had Greasemonkey, and I’m HAPPY HAPPY!

    I might try Adblock Plus, but meanwhile, I am SO happy! No more bobble heads, no more dogs dancing on dancing thermometers! Yeah! Thank you!

  • Abimbola Olurin

    THANKS FOR #2!!

  • Tony Backos

    This has been a major annoyance since Yahoo instituted these ads!

  • Frisco Mike

    Excellent. #2 works. Thanks!

  • Gopi

    Thank you sooooooo much. Option#2 worked.

    I initially ran the below script from my google chrome browser. It did not worked. Later i moved to firefox and clicked on install from there and just refreshed the page. Bang, it worked. No more add bar in my yahoo mail. Thanks a ton.
    ” Then go here and install the Yahoo! Mail Cleaner script. This script will allow you to remove ads in Yahoo Mail.”

  • paul

    i found now the best method for firefox

    not only hides the right side ads in Yahoo Mail but also expands the message space!!!

    + the same add-on also works for gmail and hotmail

    search for “WebMail Ad Blocker” in firefox add-ons.

    it is the best!

  • William R. Cousert

    Yahoo removed the “hide ads” button. Is there anything that will work with the current version of Yahoo Mail?

  • Blue Ribbon Cookies

    Wonderful! #2 really works! I was leery at first as I have not loaded anything like this before. Yahoo mail is just getting more and more cluttered – so much so that advertisements are slowing up even downloads. I installed Greasemonkey first, then the script. Wha-la! Thanks again!

  • rmpbklyn

    the best way is to use host file, this will cover any browser or any app that uses internet
    the add ons, extensions are just patches/bandage, so if one is to use a different app, they will see the ads again. if one uses a different profile or login again would have to install the addon, script or extensions

    rather, a host file is permanently and is system wide, global amongst all user accounts.

    google for host file

  • atl2000

    such a shame the frame cannot be removed along with the solutions :-( unless I missed sth …

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  • Gary

    Thank you so much. Method #2 works great. I have been so irritated by the slowness of yahoo mail. Now it is 10 times faster. This will save me untold hours with yahoo mail.

  • mim

    Please tell me,

    How long do I have to tolerate all the following bulshit supposed to be originated from Yahoo? Isn’t there anybody responsible to bring those people to Court, for trying to deceiving me into revealing my password which should then be used against my will and without my knowledge to all my contacts for illegal purposes?


    Final Warning!!!
    From: Yahoo Customer Service Add to Contacts


    We are really sorry for any inconvinience this might cause you. Due to the congestion in all Yahoo! account users, Yahoo! will be shuting down all unused accounts. In order to avoid the deactivation of your account, you will have to confirm your e-mail by filling your Login Info below by clicking the reply button.

    Full name: …………………………………..

    Username: …………………………………..
    Password: …………………………………..
    Date Of Birth: ……………………………….
    Occupation: …………………………………
    Country Of Residence: ……………………

    After you must have followed the instructions on the sheet, your Yahoo! account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thank you for your usual co-operation. We apologize for any inconvinience.

    Yahoo! Customer Care
    Case number: 2641930
    Property: Account Security

    Yahoo! Account Services
    We are really sorry for any inconvinience this might cause you.

  • huntington web designer

    Thanks for that! lol… so I’m even now wondering what you thought on the write-up I created last week, you by no means did comment on it??

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  • Michael Freeman

    You can try my new chrome/greasemonkey script for the new Yahoo Mail Beta launched in Fall 2010

  • Thorenn

    To permanently delete the annoying ads from Yahoo and Rogers email pages, all you have to do is to download the Firefox Mozilla adblock plus at:

  • scott

    yeah, i have gmail as well as yahoo.. i really like yahoo but am getting real tired of the jumpy page because of the top horizontal banner ads….may have to make the move permanent !

  • topcat3017

    I’m still waiting for AT&T or Yahoo to answer this. I pay DSL to ATT and get garbage ads from Yahoo!

    I’m Tired of it! I refuse to DL a new browser to get around it. There is an answer, noone’s talking.

  • bcdey

    sometimes some people thought they are very clever, they can do everything by hacking yahoo mail or hacking computer, but there is always a key behind this.

  • Harry Nuts

    Shankar Ganesh you Don’t your ass from your Elbow about what your saying Here to Block out yahoo ads! Pal i,m using Chrome and Staring at a Bunch of Fags That wanna Meet other Fags in my Mailbox from
    you Should go there Cup Cake Cuz there aint no Damn arrow
    anywhere to Block out the ads.. and Firefox isn’t as Great as Chrome or IRON when it Comes to Watching Movies online their Choppy in ff and a Bunch of Stupid Toolbars and add-ons are Required also! what School Did you go to the one for Retards??

  • Carriedickson44

    im recieving updates on my husbands ex gf yahoo profile dont know why and i dont know how, shes never been on my yahoo friends i tried pushing the hide button and it still shows her updates i dont like her and i dont want updates going to my profile, how can i get that off for good

  • Wmfoget

    There is another method that I used …change to gmail

  • Patncece

    There is no hide marker

  • Rired

    I changed to outlook Express. Even the Verizon operators could not help!



  • Khin Hla

    Yahoo is supposed to make it easier to send or receive e-mails.  I can’t do this anymore because commercial ads  are taking up all the space.  I cannot check my e-mails anymore.

  • Khin Hla

    Something is preventing me to access my Yahoo e-mails.  I keep getting commercial ads.  They take up all the space.  Please help me to check my e-mails like I used to. 

  • Borders Forest

    Idon’t like any adds on my yahoo page please remove all.
    Thank you

  • Jason

    Yahoo is greedy.  It is earning lots of money, yet it want us to shell out US$19.99 jus to remove the add. What a shame on this company!

  • Organokafe

    (Then go here and install the Yahoo! Mail Cleaner script. This script will allow you to remove ads in Yahoo Mail.Refresh the Yahoo mail page and voila! The ads are gone.)

  • Jennie

    I would like to upgrade
    to the New Yahoo mail but it has left out features from the previous version
    such as not being able to drag mail from Drafts to other folders, sending email
    from the Drafts and while holding Shift+Send the original Draft no longer
    remains, and when you click on Attachments you then have to click on Attach
    again… just why are these people so stupid??…. and the New Calendar takes
    many more clicks on buttons to get something done as well as when the Calendar
    first opens the Month view is blocked and you have to click on Hide, and the
    Wrap Around Feature is not longer working, and you are limited to the number of
    visible events that fit in the  new ‘fixed size’ box and…. its the worst
    Calendar we have ever used.  No wonder so many are migrating to Gmail as well as
    joining the ‘limited boycott’ of Advertisers on Yahoo for their support of the
    way Yahoo is mistreating its users.  This is terrible the way Yahoo has abused
    its loyal users.  Now I understand why people refer to the new mail as Stalin

  • Norman Royal

    Yahoo Mail Cleaner script will not install on Greasemonkey.  I keep clicking ‘Install’ and it doesn’t do diddly.

  • Ms Tithy

    how do i remove block account. that means i want to run block account for sent / receive message.

  • Jumah59

    How To Remove  Ads In Yahoo! Mail

  • Mariette West

    There is no hide button — I have had several people look and no one can find this arrow/button.  Very, very annoying, especially looking at the same mug shots of the same men, for months on end. 

  • Secretheart0726

    I’ve tried to remove the advertising from Yahoo mail and so far it keeps coming back like a bad dream.  Want to get rid of it permanently.  How?

  • Stan Shaw

    I would have thought that Yahoo Mail should try and stop these awful   adverts keep coming up.They are quite  abtrusive  and are really annoying I would have to try another provider and see if they can do better than Yhaoo

  • lst

    Abandon Yahoo mail and switch to gmail.

  • Jon

    I agree with jason, they are making millions…and 19.95 to upgrade… I will just cancel my yahoo mail and go some where else….Gmail I think….

  • Reanna

    why pay!!!? there are other great alternatives! let’s do NOT feed the beast!

  • Comedy_email

     Yes SHAME on a company that wants to turn a profit.  Let’s not motivate innovation or technical revolution.   (Who’s the freeloader?)

  • Comedy_email

     HAHAHAH!!! You guys think Google is more trust worthy?  Apparently you guys don’t read much.  I’d pay 10% of my salary if they would not invade my privacy, read my emails and then market to me all over the web based on an email I sent my girlfriend.       WOW!     So ignorant.    Did you guys know that Google turns a profit too?   

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  • Ron_ortoli

    wow, that script works. Thank-you, no more freekin ads

  • Hoik_ptooey

    I must I must increase my bust

  • Loner4959

    Why should I have to see all these ads,especialy the one s about Obama Bin Laden and his scanky wife Michele

  • Bill

    changeing to g-mail looks better every day,that I look at the ads from yahoo

  • Annieokee

    This is so ATT, they are a huge monopoly.  No amount of regulation can seem to keep them at bay.  They are a bot x 100.  You pay an exorbitent amount of money for DSL and the only improvements that are ever made are the ads that never seem to go away.  They load before your mail, before anything else.  This doubled when you go to your mail.  You can’t check your mail until a dozen ads load.  Then the pop ups drift in and onto the actual mail. 

  • Michael Triggs

    What irks me isn’t just the fact that Yahoo has advertisements on their page. It’s the fact they’re really lame advertisements, where there the images don’t even match up with what is being advertised. It’s absolute bottom-most end of the advertising barrel.

    If Yahoo were to populate their mail page with slightly more intelligent advertisements, they’d be far less annoying.

  • Ian Howell Tungol

    search “webmail adblocker”, you’ll get what you want. =)

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  • SakAcc

    YES ,
    That is business we cannot blame Yahoo…..

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  • HailMoggaKingOfNsnipes

    I am on Firefox. I always install adblock plus as an extension. Boom.

  • bob D.

    to yahoo admin,,, i did not ask for nor give permission to facebook to come onto my stuff nor to constantly show messenger touts, please remove all facebook from all of mine and please

    remove all fb-messenger,,,,,,, google security several years ago removed this crap but they

    no longer are user friendly…. and Yahoo itself ought block all of facebook from all

    yahoo accounts because they admit and prove they are skilled hackers, see above, and

    if you let them put even one of their hacker heaven stuff on any account you open all

    accounts to an open portal direct to facebook who then has access to all of yours and all of your

    customers computer, to put in bad cookies and to keep all these accounts wide open so facebook

    hackers can come in any time and do whatever mischief they want,


  • bob D.

    do you realize on all your comment pages you have a symbol link that when clicked
    opens up sender computer to anyone’s use – manipulation – do you call yourself a hacker
    or what?

  • bob D.

    yahoo admin and Directors and esp their CEO Mayer ought know, Mayer can ask her husband
    the lawyer who is joint with her on all her liabilities, that when as here in this comment box yahoo has a symbol that when clicked opens up the senders’ computer and systems and programs to
    the hacker, this can cause a lot of bad stuff, e.g. i.d.theft, info sent by the owner’s name etc, and
    almost any breach of contract, almost any tort, etc etc, and this put yahoo, inc liable and what
    they can not pay in all ways is put onto the Directors (pierce the corp veil) as joint liable and if all their assets are not sufficient the remaining debt is dumped on CEO Mayer and if all her separate property is not enough then remainder of debt is dumped on her husband the rich lawyer who dabbles
    in law and business and making tons of loot…………. this means get those links off all of Yahoo
    when all are off and stay off then above are not jointly liable until these links are back and or
    used wrongly…………………………..

  • bob D.

    similarly, to my last comment, when yahoo or any other provider is asked to remove specific links
    or links in general and they do not and a hacker comes in and creates a biggie law case against
    that provider, then provider has no excuse and must pay, but the biggie is that it is not fair for
    any provider to put any crap on net that is not authorized and or will not harm any user, otherwise
    he is a nuisance and deserves to go out of business

  • bob D.

    and above on this page show they are on facebook which is stupid on their
    part, since facebook has top hackers who can go into any person of that corp’s computer and
    read or deal in entirety, thus can cause big harm to that victim, too bad but that is what happens
    when you let hackers in bed with you……………….

  • denny

    BALONEY samwhiches izz all yu will get Iano.

  • flopsy

    Thank You! I’m so tired of these ad assaults on my morals – date me date me date me! Why do I want to look at that??? yuck!!

  • flopsy

    That is immoral…business = immoral?

  • Eileen Stanley Ramsey

    these flashing ads telling you lies that your PC is going to crash etc should be illegal They give older people headache and can even cause health problems

  • Eileen Stanley Ramsey

    yes and give yahoo $19.99 I am change to gmail and what with all these red lettering that ads more ads

  • Robb

    Hmmm… Pay $19.99 a month to not see the ads ? Screw that. Seems like companies care more about getting paid or are bleeding for cash to make it from paycheck to paycheck if they need to do this to us. Paying to not see the ads is putting a damn band-aid on the issue. It doesn’t resolve anything. Pay nothing , see the ad. Pay something , don’t see it. Either way , we lose. Online companies need to get a second or 3rd job to tie up those lose ends of they are so hurtin’ for cash that they have to impede upon their users peripheral vision & annoy them with ads that customers don’t get paid for , but the website owners do. When I see a webpage that is distracting me with their pop up ads even on just a small portion of the side of the screen …. It’s going to make me not want to buy or use that product because they went out of their stupid ass way to bother my ass while I am trying to do something inn order to get my attention. These damn website people like Yahoo! Mail seem to love to try to get more bees with vinegar than with honey. Bugging people with pop up ads is going to make them mad & not want to buy what someone is popping up their ads for. It’s counterproductive & it’s annoying. It’s like bums in front of a 7-11 that if they distract you peripherally enough or beg you for money enough , I am sure you will give in every time & give me a few bucks …. Every time ! Even though you know it’s self serving. It’s also like saying if you don’t want the bums in front of 7-11 to panhandle you for money , then pay 7-11 $19.99 a month to keep them off your back , even though loitering is illegal in front of businesses in all states. Charging this money should be illegal & having visual pop-up ads is like advertising panhandling as well loitering on our computers. If people like Yahoo! Mail thought we are or were interested in everything they pop up on us , they wouldn’t give us the option to “Hide Advertisement.” That “Hide Advertisement” spot is a joke too. It’s only seconds before they pop you up another advertisement for you to be forced to “hide” once again & again & again forever more eternally.

  • Robb

    “Yahoo! Mail must know that we are seriously annoyed by their advertisements on screen otherwise how else would the optional “Hide Advertisement” spot be on there in the first place ? They know it’s a 50/50 chance we won’t buy the products they pop up advertise for us , so I don’t know why they even bother. It’s like junk mail in your mailbox at your house. It gets disregarded & thrown away 9 times outta’ 10. Bothering people with advertisements is not going to encourage them to want to buy what Yahoo! is selling or is paid to advertise for the companies who sell what’s in those pop up advertisements. I wish Yahoo! knew this. I called them over the phone & spoke to someone about this pop up advertisement garbage. They had a statement for me. “Yahoo! Mail is free , though , right ?” .. Meaning I guess that because Yahoo! Mail is free , that they are free themselves to bother & agitate us with annoying pop ups. Yahoo! Mail never used to be like this. They never needed to annoy us before in years before with annoying pop ups. I think companies are jumping on each other’s bandwagon on the advertising idea. I don’t think bugging people with advertisements is going to be the best way to sell a product being offered to us in such a rude , insensitive & intrusive means.”

  • Tushar

    They are giving you FREE email service, FREE mail storage, FREE messenger and spending millions on staff salary, research, enhancement and more. Which business are in into by the way? If someone comes to your office and asks to give your product for free, will you give it? Yahoo and others are doing it without any charges. They have all the right to sell adspace, information to other companies since that is their ONLY way to make revenue (not profit but the whole revenue itself is from there). If you are so concerned about privacy then stop using internet and ask postman to visit daily for your in/out (snail)mails.

  • Mike

    Get rid of the Adds or I’ll get rid of YOU.

  • Dimitar

    Yahoo SUCKS !!!

  • Jeffrey Lear

    We should encrypt all outgoing email… Just to screw with their minds… what if everybody did that?

  • Maria Quenga

    I for one cannot empty my yahoo inbox mail.
    when I do an ad pops up to where it blocks me to preform what I want to do.
    so you people tell me how I can empty my e- mails I want to get rid of..
    please get back with me & let me know.
    Thanks- Ms. Maria Quenga

  • Totsie

    This is added Blackmail that was not there before. I thought you had safe services. Guess you cant believe in anyone anymore not even you

  • blacknblue2

    I pay $8 a month for my AT&T email address. I do not expect advertisements on top of paying for my AT&T mail address. I’m still not sure why it went to Yahoo but it happened a few years ago.

  • quiturcrying

    If you people are so worried about your emails being screened and having to pay to remove advertisements then you have 2 choices as I see it. 1. Quit using email or 2. Purchase your own domain name, pay for hosting and setup your own email under your domain.

  • Patoka

    Your are awesome. I found the hide button and it worked (#1).

  • linda

    Yahoo is giving me free NOTHING. I pay ATT for my service…they use Yahoo and now suddenly I am dealing with sponsored emails I never asked for and never wanted and NEVER had before. Was this always in AT and T’s terms of service or did they sneak this in? My email box is my private space. Can ATT turn it into a free for all for advertising? I will find out…stay tuned.

  • paul

    Indeed. And we shouldn’t forget that our phone bill pays for the Internet, too.

  • Greg Lesher – StormViewLIVE

    Go to download dot com and download super ad blocker, works perfectly and it was free

  • jjleigh

    It’s unbelievable. I have no issue with the ads but this is yahoo… For 6 solid months I was stuck with big flashing ads for “Bedsider” flashing words like “spermicide” and other wonderful conversation starters for my 8 yr old who would come up to me while I was on the computer. Now I have a ginormously fat woman twerking in one of those horrible repeating GIF’s and the ad proclaims “Click here to see her transformation!” I mean, this is total cheese. And for those of you saying suck it up because it’s free….it’s not free for me. I use this because they are the partner for my ISP so this is the WEBMAIL option that I PAY FOR. I just might dump my ISP and Yahoo together, frankly. Can’t believe they couldn’t put some “reasonable” ads up there.

  • Piyush

    I wrote this Firefox extension to fix this problem permanently and easily, and it has been taken very well by users (It’s one of the eight top rated Firefox extensions right now). It’s called Yahoo Mail Hide Ad Panel :

    Will appreciate any feedback.

  • Piyush

    Have you tried this yet? : ‘Yahoo Mail Hide Ad Panel’ ( )

  • M. Kingsmill

    I used to use the MVPS hosts file (Google MVPS hosts to find it) to
    block the ads on Yahoo Mail & lots of other sites, but Yahoo changed
    things a while ago, and (despite having updated to the latest MVPS
    hosts file today) the ads have started to creep back in…

    Also, Yahoo now wants $49.99/year for Yahoo Mail Plus…

    Yahoo Mail Hide Ad Panel also doesn’t work with FireFox 15, & I have no desire to upgrade at this point because of the visual changes they have made in the latest versions of FireFox.

    I now use a customized UserContent.css file, and Webmail Ad Blocker 4.1 in FireFox 15 to have the Yahoo Mail experience I always wanted…

    This post needs an update!

  • jy

    Noob shit, they are earning free advertising. go get a life, fuck head.

  • Oldmonkey

    IE 11, do not track, delete cookies and temporary files, install new free version of ad block = GONE

  • Ed Charles

    Yahoo blows!

  • Benjamin Netanyahoo

    Yahoo sucks and its employees are subhuman cretins.-+

  • nolawyers1

    Nothing is free. Everything takes work so if they supply something like “free” (no cost) email, they need something to pay for doing it.

  • mastedon2

    Yahoo is complete shit nowadays… The Ads load before the page does, despite any settings you may have at AdCHoices preferences… I guess its just going to turn in to a fucking spamsite for all its good for anymore, with its preferences towards transgendered children news, and constant racial shit from the huffington post…
    DONE.. Ive had Yahoo as my mail and homepage for more than 15 years.. and it has completely gone to dog shit now…

  • mastedon2

    what a fag.

  • Alyson DaCosta

    I have two different yahoo accounts. One shows me routine advertisements for zoosk, dating sites, etc. My other account is more random with advertisements. And shows me things like razors, and insurance. Why is this?

  • kingofassholes

    #1. Use the Hide Button to Remove Yahoo ads. Doesn’t work. Whoever Posted it, is a LIAR.
    Yahoo gets paid for every “Free Account” by the Government.
    I wonder, how many False Names and, Deceased people have an account?

  • kingofassholes

    They don’t pay Staff. The rely on UNPAID Workers.
    Does anyone know what an Unpaid worker is?
    I’ll bet you can.