|Original author(s)||Michael Gundlach|
|Initial release||December 8, 2009|
|Stable release||2.15 / December 9, 2014|
|Development status||In development|
|Available in||Bahasa Indonesia, Deutsch, English, Français, Nederlands, Türkçe, català, dansk, español, hrvatski, italiano, latviešu, magyar, polski, português (Brasil), português (Portugal), română, slovenský, slovenščina, Suomi, Svenska, čeština, Ελληνικά, Српски, български, русский, українська, עברית, తెలుగు, العربية, 中文 (简体), 中文 (繁體), 日本語, 한국어|
AdBlock is a content filtering and ad blocking pay what you want extension for the Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera web browsers. AdBlock allows users to prevent page elements, such as advertisements, from being displayed. As of July 2014, AdBlock is the most popular Google Chrome extension, with over 40,000,000 users, and the most popular Safari extension. According to an article in The New York Times, the extension was created on December 8, 2009 (the day that support for extensions was added to Google Chrome). Safari support was added in June 2010.
AdBlock is not to be confused with Adblock Plus. The creator of AdBlock claims to have been inspired by the Adblock Plus extension for Firefox, but otherwise the two efforts are unrelated (as well as to the original Adblock from which Adblock Plus was forked).
Version 2.0 introduced true blocking of resources in Google Chrome, which means that most resources can be blocked before they are even downloaded.
Version 2.1 added internationalization. Currently, AdBlock supports over 34 languages.
Version 2.3 added a toolbar button, therefore the separate extension "Browser Button For AdBlock" was retired.
Version 2.4 saw many speed improvements—reportedly, the extension is twice as fast, while loading less memory per tab.
As of Version 2.5, the add-on blocks the download of all advertising resources, including ads in videos and in Flash.
Version 2.6 lets the user see how many ads have been blocked by AdBlock on the page and overall. From version 2.6.20, it began sending a request to Disconnect.me, with whom BetaFish had partnered, and advertised their services to selected users. It also whitelisted Disconnect.me ads, but just for selected users from survey.
Version 2.7 began sending user locale and introduced a brand new design. Version 2.7.4 made the changelog available in the extension.
Version 2.8, a new tab directing to getadblock.com/beta opens after installation of AdBlock Beta, which lists most important changes in extension.
Version 2.9 added a feature to allow users to synchronize their settings/filter lists/custom filters using Dropbox.
Version 2.10 replaced AdBlock's menu with ported popover on Safari.
As of Version 2.11, in the 'Report an Ad' feature, the extension will perform a check for known malware domains in the list of resources. If resources from a known malware site are found, the users is notified, and the a link with more information is provided.
Version 2.12 was a maintenance release - it didn't offer any new features but many bugs were fixed.
AdBlock uses the same filter syntax as Adblock Plus for Firefox and natively supports Adblock Plus filter subscriptions. Filter subscriptions can be added from a list of recommendations in the "Filter Lists" tab of the AdBlock options page, or by clicking on an Adblock Plus auto-subscribe link.
On April 1, 2012 the developer tweaked the code to display LOLcats instead of simply blocking ads. Initially developed as a short-lived April Fool joke, the response was so positive that CatBlock is now an optional add-on supported by a monthly subscription.
- IE7Pro (for Microsoft Internet Explorer)
- AdBlock for Chrome
- Safari Extensions Gallery
- AdBlock for Firefox
- AdBlock for Opera
- List of popular extensions for Chrome
- AdBlock website
- List of popular extensions for Safari
- New York Times article describing AdBlock
- Kurdi, Samer (June 22, 2011). "Adblock v. Adblock Plus: two Chrome extensions compared". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- AdBlock for Chrome
- "Version 2.6 release announcement".
- "Which is better, Adblock or Adblock Plus?".
- CatBlock lives on.