Kill bad ads with the new Adblock browser for Android

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Credit: Adblock Plus

Are annoying, intrusive ads on the Web the bane of your existence? If you're an Android user, there's a new way to kill them, with the just-released Adblock browser.

The browser is currently in beta, and I found it a bit buggy -- it wouldn't display all Web pages I visited. At the moment it's not available from the Google Play Store, so you'll have to download it from this page. After you download it, you'll have to open the file (it's in the normal .apk format) to complete the installation.

The browser uses the same Adblock engine that powers browser extensions. The Android browser doesn't block all ads; it allows through those which it considers "acceptable" --- those that are non-intrusive and non-invasive. But you can customize which ads to let in and which ads to block. To do it, tap the Settings icon on the upper right and select Adblocking. From the menu that appears, tap Acceptable Ads and on the screen that appears uncheck the box next to "Allow some non-intrusive advertising." That will kill all ads, even non-intrusive ones.

The upshot? If you want to kill bad ads, but let in the good, try it out. And if you want to kill the non-intrusive ads, you can do that as well.

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