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Why doesn't ad block actually block ads?

  • Ads block can be great features for the browser

    Opera already has an ad-blocker.

  • Ads block can be great features for the browser

    Opera already has an ad-blocker.

    but opera's built in ad blocker does not block ads so I am waiting when you improve it!

  • i'm with @emniss on this issue.

    the adblocking for mini and o4a happens on the opera servers before trafficking to the user. the filter lists they use are there therefor not selectable or editable by the end user, unlike ublock origin (or others) in firefox/icecat or other fullsize standalone android browsers.
    works good enough for me, thank you very much.
    maybe we'll get a selection of add-ons for o4a in non-data-saving mode sometime, making it even bigger, slower and more complicated for the average end-user simpleton.

  • Maybe I'm missing something here, but I can't see where @cl007 said anything about "porting the desktop version of Opera on Android..."?
    Actually, @cl007's hypothesis is pretty much correct, as I have extensions loaded on a browser built from opera dev source.
    I have the duckduckgo extension, and a chromium Sample Context Menus API extension loaded, and working.
    The majority of Chrome extensions are cross platform, so the "desktop version of Opera on Android...?" statement has no substance.
    From my browser:
    chrome://flags
    Extensions on browser:// URLs Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android
    Enables running extensions on browser:// URLs, where extensions explicitly request this permission. #extensions-on-chrome-urls
    So why "flame" the suggestion that Opera for Android could run Opera extensions, when it can?
    Nice.

    Thank you. I am glad someone understood what I was trying to say 🙂

  • I guess Opera is using hosts blocking which will be difficult to block some hardcoded ads

  • The ads that are coming through are mostly google ads. I guess they struck a deal with google not to block their ads, in exchange for being allowed to remain in play store. Would be nice to get an official statement on this, but I'm not holding my breath. Opera's communication is terrible.

  • Would be nice to get an official statement on this

    I don't see any reasons for this. If you read their blogs, you will see that they mention that a few sites are white-listed.

  • Edit:
    I checked all available opera android blogs concerning data savings and ad-blocking. None of them states which ads go through. Opera only talks about blocking ads to save our data, but it generally implies that all ads get blocked. Link me to a blog that says otherwise, I would be interested.

    Also I believe you don't understand how ad providers work nowadays leocg. I'm pretty sure sites aren't whitelisted, but ad-services are and therefore all sites who use a whitelisted ad-service (like google ads), don't have the ads removed.

  • I checked all available opera android blogs concerning data savings and ad-blocking. None of them states which ads go through

    It's not in an Opera Mobile blog: http://www.opera.com/blogs/news/2016/05/time-take-stand-ad-blockers/

    "Opera currently only features a very small whitelist of websites(...)"

    'm pretty sure sites aren't whitelisted

    In Opera for desktops you can see the list of white-listed sites. There are four or five, with Google and Facebook among them.

  • Yeah, some sites are whitelisted they say, but it isn't true. They whitelist specific ad-providers, not specific sites. Or why is it that I find google ads on every site I visit? Are you telling me all these sites are whitelisted? Then it wouldn't be a few whitelisted sites, but thousands of websites. The article states it wrong, I'm sorry but you are clearly mistaken.

    The sad thing is that google ads on android are intrusive. They hinder the view, and for example on XDA they appear after every second post. Not only that, but there is also a google ad coming in via a slider on bottom of screen. Then there is another kind of google ad on bottom of screen sometimes, which you can close, but instead of it a google message is shown then.

    We need better ad block in Opera. It's simply not good enough. I would like to forego rooting my phone again, but if I want to use Opera I simply have to. The other solution would be to run Firefox, they have working extensions.

  • Or why is it that I find google ads on every site I visit?

    Because google.com is white-listed so ads from Google will not be blocked?

    Are you telling me all these sites are whitelisted?

    No, but they may contain ads from white-listed pages/domains.

  • Nice quoting.

    Anyway, for everyone sick and tired of ads coming through in Opera for Android, just switch to Opera mini. I've never tried it before but apparently all ads get blocked with it, including the annoying google ads.

  • The simple thing would be to allow extensions from opera desktop to be used on opers mobile. Then we could use 3rd party adblock. They're both chrome-based, so not sure why desktop allows extensions/addons/whatever, and opera mobile does not

    I agree. There is a browser for android called yandex browser that is chromium based and allows extensions to be installed. They even use the opera extensions site as their extensions web store, although you can also install extensions from the chrome web store as well. Why opera doesn't do it as well is beyond me.

  • It would be great to add custom filters for Opera adblock

  • Same problem here. Google Ads on all sites I visit.

  • how do I disable adblock temporarily. I need to access some site with no adblock on my browser..

  • how do I disable adblock temporarily. I need to access some site with no adblock on my browser..

    Data saving > turn off ad blocking.

  • Same problem here. Google Ads on all sites I visit.

    Or why is it that I find google ads on every site I visit?
    Because google.com is white-listed so ads from Google will not be blocked?

    Disable Google from exeptions, if Opera for Android has that option and / or Use F-Droid and AdAway.

    I don't remember If needs Root.

  • Disable Google from exeptions, if Opera for Android has that option and / or Use F-Droid and AdAway.
    I don't remember If needs Root.

    There is no exception option on Android app.

  • Disable Google from exeptions, if Opera for Android has that option and / or Use F-Droid and AdAway.
    I don't remember If needs Root.

    There is no exception option on Android app.

    Yes, there is no exceptions option...
    I've just installed on Memu to test it and also have discovered features in ODesktop not in OAndroid and features in OAndroid not in ODesktop... ¿?

    As haven't seen any ad in OperaApp nor in OMini, (I use mod Hosts file) probably using AdAway (Hosts file soft installer) will block ads also in Opera, it works for block ads in whole system.

    If it's not a problem with Opera servers as mentioned above.

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