Adblock Plus released version 3.5 of its ad-blocking tool today. After version 3.4 reduced memory usage by up to 50 percent, version 3.5 is now 5 times faster at recognizing ads and promises up to 60 percent less CPU usage. You can download the latest version here.
Adblock Plus is the world’s most popular ad-blocking tool, having passed 100 million active users back in May 2016. The tool is available for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Edge (still in beta), Opera, Maxthon, and Yandex Browser. It’s also available on mobile for Samsung Internet, Safari, Firefox, and as its own Adblock Browser.
Adblock Plus 3.5, however, is only available for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Edge. On Edge, it is known as version 0.9.14.
Less CPU usage means your computer’s processor can dedicate resources to other tasks. Faster ad recognition and blocking means pages should load faster. While ads slow down browsing, an ad blocker can also have an impact on a browser’s performance.
Updating an ad blocker is an ongoing effort, the company added:
These improvements are proof of Adblock Plus’ continual efforts to take care of our users. The online environment is quickly changing and evolving. So we are adapting and strengthening our product to be able to always best meet your needs.
Performance improvements aside, Adblock Plus says it has also updated its language-specific filter lists for filtering out annoying ads and has widened its language range.
Eyeo, the Germany-based company behind the Adblock Plus software, has tried to leverage its userbase to change how content is monetized online. The company has an Acceptable Ads initiative, which selectively blocks advertising (on by default in Adblock Plus). Non-intrusive ads are allowed through in hopes of finding a compromise between users and advertisers.