App to remove Advertisements on other apps

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    I saw someone mention having an app to remove adverts on other apps (required Root) I downloaded it while i was at work today and when I came home I Rooted my phone and installed BB, Soo, i lost that app.... does anyone know what app it is? ive tried googling it and searching on the app store but have had no luck
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    If you did a nandroid restore to get BB then you could always back that up and restore to your first rom, extract the .apk for the app to sdcard, restore back to BB and move the .apk to phone. =)
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    Market > Search > "AdFree Android"

    Run it to patch your HOSTS file to block ads.
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    Yep, AdFree rocks.

    But there's a few things I've learned from installing it several times after installing different ROMs. The app is a little quirky at first. Here's what to expect...

    The first time you run it, you'll be asked to give it su permission, just click remember and allow. Then press the back button to get out of AdFree.

    The second time you run AdFree, it'll tell you it has updates and take you to the next screen. At the top, tap 'Download and Install Hosts'. Typically, you're going to get a Java error. Just press the back button, and tap 'Download and Install Hosts' a second time. This time, it should go through and you're all set. It'll tell you that you need to reboot, but you don't have to. I never did.

    Hope this helps...
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    thx worked word for word like you described, so much nicer without ads on my aps
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    Also thank you everyone else for the help, im glad i could find it
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    I went to install this and it states this is only for phones that are rooted. Has anyone installed it with an unrooted phone??
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    Sure, you can install it, but it won't do anything without su permission.
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    @Big Lou - great job on the site man... very helpful

    Also, when I open AdFree, it said "Please wait while I determine if the local hosts file is up to date".. and just sits there and doesn't look like its doing much... I had to go to menu, and choose the FAQ option, and back out real quick before I got the option to update. Then the instructions worked like mentioned.

    Just an FYI in case anyone gets hung up. :)
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    If it says you need root why do you think you can get around that?

    Btw, been using this app for a long time and I love it!
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    imo, it's the only must have app for a rooted phone
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    Excellent app. Installed just as was said. Thanks for that!
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    That app is a great idea, but a piece of junk. 9 times out of 10 it fails with the same java EOF error. I uninstalled it and just copied my own host file over. Much easier.
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    mmm, just installed this app.

    i like the concept but now there are just "website not found" errors in place of the ads. Dunno which is better. The errors are kind of annoying looking.
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    This app works great on BB 0.7.5. I'm loving it.
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    Couldn't agree more!

    There's gotta be some place where that error page is stored on the phone. Then we could just replace it with a black or white box
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    You guys do realize that the developers that make these apps, need the ads. When a developer makes a free app, the only way they get paid is through the little bit of ad revenue they make. And that by removing them, your only screwing the developer?
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    I was thinking the same thing... The ads that I have seen in my apps are almost unobtrusive. In fact, I didn't realize a couple of the apps had ads until I had them a couple of days. They aren't like pop-ups on your PC that get in the way of what you are doing... they are little banner ads at the bottom of the screen. Since I have downloaded "lite" or "free" versions, I can deal with the ads, until I can purchase the full versions of these apps. (Money is tight right now) Many of the developers make "free" versions of their apps to be supported by ads so that more people can utilize their creation, and hopefully be impressed enough to purchase the full version, and the ads generate a little bit (and I do mean a little bit) of revenue for the developer to cover the cost of creating the applications. (They are paid by the "click" in some cases, I think) Removing the ads cuts into their revenue stream...If you can afford the 99 cents or 2 dollars, then purchase the full version, if you can't then put up with the ads... they aren't that bad. ......... yet.

    Humorous note: One of the ads was for AT&T and their iPhone...."click here for more info"... I thought it was funny seeing that on a Droid.....
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    you do realize that an app developer or someone who is paying an app developer to have his ad on their app have no idea whether you are seeing the app or blocking it don't you?
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    devs get paid more for click throughs then just views. by blocking the ad, you prevent that from happening.
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