What You Need To Know About 6 Top Ad Blockers

Digital advertising has a big ad-blocking problem. In the spirit of becoming more informed, here's a list of six top ad-blocker apps, what they offer and what users have to say about them.

These are among the most popular in Apple's iPhone app store -- each has received at least 50 user reviews.

App: Crystal Adblock
Size: 8.4 MB
Cost: $0.99
Whitelist Option: Companies can pay to be whitelisted.
FeaturesClaims to load pages four times faster and save up to 50% of data by blocking ads. 
What People Say About It: Reviews praise the product for being straightforward. Some say it doesn't block enough ads, including one reviewer who said: "Pages are now much slower to load again, which is hugely frustrating. It was the biggest reason I bought the app."

App: Focus by Firefox
Size: 9.6 MB
Cost: Free
Whitelist Option: No.
Features: It blocks ad, analytics and social trackers, as well as Web fonts.
What People Say About It: The blocker gets generally positive reviews, but people frequently comment on the lack of a whitelist feature. "The problem is, there is no way to unblock a site you trust, a site with interesting and tasteful ads, or a site you wish to support," said one user. "I'd like the NY Times to get paid for the ads I read, but I can't unblock this one site."

App: AdBlocker Browser
Size: 19 MB
Cost: Free for the basic version; $2.99 pro version.
Whitelist Option: No.
Features: The product claims to block banner and pop-ups ads; video ads (including those on YouTube); layer ads; redirections to free AppStore apps or "xxx" Web sites; and ringtone subscription traps. It claims to have more than two million users since its 2012 launch.
What People Say About It: Critics say the app is too slow and that it crashes often. Fans like the "undisturbed surfing" experience and support for Chromecast (a gadget that streams video from a device to a TV).

App: Purify
Size: 20.9 MB
Cost: $1.99
Whitelist Option: Yes.

Features: The app says: "You deserve to browse in peace." You can turn certain features on and off, such as blocking images, scripts, custom fonts and tracking.
What People Say About It: One user praised the app for blocking comment trolls. Another said the app was too aggressive, blocking video streams and social media comments when the user had turned social media and comments blockers off.

App: 1Blocker
Size: 11.5 MB
Cost: Free for the basic version; $2.99 for the "unlimited blocker" version.

Whitelist Option: Yes.
Features: The app offers 8,000 preinstalled blockers; promises to cut mobile browsing data in half; and lets users hide page elements and block cookies. "We're supported entirely by our users and don't take money from advertisers," the app's description says. 
What People Say About It: Users says it's unobtrusive, fast and "a must have for any iOS user."

13.6 MB
Whitelist Option: 
The app claims to have more than 500,000 users. It can block banners, popups, tracking, scripts, images and native widgets from Facebook and others. 
What People Say About It: User describe the app as powerful and effective. "I was losing my mind with all the pop up ads," said one reviewer. "This purchase of Weblock saved the day."

2 comments about "What You Need To Know About 6 Top Ad Blockers".
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  1. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, February 19, 2016 at 8:05 a.m.

    I use Ad Block Plus and without it I would be unable to navigate many of my favorite ad cluttered sites without constant disruption.

  2. Grant Johnson from PostUp, February 19, 2016 at 10:56 a.m.

    Misleading headline.  Consider adding "for iPhone" to the headline.  Even better, add the same analysis for Android.

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