I think you or anyone else would benefit from reading the thread at:
It's only seven short pages, but very informative, and reassuring. Anyone with doubts, there is tons of information available in a Google Search, about the apk., and the developer, who is open and available. (-:
Yes I know. I have been using his DNS Server and it has never been down. It is always up and blocking ads. Not 1 single Advertisement on the Most Notorious ad pushing Ads, such as Ookla SpeedTest, Weather Apps, Textra, etc. I am going to help this Developer if I can get a hold of him. If I can help him with anything in the community, then I will.
Good grief, not Ookla speed test!? Here is a great app by a German outfit that is free, and, ad free and has other features too. Developer responds to inquiry promptly, and has an update cycle about every 6-8 weeks. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.radioopt.widget
So check it out.
The worst ad laden app I have, and use because really, it's the best radio app, is TuneIn. But it has at least 6-7 ad SDKs in it. Block This works like a charm, on it, plus does a great job overall.
I don't use TuneIn. I got rid of that a year and a half ago. But then again, I don't listen to music and watch things on my phone. It's a phone. For Communication. I leave the rest to my dedicated equipment for Music or to watch.
I tested his DNS server on Firefox (Windows 7) with no Adblock extensions and it is blocking close to 95% of advertising from the get go. On an older computer, it saves close to 30% RAM because there is no need for extensions anymore.
I don't know what incentive there is in it for him, only he can explain it, but what he is doing seems to be a great thing that many people are taking for granted. I hope he can explain how he plans to make money or what he gets out of it. Either way, I can volunteer my support towards development and testing if he contacts me.
Have you read the home page & his personal page? He has a gmail address at the bottom. He basically wanted an app he could use personally without paying subscription to others. Here are links you may have, but I've read much about him and his purposes. Seems on the up & up to me.
and a readit thread from launch last year. https://m.reddit.com/r/androidapps/comments/3fhxmm/dev_block_this_the_complete_ads_and_malware/
There are many ways to monetize as features are added. I looked at Netgaurd app again tonight and his basic app is vastly improved over his initial offering, plus now there are several paid for features that are inviting. The developer has done a great job, and could be setting a standard for others to model. And it's in playstore as a firewall app, no-root. I told Sava that is the avenue to pursue. One of the paid features allows the blocking of individual IP addresses, and another is the log of all connections. Overall, there is a ton of individual settings to be had on a per app basis.plus the global blocking of malware and ad networks. Block This has the potential to build a really great product. So, I would suggest you contact him to offer your assistance. That's what he is looking for by posting to GitHub, XDA, etc.
Absolutely agree. Netguard is the best firewall there is for non rooted devices. It is a very well thought out and implemented application and its developer is a brilliant mind. While BlockThis DNS is a brilliant DNS that blocks ads at the source. This is a smash in the face of Google and if they don't like it, tough rocks, I don't know of a single person who enjoys seeing inappropriate disgusting advertising on limited screen space we see on our phones. These ad pushers need to find a better way to make money because no one is going to buy Vitamins, Steroids, Pills, and Insurance from a Weather App. It sickens us, and that is why we are here and that is why I offer my support to Devs who are combating this erosion of our rights to privacy.
Glad you guys like the app and continue to support it. And no, for now there are no plans for monetizing or earning money with it, as I don't have much time to develop features atm. I hope I can soon get back to developing and expanding the app.
There is a dev however on github who is already helping me and redesigning the front-end (material design etc). Hopefully more will join and we can get this product to the next level. And yes, you are right it is not only Android - the thing can be used on windows as well but I'd just need to build a small .exe or a registry modifier to make it easy for people to use.
@ggsava KirkBailey, Epublished on Kindle bookstore with some STRANGE SciFi. Love this, got Block-this on my kindle fire and telephone. Now to encourage you to do it for WinDoz and for ChromeBook.
@ggsava : Or a small tutorial on how to set up DNS. I am using this DNS with NetGuard. Only concern we have is for security because I don't know how you are offering this for free. There are other DNS as well that do this, but this one is still Fast even though its in France, and we prefer yours because of your more hands on approach. We are very greatful to you for supporting a service that protects us from various Chinese malwares that are out there.
@ocdamp The app makes just enough from donations to cover the cost of the DNS and to buy me a pizza once a week. I never planned to make money with it. The downside is that I can't guarantee the service will always be 100% perfect (like if for some reason my servers are down and i'm sleeping I don't think I will be able to recover them until I wake up), but I have done everything possible to make such outages unlikely.
Basically I provide as good service as I possibly can for free, but I cannot guarantee you 100% uptime and 100% virus protection etc. For now there are no plans on making a company or turning this product into something commercial. Actually I prefer not to do it.
As for your security, I don't store any data about users except for anonymous (not user related) crash reports (when the app has a bug and is crashing I get a notification) and this data is only used for debugging purposes and bug fixing.
@KirkBailey Thanks man, one day it will come for windows too. Chromebook I'm not sure - no plans for now.
@ggsava : Thank you. Is there a way I can send you a PM regarding a donation related question?
This link to Sava's personal page, has two ways to message him. One is on the page, and the other is at the bottom with his email address.
Just thought I'd help out, knowing Sava is a busy guy, I read in another of his responses.
Good grief, not Ookla speed test!? Here is a great app by a German outfit that is free, and, ad free and has other features too.
Yes!.. TYVM, nice!!
Right, just regged on the forums (& had just found the app), gonna post this - and then edit-in the rest of it; w00t!
Oh, found this window, just now, by chance, cool:
EDIT: Alright, the default Google keyboard size is a little bit too big for it; or, my screen's too small, however you wanna look at it!
@ocdamp you can message me from my website [..]
Tried to use your contact form, but there doesn't seem to be (?) any sent confirmation & message was been stuck on screen - and looked like this:
And, finally, best regards to all from Belgrade, Serbia: looking forward to hanging out!
@kgb Hi there,
Glad you liked the speed test apk. They have another app that is helpful too, Spy Monitor, which tells you what IP addresses your apps are connected to, and where in the world.
Anyways, here are a couple if XDA Developer threads where block-this is discussed. There might be others too.
Hope you enjoy the app as much as I have. Although I strive to have only apps without advertising SDK's, I still need block-this on occasions. And I have also donated to the cause, which helps pay for costs. Help spread the word and another helpful app I use, is Sophos Mobile Security. Another free, ad free app, that is very comprehensive. Likely the only one left that is still free on playstore.
What's up my fellow AD Blockers.. I watch JoeNobody010101 on YouTube who did a segment on this AD Blocker... He gave kudos to Mari's Review Channel who posted about it first.. I checked out both channels and then downloaded the Blocker... So far it's blocking this sheeeeet out of everything including me getting in the internet.. A few pointers would be greatful and much appreciated... I would like to block all the Ads in Mobdro, Terrarium TV and many others.. I'm a huge Cord Cutter and stream and download a ton of content.... I'm pretty simple, straight forward, read alot of different topics especially How To and DIY Projects, not afraid to ask questions, thats how I learn.. And I'm a Telecom Tech by Trade....
So let's get this Blocking On !
Thanks and I shall see you guys around the forums........
Hi, and welcome, I've been a long time user of this app, and I've also experimented with several others that operate the same exact way. Non of them are very effective against ads on streaming services, like YouTube, Terrarium TV, or others. The way these blockers filter ads it is difficult to intercept URLs from streaming services. Even Adgaurd had problems back a few years ago, blocking ads in YouTube. The way they got around this, is by intercepting Https, decrypting, then can block specific URLs. That's one of the reasons they charge subscription. It's also, not very privacy friendly either. Some of these blockers that filter DNS do so locally on the device, others, through a server, like Block-This does. So, sorry, but if you use these types, you will have to put up with a few ads. I do think they block some if the pop-ups and banners in terrarium, which otherwise, would be too much for me, so, do run block-this when using it.
Also, you might want to check permissions for terrarium TV, and turn off location, and contacts access. Because, advertisers can get that info too, just from using the app. Happy blocking!
@danaddle The app isn't supposed to block or stop you from using the internet. If it does, then it might not be working well on your device/OS version.