About Ad Blocker
Ad Blocker allows you to block a majority of advertising content that is delivered to users on web pages that they request. Ad Blocker uses downloadable filter subscriptions from a variety of sources which contain lists of web sites and extensions that are typically used to deliver advertising.
This section reviews the different settings and configuration options available for Ad Blocker.
The Status tab simply shows Ad Blocker's statistics - there is nothing to configure.
Ad Blocker's filter list will populate with many entries to match common ad serving strings, but you are free to add to and edit this list as you see fit - simply click Add and enter a description to match. Be careful when selecting blocking criteria as you may block much more content than planned if your criteria is not carefully specified.
Pass Lists are used to pass content that would have otherwise been blocked. This can be useful for "unblocking" sites that you don't want blocked or allowing certain users special privileges.
- Passed Sites: Any domains you add to the Passed Sites list will allow ads, even if blocked by an existing filter - just add the domain and save. Unchecking the pass option will allow ads to be blocked as if the entry was not present.
- Passed Client IPs: If you add an IP to this list, Ad Blocker will not block any ads from that IP. Just add the IP and save. Unchecking the pass option will have the block/pass lists affect the user as if they were not entered into the Passed Client IPs list.
Use the following terms and definitions to understand the Ad Blocker Event Log:
|Timestamp||The time the event took place.|
|Action||The action which the Untangle Server took on the web request.|
|Client||IP address of the client who made the request.|
|Host||The host portion of the request.|
|URI||The URI portion of the request.|
|Server||The IP address of the server that received the request.|
Ad Blocker FAQs
How does Ad Blocker keep up with ads?
The list that Ad Blocker uses contains known advertising web sites that are linked off of web pages as well as known extensions that are used from non-advertising sites. As new advertisers start delivering content, the list is updated. Untangle grabs these updates and makes them available to your server so that Ad Blocker is updated on a regular basis.
Some advertising is getting through. How can I get rid of them?
If the ads persistently get through, you'll need to modify your settings to catch them. You'll either need to block the web site that is delivering the ads or block the extension. You will need to be very careful when choosing how to block the ads you are concerned with as you could easily block an entire web site or impair functionality ads are required for.