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gallegonovato

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Good afternoon @Nergal di Cuthah

Thanks for your reply and help.

I will try to explain myself better. The web server is always disabled in the Adaway settings.

I am not referring to the download or update time of the host lists.

I mean for example a friend has 3113742 things blocked in total. And after the host lists are updated and so on. Adaway puts creating hosts, but it shuts down in process.

Although I can't really say close at all either, since it closes the main screen. But a few times if you go to see the apps open in the background there's Adaway there. But most of the time it doesn't.

It's like it chokes when creating the hosts.

Best regards

Pd: other people also comment me if it can be, that the fonts that Adaway has by default or those that it brings by default. I don't know if they can come without activation. Or unchecked the option to automatically check for and install updates. Since it creates a host, which then adds to the other things blocked.
 

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Good afternoon:

First of all, I wish you a VERY GOOD AND MERRY CHRISTMAS. AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

I would like to make a suggestion to improve Adaway. I have heard from several people I know.

I don't know if Adaway could be made to work better with a large number of things blocked.

Since some people I know have more than three million things blocked. And Adaway closes them just by creating the host.

Best regards and thanks for your help and time.

Pd: use the latest version of Adaway in root mode and Magisk and systemless.
If using root version, take eg MiXPlorer and you will see that /system/etc/hosts file with your 3M blocked sites should be about 150-200 MB (half of that if IPv6 is disabled)

Android has to read that (at the boot time) and cache. For old devices with small RAM it kills the system.
Android (not AdAway) processes that hosts file and for every URL it has to search through by using (I guess) like binary search algorithm to check if the given URL is in your 3M entries list

Only if using non-root/VPN then AdAway itself (not Android) searches through the list (but in that case the list is not in the /system/etc/hosts file)

That's about the run-time usage. The other part is updating the hosts files and sorting the list before saving - that can really take several minutes (but I would recommend to disable automatic updates and to update only manually every few days when you have time to wait 3-5 minutes until it finishes)

However, I doubt how useful is your 3M blocked sites list. Mine is 10 times smaller and I have no problem with ads.
Probably from your 3M -mine 300K = your 2.7M excess sites, you open some of them only once a month or so. Hence they mostly waste your memory (time and battery for processing)
 

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If using root version, take eg MiXPlorer and you will see that /system/etc/hosts file with your 3M blocked sites should be about 150-200 MB (half of that if IPv6 is disabled)

Android has to read that and cache. For the old devices with small RAM it kills the system.
Android (not AdAway) uses that hosts file and for every URL it has to search through by using (I guess) like binary search algorithm to check if the given URL is in your 3M entries list

Only if using non-root then AdAway itself (not Android) searches through the list (but in that case the list is not in the /system/etc/hosts file)

That's about the run-timeusage. The other part is updating the hosts files and sorting the list before saving - that can really take several minutes (but I would recommend to disable automatic updates and to update only manually every few days when you have time to wait 3-5 minutes until it finishes)

However, I doubt how useful is your 3M blocked sites list. Mine is 10 times smaller and I have no problem with ads.
Probably from your 3M -mine 300K = your 2.7M excess sites, you open some of them only once a month or so. Hence they mostly waste your memory (time and battery for processing)
Same like me. I use the standard lists and have no problems with ads, on my 20 standard sites I visit.
 

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I'll one up that and say that i travel to a lot of random news sites (some more reputable than others) and have 0 ads. I only have steven black, pete low, adaway (source) and mvps (which is already included in steven black so probably adds zero)
 
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Hello everyone, I have been using adaway for years. I have recently upgraded my device to Oxygen 13 and it appears the adaway isn't working properly. My Blocklist has around 7 lakh hosts and I have checked in system path and it has the same number too. However the blocked sites still show up in chrome. I have disabled webserver too. Am I missing anything?
Are adds blocked in other apps?
Are adds let though on WiFi and Mobile Data?

Cheers. :cowboy:
 
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Good afternoon:

Thank you all very much for your help and time.

I WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY YEAR 2023

As to why it has so many things blocked, well, I can't tell you. I don't know: privacy, security, or because he wants it that way.

I know that for example, he has a lot of blocks to Google, Facebook, Twiter, Amazon, etc... And a lot of telemetry and security things. And browser with user.js and ublock.

Do not take me wrong this answer, but I can not say why it has so many things, only that it will be for some mania or something.

It also uses a windows lite, without a lot of Microsoft stuff and a host with a lot of blocked stuff. It's not really his main system, as he uses Linux Mint. But for Admin stuff, it works better on Windows.

He never complained about a big battery drain or anything. Until recently this has been happening with Adaway. And he's been using Adaway for a lot of years, along with lineageos with no microg or Google stuff.

I just told him that I didn't know why this was happening to him recently, that Adaway was closed by creating the host, and that since he was registered here, I was going to tell you about it. And so I let you know, to see if it can be done.

Receive a big hug
 

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Hi Thanks for this amazing ads blocker app. I have been using the root based one for years and loving it. Now I am usig the non root one, so far so good. But I have one problem, how do I use adaway along with cloudfare dns? I still want to use adaway and also cloudfare dns? is it possible? because when I set my private DNS to cloudfare and activate the adaway, I have problem with my internet not able to access anything.
 

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Hey there.. So i am an Adaway user from quite some time now like 4-5 years i guess. Never faced any problem what so ever. But recently I've been facing this weird issue on my both devices. I have source updates available but when i tap download button i always get this error.

I've dropped the screenshots below.
 

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Hey there.. So i am an Adaway user from quite some time now like 4-5 years i guess. Never faced any problem what so ever. But recently I've been facing this weird issue on my both devices. I have source updates available but when i tap download button i always get this error.

I've dropped the screenshots below.
Root or non-root?
Also, if you have any private DNS or so (firewall), disable and check

There is a button on the main AdAway window to Pause.
Then close AdAway and reopen, and Resume - hopefully would update
 

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Then maybe something is wrong with your - you didn't provide any info about that

Copy/paste their URLs a d try to open them from browser

Cannot help you better, user like you, I have 13 hosts sources and they update fine
There's isn't any much info to provide. I have used the app from many many years. This is first time I'm facing this issue.

I'm using oos11, device is OnePlus 8T (Android 11) , Adaway version 6.0.3, And i just installed fresh apk and selected "root" as always.
 

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There's isn't any much info to provide. I have used the app from many many years. This is first time I'm facing this issue.

I'm using oos11, device is OnePlus 8T (Android 11) , Adaway version 6.0.3, And i just installed fresh apk and selected "root" as always.
I advised you to inspect your Hosts sources. You can enable/disable each one, then Apply the change and inspect which one cannot load

Also, advised you to copy/paste their URLs to the browser to test which one cannot open. Maybe that hosts source is dead, hence cannot be updated from, etc

On my screenshots you have hints to see what I mean, but then you need to play yourself👍

Or you can wipe the Cache and Data for AdAway and configure it again or equivalently uninstall and install the AdAway again - maybe the problem will solve by itself😁

Of course, Sysremless hosts must be enabled in Magisk app (but if it was not, the error should be different)
 

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I advised you to inspect your Hosts sources. You can enable/disable each one, then Apply the change and inspect which one cannot load

Also, advised you to copy/paste their URLs to the browser to test which one cannot open. Maybe that hosts source is dead, hence cannot be updated from, etc

On my screenshots you have hints to see what I mean, but then you need to play yourself👍

Or you can wipe the Cache and Data for AdAway and configure it again or equivalently uninstall and install the AdAway again - maybe the problem will solve by itself😁

Of course, Sysremless hosts must be enabled in Magisk app (but if it was not, the error should be different)
Thanks for making a detailed reply. I did what you adviced and i found something, i check my sources. They are : Adaway Offical hosts, Pete Lowe blocklists hosts and StevenBlack Unified hosts.

So this last source is the one causing problem. I disabled it and rest are working fine. Also are there other sources which you recommed to add?
 

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    Hi all and happy new year! 🎉

    It's been few months since the last update. I got a lot on my plate and did not find much time to spend on AdAway. But the good news is I nearly finish the Android 13 migration! The last thing I need is to find a way to ask you (the users) to allow notifications.

    For those who does not own an fairly new device , Android 13 introduces a runtime permission developers should ask for to post notifications. AdAway uses notification for multiple purposes like the current VPN status, hosts updates, or app update (you can disable any notification from app settings or its category from system settings).

    I am stuck to find the proper way to request the notification permission:
    • Where / when should I ask for? Home screen, welcome screen? It must be ask before using it... So before enabling VPN in the welcome screen for example but I dislike adding a fourth step during the setup process. Moreover, I must check it on application launch to if the user disable it later from system settings.
    • What tell / explain to the users? Which information will make you allow notifications? It is important for the app to work as VPN requires system notification (I don't really worry about you missing update notifications).
    So if you have any idea or advice, feel free to share. Unrelated to permission, the new Google Play policies will block apps that use VPN for adblocking from November. I don't know what will be the impact for the current VPN adblocker will be but I confort me that that AdAway will never be welcome on the Play Store 😕

    In the meantine, enjoy 2023!
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    Hi all. 🙂

    Just a quick note about hosts sources.
    Quite a few are more intrusive than they need to be.

    This is a quick post to let everyone know that there is a list of host names that need to be allowed for some apps to work properly.
    Some applications need to connect to specific hostnames, that normally provide ads. To get these apps working some hostnames need to be allowed.
    AdAway Wiki - "ProblematicApps" - [GitHub] - Link

    Might not be the most up-to-date. 😓
    A big thank you to all who help keep the "ProblematicApps" list updated. 👍

    Cheers all. :cowboy:
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    To be done one by one? Is there a way to do a 'bulk allow'? 😄
    Create a text file Iike the attached one (my Allow list, put your hosts to allow instead);
    in AdAway open Hosts sources and and tick + to add;
    tick Allow (instead of default Block);
    and File (instead of default URL) and navigate to your local txt allow file;
    tick checkmark, Apply and wait to finish

    It will become one more hosts source on your Hosts sources list

    Instead of locally, you can put your txt allow file eg to your GitHub page, then use Allow but URL and paste the URL to your online Allow file
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    Hello everyone, I have been using adaway for years. I have recently upgraded my device to Oxygen 13 and it appears the adaway isn't working properly. My Blocklist has around 7 lakh hosts and I have checked in system path and it has the same number too. However the blocked sites still show up in chrome. I have disabled webserver too. Am I missing anything?
    Hello everyone, Finally this got solved after using the solution mentioned in this link.


    Thanks for the support though.
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    Please tell me how to i fixed this issues?☹️
    Add t.co to your AdAway whitelist.
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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 6.0.2b

    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: