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version 7.4 from May 26, 2020

There's a clear headliner for the new AdGuard for Windows update: AdGuard Browser Assistant. It's a browser extension to help manage filtering right from the web page that replaces the old Assistant. We also fixed a bunch of bugs and overall enhanced the app to work faster and better.

Browser Assistant

By developing this new product, we've resolved a couple of pretty important issues that the old Assistant had, without losing in functionality.

[Enhancement] Browser Assistant #2985

Meet our new AdGuard Browser Assistant! From a mere dependant userscript in AdGuard desktop apps it has evolved to become a full-fledged browser extension.

Obviously, new Assistant has the functions of the old one included but it’s far more cool and user-friendly. And it came in extremely handy, helping us solve three major problems at once:
  • Former AdGuard Assistant was a dependent userscript able to communicate with the app only using a certain protocol. On the contrary, new Assistant is independent: it’s installed in a browser, and you don’t need to wait while the script would be injected into the filtered web page. Putting it simply, it is more autonomous. Technically the new Assistant can be used without the app, although the app is required for the full capacity.
  • When AdGuard desktop app and our browser extension were used in so-called integration mode, the extension icon took over Assistant's functions. However, they could hamper each other’s work. Some websites would stop being protected by the desktop program and be backed up only by the extension which has less possibilities. With new Assistant being extension itself, there is no need to install our regular browser extension anymore, which means there is no risk of an incompatibility.
  • Some people didn't like seeing the old Assistant’s presence at webpages, plain an simple. New Assistant's icon resides safely next to the browser's address bar – zero chance to stand in the way of website's content.
[Enhancement] Own settings tab #3118



From now on, you can open this tab and get the Assistant for your default browser in one click. And in case your browser is a rare one, you can always lay on the legacy non-extension version – it works everywhere.

[Enhancement] Onboarding process #3119



During the installation, AdGuard determines your default browser and prompts you with a download link for Assistant. If your browser is not compatible with AdGuard, the legacy version is automatically enabled.
 

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It took us almost half a year to come up with a new AdGuard for Windows release. Many of you might ask, what took us so long? Unfortunately, a lot of changes were made under the hood, so frankly it won't be that easy for us to explain, or that interesting for an average user to read about. However, there's one new feature that takes all the attention and saves the day. And it's AdGuard Browser Assistant.
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The changelog for those interested,
- [Fixed] Cannot report a website from Assistant when UI is not running #2138
- [Fixed] Advanced Editor clears user rules #2142
- [Fixed] AdGuard not responding after resuming from sleep mode on laptop #2861
- [Fixed] Wrong date on statistics #3015
- [Fixed] Crash on viewing request details in filtering log #3074
- [Fixed] Wrong highlight for Stealth Mode exclusions in filtering log #3123
- [Fixed] Some processes are active after AdGuard update bug installer #3126
- [Fixed] Some windows are not centered #3127
- [Fixed] Scroll issue with touchpad in language combobox #3129
- [Fixed] Can't add apps from Blitz's subdirectory #3141
- [Fixed] License activation dialog design issues #3145
- [Fixed] Support button returns 400 Bad Request #3155
- [Fixed] No longer able to add filters that do not have a .txt extension #3165
- [Fixed] Unnecessary colon is displayed for Yandex-Turbo redirect userscript #3176
- [Fixed] Individual userscript incompatibility #3201
- [Fixed] Browsing security notifications don’t work #3203
- [Fixed] Using extension w/app allows user to bypass Parental Control #3219
- [Fixed] Screen is twitching after disabling the extension #3229
- [Fixed] Pale buttons' text while starting the AdGuard #3236
- [Fixed] Connection errors #3237
- [Fixed] After reinstalling the application does not work #3238
- [Fixed] "AdGuard Browser Assistant is not installed or configured incorrectly" error #3241
- [Fixed] Some requests’ names are cut and not displayed in the filtering log #3249
- [Fixed] Browser restart is required after AdGuard update #3250
- [Fixed] Disabled userscripts reenable automatically after an update #3258
- [Fixed] AdGuard starts in a windows instead of being minimized in the system tray #3276
- [Fixed] "AdGuard installed successfully" window pops up after a reboot #3278
- [Fixed] UI won't start after an update #3299
- [Fixed] Statistic isn't incremented #3311
- [Fixed] Native extension api GetOriginalCert returns wildcard cert if it is in cache #3315
- [Enhancement] Filtering log is on pause while import #1997
- [Enhancement] Update Advanced Uninstall Utility #2940
- [Enhancement] Using the current browser for the webpage opening #2099
- [Enhancement] AdGuard GUI unnecessarily raising Windows platform timer resolution #2734
- [Enhancement] Enabling HTTPS filtering for a portable FF is now easier #2735
- [Enhancement] An option to hide blocked QIUC records in the filtering log #2912
- [Enhancement] Description about opening AG main window at system start-up has been reformulated #3016
- [Enhancement] Description for the "Launch AdGuard at system start-up" option #3082
- [Enhancement] Some items have been renamed or added in the tray menu #3103
- [Enhancement] Get rid of double negative in "filter EV" section #3133
- [Enhancement] Wizard's provided filters to the pre-downloaded defaults #3162
- [Enhancement] Handling the well-known errors during installation is made more user-friendly #3163
- [Enhancement] "What's new" screen after the major app update #3169
- [Enhancement] Send Console and Host logs to the Sentry among with the Service logs #3172
- [Enhancement] Add new Edge browser support #3217
- [Enhancement] HTTP proxy mode's description is disabled #3227
- [Enhancement] Update CoreLibs to 1.5.238 #3246
- [Enhancement] Browser Assistant now supports Waterfox and Cliqz browsers #3264

Corelibs updated to v1.5.269

- [Fixed] Rules with :style() are converted incorrectly #1149
- [Fixed] Cosmetic rules can be used as CSS rules #1293
- [Fixed] Basic rules with a wildcard in top-level domains aren't working #1298
 

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AdGuard for Windows
version 7.4 Hotfix from May 28, 2020

Release rule №1 (or Murphy’s law, if you like): even when everything seems perfect, one or two hotfixes follow the new version.
This is a minor post-release fix. We’ve slightly tweaked UI trial windows, so now ‘I have a license’ option is not hidden anymore in some cases. Also, fixed the issue when a message can't be sent to support. And we also took our chance to polish a few other important things under the hood.
  • [Fixed] The trial window localization issue #3333
  • [Fixed] Unable to send a message to support #3337
 

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AdGuard for Windows
version 7.4.2 from June 4, 2020

Here we go - the Hotfix 2! A few more UI improvements, now it runs a lot smoother. Also, we paid special attention to the Firefox compatibility problem. Five quick stitches and AdGuard for Windows is patched up as good as new.
  • [Fixed] Date format view is invalid with some system language settings: #3136
  • [Fixed] The latest windows nightly version cannot automatically update local rules: #3347
  • [Fixed] Firefox policies page: #3336
  • [Fixed] Slow Filter Update which leads to UI hang: #3348
  • [Fixed] Disabling Adguard Assistant will remove HTTPS certificate in Firefox when Adguard is Closed into the background: #3352
 
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