NetGuard [No Root Firewall] Revisited this time for Blocking Ads

Discussion in 'mobile device security' started by zapjb, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    USA still the best. But barely.
    This info is quite old at 3-5 years old.

    First the definitive & original afaik NetGuard what is it at XDA. The experts are at XDA & this here isn't that. It's just a quick blurb & links.

    [APP][6.0+] NetGuard - No-root firewall
    By M66B, Recognized Developer on 25th October 2015, 05:33 AM

    I looked at NetGuard again because after a factory reset I'm setting up a unrooted LG G4. I wanted an ad blocker & a firewall. And most require being set up as VPNs. And Androids only can have 1 VPN connection. Then ping ponging around I found NetGuard can block ads with a host file. But not the NetGuard on Google Play Store that one is crippled per Googles not listing ad blocking apps anymore. That's the mistake I made years ago, getting the borked version instead of the pure at Github or XDA. So far the hosts file is working well except a couple apps wouldn't function so I expanded the NetGuard listing & deselected "Apply rules & conditions". Then those couple apps worked again.

    NetGuard 2.273 stable

    The guide I used.
    Enable NetGuard's Hidden Ad-Blocking Feature on Your Android Phone
    By Amboy Manalo 5/17/17 4:10 PM
    "...Not quite as well known, however, is the fact there's a second official version of NetGuard that comes with a hidden ad-blocking feature, which can be activated with just a little tinkering in the app's settings menu..."
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