Ad Blocker - Blocks Ads, Scripts, Trackers & Annoyances
By FIPLAB Ltd
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*** FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME - NORMAL PRICE: $4.99 USD ***
Ad Blocker is a handy utility that blocks web advertisements that come in the way of a seamless and enjoyable web browsing experience on Safari. Not only are these ads annoying, but they also clutter your screen, slow down your Mac and drain your battery.
When connected with our Safari extension, Ad Blocker can begin blocking various ads and tracking scripts, along with social widgets, annoyances, EU cookie notices, adult sites and much more.
The app comes pre-bundled with thousands of rules as to what kind of advertisements/websites to block.
You can also add your own customizable rules and white list URLs to prevent Ad Blocker from blocking ads on specific websites. Furthermore, you can manually add websites to your black list and block specific cookies and page elements.
• A seamless, ad-free experience on Safari. Regain control and enjoyment in web surfing experience.
• The types of ads blocked include: Animated ads, overlay ads and popups, video ads, social networking ads, expanding ads and countless more formats.
• Website Inspector: Use this to inspect any URL for the following: Load Time, Total File Size, Number of Requests, Number of Ads, Number of Trackers, Number of Social Annoyances
Note: an additional install of our free Ad Blocker extension for Safari is recommended in order to block content in Safari. Instructions within the Mac app, only takes 10 seconds!
Unlike other ad blockers, our app connects you directly with the website server you are accessing. The ad/content blocking rules are applied on the client side (your Mac). This is important as it means that you connection to a website is direct and private.
As with all FIPLAB apps, you can expect constant free updates and improvements, excellent customer support and a high quality experience. Please email us with suggestions and feedback.
What's New in Version 1.0.3
- Works with macOS Sierra!
- Added thousands of new ad blocking rules
- Bug fixes
The Best Free Ad Blocker Available
Where most will simply install & run as is out of the box, where this Ad Blocker excels is in the ability to customize. Best to set as open remaining in Dock minimized, you have the ability to customize blocking & uncheck any particular you prefer to not block.
I stream video from Reddit & websites located from around the world. Many are loaded with intrusive ads which are now blocked leaving a small x which is deleted from distraction.
Very good for the average web surfer & the advanced user.
Pretty bad user interface, say hello to Safari crashes!
I got a bunch of apps from this company, and they are all somewhat similar in being pretty useless and not robust in their design - just a shop pumping out some quick apps to make a few quick bucks from suckers like me.
So since I've installed this, I've noticed a lot of Safari crashes. I don't know why it's crashing as a normal user, but it sure seems to be because of this extension. I'll be removing it shortly so I guess I'll be sure pretty soon. That's really not what drove me to utterly give up on this app though and come post a negative review, just icing on the cake.
Here's the thing - the applicaiton includes tens of thousands of filtering rules. And a UI that you can use to browse, enable, and disable them individually. In the list of rules that appears (up to 28,271 per category currently), you get to scroll through a HUGE list on the right, which has significantly more vertical whitespace than the text that appears. No matter how wide you make the window, it will always use two rows of text for every item, never expanding out into a second column to make more visible. Then the unfortunate fact is that every rule has a description, which is most often useless and just repeats the name of the filter with some more useless noisewords inserted (the same for every single one - for every rule named "Block _____" there is a description of "Stop loading any page with the pattern _____ in the URL". Thanks for nothing.
So I go to LinkedIn, look at an article my boss wrote, and have a desire to "like" or "share" it. The buttons to do so are gone, because the rules that come with this app decide to block LinkedIn elements even on LinkedIn.com (???). Okay, so I go to search for the rule to edit or disable it. Firstly, nothing can be edited in any way whatsoever. There are duplicate rules like the "Hide a[title="Follow us on LinkedIn"]', and many rules which are clearly leftover from older days of the internet when certain sites worked differently than they do today - probably purchased from a third party. After a long time trying to guess which rules might be the wrong ones to disable (because there's no way to see which took effect on the page, unlike other similar apps), I finally decided to just disable all rules that matched LinkedIn in a search. Global search is pretty much the ONLY means of finding anything in this application, which is pretty limiting. Then I go to select them all to disable them all at once, and find out I can't. So then I have to scroll way up and down a huge list filled with vast amounts of useless descriptions underneath the names on my widescreen monitor with all the space on the right of the window going to waste, only a few rules fitting on the screen at a time, checking a tiny checkbox for each one. Yeah, that was real fun. So fun I stopped a quarter way through and decided to come here and write this and delete the extension altogether.
My advice? This company makes a couple decent, though simple, apps, and a lot of lousy ones. This falls into the latter category, though I honestly wouldn't recommend any of the apps by this company to others. It's clearly a minimal implementation rushed out the door way before it was ready. I'll give it 2 stars though, as it does function as it's supposed to, aside from the crashes; and the problems here are definitely fixable if the developer chooses to.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Sep 07, 2016
- Version: 1.0.3
- Size: 3.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: FIPLAB Ltd
- © 2016 FIPLAB Ltd
Compatibility: OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor