[APP][ROOT/NONROOT][OFFICIAL] AdAway v5.12.1/ v6.0.2b

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jawz101

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jawz101

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Yep. I see a couple in there.

Edit: Not sure which ones are causing the problem. I tried whitelisting the one that caused a logcat error and that didn't get rid of the problem. So I whitelisted all the hosts that came up on the DNS log. See screenshot


blocking any of those in that screenshot besides the fls-na one will cause you problems. I have poked at them many times. And even the fls-na one feels like it occasionally causes problems but definitely the others shouldn't be blocked


fls-na.amazon.com notes here. adding this for my future reference
 
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jawz101

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Fls-na was the one that caused the logcat error. But after whitelisting it, the problem still existed. So I did all of them.

After looking into the fls-na one it looks like it's this Forrester Log Service. Forrester is a big business analytic company that gathers data on market trends and junk.

https://services.forrester.com/Amazon
https://www.adweek.com/digital/adve...ot-more-on-amazon-in-2020-forrester-predicts/


Some of the articles mentioning their relationship would say things like Forrester found 30% of customers check prices on Amazon before making a purchase. Stuff like that is kinda what we want to block if at all possible.
 
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After looking into the fls-na one it looks like it's this Forrester Log Service. Forrester is a big business analytic company that gathers data on market trends and junk.

https://services.forrester.com/Amazon
https://www.adweek.com/digital/adve...ot-more-on-amazon-in-2020-forrester-predicts/


Some of the articles mentioning their relationship would say things like Forrester found 30% of customers check prices on Amazon before making a purchase. Stuff like that is kinda what we want to block if at all possible.
Blocking that host definitely screws the pooch.
 

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Rebooting was optional. It removes cached DNS entries, and will serve the same purpose now as it served in older (i.e., 4.x) versions, if you use the rooted hosts file method. If you're OK letting time expire your cache, don't reboot.
Oh, I thought that I had to reboot since it prompted me after every update. Thanks for the tip!
 

PerfectSlayer

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Hi all,

Just a quick update about Paypal and donations because someone tell me on twitter he can't donate.

The V5 seems to be pretty popular and I received a lot of donations (some dozens) the past few days.
That is awesome but Paypal has locked my account because I didn't verified my id... I really don't have the habit to get so many transactions so I wasn't aware of this issue! (what a noob I do...)
I just did all the paperwork and my account will be verified in the next 2 to 4 business days.

Thanks all for your support and donations ❤
To be honest, all the donations are about ~300€. It's about ~15€ / month of beta development.
It will allow me to run the back-end hosting, buy a development device when the Pixel 2 you offered me will no more receive system update, buy a data plan to test VPN on my dev device, etc...
It is money that leaves my mind peaceful when I know I have to make some expense for the project. Thanks again you all!
 
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Im confused

So does 5.1.0 need the systemless hosts module anymore? My ROM is LineageOS MicroG and Magisk, without that module, but it still seems to work.
 

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Thanks everyone for all your feedback and messages. This new version seem appreciated :highfive:


Did you have any previous version installed or did you just install the app? If you were upgrading, from which version did you came from?


Thanks for the information. Are you saying the app was launching but no ad blocking option was active in app settings?
Then you reinstalled the app and, this time, it asked you to choose the ad blocking to use (but it didn't asked it after you upgrade).
@PerfectSlayer
I've no other versions prior to v5.1.0. So it's fresh install.

Sent from my SM-N986B using XDA Labs
 

jawz101

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Blocking that host definitely screws the pooch.
See I don't get the doggy with the fls- one. In fact, I'm thinking of adding their other geographic entries since I assume this one is only for North America users.


I would probably add all of these because I'm certain that's how Forrester would compare how well Amazon ads compare to Google's Doubleclick ads



Code:
fls-cn.amazon.cn
fls-cn.amazon.com
fls-eu.amazon-adsystem.com
fls-eu.amazon.ae
fls-eu.amazon.co.uk
fls-eu.amazon.com
fls-eu.amazon.de
fls-eu.amazon.es
fls-eu.amazon.fr
fls-eu.amazon.in
fls-eu.amazon.it
fls-eu.amazon.nl
fls-eu.amazon.sa
fls-eu.amazon.se
fls-fe.amazon-adsystem.com
fls-fe.amazon.co.jp
fls-fe.amazon.com
fls-fe.amazon.com.au
fls-fe.amazon.sg
fls-na.amazon-adsystem.com
fls-na.amazon.ca
fls-na.amazon.com
fls-na.amazon.com.br
fls-na.amazon.com.mx
fls.doubleclick.net
 

jacobyo7

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Hi, the new AdAway 5.1.0 break my banking app, I can log in but can't access any fuctions within app as it return "you need an internet access". When I disable ad blocking it work again. With AdAway 4.3.6 I have no problem at all, it work as good for everything else and my banking app work good too. I use the Desjardins banking app (Canada)
I tried to log DNS request, reproduce the error, then whitelist everything the log captured, but the error persist, the only way to make it work is to disable ad blocking or downgrade to AdAway 4.3.6

Any help ? It's no big deal I can use 4.3.6 just fine, but eventually I would like to keep AdAway up to date. Thank you !
 
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Hi, the new AdAway 5.1.0 mess up with my banking app, I can't access any fuctions in the app as it return "you need an internet access", when I disable ad blocking it work again. With AdAway 4.3.6 I have no problem at all, it work as good for everything else and my banking app work good too. I use the Desjardins banking app (Canada)
I tried to log DNS request, reproduce the error, then whitelist everything the log captured, but the error persist, the only way to make it work is to disable ad blocking or doengrade to AdAway 4.3.6

Any help ? It's no big deal I can use 4.3.6 just fine, but eventually I would like to keep AdAway up to date. Thank you !
Adaway don't block anything without the host list. Use the link to wiki on OP and the dns monitoring to whitelist the necessary links.
 

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Adaway don't block anything without the host list. Use the link to wiki on OP and the dns monitoring to whitelist the necessary links.

As I said, I already tried to log DNS request, reproduce the error, then whitelist everything the log captured, but it didn't solved the problem. And I don't see anything in the wiki that can help me further, so that's why I'm asking for help
 

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As I said, I already tried to log DNS request, reproduce the error, then whitelist everything the log captured, but it didn't solved the problem. And I don't see anything in the wiki that can help me further, so that's why I'm asking for help
Remember you must deactivate Adaway before log dns, the app must work after deactivate adaway.
 

jacobyo7

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Remember you must deactivate Adaway before log dns, the app must work after deactivate adaway.

Oh yeah, I might have forgot that step ! I will try again and report my results ! Thanks !

Edit : that was the problem I managed to capture 10 link that was breaking my banking app, but I keep finding others with time. I also found, it is not the fault of adaway 5.1.0 in particular, my host list was just not up to date, so when I reinstall 4.3.6 and update host it break my banking app also.
I don't know why the host was updated with all those link if they are used for other than ads, it is quite annoying to find them and whitelist them one by one...
 
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    Hi all,

    The new 6.x beta was downloaded thousands time and feedback seems good.
    So it's time to push the next changes that upgrades how ad-blocker works with root.
    I updated the libsu and no more relies on its I/O module but only on device toolbox/toybox.
    Again, don't forget to report if you encounter any issue!

    If you like the project, feel free to show your support or become sponsor 💖

    Changelog:
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    Thanks:

    Special thanks to kubalav and zgfg for their bug reports.

    Download:

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    Hi all,

    Sorry for the trouble. I already identified this issue and fixed it but I didn't think so many users will encounter it (you use the app for the first time, by installing the 6.0.1 beta). So I just pushed a small update to fix it and update translations.

    Enjoy the beta!

    Feedback:

    Hope it helps PerfectSlayer figure it out. 🙃
    Sure, complete bug reports definitely help a lot! 🙏

    hence I asked the question. It surprising how many people run a test/canary build of their rooting app/method, and then questio
    This time, it was my fault 😅 It comes from the migration to the latest libsu version that change the root detection method. Using isAppGrantedRoot() does not request root access. It only validates if the app was already granted (returning a three states boolean 😑) I now start a root shell to trigger root access when selecting root ad-block method.

    Changelog:
    • Fix wizard ad-block method check
    • Update translations

    Thanks:

    Special thanks to Dandu32, ipdev, Morghoth and zhmstar0310 for theirs helpful bug reports.

    Download:

    AdAway 6.0.2
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    I pushed an update to fix root detection for new users that broke in 6.0.1.
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    I don't use FB / META but I can confirm t.co is enough for Twitter links to work.
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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 GitHub releases and F-Droid Store:

    Beta versions are available on GitHub releases only:

    AdAway 6.0.2

    The app provides an in-app updater for both GitHub and F-Droid builds.
    Keep in mind beta channel is limited to GitHub builds, and F-Droid releases usually have a several days latency.


    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: