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The Ad-Police

By [Da]-Software's Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This small utility adds to the Hosts file to block most known advertisement servers but lacks configuration options. AD-Police's sparse interface and missing help file gives novices little program information. The Windows Hosts file maps URL addresses and effectively blocks select URLs from loading in your browser. AD-Police simply loads the names of known browser-banner advertiser servers into the Hosts file. Because browser advertisements slow the loading of some Web pages, this application effectively reduces loading time for those sites. The utility opens the Hosts file to manually add or delete blocked servers. Updating the list requires regular visits to the site, but an auto refresh feature is available upon purchase. During our tests Ad-Police sometimes failed to find the Hosts file, and in those cases the program was useless since the file location could not be manually configured. All in all, any user will find downloading AD-Police worthwhile.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.25

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added June 29, 2005
Version 1.0.25

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server, Visual Basic Runtime Module 6.0

Popularity

Total Downloads 27,428
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

The Ad-Police a Small, One time use utility to block 14000+ known (no duplicates) Advertisement servers, Uses windows HOSTS file method. Use to give boost to your internet speed, will effect every windows application that uses HOSTS file which means that Adware and Spyware modules will also get blocked resulting in enhanced security and privacy. No need to always be running - one time use ONLY.