AdGuard for Chrome 1.0.1.3 open beta test

Discussion in 'Release Notes (Browser Extensions)' started by avatar, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. avatar

    avatar Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi all!

    We are ready to present new version of our Chrome and Opera.

    Changelog

    + We have reduced memory usage even more
    + Extension now uses secured connections to communicate with our servers
    + Added option "Send statistics for ad filters usage"
    + Added "Reset statistics" button
    + Minor UI changes

    Let's talk about ad filters usage statistics. This is a really important option that will help us to solve the problem of outdated filtering rules.
    If you want to understand why it is so important -- take a look at the screenshots:
    1. English+Russian+Social+Spyware filters: http://screencast.com/t/BxoxMpKrXx
    2. All filters disabled: http://screencast.com/t/Kvz3XhTdmUS

    Click here to read detailed description.

    Although the number of filtering rules is not very important for desktop computers and laptops, it is really critical for mobile phones and tablets. First tests of Adguard for Android prototype show that the number of element hiding rules strongly affects page rendering speed.

    How to install this beta-version:

    1. Download crx-file from http://chrome.adtidy.org/app.html?app=main.crx
    2. Open "chrome://extensions" page
    3. Drag crx file to this page
     
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  2. kupo

    kupo New Member

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    Nice, I'll test it in my machine. :D
    EDIT: Working good so far. Now it is using HTTPS and I verified the reduced memory usage.
    http://pbrd.co/1m4AztT

    http://pbrd.co/1m4AA1b

    It used to take a hundred megabytes and now it's down to 60 Mb.
     
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  3. Boo Berry

    Boo Berry Moderator + Beta Tester Moderator

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    Now that's an impressive improvement! :D

    P.S. The Firefox extension is in closed beta, right?
     
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    avatar Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    We have managed to make our extension actually filter ads. Now we are working on UI.

    Making Firefox extension turned out to be more difficult than I thought.
    Their API is too different from Chrome.

    We are trying to create a single codebase for all our browsers extensions and it slows development down.
     
  5. Boo Berry

    Boo Berry Moderator + Beta Tester Moderator

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    Oh, I bet. Firefox's API should be more flexible than Chrome's and allow more/different types of ads to be blocked.
     
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    avatar Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Yes, it provides more opportunities to manipulate pages and requests. But it is also a bit messy. Caused by it's age I think.
     
  7. kupo

    kupo New Member

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    Any updates in when will this be released as stable? Also, does Adguard blocks popunder?
     
  8. kurtextrem

    kurtextrem New Member

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    Working good for me, but I wonder if you have plans to switch to declarativeWebRequest?

    Also I'm the kind of guy who is willing to use a whitelist, like the one from Adblock Plus. Those ads aren't annoying. I've looked at the source code, it looks pretty complicated to add 3rd party filters. Do you have any plans to extend your whitelist? The current (available in the options) isn't really a comprehensive whitelist.
     
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    avatar Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Almost ready. We will release it in a day or two.

    What about popunder - it depends. Ad blocking is not heuristic, it is manually created set of blocking rules.

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    Not sure yet. We'll do some tests but as I see it now - declarativeWebRequest cannot fully replace webRequest.

    We'll definitely add custom subscriptions in future.

    What for extending our whitelist - it's a bit different from the one from ABP.