CNET Editors' note: You must be 17 years old to download this application. The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.
CNET Editors' review
Apple's built-in browser, Safari, is not very friendly to outside plug-ins or services. For them to work, often a proxy or invasive app is needed that can access your data. It's not an ideal solution. So, AdBlock for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch, produced as a hobby by developer Benjamin Loewe, is a fantastic solution. Designed and implemented as a standalone Web browser, AdBlock promises to stop pop-ups, layer ads, blinking banner ads, and subscription traps from appearing on screen -- an increasingly common problem in the age of smartphone Web browsing. The browser starts up immediately, much like Safari, and because the AdBlock is built in, it works without any additional setup.
During testing, we did not see, experience, or need to remove any ads on screen including on sites that regularly delivered such ads in Safari. So, the ad block component works as advertised. However, because AdBlock is a browser that replaces the use of Safari, it must be rated in those terms as well. To start, Loewe uses as many built-in iOS 6.0 tools as he can, including the share menu and a modified bookmarking button. The Lite version of the app is as bare-bones as any browser, offering no options and no way to open more than one Web page at a time, but for a small fee of $0.99 you can upgrade to the Pro version and access basic options like start-up pages, icon changes, and privacy settings. You can also open as many as eight tabs at a time.
While AdBlock is a very simple browser with far fewer options than either Safari or Chrome, it is fast and it does exactly as it advertises in blocking ads. While a built-in search bar and additional functions like history tracking would be good upgrades to see in the future, the core of what AdBlock does is done very well, making it a must download for anyone tired of stumbling across ad after ad when surfing on their iDevice.
From Benjamin Loewe:
I'm a little "just for fun" hobby developer and this is my first app for you.***** FOR A LIMITED TIME: Pro-Version on SALE *****In general, Safari on iOS does not support any third-party or plug-in.So here is my new adblock web browser:Secure and easy surfing the Internet without being bothered by ad banners.CNET:"AdBlock for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch is a fantastic solution!"Appsfire:"Super! Woha mama! Youve landed on an exellent app here. Its definitely worth a download."The Adblock blocks- pop-ups ads- YouTube Video Ads- layer ads- no more ringtone subscription traps- blinking banner adsand without any terrible proxy, no Device-ID grabber, without accessing your phone data or annoying you with Push SPAM.The free version of my Adblock browser for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch is a limited version.The Adblock...- is easy to operate- automatic start of adblock (adblock is on board - no proxy!!!)- way faster download of websites- blocked ads are counted- doesn't save login, key words for search or process- thus enables you to surf anonymously from iphone, ipad or ipod touch- you have URL and searchfield in one- shares under iOS 6 links to facebook and twitter- delete cache & cookies- allows you to save the desired website under bookmarksIf you want to support my project:this are the additional highlights of the pro version (In-App Purchase):- AdBlock (unlimited)- opens up to eight websites - scrollable tabs- you can choose your own start page(klick RETURN to save the start page)- app passcode protection- new keyboard with .com & co- app starts faster- no more In-App Pop-Ups- blend icon on or off- if need be: deactivates adblocker- pretends that you surf from a PC (thus enabling you to see websites in original design instead of mobile design)- enables you to adjust brightness without leaving the appBy permanent updates of the app, errors are immediately detected and erased
What's new in this version: Wohaaaa over 500.000 user can not be wrong!!!!Thanks to all to help us to be the leading adblock in appstore!- we have fixed 70% from your reported ads so the next update include all- Fixes for ios7- Background sound - now the app also block thousands of analytic services
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"So far so good"
Version: AdBlock for iOS - Must Have App for iOS 7 - for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch 1.6
No ads that I've seen so far.
Some pages actually load a bit faster and I think its because the ads are not there to bog it down.
It is a separate browser from Safari which means its not native to the OS and I've got to make a whole new list of bookmarks. I wish the iPhone safari allowed add-ons.
I just downloaded the app and its working well.
Version: AdBlock for iOS - Must Have App for iOS 7 - for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch 1.5
None - This app does none of what it states.
Doesn't block in app advertising, does nothing of the sort in fact.
Waste of time and money. Totally disingenuous, Should be removed for false advertising.
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