Adblock Plus available on Google Play

Adblock Plus appeared yesterday on Google Play. It's a great news as it means better browsing experience. Application acts as transparent proxy so you can use Google Chrome without any ads.

Adblock Plus is removed from Google Play

Adblock Plus pros and cons

pros

  • it works transparently
  • it will block ads over Wi-Fi/3G on rooted device
  • it will block mobile ads, banners, HTML5/display/video advertising and much more
  • you can choose filter list and synchronize it automatically so it is always up to date
  • you can edit filter list by hand (but this is not stated in application description)

cons

  • it will block ads only over Wi-Fi if device is not rooted
  • high memory usage
  • it can crash occasionally (although process restarts automatically)

Small comparison

CNN.com International with ads:

CNN.com with ads

CNN.com International without ads:

CNN.com without ads

Rotten Tomatoes with ads:

Rotten Tomatoes without ads:

How to turn off notification icon

Go to Settings -> Apps -> Adblock Plus and make sure that Show notifications check box is not checked.

How to customize filter list

On rooted Nexus 7 device go to /data/user/0/org.adblockplus/android/files/ directory. This path can differ but it will be similar. Edit patterns.ini file but beware it is huge so preferably do it using notebook.

Then force stop Adblock Plus and restart it. Do not forget to set subscription refresh mode to manual.

Alternative solution

There is an alternative solution AdAway. It is using the hosts file so it is resource friendly, although it does require root permissions. I am using it right now and it rocks. I will reevaluate Adblock Plus later and maybe use both but for now I will just wait and see.

AdAway

AdAway is removed from Google Play
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Milosz is a system administrator working for a successful Polish company and a long time supporter of Free Software Foundation and Debian operating system.

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