Adguard

How many ads would AdGuard block if AdGuard would block ads?

So, what sort of job is AdGuard doing at blocking ads and trackers?

Is it living up to the hype?

Is it playing the role of ill-tempered and menacing bouncer and turning away ads before they can invade my web experience?

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I believe so, yes.

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Blocking annoying websites (news) with AdGuard

During this time of political stupidity, Covid running rampant, and more doom and gloom articles than you can shake a stick at, I have made the choice to start blocking sites, especially news outlets, using AdGuard.

Sites can easily be blocked using a browser plugin, but since I use multiple browsers, and have several apps that are Internet aware, I want them blocked at the OS level.

AdGuard makes this easy using one of two command styles. These are entered under Preferences – Filters – User Rules.

||foxnews.com^$empty
||foxnews.com^$document

In the first example, the page won't be loaded and you will get a blank screen. No text, no links, no images.

In the second example, you will be prompted that the site matches a filter for blocked sites and given the choice to continue.

I prefer the first. It's a sledgehammer approach to throwing rotten news in the garbage. And it works.

Within a day I was already turning a blind eye to news stories because I knew they wouldn't load. This saves me time, keeps me focused, and keep me from getting mired in political nonsense.

AdGuard has an article on how to make your own filters.

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AdGuard Family Plan: Lifetime Subscription for $29.99

Adguard has turned out to be a great tool, especially the "Desktop" app, which allows web based applications to have the same ad protection as a full on browser. This is especially useful for tools like DevonThink, DevonAgent, that store and search pages. It's also a huge benefit to tools like Paprika for grabbing recipes, Downie for grabbing video clips, and anything else that can view a web page.

Even better, StackSocial is offering Adguard for an impressive discount. The Adguard Family Plan, which supports 9 devices is only $30. That's 76% off the retail price. I jumped at the chance to get Adguard for 40% off and have been extremely satisfied with the results. It has already blocked hundreds of thousands of ads. With this new sale, I have every machine in my house covered.

The sale is on for the next 5 days. So if you want to get rid of ads, now is the perfect time to get Adguard and protect all your web based apps.

AdGuard Family Plan: Lifetime Subscription for $29.99

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Using Adguard to block ads in Internet aware apps on the Mac

Even though apps like DevonAgent and DevonThink use the Safari engine for browsing, they don't use the plugins which may be installed. This means viewing search results will be riddled with ads, which is both distracting and potentially dangerous.

But, there is a way to block ads for applications, not just the major browsers.

Adguard (the full app vs browser plugin) claims to block ads at the macOS level. This means other Internet aware apps can get ad blocking protection. All you have to do is add the name of the application to the Applications list under the Network tab.

I took up the challenge, added DevonAgent, DevonThink, Downle, and Download Shuttle to the mix just to see what would happen. I then did some "deep dive" searches with DevonAgent followed by some video and music searches with Downle.

True to their claim, ads were indeed blocked. Previous banners and ads were no longer visible. Further, the blocked ad count was going up at an alarming rate.

In less than 3 hours of casual use, the counter showed 19,601 ads blocked. Yes, DevonAgent did visit and parse a few thousand links, but my goodness, that is a huge amount of ads coming in.

Before the night was over, I purchased the Lifetime license for Adguard. I do deep dive searches on a regular basis and going through the results has always been a bit tricky. That problem has now been resolved.

Adguard, available at 40% off all licenses.

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