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Adguard for Windows

By Insoft Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 23, 2014

Adguard enables you to browse without the intrusion of banners, pop-ups, and other ads. You can customize its blocking to create exceptions or manually block ads the program misses.

Pros

Web browsing speed: Rich-media ads with audio and video slow down Web page loading. Adguard blocks these ads so that you can browse much more quickly.

Excellent interface: When Adguard is active, a small green shield appears in the bottom right-hand corner of your browser window. When you click it, all the primary options are at your fingertips, including manual ad blocking and the ability to see the site unblocked for 30 seconds.

Exceptions: If you do want to see ads, add a site to the exception list so Adguard won't block it.

Cons

Undo bug: In our tests, undoing an action sometimes seemed to disable the app. The icon would vanish and not reappear until we reloaded the page.

Bottom Line

If you hate ads, you'll like Adguard. It successfully blocked ads from appearing on any of the websites we tested it on.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Adguard 5.10.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.10.2004

Version 5.10.2004 added Vivaldi browser support; added support of userscripts custom menu items (GM_registerMenuCommand function). Press Shift+Alt+M to bring up list of registered menu items (if any). Examples of userscripts with their custom menu items: Youtube Center, AdsBypasser, Anti-Adblock Killer. Added TLS v1.2 support. Improved userscripts API.

General

Release March 10, 2015
Date Added March 10, 2015
Version 5.10.2004

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 184,742
Downloads Last Week 7
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Developer's Description

Adguard is an ad blocking program that is justifiably among three best ad blockers in the world together with Adblock and Adblock Plus extensions. However, Adguard is not limited to banal banners removing; it is a universal program that contains all the necessary functions for the most comfortable using of the Internet. For example, blocking or warning about the phishing and other online threats, filtering of obscene materials and protection of your personal data on the Internet. The program includes 3 main modules: AdBlocker, Antiphishing and Parental Control. AdBlocker removes all the advertising elements from web pages. Blocks video ads, popups, removes banners and other advertising. At the same time filtering takes place even before the load of the website into browser. Antiphishing protects against malicious and fraudulent websites. The program really reduces the possibility of virus infection of your computer. Adguard uses the backlists, which contain millions of hazardous websites. The Antiphishing module processes the URLs in real time by comparing them with the domains in the database. And thanks to the optimization of this process - such verification takes a split second. Parental Control allows you to protect children from obscene materials and adult websites, which altogether ensures the safety of children online. Parents can rest easy, because their child will not see any pornographic content on the Internet. By the way, this feature is unavailable in other popular ad blockers such as Adblock and Adblock Plus. Antitracking - protection from outside observing of your internet-surfing history. With Adguard, advertising networks and counters won't be able to track your searches and websites you visited and use the data for personal gain. Without you using Adguard, they have a fairly complete picture of your sex, age and area of interest.