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Designed to block ad windows during Web surfing, AdFree proves too labor-intensive to win us over. The program launches at start-up and resides in your system tray under an icon of your choice. Its method is to maintain a massive list of hosts known to display ad windows and block initiated windows from those hosts. A floating counter tracks how many ads are blocked. However, its effectiveness is limited. Because the program will not block pop-ups from unknown hosts, you must continually update the blacklist in order to keep pop-ups at bay. AdFree works fine for what it is, but the ongoing configuration requirements likely will become tiresome for many users.

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    "Not Working For Me"

    July 21, 2012  |   By Jump

    Version: AdFree 3.2

    Pros

    It's an .exe program that only runs when you want. Doesn't leave a lot of junk on computer when uninstalled

    Doesn't overwrite Hosts file leaving untouched on uninstall

    Cons

    Didn't seem to work. Selected several pages with ads, started program and started browser - ads still there. Verified program running in Task Manager.

    Could not find a way to stop program except to kill process in Task Manager

    Could not find how to update the Server Host file via program

    Summary

    Seems clunky. It was difficult to start and stop. Did not stop any ads for me

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