AdBlock seems to make Microsoft Edge run slower

The below article refers to AdBlock for the legacy Edge browser. For more information about the new and improved AdBlock for the new version of the Edge browser, please see this blog post. 

It's not your imagination. When AdBlock for Microsoft Edge is running as Edge is opening, you may indeed see some lag. Our update of AdBlock for Microsoft Edge improved things as much as we can, but any significant improvement needs to wait for Microsoft. There are two factors that affect this, neither of which we have any control over.

First, Microsoft Edge is just a slower browser than the others we support. Second, AdBlock is a JavaScript extension. How zippy AdBlock is depends a great deal on how zippy the browser processes JavaScript. The JavaScript processing in Edge is a lot slower than it is in the other browsers we support. So, when a slow browser processes JavaScript slowly, our users notice the difference.

On top of that, if your computer or your Internet connection is a little bit slow (and especially if both of them are), it takes longer for AdBlock to download your subscribed filter lists on startup. Be sure to subscribe to only the filter lists you absolutely need.

We're all hoping the first two factors get better as Microsoft Edge matures. In the meantime, the lag generally seems to occur only when Edge is opening and AdBlock is loading the filter lists you're subscribed to. After that, browsing should be faster.

An issue that's related to this is that you may see ads while Microsoft Edge is opening. If they go away when you refresh the page, please see this Knowledge Base article.

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