AdGuard Software Limited develops a line of ad blocking and privacy protection software for blocking pop-ups, banners, and web tracking, obscene content, malware and phishing. Some of AdGuard products are open-source, some are free, and some are shareware. Some products support Microsoft Windows, Linux, OS X, Android and iOS. A cross-platform utility, AdGuard is also available as an extension for the most widely used browsers, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Yandex Browser, and Microsoft Edge.
In-depth features overview: AdGuard for Windows
In the modern world so many of us live and work under the constant deficit of time, so it’s only natural that we often weigh our choice towards fast solutions to problems in almost every aspect. We use the same logic when we choose our apps, many of which have become an integral part of our everyday life. Apps that don’t require our supervision or additional configuring and are capable of instantly performing their job from the get-go, have a serious edge over the competition.AdGuard for Windows certainly can be this app. You install it and BAM, ads are gone immediately and your personal data is well protected.
But “Install and forget” is not always the best way to go, since app’s capabilities aren’t used to their full potential in this case and lots of useful and even necessary features may be left unnoticed.
In this article we conduct a review of all AdGuard for Windows features, and who knows, maybe one of them is exactly what you were looking for all this time and didn’t know the solution was right here all along
AdGuard for Windows features
All AdGuard for Windows functions can be roughly divided into several groups (which correspond with items from AdGuard’s settings menu):
- Ad Blocker — a module for blocking ads.
- Browsing Security — a module to fight dangerous and fraud websites.
- Stealth Mode — a module to prevent various attempts to track you and your actions online.
- Parental Control — its name speaks for itself and other.
Further we will look at each of them more closely.
AdGuard’s main job, without any doubt, is blocking ads, and responsible for this task is Ad Blocker module.
It is a popular opinion that AdGuard uses magic to block ads, but it is, in fact, not true. Ad blocking is possible thanks to filters, which make up the “core” of ad blocker. Filters, in their turn, consist of lists of rules written in special syntax. These rules tell ad blocker what exactly and how to block.
AdGuard team develops and supports a range of own filters, but you also have an option to choose any from dozens of third-party filters available by default, or even add your own (we’ll talk about it a bit later). In the Ad Blocker settings you can enable and disable any filters as you see fit.
In the Filtering Log are displayed all web requests that go through AdGuard. For your convenience they are highlighted with different colors (for example, blocked requests are highlighted with red). This way, it’s very easy to track what’s been blocked and what’s not. Filtering Log is essential to create your own rules and mostly exists to help advanced users.
Finally, as it was promised, I’ll briefly tell how to add your own filters. In the very bottom of the “Ad Blocker” settings screen there is an “Add filter” button. After pressing it, you will find not only a list of available filters, but also a button to add a filter from the web by URL (convenient if your favorite filter is not present in the default list). You can even create a new filter from scratch by clicking on the “Add custom” button!
One of the obvious advantages of AdGuard for Windows is that it blocks ads in all browsers. But did you know that it can also block ads and tracking in other apps? “Filtered Apps” section contains the list of almost all known browsers and some apps — all of them will be filtered by default. You can also add an executable (.exe) file of any other app to filter it too.
System Requirements Adguard
- Operating System: Windows 7/8/8.1/10.
- Memory (RAM): 1 GB of RAM required.
- Hard Disk Space: 50 MB of free space required.
- Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or later.