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hBlock Alternatives

hBlock is described as 'POSIX-compliant shell script, designed for Unix-like systems, that gets a list of domains that serve ads, tracking scripts and malware from multiple sources and creates a hosts file (alternative formats are also supported) that prevents your system from connecting to' and is a Ad Blocker in the web browsers category. There are more than 25 alternatives to hBlock for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Android, iPhone, Mac and Windows. The best alternative is AdGuard, which is free. Other great apps like hBlock are Adblock Plus, Pi-hole, Blokada and NextDNS.

hBlock alternatives are mainly Ad Blockers but may also be DNS Resolvers or Parental Control Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of hBlock.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • BSD
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hBlock is a POSIX-compliant shell script, designed for Unix-like systems, that gets a list of domains that serve ads,...

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  1. AdGuard icon

    AdGuard

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Yandex.Browser
    • Opera
    • Firefox

    AdGuard is the best way to get rid of intrusive ads and online tracking, and to protect your computer from malware. Make your web surfing faster, safer and more comfortable with AdGuard!.

    ⚫︎ Block TrackersAdGuard has a feature to block trackers from tracking you.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeAdGuard supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Very good app for blocking ads. Use it!
  2. Adblock Plus icon

    Adblock Plus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Internet Explorer
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Yandex.Browser
    • Opera
    • Firefox

    Adblock Plus is a free extension that allows you to - among other things - block annoying ads, disable tracking and block domains known to spread malware.

    ⚫︎ Ad-freeAdblock Plus doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingAdblock Plus will not track or use your personal data.
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    Adblock Plus vs hBlock opinions
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    hblock is system wide, Adblock Plus is browser only and therefore not comparable

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  3. Pi-hole icon

    Pi-hole

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • CentOS
    • Fedora
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    • Raspbian
    • Raspberry Pi

    Block ads for all your devices without the need to install client-side software. The Pi-hole blocks ads at the DNS-level, so all your devices are protected.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedPi-hole is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    The Web interface shows how many ads were blocked, a query log, and more.
  4. Blokada icon

    Blokada

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid

    Blokada is the popular ad blocker and privacy app for Android and iOS. It's being supported and actively developed by the amazing open source community.

    ⚫︎ LightweightBlokada consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  5. NextDNS icon

    NextDNS

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • UC Browser
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Yandex.Browser
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    • Online
    • BSD
    • OpenWrt
    • DD-WRT
    • Ubiquiti UniFi
    • pfSense
    • Alpine Linux

    NextDNS protects you from all kinds of security threats, blocks ads and trackers on websites and in apps and provides a safe and supervised Internet for kids — on all devices and on all networks.

    ⚫︎ No LogsNextDNS doesn't keep any logs of your activities.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableNextDNS is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedNextDNS is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Block TrackersNextDNS has a feature to block trackers from tracking you.
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    AdAway

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid

    An ad blocker that uses the hosts file. The hosts file contains a list of mappings between hostnames and IP addresses. When an app requests an ad, that request is directed to 127.0.0.1 which does nothing.

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  7. AdBlock icon

    AdBlock

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Firefox

    We built AdBlock to provide a worry-free and distraction-free Internet experience for everyone. It is used by tens of millions of users worldwide on all major browsers in more than 30 languages.

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    AdBlock vs hBlock opinions
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    hblock is system wide, Adblock is browser only.

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  8. Squid icon

    Squid

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • Solaris
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenSolaris
    • NetBSD
    • OpenBSD

    Squid is a caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages. Squid has extensive access controls and makes a great server accelerator.

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  9. Unified hosts file with base extensions icon

    Unified hosts file with base extensions

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

     Consolidating and extending hosts files from several well-curated sources. Optionally pick extensions for porn, social media, and other categories.

    ⚫︎ Built-in VPNUnified hosts file with base extensions has a built-in VPN feature that enhances your privacy and allows you to browse the web from anywhere.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedUnified hosts file with base extensions is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Root requiredRequires root to use Unified hosts file with base extensions, mainly relevant for Android apps.
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  10. Privoxy icon

    Privoxy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk.

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