Ad Blocker is a handy utility that blocks web advertisements that come in the way of a seamless and enjoyable web browsing experience on Safari. Not only are these ads annoying, but they also clutter your screen, slow down your Mac and drain your battery.
The app functions as a standalone app with an extension added onto Safari to help block and control advertisements and content you see on your web experience.
First Launch and Using the App:
Upon launching the app for the first time, you will be presented with the following screen:
This dialog is prompting you to install the Ad Blocker Safari extension which will help the app get right to work. We strongly recommend you click on the ‘Install Safari Extension’ button.
Once you do that, Safari will launch and you will be directed to the following install page on our website: https://fiplab.com/apps/adblocker-safari-extension
Here are the exact and specific instructions on how to install the Ad Blocker Safari Extension from the webpage that is open before you:
1. Download the extension by clicking on the ‘Download’ buttons that appear on the page. The download will be saved to your defaults download location: the Downloads folder.
2. When the download is complete, double click on the ‘AdBlocker.safariextz’ file.
3. Once you double click on the extension file, Safari will launch its Extensions preferences tab where you must click ‘Trust’ for the extension to run.
4. Once installed, the Extensions preferences should appear as follows with the Enable ‘Ad Blocker’ tick box checked in.
5. Once this is done, return back to the Ad Blocker app window (the icon will be present in your Dock), where you will see the following screen, where you must click ‘Run Ad Blocker Helper’.
Ad Blocker will now be open with its bundled rules on display as follows:
Using the App:
Once you have installed the Safari extension and ensured that the Ad Blocker extension is enabled, as explained above, then the app will run via this very setup and block ads for you. You do not need to have the actual Ad Blocker app running itself.
However, if you want to make exceptions to the pre bundled rules within the app, then you must launch the app.
Once the app is launched, you can untick any of the bundled rules in order to enable ads/annoyances from those kinds of sites/services to appear for you. You are also able to search specific sites that you wish to block/unblock using the search bar at the top.
If you click on the ‘Website Inspector’ button at the bottom left corner, you will be presented with the following screen:
In this screen, you can test websites for a list of credentials, and thus deem it necessary to include in your blocked list or not. Once you type in a URL, you can click on ‘Start Test’ for the test to begin, and eventually produce results such as the example shown below:
In order to add a specific website to be blocked from opening, click on ‘Block URLs’ from the left hand column of the app window and select ‘Add New Rule’. Here, simply type in a URL in the example formats provided and hit ‘Add Domain’ to add it to your list of blocked URLs.
The logic is the same for white listing websites, blocking cookies and blocking page elements.
You can subsequently edit and/or delete added rules by first selecting the rule you have added and then clicking on the ‘Edit’ and ’Delete’ buttons on the bottom left corner of the ‘Customizable Rules’ function you have chosen.