In short — no. Both are ad blockers, but they are separate projects. Adblock Plus was born in 2006 as a Firefox add-on, while AdBlock originated in 2009 for Google Chrome.
In early 2021, Adblock Plus teamed up with AdBlock. Although we have joined forces, we remain two different products.
The longer version…
Adblock Plus (ABP) was created as a Firefox add-on way back in the day. AdBlock was created as a Google Chrome add-on. Later, the Adblock Plus team decided to support Chrome as well. Over time, both AdBlock and ABP added support for additional browsers and platforms. In 2021, Eyeo, the company behind Adblock Plus, acquired AdBlock. Though the two products remain separate, the teams will collaborate on future projects. We're happy to introduce The AdBlock VPN as the first product from the combined team.
Want to confirm which ad blocker you are using?
See our logos below:
Adblock Plus can be downloaded here https://adblockplus.org/en/download
AdBlock can be downloaded here https://getadblock.com/en/
What is the difference between AdBlock and Adblock Plus? Which one should I use?
You do not need both ad blockers installed. In fact, we would recommend choosing only one. Having multiple ad blockers mean that they can interfere with each other’s functionality and even reduce your browser speed. It also makes it harder to troubleshoot in case you experience an issue or disable it when encountering an anti-adblocking wall.
Which one you choose, however, comes down to personal preference. There are not that many differences. They both use the same ad blocking technology and are awesome products!
What about the other ad blockers?
You probably also have seen other ad blockers with similar names: Ad Remover, AdLock, Total Adblock, AdGone, AdTranquility. It is important to note, we are not affiliated with any of them.
Adblock Plus uses an open-source code, which means that other ad blockers can use our code to imitate our software. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do to stop them.
Since product names cannot be trademarked, we cannot prevent other ad blockers from using a similar name or logo. However, whenever we feel our intellectual property has been violated or our code has been adapted to infect users' computers with adware, we report them to Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, or Apple, as appropriate.