Adguard Assistant is a special browser module of the program that can automatically remove any type of content from a web page.
How to use Adguard Assistant
Take a look at the lower right corner of any web page opened in your browser. If Adguard Assistant is enabled and can work with this page, you will see its icon there.
Adguard Assistant icon
Clicking this icon will bring up the Adguard Assistant menu.
Adguard Assistant menu
You have several actions to choose from. We will take a look at each of them below.
Select an element
Allows you to select any element of a web page and add a rule to the user filter that will remove this element from every page of this website. When the Select element button is clicked in the Adguard Assistant menu, the element selection mode is activated. Every element under the mouse button is highlighted. Left-clicking on an element opens a menu for blocking it.
If you click an image or a link, Adguard Assistant will suggest two blocking strategies. The URL blocking rule removes all links (and images) that refer to (are loaded from) the specified URL. The Element hiding rule conceals a specific selected element. If you selected an element different from an image or link, the Element hiding rule is the only option.
URL blocking rule
This is what the URL blocking rule window looks like. Prior to creating a rule, you can edit the URL to be blocked and change its scope of application (all sites or a specific site only).
Element hiding rule
This is what the element hiding rule window looks like. Prior to creating a rule, you can edit its text (only for advanced users) or scope of application (changing it is not recommended).
The slider located in the top part of the window allows you to change the selected element (by choosing its parent or nested element). A nested element can only be selected if it's the only nested element of the object.
When choosing page elements, don't click on Flash banners. The problem is that Adguard Assistant cannot capture clicks on such banners. Try selecting its parent element by clicking very close to the border of a Flash banner and then select the banner using the slider.
Be careful with element hiding rules. A rule added on one page of a site can be erroneously activated on another page of the same site.
Rules added to the user filter by Adguard Assistant can be disabled and edited in the settings of the Ad Blocker module.
Add an exception
You can add the current site to the list of exceptions. This means that Adguard will only partially filter ads on this site or won't filter them at all. When the Add exception link is clicked in the Adguard Assistant menu, it will open a new exception window.
That's how a new exception window looks. You can edit it and specify the filtration methods that should not be used or disable filtration altogether. You can also control whether filtration will be disabled on this specific page or the entire site.
Disable Adguard Assistant
Completely disables Adguard Assistant (on all sites).
Undo the latest rule
Undoes the latest rule created with Adguard Asistant. The rule creation history is only kept in the memory until the program is closed, so if you restart it, you won't be able to undo the most recent rule. If you added several rules using Adguard Assistant, you will be able to undo them one by one.
Temporarily disable filtering
Disables filtering on the current site for 30 seconds.
Adguard Assistant limitations
Please note that Adguard Assistant does not work on all sites. The sites it doesn't work on are:
- Sites added to the list of exceptions (read more about adding sites to exceptions on the Ad Blocker module usage instructions page).
- Sites accessible via a secure connection (HTTPS). This is caused by the fact that Adguard does not filter HTTPS traffic at all.