PIA MACE: Get a VPN with Ad Block and Stay Safer Online

  • Boost your online privacy by preventing invasive trackers
  • See fewer distracting ads thanks to DNS-level ad blocking
  • Avoid malicious content for better security while you browse
Get a VPN with Adblock and Defend Against Malicious Ads and Trackers

Why Use an Ad Blocker?

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See Fewer Popups

When you block banner ads, sticky bars, and pop-ups, you can browse with fewer distractions.

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Prevent IP Address Tracking

Stopping malicious IP trackers from loading in your browser boosts your online privacy and security.

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Avoid Malware & Phishing

Blocking ads from domains containing malware and phishing scams gives you safer browsing sessions.

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Use Less Data

With fewer ads eating into your bandwidth, you can conserve your mobile data and save money.

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Save Your Battery

Ads and trackers consume bandwidth and system resources — without them, your battery may last longer.

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Get Faster Speeds

Content can load more quickly without ads chewing up your bandwidth, giving you snappier page loads.

How Does MACE Work?

MACE is PIA's built-in ad blocker. It identifies and blocks ads at the DNS level, with a core focus on preventing you from seeing ads served by domains known for hosting phishing scams and malware.

To do this, MACE cross-checks IP addresses against a curated list of known adware domains. We regularly update our database to stay ahead of threats. While MACE won't stop you from seeing in-video ads or ads from safe servers, it will protect your and your device from exposure to known threats and trackers.

You can use PIA MACE on Windows, macOS, Linux, and through our Android APK files to block malicious ads and trackers.

How Does MACE Work?
Does a VPN Block Ads?

Does a VPN Block Ads?

VPNs typically don’t block ads. A VPN encrypts your traffic and masks your IP address, making it difficult for advertisers to profile you accurately.

Usually, you’ll need to add an extension to your browser to block ads while online, but this may cause page lag and gives you the added task of finding a trustworthy add-on.
PIA VPN’s built-in MACE feature is more lightweight than most ad-blocking extensions. It blocks ads and trackers from malicious or spammy domains, keeping you safer online.

Why PIA Is the Best VPN with Ad Block

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PIA VPN is 100% open source. Anyone can scrutinize and verify our source code, decreasing vulnerabilities and making PIA VPN secure.

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Proven No-Logs Policy

Our no-logs policy has been proven in court multiple times. It’s backed by RAM-only servers that wipe any traces of data with every reboot.

Strong Encryption

Powerful VPN Encryption

You can rely on our world-class encryption to scramble your traffic and render it unreliable. ISPs, snoops, and cybercriminals don’t stand a chance.

Unlimited Bandwidth

Widespread VPN Servers

Our sprawling network includes servers in 91 countries around the world. You can change your IP address to almost anywhere in a couple of clicks.

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Token-Based Dedicated IP

Unlike some VPNs, we issue dedicated IP addresses through a token-based system, which means no one can trace it back to you – not even us.

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Fast VPN Speeds

Our fleet of NextGen, 10-Gbps servers maintain lightning-fast speeds. You’ll be able to securely stream in UHD and game with minimal lag.

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Unlimited Streaming 

We’ll never cap your bandwidth, which means you can stream sports and series, game, or torrent as much as you like, whenever you like.

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Our VPN experts are available via live chat whenever you need them. Get instant answers to your questions and discover advanced PIA VPN features.

How to Block Ads with a VPN

Purchase the plan that’s right for you, then follow these simple steps:

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Open the app and enable MACE

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Enjoy protection from ads and malware

Get PIA VPN on All Your Devices

Between your laptop, smartphone, and tablet, your digital life is exposed on multiple fronts. Why not secure all your devices with PIA’s cross-platform VPN?

Download PIA VPN on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. You can secure as many devices as you like with just one subscription and access our extensions for Chrome, Opera, and Firefox. You can also set up PIA VPN on your router to protect all connected devices, including game consoles, smart TVs, and security cameras.

MACE is available on our Windows, macOS, and Linux apps, our Chrome and Opera extensions, and through our Android APK files.

Have a question? Reach out to our 24/7 customer support team. We’re always happy to help.

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An ad blocker is a tool you can use to reduce the number of ads you see online. Ad blockers are usually available as browser extensions. They identify and block ads based on trackers, but their advanced systems can sometimes cause page lag.

PIA VPN’s MACE feature is different. It blocks ads on a DNS level, focusing on malicious domains while allowing some ads through. It’s a lightweight alternative to ad-blocking browser extensions.

Ad-blocking tools use special protocols to reduce the number of popups, banner ads, sticky bars, and video ads you see when you browse the web. Ad blockers can provide distraction-free browsing sessions. PIA VPN’s MACE feature focuses mainly on blocking malicious ads on a DNS level, boosting your online security.

Like with most software, ad blockers are safe to use, as long as you choose one from a reputable source. PIA VPN is a trusted VPN and features a built-in ad blocker, designed to increase your online safety. Get PIA VPN to encrypt your traffic, mask your IP address, and block malicious ads and trackers.

No, blocking ads is not illegal. You’re free to use an adblocker to limit the number of ads you see online. That said, adverts generate revenue for a lot of businesses, especially for companies like Google. Because of this, Google sometimes removes ad blockers from the Play Store to protect its revenue streams.

Technically, PIA VPN isn’t an ad blocker, which is why we’ve been able to avoid being banned from Google Play. That said, you activate MACE in our app and block malicious ads and trackers on a DNS level.

No. VPNs aren’t designed to block ads. They’re designed to mask your IP address and encrypt your connection, increasing your security and privacy. That said, PIA VPN has an ad-blocking feature designed to block all types of ads on a DNS level, including YouTube ads. MACE blocks spammy and malicious ads while sometimes allowing others.

PIA VPN’s MACE feature can reduce the number of ads you see online and help you avoid malicious trackers, malware, and phishing scams. Without ads draining your resources, you may also get faster browsing speeds and conserve data and battery life.

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