AdFender

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 52 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.50
  • Total Downloads:
    427,415
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 23, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.61MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,689
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Online advertising is one of the best examples of "can't live with it; can't live without it" we can think of: it's annoying, at times extremely so, yet it pays the bills and even occasionally informs, entertains, and assists consumers. Most of the time you wish you could just block it out, though, especially the worst offenders, the flashing, animated Web ads designed to stooge-slap your attention span. AdFender is a free, standalone ad-blocking tool that not only works with all major browsers but also some less common ones, too, such as Opera, Safari, Maxthon, Lunascape, Avant, K-Meleon, and Epic. It can also block ads in P2P and IM apps. It's frequently updated to keep up with the latest adware and browsers.

AdFender's documentation notes that you'll have to allow access through your firewall or security software for its filtering to work. Most of the time, AdFender runs in the background and resides in the system tray, where we could disable or exit the program, open the Main Console, enable debugging, and access other functions. The Main Console is a compact dialog displaying statistics for the Current Session and Lifetime. The left-hand menu let us add or remove allowed Web sites, select apps for filtering, and manage your IE cookies, history, and log files. We could also set AdFender to play a sound when it blocks something, though that can be more annoying than the ads themselves. Under Settings, AdFender had added several Microsoft sites by default, including update, download, and Office sites. There's a good Help file, too.

It's extremely easy to see what AdFender does for yourself: Simply browse to an ad-saturated site, activate AdFender, and reload the page. We did this on numerous pages that see millions of hits every day, including some big news, entertainment, and social networking sites. AdFender didn't block every ad, though nearly everything it allowed was actually a site promotion or was otherwise hosted or linked to the main site and content, so it's debatable if it's even advertising. But AdFender replaced a lot of annoying, flashing, bleepedy-bleeping ads with plain gray bars labeled Advertising. Toggling the tool off and reloading the page restored the ad content. AdFender worked well without being a problem itself.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Works out of the box !"

July 21, 2012  |  By Jump

 |  Version: AdFender 1.50

Pros

Easy Install
Easy to start and Stop program
Nice simple interface
Accessiable from system tray

Cons

Nothing so far - testing - will report problems later

Summary

Quick install on my Vista laptop

Appears to remove ads as promised

Easy to conficure

Does more than block ads

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4 stars

"Pretty good, but crashes"

July 11, 2012  |  By ric_hunt

 |  Version: AdFender 1.50

Pros

Blocks most ads on websites better than Chrome's popup blocker.

Cons

Crashes when I click on the History link.
Prevents some websites from working at all.

Summary

Easy to install & does a great job of blocking most ads. Also has a nice feature to cleanout unwanted tracking cookies.
But when I open the app & click on the History link, the program crashes.
Some sites that are ad supported simply will cease to function. A good example is speedtest.net. Unless I disable Adfender, it never completes the test.
I hope this can get fixed, I will gladly donate when it stops crashing.

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2 stars

"Worked For A Week & Then Ads Began To Popup Again"

June 11, 2012  |  By caseyleen

 |  Version: AdFender 1.50

Pros

Worked well for about a week

Cons

It blocked plenty of ads, but all of a sudden ads started popping up every time I used my browser. I did the update, but that didn't help

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5 stars

"Excellent-Blocks the most annoying banner and popup ads"

March 28, 2012  |  By kandresen2

 |  Version: AdFender 1.50

Pros

Saves bandwidth and Webpages load faster and cleaner because:
Blocks popups and banner ads.
Blocks the video ads you normally have to watch before the video you really want to watch.
Works perfectly with Norton AV on multiple computers I have installed it.
Only 5MB in memory and uses negligible processor speed. Very efficient on my older computers!

Cons

Cannot watch some videos until you see the ad.
Cannot view some webpages, such as referral links from mypoints, fatwallet, slickdeals, etc (But not really an issue, see Summary)

Summary

Whenever this software blocks something I really want to view, I simply right click the Tray icon, select disable, and refresh the browser. The page immediately loads and I view what I wanted. I then immediately re-enable AdFender. So simple. If there was any delay, this would be a hassle, but because it happens instantaneously on an older machine, it is not a problem.

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1 stars

"Watch out for problems with Norton Internet Security"

March 18, 2012  |  By newkropotkin

 |  Version: AdFender 1.50

Pros

Hard to tell given what happened to me after installation

Cons

After installing AdFender and getting the warning about configuring the firewall (Norton Internet Security) to allow access, I opened Norton to do this. Norton immediately crashed and could not be recovered. I had to uninstall AdFender and reboot to get Norton security back. Perhaps if you first modify Norton BEFORE installing AdFender it might work, but since there is no suggestion to do this, I am not willing to try again with this ad blocker software.

Summary

Others claim it is great; my experience was completely different. Another example of you get what you pay for, which in this case in my opinion was nothing but trouble.

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5 stars

"Better than ad-block"

March 16, 2012  |  By mrpaul

 |  Version: AdFender 1.50

Pros

This is so much better than ad-block. Ad block only blocked 200 ads a day (took a half hour to reach 200) then they want you to buy their service. Not what I would call free. So far this program has performed terrificly.

Cons

Cannot find anything wrong with this program

Summary

So far this is the best free ad blocking software around.

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5 stars

"Outstanding ad buster !!"

February 22, 2012  |  By mynet8888

 |  Version: AdFender 1.50

Pros

It's free and works very well ! Thank you for this wonderful software !

Cons

SO far no.

Summary

Say goodbye to nasty ads.

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5 stars

"A product to keep"

January 21, 2012  |  By sjf66

 |  Version: AdFender 1.50

Pros

The new version is great and really fast. Support for all the browsers out there is a great feature and it does not install any add-ons. Lot of positive reviews from various tech forums...keep up the good work, guys!

Cons

haven't found any

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1 stars

"crashes google chrome"

January 19, 2012  |  By 2d

 |  Version: AdFender 1.50

Pros

no pros, never saw it in action after it crashed chrome!

Cons

this crashes google chrome and won't let it open. I did not know what caused it and even reinstalled chrome several times and reset all my information. finally i got rid of this adfender program and chrome was up and running again.

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4 stars

"Get Skinny"

January 18, 2012  |  By davidroper

 |  Version: AdFender 1.50

Pros

helps your downloads to be skinnier, Get rid of ads and extras. i haven't \missed a thing and everything works as before except all the damned popups and crap are missing now. YeeeHaaaa!!

Cons

none that i can see

Summary

Clean up your links and get faster surfing.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.50
  • Supports all leading web browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Avant, K-Meleon, Maxthon, Lunascape and Epic.
  • Blocks ads in Instant Messengers and P2P apps
  • New and faster filter engine using EasyList rules
General
Publisher AdFender
Publisher web site http://www.adfender.com
Release Date November 17, 2011
Date Added November 23, 2011
Version 1.50
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Popup Blocker Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.61MB
File Name Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 427,415
Downloads Last Week 3,689
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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