How to Remove “Ads Not By Facebook” from Timeline

As is usually the case, I received a question from a reader, and was intrigued!   The question was…

“so, wha’ts up with all the new “non facebook ads” on facebook. Is it just a setting I have or what?”

I responded with “I’m so confused as to what you are asking”.  I had never heard of this before, and was therefore very interested in getting to the bottom of what exactly it was.  She kindly sent me a screen shot of what her Facebook pages and profiles looked like.

You can see a giant banner ad stating “ads not by facebook” underneath, and she said that the actual timeline was peppered with ads as well!  Crazyness I say!

Aside from my standard “looks like you’ve got yourself a virus there” I helped her find the solution.  We noticed it was happening in Chrome AND Firefox.

For Chrome:

Go to the “wrench” icon in the top right corner of the browser.  It should be located directly under the “x” to close the window.

Select Tools, then Extensions.

Once your extensions are opened up, make sure you disable anything that doesn’t look legit.  For example, Evernote, and Toodledo… totally legit, but Fantapper, or some SEO extensions could very well not be legit.  If you don’t have that many, you could just disable them all, verify the problem has been removed, and re-enable them one by one, checking Facebook between each one to pinpoint the exact extension that is causing the problem.


For Firefox:

Click the word “Firefox” in the top left corner of the screen.  Then select “Add-ons” OR press the “alt” key on your keyboard and select Tools from menu that appears at the top, then select add-ons.

Do the same thing here.  Start disabling the suspicious looking ones and keep checking Facebook to see if Timeline has removed the offending ads!


SO, to sum up… this is NOT anything that Facebook has put on their pages and profiles of it’s users, it’s something on your browser that needs to be fixed.  Be safe out there and don’t install applications or add-ons or extensions that don’t have good ratings.


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About the author

Sarah Werle Kimmel

Sarah Werle Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on local NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX news affiliates, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website


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