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Network Wide Ad Blocking

You might want to block ads across your entire network. There are various approaches to doing this.

Ad Blocking Extensions You can push these to Chrome via Chrome Management and Group Policy. While these work well, users can configure then and they do have an impact on performance. It only applies to the browsers on managed devices and one browser. You cannot easily configure what is blocked centrally.
Content Filter Your content filter/firewall may have an option to configure this.
Manually adding to your hosts file.  This is what we do. You can download a hosts file that will block most ads here. This can be added to your gateways hosts file and this will block ads for all devices and browsers with no configuration required on client devices. This will apply to all devices and browsers. You can also manually tweak what is blocked for everyone. Video of how to do this on a Linux gateway below: