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AdFender 2.25

A free and easy-to-use ad blocker

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 May 2016
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Developer: AdFender Inc
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AdFender
A free and easy-to-use ad blocker

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 2.25 (Changelog):
 

  • Added support for blocking pop-ups using $popup filter option
    Added option to activate license from tray icon
    Added Spam404 filter list
    Optimized filter engine for faster and more accurate processing of requests
    All outgoing requests routed through the filter engine for scanning
    Fixed incorrect application of rules with $genericblock option
    Fixed incorrect application of exception rules using $third-party option
    Fixed issue with element hide rules not applied on pages served using sdch compression
    Fixed issue with rules having domains enabled and disabled as part of the same rule
    Fixed issue in processing HTTPS connections to non-standard port
    Fixed issue in reloading filter lists after making changes
    Fixed issue with duplicate root CA notifications when using Firefox
    Fixed script error notifications on Windows 10 when using legacy applications
    Fixed issue with UI scaling on systems using higher DPI settings
    Fixed incorrect log entries when blocking redirected requests
    Fixed multiple issues when using upstream proxy
    Updated OpenSSL to version 1.0.2h
    Updated HTTPS exclusion list
    Updated TLD list to include only ICANN domains
    Updated tray icon tool tip message to show version and last update information

Verdict:

AdFender blocks a lot of ads immediately. It can also prevent some sites from working, but this seems a very rare problem in the current builds, and if you're affected then you can just turn the program off for any affected sites.

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