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AdFender

By AdFender Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 20, 2014

AdFender is a wide-reaching piece of ad blocking software that plays well with Web browsers, P2P programs, and messaging applications. If you're looking to get less advertising content when using your computer, AdFender might be for you.

Pros

Product reach: AdFender extends ad blocking across Internet browsers and other software categories.

Saving bandwidth: The more complex advertising gets, the more of your Internet bandwidth ads are taking up. Video ads and ads with moving graphics can greatly slow down the time it takes a website to load, and can greatly increase the amount of bandwidth that site consumes. By blocking this content, you can speed up your browsing experience.

Low-resource blocking: Some ad blocking apps are resource hogs. The speed benefits you get by loading less online content are destroyed by the resource drain on your machine needed in order to run the blocking software. AdFender doesn't suffer from this problem, and runs lean and clean in the background without slowing down your PC.

Cons

Complicated operation: Although AdFender is quite well designed, the program can be a little complex at times, especially when it comes to the customizable rules.

Bottom Line

Overall, AdFender is an excellent choice for ad blocking software. It works well, doesn't slow your computer down, and works in almost all pieces of software that display website content. The complexity of certain features might be a bit overwhelming. But given enough time, you should be able to learn its ins and outs.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.52

Version 2.52:
  • Updated filter engine
  • Mirrors client ciphers
  • Updated OpenSSL 1.1.0f
  • Fixed crash when running concurrently under different user accounts
  • Added option to choose whether to enable HTTPS filtering
  • Updated Tor bundle
  • Other bug fixes

General

Release June 26, 2017
Date Added June 25, 2017
Version 2.52

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 673,767
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

AdFender is a free and effective ad blocking solution. It removes clutter from web pages such as expanding banner ads, flash ads and blocks other intrusive in-your face advertisements. AdFender runs unobtrusively in the background and help you surf faster saving valuable bandwidth. It works with all leading web browsers, instant messengers and P2P apps. AdFender is easy to use and requires no user configuration. It helps remove profiling or tracking cookies that compromise your online privacy. AdFender uses minimal system resources and is frequently updated.