AdGuard Adblocker tool is a line of ad blocking and privacy protection software that comprises open-source and shareware products that protect Microsoft Windows, Linux, OS X, Android and iOS users from unwanted ads, pop-ups, banners, as well as from tracking, obscene content, malware and phishing. A cross-platform utility, AdGuard is also available as an extension for the most widely used browsers, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Yandex. Browser, and Microsoft Edge.
The tool list includes language filters, social media blockers, and even phishing and malware protection. It uses a set of pre-configured filters in order to prevent ads from being loaded when you open a webpage. You can choose which ones you want to use from the Settings tab that also provides access to the whitelisted websites. Although the preset filters can handle most of the ads, you might encounter some messages that are still displayed. Fear not, for Adguard also includes the option to specify the page elements that you want to block.
Besides removing ads, the add-on can provide you with security reports about a certain website in order to check its trust and child safety level. Additionally, you can contribute to these reports by sending complaints and anonymous information while browsing the Internet.
AdGuard Ad Blocker Tool Features
Privacy protection and safe browsing
AdGuard protects your personal data by blocking common third-party tracking systems, spyware, and adware. In addition, it warns you about malicious and phishing websites once you try visiting them.
Handling AdBlock circumvention scripts
AdGuard can handle Ad-Block circumvention scripts. You won’t have to turn off the ad blocker any more to be able to visit the websites that are using such scripts.
If you are already using a full-fledged desktop program (AdGuard for Windows or macOS), then the extension will undertake the features of Assistant and become a very useful support tool.
AdGuard blocks all ads including video ads, interstitial ads and floating ads, pop-ups, banners, advertisements, and text ads. The element blocking feature allows blocking of ANY unwanted element on the page.
The Stealth Mode module protects you and your personal info from being tracked by online statistics gathering resources.
The Parental Control module ensures children’s web safety. Enable it for users you would like to protect from unacceptable information.
What’s new in Adguard Ad blocker
- [Added] Scriptlets support #1366
- Scriptlets are a powerful ad-blocking instrument. You can say that scriptlet is an internal script (a mini-program) that we install in the extension, and then execute that script with the help of filtering rules. Putting it simply, scriptlets allow us to modify how the code of the web page behaves. As for the practical use, this helps to block anti-ad blockers, for example.
- [Added] $redirect and $rewrite modifiers support #1367
- They are practically the same modifiers, and they allow to substitute resources. If you are not a custom filtering rules aficionado, don’t bother with it. Just know that it is yet another instrument in the hands of filter developers that helps efficiently block ads.
- We should mention that both $redirect and $rewrite modifiers are still kind of working in test mode, but they are fully operational and you should feel free to use them.
- [Changed] The browser action UI on internal browser pages #1433
- [Changed] Manifest file has been updated #1419
- [Fixed] CSS rules exceptions don’t work #1412
- [Fixed] “Allow search ads and websites’ self-promotion” checkbox doesn’t correlate properly with “Self-promotion” filter #1287
- [Improved] uBlock Origin syntax recognition #1383, #1428
AdGuard ad blocker Pros and Cons
|Easy to configure||Slows browsing considerably|
|Lots of filters||Doesn’t work on all ads|
|Very easy to use|
|Operating System||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10|
|Processor||Intel Pentium 4|
|File size||108 KB|
|Author||Michael Gundlach https://adguard.com|
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