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Adblock Plus« Personalization & Tools « Downloads
|Updated||January 11, 2014|
|Category||Personalization & Tools|
Adblock Plus runs in the background and filters ads, using the same filters as the Adblock Plus browser extension. Without needing root, it uses a proxy feature that comes with Android 3.1+ to block ads over WiFi ; but if your phone comes with extra proxy settings (e.g. Samsung or Custom ROMs), it can be configured for Android 3.0 and below. Instructions are provided in the app or on their website.
Requires root: No. Without root it uses a local proxy to filter ads for all apps over WiFi only ; if you allow root the app can edit the hosts file too and block ads on cellular data access points. The proxy does use quite a bit of RAM but the root method does not.
Anti-features: Tracking: The app checks regularly for new versions on the developers’ website. Ads: Adblock plus have an ‘acceptable ads’ policy so ads from certain companies won’t be blocked. The ads aren’t been shown within this app so this anti-feature serves as a temporary warning.
Firefox has addons for Adblock Plus and Adblock Edge which will block ads just within Firefox and no other app is needed.