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Provee

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I've been noticing some strange behavior on my Google pixel 4a running the rootless version.

When I leave my house and my phone gets disconnected from wifi, and switches over to data, there is no issue with adaway even with it running continuously in the back ground during the transition. However as soon as I reconnect back to wifi say I return home, If I don't pause adaway and restart it then even if the wifi is connected the internet on my phone will not work. Adaway seems to be blocking it due to some glitch. This is really sketchy if my wifi disconnects and reconnects because I will not be aware that my phone is blocked from the internet as a result.
 

gallegonovato

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Good afternoon:

Thank you for your help. I know I asked the question. But the funny thing is that Adaway does recognize the source. And if I look in blocked it appears. The only thing is that it does not put the number of blocks or increase the number of total blockage that comes out on the main page of Adaway.

I don't even see it like @zgfg in the allowed list. So no disbelief.

By the way I comment a curious thing. That I pass to three different devices with different host sources. They were updating the hosts list. And when we realized all the host lists disappeared. And put the source ones that comes with Adaway. Without changing any of the Adaway preferences. It happened to us three times already, in several mobiles. In mine a Nexus 6p, in a Oneplus 8 pro of a coworker, in a Samsung s9+ of another coworker. And today it happened to Motorola g7 I think it was. From a coworker.

A hug and thank you for your time.
 

zgfg

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Good afternoon:

Thank you for your help. I know I asked the question. But the funny thing is that Adaway does recognize the source. And if I look in blocked it appears. The only thing is that it does not put the number of blocks or increase the number of total blockage that comes out on the main page of Adaway.

I don't even see it like @zgfg in the allowed list. So no disbelief.

By the way I comment a curious thing. That I pass to three different devices with different host sources. They were updating the hosts list. And when we realized all the host lists disappeared. And put the source ones that comes with Adaway. Without changing any of the Adaway preferences. It happened to us three times already, in several mobiles. In mine a Nexus 6p, in a Oneplus 8 pro of a coworker, in a Samsung s9+ of another coworker. And today it happened to Motorola g7 I think it was. From a coworker.

A hug and thank you for your time.
Actually "1 Allowed" that was on my screenshot was one one allowed site that I previously added (independent of your txt source) and didn't remove for the test/experiment

Btw, over time I shrinked to the minimalistic usage - I had disabled all automatic updates and I only, once in a day or few, open Adaway and do the update (I only left updating on starting/openimg the app to make me easier to force the update)
 

gennokky

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I am using Adaway 5.10 on Android 10 with default filter lists. Do you know any filter list and can clear links that I share from apps? i am using this extension on computer and maybe there is a similar filter that can I works on mobile too.
 

zgfg

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I am using Adaway 5.10 on Android 10 with default filter lists. Do you know any filter list and can clear links that I share from apps? i am using this extension on computer and maybe there is a similar filter that can I works on mobile too.
AdAway does not edit URLs (to remove cookies and so) but just blocks the whole sites (as listed in the given hosts sources)
 
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BoboBrazil

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Has anyone experienced ad blocking not working with the latest version. I've tried this on a OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 7T and It's not blocking ads anymore on either of those in Chrome. Lite mode is turned off. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, adding hosts lists, and nothing is working to make it block ads...

-edit- forgot to mention both phones on Android 11. One using root method and one using VPN method in app.
 
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Has anyone experienced ad blocking not working with the latest version. I've tried this on a OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 7T and It's not blocking ads anymore on either of those in Chrome. Lite mode is turned off. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, adding hosts lists, and nothing is working to make it block ads...

-edit- forgot to mention both phones on Android 11. One using root method and one using VPN method in ap

Has anyone experienced ad blocking not working with the latest version. I've tried this on a OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 7T and It's not blocking ads anymore on either of those in Chrome. Lite mode is turned off. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, adding hosts lists, and nothing is working to make it block ads...

-edit- forgot to mention both phones on Android 11. One using root method and one using VPN method in app.
Please search this thread for " Chrome adblocking".
There are some extra things to do for Chrome.
Thread searching isn't working for me since last XDA update so try it by yourself.
For me (Xiaomi Mi 9T VPN mode) everything is working well.
 

BoboBrazil

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Please search this thread for " Chrome adblocking".
There are some extra things to do for Chrome.
Thread searching isn't working for me since last XDA update so try it by yourself.
For me (Xiaomi Mi 9T VPN mode) everything is working well.
I can not find anything regarding this when searching the thread.
 

DiamondJohn

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Has anyone experienced ad blocking not working with the latest version. I've tried this on a OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 7T and It's not blocking ads anymore on either of those in Chrome. Lite mode is turned off. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, adding hosts lists, and nothing is working to make it block ads...

-edit- forgot to mention both phones on Android 11. One using root method and one using VPN method in app.
Check the hyost file that it IS being updated with your blocks. ie AdAwa is building a host file and placing it where it should be
Check with aPINGB in the shell, if your system is using the host file.
 
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Nergal di Cuthah

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Has anyone experienced ad blocking not working with the latest version. I've tried this on a OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 7T and It's not blocking ads anymore on either of those in Chrome. Lite mode is turned off. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, adding hosts lists, and nothing is working to make it block ads...

-edit- forgot to mention both phones on Android 11. One using root method and one using VPN method in app.
Are you using a private dns, or another vpn on the root one
 

BoboBrazil

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BoboBrazil

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So I've been trying other ad blockers as well(I'm rooted, but also tried vpn and dns based ad blockers) and none seem to be blocking ads. What could be the cause of this on a OnePlus 7T? This wasn't an issue until recently...Like I said I disabled the data saver mode in Chrome...
 
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joefuf

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I assume everyone already knows, but I think the Allowed and Redirected are broken. I have added entries to these areas and applied the settings, but they are still blocked.

I see they are present in the Blocked list, but that is fed by the Hosts sources which does not appear to be editable.

Anyone know of a fix or workaround?
 

zgfg

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I assume everyone already knows, but I think the Allowed and Redirected are broken. I have added entries to these areas and applied the settings, but they are still blocked.

I see they are present in the Blocked list, but that is fed by the Hosts sources which does not appear to be editable.

Anyone know of a fix or workaround?
Could you be more specific. E.g., make a simple example to prove the claim (you can create local files to be stored on the phone and used as hosts sources)

I have 12 hosts sources defined as a blocked lists.
And one hosts source for the allowed list.
Plus one site manually added as blocked and two as allowed - and everything works fine

However, you have to be aware of the rules.
E g , there are different formats for hosts sources used for allowed lists from the hosts sources used for blocked lists

For example, entries like:
0.0.0.0 my.domain.com
cannot be used in allowed list - AdAway will ignore them, since the proper format for entries in the allowed list are:
my.domain.com

And vice versa...
 

joefuf

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Could you be more specific. E.g., make a simple example to prove the claim (you can create local files to be stored on the phone and used as hosts sources)

I have 12 hosts sources defined as a blocked lists.
And one hosts source for the allowed list.
Plus one site manually added as blocked and two as allowed - and everything works fine

However, you have to be aware of the rules.
E g , there are different formats for hosts sources used for allowed lists from the hosts sources used for blocked lists

For example, entries like:
0.0.0.0 my.domain.com
cannot be used in allowed list - AdAway will ignore them, since the proper format for entries in the allowed list are:
my.domain.com

And vice versa...
Specifically, I am trying to add the ad services sites used on SlickDeals. Here is a paste of my backup JSON that I try to restore. I see that you can only have them in Allowed or Redirected. I have tried both methods, but I still get the error when browsing.

Specifically, in the case of tkqlhce.com, I see that it is part of the Blocked list. Can I remove it somehow?

Is there something else that I need to do?

As far as your host sources, can you share those? Or are there other sources I should use instead of the stock options?
 

richardmace

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My opinion on Adaway (for what it's worth).
While the application is very effective at blocking domains, I'm not sure how effective it is in blocking ads. For instance, I prefer to use Firefox to access, for example, Facebook. With just adaway activated, I see those annoying in-line 'sponsored' ads. The Firefox add-on uBlock origin blocks those ads, Adaway doesn't.
Can someone point me to a website that the app effectively the blocks ads on? I can't find one!
 

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    Good morning,
    Has the disconnection bug when transferring data to WiFi on non-rooted smartphones been fixed?.

    Regards

    Not yet. It becomes part of my morning routine. Grabbing my device, checking the state of the device, capturing a logcat, scrolling the log to check what happened, looking for system errors, wandering into android platform documentation… Not an easy task!

    I fixed a lot of issues during the whole VPN rewrite. The last one dates from this weekend.
    I found the Android Backup Service was killing the VPN foreground service as part as the backup process.
    So I rewrote the backup solution. Good news backups will now works properly (the backup data was exceeding the allowed quota so the backup was never uploading to Google services...) for both rooted and non-rooted users.

    See the commit for all the details.

    Strictly speaking of the network switch bug, the new VPN works pretty well on my side. Again, it will improve from user feedback but I use it on my daily driver without issue (2/3/4/5g, personal wifi, entreprise wifi with multiple hotspots). If you are developer yourself, don't hesitate to built the feature/vpn branch and report how it works for you!
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    why can't i import this list to the app?
    Because it isn't a host file. Host files are formatted
    127.0.0.1 google.com
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    Please Add features Block ads with option Apps installed 🙏 thx
    When using VPN mode, you can control for which apps blocking will apply (by default, it will block for all the apps installed).
    However, it works only for blocking through DNS - if some apps use proprietary methods to push ads through their content channel (like YouTube), you must use special solutions (like Vanced YT) to block their ads

    In the hosts mode, AdAway can only give the changed hosts file to the system. After that, system applies thtat hosts file to all apps and AdAway cannot control to which apps the changed hosts file would be applied or not

    Finally, by choosing hosts sources, user controls which types of 'ads' will be blocked. By searching on tthe Net, you can find hosts sources that block only commercial apps, and/or analytics, porn, etc

    All that (theory, how VPN mode works, how hosts file works) has been extensively discussed earlier here and one can also google and read/learn about, hence it makes no sense to write about all that once again (how the given two mode work and what is possible and how/why or not)
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    why can't i import this list to the app?
    NINJA'd!: its for AdGuard not AdAway. The format is completely different between the two, and the URL itself tells you its for AdGuard.
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    After upgrading to the latest version of chrome, adway cannot block ads.
    After downgrading to use version 87.0.4280.141, adaway can block ads.
    Regularly updting Chrome, currently on 96.0.4664.104, and ads are always blocked

    AdAway root/hosts version, and Lite mode is disabled in Chrome

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    AdAway

    AdAway is an open source ad blocker for Android using the hosts file.


    Google Play Store notice:

    According the Google Play Developer Policy, especially the "Device and Network Abuse" section, ad blocker like AdAway violates the "Apps that block or interfere with another app displaying ads." rule and can't be distributed on distributed on the Play Store.
    As Free and Open Source Software, AdAway is available from F-Droid Store or this XDA thread :good:


    Requirements:

    This application requires Android 8 or above and does no more require root.

    For older Android versions, a rooted device is required.


    Changelog:

    If you don't want to read each announce post of this thread, you can:


    Downloads:

    Stable versions are available on F-Droid Store and below:


    Beta versions are available on XDA development thread only:

    AdAway 5.0.10


    Problem? Read this:

    * If you use Chrome and still see ads on web pages, remember to disable the "data saver" or "reduced data usage" browser option
    * Check your APN settings for any proxy, the proxy itself could be allowing ads. Disable the proxy.
    * After you install or make any change to AdAway, you must reboot for those changes to take effect
    * If you are still having issues please read and understand all the info in the wiki before asking for help here

    Otherwise, this is the right thread to discuss about it or file a bug report here.


    Contributors:

    PerfectSlayer, Vankog, jawz101
    Source Code: https://github.com/AdAway/AdAway
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    Hi all,

    A new year is coming and I wish you all to have nice holidays :victory:

    Just few words about this ending year. There was about 12 releases in 2019 which brings you a new UI, a lot of bug fixes, Android 10 support, Gist and GitLab hosting support and better Magisk support.
    All of this is possible thanks to the community to help users to discover the app, learn how to use it and report any new bug and also your moral, nice words and thanks you can send to me, and financial support.
    Thanks a lot for all donators, GitHub sponsor and the Pixel 2 you sent me to test Android 10 support.

    For the next year, I hope to release the next version (V5), at least in beta to start. It's been 9 months since its first lines of code and things are working quite nicely.
    It aims to make the app simpler to use for the main use cases, support rooted and non rooted devices and remove old hacks/workaround which are no more needed on recent setups.

    But before this big next update, I still have time to fix current issue with a new release :p

    Changelog:
    • Fix GitLab hosting support (commit date parsing failed)
    • Translation update

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to @gallegonovato for its helpful bug report and @Vankog for translation update.

    Download:

    AdAway 4.3.2 on AndroidFileHost (md5: 78fde09a0e92044c45e901bb1cec8e2e)
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    Hi all,

    Long time no see! It's been more than two months since the last update.
    I can't say I was not active on the project as I start working on a new version (5.x.y) as a side project.
    I won't share the source code yet as it is not ready at all and I don't want to give an ETA but this new version targets the following goals:
    • 1. Revamp the UI
    • 2. Clean up old support
    • 3. Address one of the main drawback of the app

    1. The card based UI does not feel right. Welcome card takes too much space, update button / status has a lot of critic. I guess I can do better.
    I started a new simpler and lighter design which provide the most useful information on home screen and all main actions to trigger in one tap (no more burger menu).
    It is still under heavy development but I hopefully get a friend onboard, specialized in graphics and design, to help me :highfive:

    2. In order to simplify the development, I clean up the app and remove support for old features.
    I bump target SDK version so I finally get Java 8 language feature (it was released 5y ago…) and move to topjohnwu root library (instead of home made one). It means systemless support is now handled by Magisk and other root solutions will still work.

    3. Think of what prevent most of users to use AdAway? Now it's gone!
    It's not gone forever. It's still here but there will be a fallback to workaround it.
    I won't tell more until the first public beta but I guess you get the point :fingers-crossed:

    In the meanwhile, here is a new version!

    Feedback:

    Is anyone using a hosts list hosted on Gitlab? It keeps showing "Unknown update status".
    GitLab, like GitHub do not set LastModified HTTP header so update status is not supported... yet!

    Changelog:
    • Add Gist and GitLab hosting support for hosts file
    • Add option to set default IPv6 redirection
    • Improve reboot command
    • Improve UI for overlays
    • Update translations

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to @MSF Jarvis and ralayax for theirs contributions and @andy356 for its helpful bug report.

    Download:

    AdAway 4.2.5 on AndroidFileHost (md5: ab81225745afaaa7646024109de299c0)
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    Hi all,

    Feedback:

    Hmm, not working for me for this URL, v4.1.0 shows something like not updated in -360 days (some large negative value). Can you please see if you can reproduce?
    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/StevenBlack/hosts/master/alternates/fakenews-gambling-porn/hosts
    It works well here. I failed to reproduce as I change the HTTP client library and how I use it.
    But update date for the source you link definitely works now.

    All the F-Droid apps I know of have manual push updates to the store.

    Isn't automatic build basically for nightlies?
    Not really. You could choose a lot of different mode.
    For example, F-Droid server watches AdAway GitHub repository to find tags which match a specific versioning pattern.

    I exist still... do you know what i have to do to transfer ownership? if i edit project it doesn't let me change the primary author so i assume i have to PM some higher up to make this happen?
    Thank you so much! :highfive:

    This is now done, @PerfectSlayer is the OP of this thread.
    Thank you too!


    Changelog:
    • Add hosts source download cache
    • Add snackbar notification to update host from DNS request listing
    • Update UI from Material Design to Material Theming
    • Update gradle, plugins and dependencies
    • Fix crash parsing not defined host source last modified date
    • Fix native modules build script (required for F-Droid build server)
    • Fix Transifex issues

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to all recent donators! Your help is really appreciated :good:

    Download:

    AdAway 4.2.0 on AndroidFileHost (md5: 023169e7c345ef7297095793024f8478)
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    Hi all,

    I talked enough about it the past weeks and here it is: the first beta for the next version of AdAway.
    As you know, the main feature is the removal of root requirement but it also comes with a lot of improvements like an easier to use UI, a builtin updater, new cache and databases to improve reliability or even a quick pause/resume adblocking button that 3rd party apps can control.

    It took me literally a year and 330+ commits to build it (the first commit of this branch was April the 7th) and I hope it will be worth it.
    It should allow the app to be viable in the future with root being more and more difficult to achieve at each new Android release and Google hardening SafetyNet checks.

    I will try to answer to the most expected questions here so you still can post a link to this FAQ later to lost users.

    FAQ:

    Does this version replace the v4.x versions?
    No. This is still a preview version and does not replace the stable one.
    It is available to test it and report issues and feedback before being promoted to stable.

    Can I upgrade and revert safely?
    Yes. Both v4 and v5 use the same settings export format.

    Why does this version targets Android 8+ Oreo only?
    Like the v4, v5 is expected to offer support for latest devices.
    Android 8 and above represent more than 60% of device distribution and will grew through time.
    If you use an older device, root solutions work very well and v4 is here for you (like v2 and v3 stayed for legacy devices).

    How the hell does it work without root?
    This version provides two adblocking methods: the usual root one using hosts file and a new one using local VPN.
    The VPN solution allows to filter and alter connections of your devices without root access.

    Is using a VPN safe?
    In the case of AdAway, yes. It uses VPN API but does not connect to a VPN server.
    In the case of VPN client app, it depends.
    To give you more details, a VPN client app uses the VPN API to create a virtual network interface on your device and redirect all your traffic into it.
    If you imaginge the VPN like a pipe (the right word is tunnel), client VPN app outputs all your traffic on a VPN server which is able to check what you are doing on the Internet.
    With AdAway, your network is not redirected to a VPN server but your device internet connection (same as no VPN). VPN API is only used to get traffic into it to break the connections to ad servers.

    Is VPN use battery?
    Yes, like everything you do on device.
    Witouth root, a VPN service will be running permanently to filter your traffic.
    Good news is it will only filter DNS traffic. Not all traffic is redirected into it so it won't be as expensive as you can fear.

    Did you come up with this idea alone?
    Absolutely not! I spent a lot of hours trying to find altenatives to hosts based adblocking (like routes or private DNS). But nothing was better than VPN based adblocking.
    So we (MrRobinson and I) approched Julian Klode, developer of DNS66 more than three years ago to see if we can merge our apps. It wasn't that easy as we don't develop our apps the same way so I ended up by integrating the DNS66 adblocking method into AdAway. It is fine for Julian, his app is Open Source and he himself built it from the core code of AdBuster app (an VPN based adblocking app).

    Should we stop using DNS66 for AdAway?
    Not at all. DNS66 is a great app and provides some features that AdAway doesn't have (yet?), like DNS settings.
    DNS66 is a great app, keep using it if you like it!
    If both apps used the same adblocking method a year ago when I start this version, I keep adding feature to the VPN adblocking method and most of them won't be in DNS66.
    If Julian ports them back to DNS66, it's great if it can help his app and users!

    Is it me or the app put on weight?
    Yes, the app significantly grew due to new libraries like VPN related ones and Android Jetpack.
    It also stores more data on device: a http cache, a host database, a hosts copy, etc...
    I think 15~20mo of storage is still fine.

    Changelog:

    Without further ado, check the summarized changelog (it was hard to summarize a one year development)

    • Add new home screen
      • Provides all main controls from one screen
      • Displays currently blocked, allowed and redirected domains
      • Displays current hosts sources status and control to force apply
    • Add non root ad-blocking feature
      • Uses a builtin local VPN to filter DNS request to blocked domains
      • Based on the work of dns66 by julian-klode
      • Allows to excluded system applications and per user applications
    • Add builtin updater with changelog display
    • Add feature to quickly pause and resume ad-blocking
    • Add wizard screen for first run setup
    • Add feature to display and filter all blocked, allowed, redirect domains
    • Improve preferences screen
    • Add broadcast receiver to control ad-blocking from third party applications
    • Update Android target to Android 10
    • Improve root and shell support
    • Split translation files to easier understand their context
    • Add GitHub action test and build tasks

    Download:

    AdAway 5.0.0 beta (sha2: 200fd7789b174735d3af5925b4e568b09475bb3f39a79d24d6617af4b19cd19d)

    If you like my work, feel free to support me. Check my sign for donation links. Thanks all! :highfive: