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    Exclamation Bitdefender updates being blocked as ads, new ads lists has "pass" for many porn ads

    For about 2-3 weeks I've been unable to install updates to Bitdefender. After much troubleshooting, I've found that the Ad Blocker feature was blocking this. The word "advertising_off" is in the request, so I'm guessing that's what blocked it.

    Now the more troubling questions. When I dove into the settings for Ad Blocker, I found that the database hadn't been updated since 2015. Why would this not be something that's automatically updated? If that's by design, perhaps a note should be added somehow to let people know that they have to update the block list manually?

    Much more troubling, after updating the list there's a whole boatload of specific exceptions that allow (pass) ads for porn sites. Examples:
    ||pornfun.com/js/ads.js
    ||sexwebvideo.com/js/ads.js
    ||tube8.com/js/advertisement.js
    ||voyeurperversion.com/inc/showads.js
    ||watchingmysistergoblack.com/pop.js

    So what is the point of paying $50 a year for the license so I can filter stuff out, if there's a whole bunch of stuff that's specifically being allowed thru?

    I hope that there's something I'm missing here. What I'm seeing right now has very much undermined my confidence in Untangle.

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    I had the same issue along with one drive updates. Just go under AD blocker reports and copy the bitdefender URL and paste it to the pass sites page.

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    Master Untangler Sam Graf's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by stageman View Post
    So what is the point of paying $50 a year for the license so I can filter stuff out, if there's a whole bunch of stuff that's specifically being allowed thru?

    I hope that there's something I'm missing here. What I'm seeing right now has very much undermined my confidence in Untangle.
    Ad Blocker comes with a bunch of caveats, and I agree that those caveats are not explicit within the app itself. It's clearly made available by Untangle grudgingly because of problems like you seem to have encountered with Bitdefender update blocks. I recommend reading the wiki article for the details.

    Ad Blocker is not a porn filter. It's an ad filter and because Untangle does not curate the rules (one of the caveats), the block and pass decisions are made by third parties. Consider that if you intentionally visit pornfun.com you may indeed want to see the ads available on the site. If ads don't violate general friendly-ad rules (e.g., they are not intrusive), the blocker may in fact allow them anywhere.

    I've seen Untangle users here opt for using the Web Filter categories like Marketing Services and not use Ad Blocker at all. Others use both. I prefer Ad Blocker alone because of the granularity provided by the Pass Lists.

    Keep in mind that Ad Blocker is not a paid app. Our subscription fees don't apply. And because of the often controversial nature of ad blockers (a common complaint is that advertising services can pay ad block services to white list their ads), Ad Blocker's success or failure really isn't an objective measure of Untangle's effectiveness.

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    All of your questions are answered here:
    https://wiki.untangle.com/index.php/Ad_Blocker
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