AdFender

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.60
  • Total Downloads:
    471,207
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 23, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.61MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,282
  • 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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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.7

    out of 52 votes

    • 5 star 25
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 10
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5 stars

"Pop-ups busted!"

October 03, 2013  |  By Lyntonian

 |  Version: AdFender 1.60

Pros

Have been getting annoying pop-ups both sides of my e-mail list telling me I had won a phone and could not find a way of getting rid of as well as other pop-ups appearing when surfing the net.Went on line and found AdFender and within seconds of installing the pop-ups had gone.Absolutely amazed and relieved,a great product!

Cons

None as far as I can see.

Summary

Great and free!!!!!!!

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4 stars

"A good programme"

May 24, 2013  |  By johnbok

 |  Version: AdFender 1.60

Pros

Stops a lot of mess coming to your screen

Cons

But not all!

Summary

Something everyone should have

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5 stars

"Works good so far"

February 02, 2013  |  By tspinello

 |  Version: AdFender 1.60

Pros

FREE, speeds up the browsers, works on ALL of them at the same time.

Cons

none so far

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1 stars

"completely useless"

January 29, 2013  |  By CelineBRwn

 |  Version: AdFender 1.60

Pros

nothing!!!!!!

Cons

doesn't work ... tried everything suggested in the publisher's faq ... my browser pages still fill up with **** ads in an instant before anything else. wasn't worth the time.

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5 stars

"Excellent ad blocker!"

January 29, 2013  |  By b1zqfp

 |  Version: AdFender 1.60

Pros

Works well in blocking ads in all the browsers I have, so this is the very best and does not use too much out of my computer!

Cons

Could not stop some of the popups/popunders, but I don't know if I should reconfigure the browsers to turn off their popup blockers so Adfender can do its job, or maybe its just not good enough on certain sites?

Summary

I still think this is the best software, and it is free!

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3 stars

"Ok for a free ad blocker"

January 25, 2013  |  By BillR700

 |  Version: AdFender 1.60

Pros

Easy to install worked well initially, most pages were ad free

Cons

Have had product for about a month and I really don't think they update the blocked ad sites. sites such as yahoo and mail.com initially were ad free for me, now they are clutterd with ads, tried running update kept getting message no updates available and I could not figure out how to add my own rules, help page not clear

Summary

Good for a free ad blocker but i guess you get what you pay for. I had Ad Muncher but got tired of their licensing issues..tried this one, while satisfied at first I will try others.

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5 stars

"Packs a punch, the best!"

January 02, 2013  |  By sigwalt

 |  Version: AdFender 1.60

Pros

hassle free, install and forget software and blocks 99% of the ads, my statistics shows 3210 ads blocked and 16mb of bandwidth saved. highly impressive!

Cons

None I noticed

Summary

Highly recommended, install and forget piece of software, the developers did a wonderful job in making browsing hassle free. Thank you!

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3 stars

"Performs as advertised"

December 29, 2012  |  By JeffS72

 |  Version: AdFender 1.60

Pros

Stopped those annoying popups that occur when you pass your mouse over a highlighted word.

Cons

Caused frequent crashes of IE9. Numerous times a day the "IE has stopped responding and needs to close" error message would occur.

Summary

Turned out to be more trouble that it was worth. I uninstalled it.

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5 stars

"Great Program"

December 29, 2012  |  By Jo Rhyan

 |  Version: AdFender 1.60

Pros

Runs in your system tray so it doesn't bog down your browser when trying to load a page. Blocks ads and unlike a lot of other adblockers does not slow down page loading. I hardly know the that the programs is running.

Cons

a rare ad page seeps through every blue moon. Not nearly often enough to be anonyed.

Summary

Love this program. Yet another that works, but does not keep my browser from working.

Updated on Mar 24, 2013

Well like a lot of other programs, this one fails to hold true. I used it for a few weeks and thought it was great, until all of a sudden it wouldn't block "ANY" ads. That's not the worst part, twice Avast blocked it from doing something malicious while I was browsing. I uninstalled and reinstalled a few times. After the second block by Avast, I ran a scan with Malwarebytes and it found something in Adfender. I don't know what exactly, because my Malwarebytes is not saving a log for some reason; however, whatever it found and removed from Adfender, rendered it incapable of initializing. As I said, I uninstalled and reinstalled to make sure it wasn't a certain version or copy of the download only. I don't know if this because of Adfender makers themselves, but CNET needs to be aware and check the download and program again themselves. Potential users be careful.

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5 stars

"Easy to user and works great."

December 27, 2012  |  By dcandy87

 |  Version: AdFender 1.60

Pros

Easy to user and works great.

Cons

Easy to user and works great.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.60
Version 1.6 adds new filters.
General
Publisher AdFender
Publisher web site http://www.adfender.com
Release Date July 18, 2012
Date Added July 23, 2012
Version 1.60
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Popup Blocker Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.61MB
File Name Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 471,207
Downloads Last Week 4,282
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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