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AdFender 2.01

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
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 26 November 2015
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Downloads To Date: 2412
Developer: AdFender Inc
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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 2.01 (Changelog):
Fixed issue with element hiding rules not working on certain sites

  • Fixed bug with configuration settings not saved on reboot
  • Fixed bug with text getting overwritten on the 'Overview' page
  • Fixed bug with trial and license activation failure
  • Automatic loopback exemption added for commonly used apps
  • Added column to list trackers blocked count in 'Statistics' page
  • Fixed bug with not being able to upload large files using Chrome
  • Updated filter engine
  • Updated cipher suite list used in TLS connections
  • Updated top level domains list
  • Updated HTTPS exclude list

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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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.11

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You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.11 brings:

• Links that you share or receive will now include a rich preview. When sending a link, you have the option to not include a rich preview.
• Additional 3D Touch features: You can now quickly Peek and Pop chats.
• Redesigned Settings tab. 
• You can now view all your starred messages across all your chats in Settings — Starred Messages.