FORUMS
Remove All Ads from XDA

[APP][4.0+] #NoChromo - A wild ad-blocking browser appears [v51.0.2695.0][2016/04]

15 posts
Thanks Meter: 430
 
By nochromo, Junior Member on 9th June 2015, 01:06 AM
Post Reply Email Thread
Once upon a time the lord Google releaseth teh Chrome, and the people marvelled in great wonder. Never before could they partake in so many internets in so little time.

Yet even then, the ceiling of lolcats/hour was quickly reached, for the pages were blinky and full of distractions, and the leeching of bandwidth delayed any reactions. Viagra! Cialis! Which button to button to download the download? What happened next will amaze you.

Reinforcements arrived in the form of extensions, blocking ads and performing malware prevention. Alas, as usual the exploits of the big and resourceful are no help at all to the friend in your hand.

Solutions abound. Proxies. Jailbreaks. None sanctioned by the ever-controlling and -vengeful bohemoth.

Here I present you with yet a different take on the problem, because I love you internet... #NoChromo

Err, what?

Right! This is nothing more than a modified build of Chromium (which recently saw a lot of sources from Chrome for Android added). It offers some built-in ad- and malware-blocking.

Note that it doesn't attempt any hiding of ad-sections, so you may be presented with blocks of empty space (or containing errors).

This is not a port of any existing ad-blocking plugin for 'grown-up' Chrome, it's just a quick reimagining of some of the parts. Sooner or later Chrome for Android will get extension support for a truly proper adblocker, I hope sooner.

FAQ

Reimagining?
It's coded in C++ and compiled directly into Chromium (a handful of ms per request, total memory use about 3mb), but it only covers URL manipulation at this time. It doesn't modify page content (remove/hide ad blocks), nor does it keep track of the type of request (some ad blockers do this for improved blocking).

vs hosts-based blocking, AdBlock Plus, uBlock?
Resource-wise it's as lean as host-based blocking, but its blocking is much finer grained than hosts-based, and doesn't require root. It does still lose from (desktop) ABP and uBlock in ad-blocking capacity, but uBlock isn't available on Android and I'm not a fan of ABP's methods (neither the technique of their Android solution nor their philosophy). So I'd put it squarely in the middle between hosts-based and the better known extensions.

What are the drawbacks?
Google did state the current Android source for Chromium is missing some codecs and other proprietary stuff. I haven't run into anything major, but you certainly might.

Will you support this?
Not officially, no. I built this for me, and it works on the sites I frequent. I'm just sharing it here so you can use it if you want to, or not if you don't. I may update it to newer sources once every while, or I might not. If it doesn't work for you on some site, just open it with regular Chrome.

That being said, it seems the Chromium source is not updated all that often, so if I update this once every few months you still wont be far behind. Not to mention that the sauce for my modifications are actually in the download folder, so you could build your own update if you wanted to.

And you are?
A dev from here on XDA who doesn't want his main account publicly associated with this, because I don't want to deal with possible retaliation from Google. Some of the site leadership know who I am, though. If this were malware, they'd take it down instead and tell everyone. If you don't want to trust me, sauce is available. If you can guess or know who I am, kindly STFU.

Download

Behold the glorious download links, for they are shiny and full of Chrome.

v51.0.2695.0 @ MEGA

Code:
ef337bce4e06b50d7c551f9940a9361f  NoChromo-arm32-v51.0.2695.0.apk
d16bc732ae9b89bb50e3ba4ea421842d  NoChromo-arm64-v51.0.2695.0.apk
4b28f614acb2f7e3e5d87502eeb621d9  NoChromo-mips32-v51.0.2695.0.apk
c2ec836cb94e18caaa905d88067b1322  NoChromo-x64-v51.0.2695.0.apk
bb440a9a582ac00d9ad9dd55ca49cb6c  NoChromo-x86-v51.0.2695.0.apk
be3a25f8f52992df313881e186c5403d  sauce-v51.0.2695.0.zip
(mips64 version does not currently build)

(Mirrors welcome, but please make sure to list the exact version numbers as stated here!)

The arm64 version is also available from the XDA Labs app!

Credits

Chromium contributors
AdBlock Plus
uBlock

EasyList and EasyPrivacy
MalwareDomains
Peter Lowe's Adservers

Changelogs
2016.04.05 - v51.0.2695.0
2015.06.09 - v45.0.2420.0-2
The Following 386 Users Say Thank You to nochromo For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift nochromo Ad-Free
 
 
9th June 2015, 02:21 PM |#2  
Senior Member
Flag Bangalore
Thanks Meter: 70
 
More
InstaDownloadAndInstallAndOpenAndUseAnd ... Yay! No ads!

BTW, your main account name is (j*****)
And also, please alternative links? If I don't use VPN, MEGA returns Server Not Found Error.
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to rjt.rockx For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift rjt.rockx Ad-Free
9th June 2015, 02:37 PM |#3  
sublimaze's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 935
 
More
Thanks for sharing. I will definitely check this out.
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to sublimaze For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift sublimaze Ad-Free
9th June 2015, 02:43 PM |#4  
LuqmaanMathee's Avatar
Senior Member
Flag Cape Town
Thanks Meter: 112
 
More
+1×10^999999999 for that intro :P
The Following 11 Users Say Thank You to LuqmaanMathee For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift LuqmaanMathee Ad-Free
9th June 2015, 02:44 PM |#5  
Senior Member
Flag Independence, MO
Thanks Meter: 55
 
More
Thanks OP, downloading now!
The Following User Says Thank You to Waynehead69 For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift Waynehead69 Ad-Free
9th June 2015, 02:47 PM |#6  
Senior Member
Flag Dallas
Thanks Meter: 180
 
Donate to Me
More
Your name shows in the "edited by" section of the post. :P great work though!
9th June 2015, 02:53 PM |#7  
knot2006's Avatar
Senior Member
Flag Bydgoszcz
Thanks Meter: 75
 
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by rjt.rockx

And also, please alternative links? If I don't use VPN, MEGA returns Server Not Found Error.

There you go:
Mediafire folder: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/80164iifzyp0s/NoChromo

Current ver: v58 by ponchofiesta


PS. Pm ME if there is new ver 2 upload.
The Following 17 Users Say Thank You to knot2006 For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift knot2006 Ad-Free
9th June 2015, 02:57 PM |#8  
Senior Member
Flag Bangalore
Thanks Meter: 70
 
More
Thanks.
The Following User Says Thank You to rjt.rockx For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift rjt.rockx Ad-Free
9th June 2015, 02:58 PM |#9  
marcof93's Avatar
Senior Member
Flag Foggia, Italy
Thanks Meter: 66
 
More
Not working on Zenfone 2 551ML (amr32 not starting, arm64 not installing).
The Following User Says Thank You to marcof93 For This Useful Post: [ View ] Gift marcof93 Ad-Free
9th June 2015, 03:01 PM |#10  
Recognized Developer / Recognized Contributor
Flag Taipei
Thanks Meter: 56,588
 
Donate to Me
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by marcof93

Not working on Zenfone 2 551ML (amr32 not starting, arm64 not installing).

Zenfone is x86.......
The Following User Says Thank You to topjohnwu For This Useful Post: [ View ]
9th June 2015, 03:03 PM |#11  
nmeuret's Avatar
Senior Member
Flag Montpellier
Thanks Meter: 1,111
 
More
@nochromo : thanks a lot.

As you work on the source, can you tell us if this version can enable us to navigate more anonymously than the original Chrome ? There's still a request at start to connect to Google Account !?
Post Reply Subscribe to Thread

Guest Quick Reply (no urls or BBcode)
Message:
Previous Thread Next Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes