Adguard Web Filter 5.10.1164.5985
The Internet holds tons of useful information; however, most websites nowadays contain a large number of futile advertisements and pop-ups. That slows up the entire webpage loading process and the page itself once loaded. They also pile up to create a stressful Internet browsing experience. Some of them might even act as gateways for malware to invade your system or render X-rated content.
Adguard Web Filter provides you with the tools to make the most of your web surfing by removing those irritating items and thus, decreasing loading times and redirecting, which saves up traffic for more important web content. It goes beyond blocking ordinary ads by also intercepting video, rich media or non-standard ad varieties.
Impressive support for web browsers
Moreover, it supports a wide range of web browsers, which includes the popular choices like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Maxthon, Safari or Netscape Navigator, as well as less known ones including Avant, Flock, SRWare Iron, Lunascape, K-Meleon, GreenBrowser, Orca, MyIE, Comodo Dragon, SeaMonkey or Pale Moon.
Enable types of protection with an intuitive GUI
Adguard Web Filter features a basic interface as well as an extended version, dedicated to advanced users. The main two sections consist of the Protection module and the Settings zone. You can easily turn the overall protection on and off. Furthermore, the Ad Blocker and the Browsing Security can be individually enabled or disabled and their statistics reset.
Configure your Ad Blocker
You can also enter URLs that the program fails to remove ads from, report phishing and malicious websites and add exceptions within the Protection section.
In addition to that you can protect your privacy by filtering for counters and web analytics and blocking them, as well as filter out social media widgets and do not block useful ads.
Customize the Browsing Security settings
The Browsing Security zone shows you the number of checked web pages, objects and blocked potentially dangerous requests. It is possible to report a missed ad or phishing, as well as add an exception.
From this area’s settings panel you can easily enable notifications about blocked requests, choose to use the utility’s phishing and malware blacklists, as well as Google Safe Browsing blacklists.
Parental control options
Last but not least, Adguard Web Filter comes packed with a Parental Control feature, so that you can easily protect your children from viewing adult material. In order for no one to change your settings, it is possible to add a password.
A Safe Search mode can be enabled, so as to exclude adult resources from search engine results, while it is also possible to select a sensitivity level which is based on age.
Use the built-in assistant and change a few general settings
This tool sits quietly in the system tray, so as not to become obtrusive and can be enabled or disabled with just a click of the button. Statistics for all blocked items is available in the main window, while you can also change the language, set it up to automatically launch at Windows startup and use an assistant. The latter is visible in the lower right corner of any browser and helps you block elements, add exceptions and disable the blocking for 30 seconds, with a minimal amount of effort.
To wrap it up, Adguard Web Filter packs all the right features for an application in its class, and it is, momentarily one of the best out there. It truly works and adds value to your Internet browsing experience, without affecting the system’s performance in any way. The interface is suitable to all types of users and our tests did not reveal any bugs or hangs.
Reviewed by Madalina Boboc on July 16th, 2014
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- Memory usage reduction:
- We have significantly optimized memory usage in 5.10. Now, even if you use an old computer or a weak netbook, Adguard will work silently in a background without slowing down your device. We compared memory footprint with the one of the preceding version. And we must say 5.10 showed a result several times lower.
Application descriptionAdguard Web Filter is a lightweight but powerful ads and popup blocking utility. Adguard Web Filter works with all ins...