AdFender is a straightforward ad blocker which works with just about any browser, and requires the minimum of setup - just install the program, restart any open browsers and you should find ads in web pages are blocked immediately.
Does it work? Yes, mostly. We noticed a significant difference immediately, with the enormous majority of ads (not quite all, but near enough that you won't care) disappearing, all without you having to do anything at all. This speeds up your browsing by reducing the amount of data you're downloading, too, and hovering a mouse cursor over the AdFender system tray icon will show you a tooltip with the total amount you've saved too far.
There's also the potential for problems. AdFender works as a content filter, stripping out anything which looks like an ad, and we've seen this effectively break sites before, very occasionally.
Still, even if you do have issues, it's possible to create custom filters to block ads on some sites, and not others. That's suddenly not looking quite as straightforward, of course, but the option is there if you need it.
Version 2.10 (Changelog):
- Fixed issue with Windows 10 updates
- Added support for new filter options $generichide and $genericblock
- Latest filter list updates for all users
- Improved filter engine
- Fixed crash when checking for filter updates
- Updated list of apps with loopback exemptions
- Blocks WebRTC when anonymizer is enabled
- Added filter de-duplication capability
- Added support for AOL Shield browser
- Filtering excluded for hosts in private IP range
- Includes updated OpenSSL v1.0.2f
- Includes updated Tor v5.5
- Updated top level domains list
- Updated HTTPS exclude list