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Dec 6, 2017 - 8:47 PM

Paulf

Australia

2751 posts
Joined Feb 1, 2012

Does anyone have any recommendations for either a free or low priced ad blocker (windows edge). Had a look at a couple and the reviews were mixed so thought I would come to where the experts hang out.

Dec 7, 2017 - 5:00:13 AM
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Tobus

USA

1102 posts
Joined Nov 17, 2015

I use Adblock Plus as an extension to Firefox. It works well.

Dec 7, 2017 - 5:47:46 AM
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Joined Feb 16, 2017
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I stopped using Adblock because, get this, they collect information and sell it to advertisers. Charming isn't it?

I now use uBlock Origin (with Firefox). It actually protects your privacy.

If you really want to improve your browsing experience, use uBlock in combination with the No-Script add-on for Firefox. It prevents java scripts from running on a page when it loads, unless you mark that site as trusted. It's a slightly more advanced browsing tool, but very powerful and helpful.

Dec 7, 2017 - 12:54:17 PM

Paulf

Australia

2751 posts
Joined Feb 1, 2012

Thank you for the replies, appreciated. smiley

Dec 7, 2017 - 6:36:57 PM

Paulf

Australia

2751 posts
Joined Feb 1, 2012

Just installed uBlock Origin as it came up highly recommended for Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.  So far seems great.

Dec 7, 2017 - 6:42:23 PM

Wyozark

USA

381 posts
Joined Dec 2, 2012

We've been using Ad Muncher. Which I think was developed by an Australian. We call it "cow muncher." If you have it, you will understand why.

Dec 7, 2017 - 7:30:11 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

9957 posts
Joined Sep 27, 2007

I know that song! Sorry Paul.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Jj5XnIVc4

Dec 10, 2017 - 4:40:31 PM
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NCjones

USA

1268 posts
Joined Aug 2, 2009

Ghostery

I used AdBlock for a long time until they went to their "acceptable Ads" BS where they allowed favored advertisers to put a script on their pages that bypassed their AdBlocker.

There are no "acceptable" ads, and I believe it is a conflict of interest what AdBlock does.
When you write an to block ads, then allow advertisers to pay you for a script that disables the app you wrote and provided to the user, that is a con game.

I changed to Ghostery a couple of years ago and it blocks everything.  Even the ads on BHO.

Sportdiver.com uses 16 trackers on their page.  Ghostery blocks them all and tells me what each one is and what it does.


 

Edited by - NCjones on 12/10/2017 16:51:50

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:20:53 AM

1885 posts
Joined Oct 9, 2011

quote:
Originally posted by NCjones

Ghostery

I used AdBlock for a long time until they went to their "acceptable Ads" BS where they allowed favored advertisers to put a script on their pages that bypassed their AdBlocker.

There are no "acceptable" ads, and I believe it is a conflict of interest what AdBlock does.

AdBlock gives you the option to block those acceptable ads.

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:00:47 AM

NCjones

USA

1268 posts
Joined Aug 2, 2009

quote:
Originally posted by brewerpaul
quote:
Originally posted by NCjones

Ghostery

I used AdBlock for a long time until they went to their "acceptable Ads" BS where they allowed favored advertisers to put a script on their pages that bypassed their AdBlocker.

There are no "acceptable" ads, and I believe it is a conflict of interest what AdBlock does.

AdBlock gives you the option to block those acceptable ads.


I know. They revised that in 2016 and added that "feature" due to the outrage and the number of customers they were losing.    The way I see it, when you back-pedal because I caught you trying to screw me over, then it's still dishonest business.

I'm a network administrator and I used Adblock for a couple of years, as well as many others.  I installed every ad blocker out there on different machines at work years ago to test them all independently of each other.  We always have 5 or 6 machines sitting around that we took in from clients who wanted to upgrade and trade in their old machines.  We usually reload the OS on them and refurbish them and sell them for a few bucks.

I bought a new truck last year.  Salesman offered me the $29,000 "Deal of the Century!"..."STEAL IT FROM THE LOT!"....."NO SANE PERSON WOULD PASS UP THIS DEAL"...."WE'RE GIVING IT AWAY AT COST!"....yada yada yada.

So then I went to the dealer 150 miles away who offered me the identical truck for $24,000.   When I didn't show back up at dealer #1 he called me to find out when I was coming to "get my new truck".   When I broke the news to him that dealer up the road would sell me the same truck for $24,000 all of a sudden the "Deal of the century" got $4,000 cheaper.    He just looked real shy when I told him "Sorry.   I came in with a pre-authorized check from my credit union and told you to give me your best deal and I'd drive it away today, totally paid for.  You lied to me about your "best deal" and got caught cheating.   So why would I do business with you know if you're a liar and a cheat?

AdBlock has the same flawed character.   They got caught so they hurried up to fix it just because they got caught.

I prefer Ghostery, and I'm happy with it and it does what it claims to do.  It tells me what it blocks, why it blocks it, tells me what company is the underlying company of the ad, and provides a link to their "privacy policy" and data sharing policy so I can read it for myself.  I can then choose to "unblock" that specific tracker or advertiser if I want to.   Ghostery blocks 10 to 60% MORE ads than AdBlock does.  I know this because I've run them on separate machines sitting side by side running the same OS and browser.

I use Ghostery and it's better than AdBlock, and for other reasons than AdBlock is a liar and a cheat.  If others are happy doing business that way, that's their right and I hold no animosity towards them.   The OP was asking what was a good ad blocker and the best ad blocker and I answered his question.  My answer was based on actual usage nd testing of many, and not just because I've used the same one for 10 years.

It's hard ro decide what's the "best" mayonnaise when all you've ever tasted in Hellmans.   :)
You might be able to state that Hellmans is "good" but you can't honestly state it's "best".


 

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