Browsing the mobile web is a strange, strange thing. While websites like ours often rely on ad revenue to keep running and pay for the staff, other sites – bad actors – make use of ads which include practices like auto-playing video ads, click hijacking and even more. If you aren’t using an app or another mobile service like Pocket to access online content, then an Adblocker might be your best chance at getting a decent browsing experience on mobile devices for some users.
While Windows phone doesn’t have native ad blocking features anymore, other apps have come to fill in the vacuum created by Microsoft’s deprecation of the feature in early 2015. One such browser is Monument Browser, a universal browser for Windows 10 PCs and phones. I would note that while it can be used on PCs, you probably shouldn’t bother. Browsers like Microsoft’s Edge, Google’s Chrome and Mozilla Firefox offer such an improved experience that it’s not even worth attempting. Rather, it is on mobile devices that such a browser can be given an opportunity to thrive. While Microsoft’s Edge browser is present on mobile devices, it doesn’t have the ability to open multiple windows, nor can it block errant ads on websites (coughs Forbes). Monument Browser offers these features – although in a somewhat unpolished package.
Here’s the app description:
Moument Browser is a web browser to navigate in multiple sites, with picture in picture (PiP), Multi Tab, Multi Window and the app has support for background downloads that and an experimental built in Ad Blocker.