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WookieLance

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Adhell 3.1.x – KNOX AdBlocker for Samsung Galaxy devices and Package Disabler
. Adhell is a Samsung Knox based application which can Block system-wide Ads, trackers, analytics from applications without root. It has more functionalities than just Ad-Blocker including Package Disabler, Mobile Restricter, App Permissions controller

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Features
  • Pre-Activated KNOX ELM Licence (Must be renewed every 3 months, and can be generated from url below)
  • Domain Limit Size Increase (50,000)
  • Disable Apps Enabled by default
  • Apps Component Enabled by default
ADHell v3.1.1 - Download
The APK provided my cease to function at any time, due to the restrictions put in place by Samsung Knox key validation and not due to the fault of my own doing.
I hold zero responsibility for the use of this app in any liable circumstance.
*Unknown Apps must be enabled to install third-party APK files.

If you don't wish to use the above download you may compile your own APK from the source below




WHAT TO DO WHEN IT DOES NOT ACTIVATE/BYOA (Build Your Own App)
Error: 102
This appears due to the Licence being activated more than six times with the same package name while using a developer ELM key and not a commercial partner unlimited use ELM key (Samsung KNOX restriction not the App)
You have a couple of options -
  • Change the ELM Key pre-installed by opening the app and going to the settings menu of the Adhell3 then scroll to the bottom of the menu and you will find the button to change the key to your own Knox ELM you generated.
  • Use an APK editor to make a change to the installed package name so that it is unique which should allow the pre-installed key to activate (ask others how to do that, but this might bypass the six activation limit under the same package name)
  • Compile your own version of Adhell3, instructions to do so are below.
Please note as of this time if you don't already have a Knox ELM key generated from some previous use of Knox API applications you will have to wait as ELM key generations have been removed from SEAP for non-partner developers until further notice.

How to compile your own version of Adhell3
  1. First grab the KNOX SDK and LIB you want the Knox SDK 3.3 (API level 28) & supportlib.jar (Dec 17/18, for older devices)
  2. Get yourself a new KNOX ELM Key from here, It should look something like this.
  3. Grab the Adhell3 Scripts from here, and follow the instructions which are clearly written for your operating system. (Note: you may need to type
    Code:
    adhell3.cmd setup
    under windows 10)
  4. When you are done you should be left with a folder looking like this which has your built APK package file ready to be moved to your device for install.
    If you struggle to understand how to modify the app before compile I have a ready to go app.properties you can use as a base, just be sure to place the file where the instructions say and to add your OWN KEY in the
    Code:
    skl.key=yourkeyhere

    An example app.properties file could look like this -
    Code:
    package.name=com.adhell3.12345
    domain.limit=100000
    enable.disableApps=true
    enable.appComponent=true
    appComponent.showSytemApps=false
    skl.key=D39335379587987309734637654687675985678078960879789057y58659867967890876706780670





Compiled from Sources -
Fusion Jack- Adhell 3 GitLab Source
Generate Samsung ELM KNOX Licence Key - SIGN IN FIRST then click the link and it should take you right to it.
 

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mdiaz33685

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Adhell 3.1.x – KNOX AdBlocker for Samsung Galaxy devices and Package Disabler
https://gitlab.com/fusionjack/adhell3

. Adhell is a Samsung Knox based application which can Block system-wide Ads, trackers, analytics from applications without root. It has more functionalities than just Ad-Blocker including Package Disabler, Mobile Restricter, App Permissions controller

Just thought I would share this information. If not allowed please move/remove the thread, I plan on compiling this and 3.1 so will use the thread to list pre-complied APK and save you all some time.
However my I do not have the device to test with yet. So if anyone would like to test the compiled package let me know how it goes :)
Can someone pit this into an apk please. Send me a link.
Please I never got this to work.
 

rahulkheria

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Adhell 3.1.x – KNOX AdBlocker for Samsung Galaxy devices and Package Disabler
https://gitlab.com/fusionjack/adhell3

. Adhell is a Samsung Knox based application which can Block system-wide Ads, trackers, analytics from applications without root. It has more functionalities than just Ad-Blocker including Package Disabler, Mobile Restricter, App Permissions controller

Just thought I would share this information. If not allowed please move/remove the thread, I plan on compiling this and 3.1 so will use the thread to list pre-complied APK and save you all some time.
However my I do not have the device to test with yet. So if anyone would like to test the compiled package let me know how it goes :)
If u provide apk then many will test
 

mxEin

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Heres a link to a folder with the different versions: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/sb37c6gmhqgbn/AdHell_3

In the folder there's also a readme with instructions. Youll need a Samsung Developers Key (you can enroll for free in the SEAP program to get it) and later with the APK Editor included you have to chenge the package name to some random string (with the same length). Then Install and paste your SEAP key when prompted.
 
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WookieLance

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Sorry guys, I was going to link the actual instructions to compile and get the KNOX key but XDA will not allow the URL to be posted here directly too the post with all the info.
So guys just google -
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Also, Galaxy 9/10 users need to use ADHell 3.1.x or newer version 3.0.0 will not work as KNOX does not use ELM keys anymore.
"Legacy Key in Adhell 3.0. The Legacy License Key has been abandoned by Samsung due to some reason. Now, the Adhell 3.1.1+ uses the original KNOX standard key format.

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I should have a working version by tomorrow evening of ADHell v3.1.x I also get my device tomorrow possibly as I got the tracking number today.
 
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WookieLance

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GuestK00143

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can't figure out how to obtain ELM key

You need this Key https://seap.samsung.com/enrollment#section-knox-sdk
the EDU Licence required for ADHell 3.0 will not work with the newer ADHell 3.1 and on newer devices like the S9 and S10 you need the standard KNOX key and ADHell 3.1 or higher. You obtain the key by generating one online and I believe but don't quote me it comes from the KNOX SDK not the EDU SDK
You need this link for the ELM key and need to be signed in for it to redirect you to the right link. https://seap.samsung.com/license-keys/generate/edu
 

CptDayDreamer

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I also got a S10 and tried it yesterday and it doesn't work. I had to do the method for the Note 9 to get the apk running. I insert a code with beginning of KL6 but I always get error 201. I don't know what to do. I did what the manual says.
 

kezzuki

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Heres a link to a folder with the different versions: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/sb37c6gmhqgbn/AdHell_3

In the folder there's also a readme with instructions. Youll need a Samsung Developers Key (you can enroll for free in the SEAP program to get it) and later with the APK Editor included you have to chenge the package name to some random string (with the same length). Then Install and paste your SEAP key when prompted.


Got the app installed and admin activited...but kept getting error 201 when validating...
I have a KLM06 key but that didn't help...

Anyone?thank you.
 
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GuestK00143

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I also got a S10 and tried it yesterday and it doesn't work. I had to do the method for the Note 9 to get the apk running. I insert a code with beginning of KL6 but I always get error 201. I don't know what to do. I did what the manual says.

Got the app installed and admin activited...but kept getting error 201 when validating...
I have a KLM06 key but that didn't help...

Anyone?thank you.

I just posted your answer at the top of this page. You need to use the ELM key. Follow the instructions.
 
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k0nkuzh0n

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Just read official Reddit for Adhell 3, everything is explained there in detail and has uptodate information from developer. https://www.reddit.com/r/Adhell/

Adhell 3 does work on Galaxy S10, many people already confirmed it.

I followed it, without renaming, and get a 102 error. Did you do the renaming of the package? I get a parsing error when trying to install if I try an common edit.
 
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I followed it, without renaming, and get a 102 error. Did you do the renaming of the package? I get a parsing error when trying to install if I try an common edit.

You need to use the XML File Edit option. Ignore the If you have a Note 9 part. Try this.
Code:
Installing application (IF you have a Note 9):
    1.  Download newest version of AdHell 3 from the MediaFire folder.
         * Version numbers are in file name.
    2.  Download APK Editor Pro.
         * Copy of this app is provided in the same MediaFire folder with the name apkEditorPro-1.8.28.apk.
         * Alternatively, you can download it directly from the dev's site: http://www.apkeditorfree.com/
    3.  Open APK Editor Pro.
    4.  Choose "Select an APK File" and find the downloaded apk file.
    5.  Select "XML File Edit"
    6.  Select the file "AndroidManifest.xml"
    7.  On line 6 (or around there), you'll find the package id: package="____".
         - It's best to stick to the same package ID length. 3.8.9 characters. Leave the quotes.
         - If you use same name each time, you should be able to just install updates over your existing AdHell 3.
    8.  Press Save icon (lower left).
    9.  Go back.
    10. Press Save again.
    11. Select "Install".
 

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    Good day.
    Fusionjack has updated Adhell to version 455, has anyone compiled it in an apk, that could share? The app has been upgraded to android 12.
    Last week after i upgraded my Note10 to android 12, I noticed that with adhell version 445, the app permission manager no longer works (At least for me)
    Thank you.
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    Very unfortunate about samsungs policy changes indeed, tried getting a partner account but was rejected... Might give it another try with some extended information (now as the bare basics, hoped it would be a semi-automatic thing but seems they actually properly check).

    Using Adguard premium in the meantime, but adhell would be my preferred choice. Unfortunately no valid license anymore so too bad...

    Let's try a quick reality check about basic blocking of ads and tracking servers on unlocked Samsung phones. A lot depends on your actual needs and mostly paranoia level, but it's a lot easier than often assumed.

    - If you have a functional adhell, do nothing and keep using it. Nobody can predict the future, but when your key expires, you'll have other options. Just relax and have a pleasant day.

    - No adhell but you're on Pie? Set your Private DNS to "dns.adguard.com". Just relax and have a pleasant day.

    - No adhell and still on Nougat or Oreo? Grab Intra and set the DNS to "https://dns.adguard.com/dns-query". Just relax and have a pleasant day.

    - Want more control over what you block? Use a VPN such as VPN Hosts which supports wildcards and local hosts file. Just relax and have a pleasant day.

    - Don't like any of those? Grab any DNS server or VPN that strikes your fancy but please use your own judgement about what actually works for you, not what someone online somewhere (myself included) says you should do.

    Those are not formal recommendations or endorsements of any specific product or approach, merely a realistic assessment of simple alternatives with a minimal amount of confusing technobabble.

    For most users, any of the above options will be more than sufficient and chances are you won't notice any actual difference in battery use or speed. Try them for yourself, it's easy! ;)
    25
    Adhell 3.1.x – KNOX AdBlocker for Samsung Galaxy devices and Package Disabler
    . Adhell is a Samsung Knox based application which can Block system-wide Ads, trackers, analytics from applications without root. It has more functionalities than just Ad-Blocker including Package Disabler, Mobile Restricter, App Permissions controller

    Z6PkxmJm.jpg


    Features
    • Pre-Activated KNOX ELM Licence (Must be renewed every 3 months, and can be generated from url below)
    • Domain Limit Size Increase (50,000)
    • Disable Apps Enabled by default
    • Apps Component Enabled by default
    ADHell v3.1.1 - Download
    The APK provided my cease to function at any time, due to the restrictions put in place by Samsung Knox key validation and not due to the fault of my own doing.
    I hold zero responsibility for the use of this app in any liable circumstance.
    *Unknown Apps must be enabled to install third-party APK files.

    If you don't wish to use the above download you may compile your own APK from the source below




    WHAT TO DO WHEN IT DOES NOT ACTIVATE/BYOA (Build Your Own App)
    Error: 102
    This appears due to the Licence being activated more than six times with the same package name while using a developer ELM key and not a commercial partner unlimited use ELM key (Samsung KNOX restriction not the App)
    You have a couple of options -
    • Change the ELM Key pre-installed by opening the app and going to the settings menu of the Adhell3 then scroll to the bottom of the menu and you will find the button to change the key to your own Knox ELM you generated.
    • Use an APK editor to make a change to the installed package name so that it is unique which should allow the pre-installed key to activate (ask others how to do that, but this might bypass the six activation limit under the same package name)
    • Compile your own version of Adhell3, instructions to do so are below.
    Please note as of this time if you don't already have a Knox ELM key generated from some previous use of Knox API applications you will have to wait as ELM key generations have been removed from SEAP for non-partner developers until further notice.

    How to compile your own version of Adhell3
    1. First grab the KNOX SDK and LIB you want the Knox SDK 3.3 (API level 28) & supportlib.jar (Dec 17/18, for older devices)
    2. Get yourself a new KNOX ELM Key from here, It should look something like this.
    3. Grab the Adhell3 Scripts from here, and follow the instructions which are clearly written for your operating system. (Note: you may need to type
      Code:
      adhell3.cmd setup
      under windows 10)
    4. When you are done you should be left with a folder looking like this which has your built APK package file ready to be moved to your device for install.
      If you struggle to understand how to modify the app before compile I have a ready to go app.properties you can use as a base, just be sure to place the file where the instructions say and to add your OWN KEY in the
      Code:
      skl.key=yourkeyhere

      An example app.properties file could look like this -
      Code:
      package.name=com.adhell3.12345
      domain.limit=100000
      enable.disableApps=true
      enable.appComponent=true
      appComponent.showSytemApps=false
      skl.key=D39335379587987309734637654687675985678078960879789057y58659867967890876706780670





    Compiled from Sources -
    Fusion Jack- Adhell 3 GitLab Source
    Generate Samsung ELM KNOX Licence Key - SIGN IN FIRST then click the link and it should take you right to it.
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    Folks, I see LOTS of misinformation in this thread. I strongly suggest that you look at the "official" AdHell3 GitLab repo and associated discordapp support area. At the very least, check the README on GItLab.

    Compiling: AdHell's current dev has provided convenient scripts for Windows/MacOS/Linux that make creating/updating your own copy a trivial matter. You can also use Android Studio or git, but the scripts are probably by far the easiest approach for most casual users.

    Using precompiled APKs: Your only choice if you don't have access to a computer, but tread very carefully. You MUST change the package ID (with APK Editor?) and understand which buid and options whoever created that APK was using. This should be only a last resort. Compiling is a lot safer, easier and faster than you might think (updating and installing to a new build only takes seconds on most computers).

    The Knox key: Read the instructions carefully. Create/use a Samsung developer acount, revoke any previous keys you may have, and get a new EDU key (it's 128 bytes long). If you can't create a key or your key is rejected, that simply means you made a mistake. Re-read the instructions and try again. Your Samsung developer account can use any email address and is unrelated to your "real" Samsung user account. After 90 days, your key will expire. Revoke it or switch to a new dev account, then get a new EDU key for another 90 days, no need to change your AdHell settings besides entering the new key when prompted.

    Remember, AdHell is basically a tool to configure the Knox firewall included with our Samsung devices (not just S10). Pick the correct block lists and settings for your personal needs, and once that's done you don't even need to run AdHell at all, not even in background, until you need to change something.
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    I confirm that is a legitimate new version that works with kpe key and not only for partners. Anyway I would represent the question as quoted because I have the same issue. Is there any way to make it working?

    I know to. But how make this to work ?

    This again?? Please quit blindly spreading misinformation and repeating unsubstanciated rumors here. Check your sources!

    It's not a new version, merely ongoing code tweaks. If you'll simply look at the adhell3 repo, you'll see that the current source for build 3.2.309 is freely available, ready for YOU to compile and use with YOUR partner-issued ELM or KPE key. You don't have to "make it work", it "works" just fine with a legitimate key. Any other use, if any, would be illegal and clearly not appropriate for XDA.

    Anybody who signs up as a Samsung developer (free) can compile the source for personal use. Anybody who is a licensed B2B Partner can create a suitable key for use with adhell3. Everybody else should forget about adhell and simply use one of the many alternatives for domain blocking, apps/components disabling, etc. .

    I sincerely wish I had never gotten involved with making adhell, SABS, and adhell3 available back before Samsung fixed the key loophole. Mea culpa!
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    Interested in AdHell3? Some clarifications might be useful:

    AdHell3 is an ongoing project using the Knox APIs publicly available to SEAP (Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program) developers. It is officially distributed solely as open source code, but NOT as binaries (APKs - a practice to which Samsung would object). It is NOT an application that you can merely download and directly install on your device. It is NOT officially supported here on XDA. Note that the official AdHell3 support areas cannot help you with questions or concerns specific to this thread's OP.

    Useful AdHell3 links:

    Some dependable (yet unofficial) precompiled APKs and instructions are currently available for people who don't have computer access but still want to try AdHell3 for testing.

    Once you have AdHell properly installed, you need to decide which domains to block. Most all publicly available "block lists" on the net are emphatically NOT designed for use with Knox (they typically don't even use wildcards). Loading bigger "universal" lists (containing up to an outrageous 100K entries?) won't make them any more appropriate but merely waste memory and other system resources. We recommend that you start at most with the default lists suggested in the GitLab repo. FYI, some of us successfully use tiny lists of less than 100 entries (as discussed in the support channel) as our sole provider. The bottom line is that only YOU know which domains YOU want/need to block even though we probably all prefer not so see ads served from places that can be expressed as, for example, "ads.*" (a valid AdHell3 entry!), an obvious candidate for blocking. Resist the temptation to burden AdHell3 with unnecessary and often detrimental block files intended for generic "ad blockers" or cosmetic blockers, or meant as hosts file replacements for rooted device, or for other platforms besides Android, etc.