Black Friday with AdGuard: 50% on ALL our licenses!
Menu

FAQ

DOWNLOAD
By downloading the program you accept the terms of the License agreement
What is AdGuard?
AdGuard is not only an ad blocker, but a whole ad blocking and privacy protection suite. Our goal is to put users back in control of their devices and their Internet experience. Ultimately, we want to cover all and any devices, not just the major platforms.
Desktop/laptop computers
You can find the detailed FAQs for the desktop AdGuard products on their respective product pages.
AdGuard for Windows is our flagship product. It is a standalone program, which exempts it from limitations of the browser extension approach to ad blocking. In addition to its main function, it protects your privacy and stops malware and phishing websites. AdGuard for Windows offers a 2-week trial period but requires a license to keep using it afterwards.
AdGuard for Mac is another standalone app, the Windows version counterpart for Mac. It shows the same excellent ad blocking quality, but lacks some of the secondary functions like Parental control. AdGuard for Mac offers a 2-week trial period but requires a license to keep using it afterwards.
AdGuard offers a series of browser extensions for the most popular browsers like Chrome, Safari, Edge etc. Despite having several intrinsic limitations compared to the standalone apps, they still do a decent job at blocking ads and trackers and are completely free.
Mobile devices
You can find the detailed FAQs for the mobile AdGuard products on their respective product pages.
AdGuard for Android is a unique app that has few analogues. It combines an ad blocker that is capable of blocking ads without ROOT access, both in browsers and other apps, and a Firewall to monitor and manage your apps' activity. The app is free, but after the 14-days trial period, you will need a license to unlock in-apps filtering and browsing security module.
AdGuard for iOS is a free content blocker for Safari available in AppStore. It has over 50 filters to choose from to block ads and trackers in Safari browser and provides you with extra perks like manual blocking tool to hide any element on the page.
You can say that AdGuard Pro is a premium version of AdGuard for iOS. It has all the same capabilities in regard to ad blocking in Safari, but also grants you access to custom DNS settings, which you can use for different purposes: from ad blocking in apps to increasing your connection speed. It is available in AppStore on a fee basis.
AdGuard Content Blocker is a tool to block ads in browsers that support content blocking technology. Currently, there are only two such browsers: Samsung Internet and Yandex.Browser. Content Blocker is much less powerful than AdGuard for Android but is completely free.
Any device (including IOT/home devices)
AdGuard DNS is an alternative approach to ad blocking based on intercepting and filtering DNS requests. It can be used for free on virtually any device or router. The exhaustive FAQ for it can be found on its product page.
How is AdGuard different from other ad blockers?
It heavily depends on the platform. Generally, we at AdGuard don't want to rely just on the capabilities provided by the browsers. That's why our flagship products are standalone programs, which allows blocking ads and trackers system-wide.
We believe that this is the only proper way for users to regain control of their devices and data. Traditional ad blockers depend on the goodwill of browsers developers, which mostly are global corporations who profit from showing their users ads. For AdGuard, it does not make any difference what browser or app you use, it does its job equally well everywhere.
How safe is my personal data with AdGuard?
We have the privacy of our users and their data as the top priority. Our general principle is to collect only the information that is necessary to provide you with full functionality of our products and for licensing. And we never share any of your data with third-parties. For the full privacy policy, visit the dedicated page.
How much do AdGuard products cost?
We have free products as well as free versions of premium products, but unlike some other ad blockers we don't partner with advertisers and don't have any acceptable ads programs. The only way we earn money is by selling licenses for the premium versions of AdGuard products. More info here.
What's our stance on open source?
Our strong belief is that all free products must be open source. We stick to this rule — only our premium products are closed source, but even for those we provide a very detailed privacy policy. AdGuard Pro for iOS is an exception — it is open source despite being sold in AppStore.
What does AdGuard protect from except ads?
It can vary depending on the product (links to pages with details above), but most AdGuard products offer the protection from tracking, malware and phishing websites.
What is tracking/trackers?
To put it simply, trackers are special scripts that send and receive information about you and your actions online to third-party companies. They can slow down websites and expose your private data to advertisers, cyber criminals and governments.
All AdGuard products offer a filter list created specifically to block trackers, and AdGuard for Windows has a unique module — Stealth Mode — which sole purpose is to protect your online privacy.
What is malware?
Malware is a contraction for “malicious software”, and it is used to describe any type of harmful software, including viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware etc.
AdGuard is not an antivirus, so it will not remove any viruses and such from your computer or cell phone. But it will use its extensive database of malicious websites to warn you if you are about to visit one of them. This database is being regularly updated to keep you protected from malware.
What is phishing?
Phishing is the practice of trying to get private information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details, social security numbers and more through the use of imposter emails and websites.
Most AdGuard products have a built-in anti-phishing module that checks every website against the database to warn you if you are about to open a fraudulent site.
Who are you?
We are AdGuard Software Limited — company founded in 2009, with the HQ in Nicosia and the team of experienced specialists working from all around the globe. AdGuard Software Limited is an IT-company that develops software for internet filtering. AdGuard ad blocker is our flagship product.
How do I contact you?
If you have any questions, you can find the ways to contacts us on this page. You can as well discuss AdGuard on our forum, telegram channel, in social networks etc. See the full list of places for discussion.