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FilterGate

By FilterGate Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This program demonstrates good performance against the majority of Net-borne ads but also provides a couple of handy extras. As is the case with many ad-fighting utilities, FilterGate sits in your system tray; right-clicking the small, green icon lets you access its bland but well-organized control panel. You can choose to allow ads on the fly by pressing a hot key, but you won't find a dedicated whitelist. This program did a good job of suppressing just about every pop-up, banner, and Flash ad we tossed at it, but even though we enabled sound notification, it didn't alert us when it quashed an ad. Therefore, we had to view the log to confirm the app lives up to its promises. FilterGate also can block cookies, referrers, and Web bugs to give you additional privacy protection. The AdultFilter feature, which prevents access to Web sites containing pornography, profanity, and violence, is a nice touch but produces mixed results. For testing purposes, we visited two well-known smut sites, but AdultFilter only blocked one of them. Thankfully, you can forbid certain URLs by adding them to a blacklist. We recommend FilterGate to privacy-concerned home users, especially those with children.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.21

General

Release November 8, 2008
Date Added May 16, 2006
Version 5.21

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

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Total Downloads 166,691
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Developer's Description

Internet advertising and pop-ups can slow down your browsing to a tenth of its speed. Ads also can track and record your browsing habits. FilterGate can eliminate all this distracting and intrusive clutter by intelligently blocking pop-up and pop-under windows, banner and tower ads, JavaScript, Web bugs, referrers, rogue cookies, graphics, music, blinking text, and applets. Also, when all you need is high-speed information, turn on the Text Only mode for graphic-free browsing. FilterGate prevents the viewing and downloading of adult content via its user-password-protected AdultFilter. AdultFilter gives you the added ability to build your own personalized list of sites to be blocked or accessed. FilterGate has now combined all filters into one friendly and easy-to-use package. Once you purchase FilterGate you are automatically entitled to free, unlimited upgrades and enhancements.

Version 5.21 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.