The team responsible for the popular Adblock Plus extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox has released a first version of the official program for the Opera web browser. This version replaces the old Opera AdBlock extension which has been maintained previously by the team. Recent changes to Opera's url filter API, introduced by Opera software in Opera 12.10, paved the way for a conversion of the extension for the Opera web browser. Note that the extension will only work in Opera 12.10 or newer and not previous versions of the browser because of this.
The extension shares the code base with the Google Chrome Adblock Plus extension, and the development team plans to release future versions simultaneously for both web browsers.Development builds are not available yet but will be released in the future as well for the browser.
The extension is already listed on Opera's official add-ons website where it can be downloaded and installed directly in the browser. Once you have installed the Adblock Plus add-on in Opera you will notice a new button in the browser's main toolbar indicating a successful installation in the browser.
Adblock Plus works right out of the box in Opera afterwards and you will notice that the majority of ads that you encounter while browsing the web do not appear anymore.
Adblock Plus for Opera has several limitations right now, of which some are due to limitations of the Opera Internet browser, and others because they have not been implemented yet.
The main advantage over Opera's internal urlfilter.ini feature is that users can simply install Adblock Plus for the browser to block the majority of advertisement they encounter on the Internet. It is a set and forget kind of thing whereas editing urlfilter manually takes more time but may give users better control over the ad blocking in the browser.
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