AdGuard is a fully featured internet filter that removes ads and ad-trackers. It also blocks websites with malware.
It is my recommended ad blocker because it has a very fine tuned filter. It operates as a standalone application and works silently in the background.
Thus, AdGuard is similar to the free Pi-Hole server, but it is easier to install, and it doesn’t require a separate machine for self-hosting. AdGuard is also more useful than modifying a host file. Unlike a host file, it can block “www.newspaper.com/trackers.js” without also blocking “newspaper.com”. Moreover, some programs will bypass host files altogether.
AdGuard also includes a browser extension that let you easily filter web page elements and add blocking exceptions.
AdGuard is made by AdGuard Software Limited — a company founded in 2009 and headquartered in Cyprus.
This is their statement on information collection:
In 2017 AdGuard became an organizational member of The Electronic Frontier Foundation — the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world.