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Update: 08 December 2014 (12082014) (R2)
Update Severity: Minor
The Purpose of this Project is to make Device CLEANER, FASTER, SMOOTHER & FRIENDLY.
THIS WILL BE THE SAFEST and SECURE AD BLOCKING RELEASE TILL DATE.
Due to some technical issues i lost my earlier XDA credentials and related posts. NOW-on i will be 'BSDgeek_Jake'
Here i present the (MoaAB) Mother of AD BLOCKING to STOP those Annoying ADs (Text and Media), Crazy Malware and Spyware, Bloatware, Possibly POP-Ups and other Nonsense Unwanted Parasites from the Internet.
NOTE: Some GooglePlay/Amazon images/icons might be blocked due to the fact that they are hosted from AdServers. I am Sorry for the inconvience. But you can manually remove entries from 'hosts' file as per your wish.
The IDEA is to Minimize the ADs... NOT Total Eradication. Respect the Good Developers.
FREEDOM NOTE: My ADBlocking MOD realizes that advertising and revenue is important to OEM/App Developers and this is how they earn money, BUT too much Advertisements are instrusion to privacy (I am also an App Developer but I Really Dont Like ADs). Advertisements are not automatically blocked but users have the choice whether to block or not block by manually Fashing my ADBlocking CWM MOD.
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: This MOD will Save you CPU Processing used in Advertisement Contents, In-App Ads, Hidden App Call-Back Home Routines, Malware/Spyware Sites, In-App User Data Collection, Definitely... Stupid Garbage from Internet and Precious Bandwidth resulting Extended Battery Life and Money Saved in Internet bills. THINK ABOUT IT.
>>> What is a 'hosts' file? What it Does? Whats in it for Me?
The 'hosts' file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names and loaded into memory (cache) at startup. Android OS checks the 'hosts' file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the localhost (127.0.0.1), which is a loopback and traffic is dropped instantly (saving your millions of money used by network traffic 2G/3G/4G). Another feature of the 'hosts' file is its ability to block other applications (bogus applications) from connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists.
'hosts' file is used to BLOCK ADs, BLOCK Banners, BLOCK 3rd Party Cookies, BLOCK 3rd Party Page Counters, BLOCK Web Bugs, BLOCK Web Hijackers, BLOCK Phishing Sites, BLOCK Malwares, BLOCK Spywares, BLOCK Trackers, BLOCK Unauthorized Application connections to web and BLOCK other Malicious activities...
This is not 100% Protection but atleast it takes care of ALMOST ALL OF THE SECURITY ISSUES FACING FROM THE BAD SITES.
For full Security, Use Antivirus or Security Suite from Android Market.
>>> Performance Issue? Will my device run SLOW?
I am using this 'hosts' file from my chilhood days and never had any performance issue to date, Although you might have a little delay in startup for few seconds (but you will not even notice) and then everything will be cool in standby and active mode. I say "Little delay is better than ADs, Malwares and Spywares..."
ANDROID FAMILY: 4.2.x, 4.3.x, 4.4.x
DEVICE FAMILY: Anything which has 1 GB FREE RAM minimum and 1.2GHz CPU minimum.
This MOD requires some amount of RAM and CPU for effective functionality. Anything below the compatibility specs might be working But DO NOT PM me or POST on this thread for issues. I Don't and Won't Support.
WiFi/Mobile: Please disable PROXY to use this 'MOD' else no blocking will happen.
>>> How to install?
Just Flash in Clockworkmod Recovery (CWM) and Thats It. ENJOY
TWRP Supported (reported by users)
Non 'root' users/devices can use Adfree/Adblock app and add this 'hosts' file subscription locally. Extract the hosts.zip and place it somewhere on sdcard and link it with the Adfree/Adblock app (i am not sure of its working so help will be available somewhere in this forum...)
>>> What is the Updated Cycle?
Whenever i feel its Time and based on User requests... Security First.
>>> Any Qyeries?
Ok. Throw me some questions
>>> What is BLOCKED?
In-App/Web ADs, In-App/Web Trackers, Malware/Spyware Domains, Tracker Cookies, Malicious Call-Back Home App Functions, Malicious 3rd Party Redirection Functions and Possibly Some Level of Virus/Trojan Protection and More...
CAUTION: IMPORTANT NOTE to USERS This is not an APP but A Single file (MASSIVE ), So my packages is not altering any system functions, automating tasks, requiring frequent user interactions or installing/uninstalling system events. This package is not doing anything malicious but just sitting there and speaking/directing where to go or not... thats it. I hope All is Clear Please do not complain of bootloops, softbricks or hardbricks, i am not responsible
CAUTION: IMPORTANT NOTE to APP DEVELOPERS & AD OWNERS This is not an Interception App or Reverse Engineering Code BUT an Android Standard defined for user configuration. I am trying to make my Device (which i own in terms of Hardware/Software which i Paid for) much CLEANER, FASTER, SMOOTHER & FRIENDLY for general use . My program will not alter any of the installed App/s or inject any interception code in your App/s . All Request/s and Response/s are handled by OS (Android) layer. In no way to want to hurt the Developer BUT my priority is CLEAN DEVICE.
If anyone (Users or Developers) wants to exclude the domains or sub-domains from this MOD please PM me with possible reasons. I will be happy to help you.
NOTE to USERS: Please Do not post your work in this thread. This is to avoid untested or duplicated or unstable work. You can defenitly share via some file share and PM the work to users OR Please create your own thread.
The Purpose of this Project is to make Device CLEANER, FASTER, SMOOTHER & FRIENDLY. In the End i want my Device to be MINE.
This 'hosts' file will possible block harmful effects, active and passive intrusion of potential sites or apps but using this also/might block regular site and/or apps. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED and USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
I take no responsibility of any losses and damages to your Hardware or your Software component/s caused by this piece of code. You have been given the choice of NOT FLASHING or TO FLASH the ADBlocking CWM and yourself choosen the way to stop the ADs. This MOD might also block regular domains because of the extreme blocking nature. You will also be protected from Malware/Spyware/Bloatware but limited to the extent of updates. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED HAPPY AD-BLOCKING
>>> DOWNLOADs ONLY for Rooted Phone/s.
* LATEST_MoaAB_ADBlocking_xxxx2014_CWM.zip CWM Installer Recommended
* Direct Link for ADBlock Apps: Updates Unavailable
* REVERT this MOD and Reset to Stock
>>> How to Know if this MOD is WORKING???
Go here & Follow instructions http://ads-blocker.com/testing
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Public License for ROM and for Auxiliary Work
You can Distribute my MOD with my Permissions. Distribution should include my XDA name 'BSDgeek_Jake' and Link to this 'ADBlocking MOD' thread in your Credits sections/About sections and Properly Visible to Human Eyes. Distribution should be synced with the latest MOD updates or Can be pointed to the MOD download in 'Box.com'. Please PM me for any queries.
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