Best Free GreaseMonkey/Browser Script

 
Introduction

Greasemonkey is a hugely popular addon for most mainstream browsers. To me, this is my second most used add-on (first being DownloadHelper).

A GreaseMonkey script could be anything from blocking ads, to adding several different things to google search or a bot which basically browses the Internet for you. Greasemonkey is most known for Firefox; however, it can also be available (or at least run the scripts listed in this) for other browsers.

All of the links will be to userscripts.org which in my opinion is the best site for scripts.

In this article I will pick 5 of the best and review/describe them in a concise way.

 
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Discussion

Product 1BrowserBot is amazing. It is a bot that performs web tasks based on rules you give to it. Meaning you program a bot to do certain things. For example, repeatedly check a webpage for some special content and have the browser notify you as soon as it detects that content.

However, BrowserBot can do a lot more than just check webpages. It's built around persistent memory so that it can "remember" where it left off in its script even when the URL is changed.

The downside to this is that it is very complicated. It took me a long while to learn how to use it. I have only very recently learned there is a good tutorial on its website: http://www.kylepaulsen.com/browserbot.html.

 

Hide Google PreviewHide Google Instant Preview - I detest google preview; as do many, many others. This script removes that whilst being incredibly simple to install.

I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. (Obviously if you like the google preview then this isn't for you.)

 

VideoEmbedVideoEmbed - Since video sites such as YouTube don't offer much useful content beyond the actual video (that's right, I'm disparaging YouTube comments en masse), there's no point in going to YouTube to watch a video when you could embed it directly in the page you're looking at.

That's the idea behind Videoembed, a script that automatically embeds videos from sites like YouTube, Google Video, and Metacafe whenever a site links to a video without embedding it. Now instead of clicking through to YouTube, you can watch the video directly on the site that linked to it. This is a must for ease of access.

 

No DelayNoDelay - Anyone who has downloaded files from sharing services like RapidShare or Megaupload has run into download landing pages that require visitors to wait from 2 minutes to maybe even 15 minutes before they can download the file they came for. The NoDelay Greasemonkey script takes you straight to your download, with no unnecessary pauses required.

 

Profanity FilterProfanity Filter - The webs openness and impression of anonymity have redefined freedom of speech, but one side effect is that profanity has become ubiquitous online. The Profanity Filter script censors all of that naughty Internet ***, replacing common expletives with three harmless asterisks. This scripts default list of filtered words is large, but you can easily add words that you object to or to remove words that you don't find offensive. So, if you never want to see the word "Facebook" again, you don't have to.

This is one of the best child friendly scripts any parent could ever find.

 

Honorable Mentions:

eBayMaps - This is a very 'nifty' script intended to locate an item by one click when browsing eBay. For example, if you're looking for a local car then no need to message the user asking their location, this will find it for you!

GreaseFire - This isn't a script however it helps you find scripts. Basically when you install it (Firefox only I think) it lights up whenever you are on a page where there are scripts which you could install. Then you click on the icon and it takes you to a new window which gives you a list of the scripts, with details and with one click of a button they are installed on your system and in affect on the page. There is a downside though as it apears to slow down your browser (or it seemed for me). This is because it has to search the Internet on every page to find scripts - sometimes there are thousands.

 
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Quick Selection Guide

Video Embed
4.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Loads fast, great ide
Not updated by developer in years
Unrestricted freeware
Windows; Mac; Linux; plus browser Firefox 3 or higher, Flock, Chrome, Seamonkey, Songbird
BrowserBot
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Many Features, Very Useful, updated often by developer
Difficult to learn, Complex
Unrestricted freeware
Windows; Mac; Linux; plus browser Firefox 3 or higher, Flock, Chrome, Seamonkey, Songbird
Hide Google Preview
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
many features, easy to learn, fast, updated often by developer
user interface outdated
Unrestricted freeware
Windows; Mac; Linux; plus browser Firefox 3 or higher, Flock, Chrome, Seamonkey, Songbird
NoDelay
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Easy, Great concept
Not many features, also rarely updated
Unrestricted freeware
Windows; Mac; Linux; plus browser Firefox 3 or higher, Flock, Chrome, Seamonkey, Songbird
Profanity Filter
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
easy to learn, great for parents
none really, just pretty simple
Unrestricted freeware
Windows; Mac; Linux; plus browser Firefox 3 or higher, Flock, Chrome, Seamonkey, Songbird

 
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by J_L on 10. September 2011 - 2:52  (79344)

Great to see a best free GreaseMonkey scripts article. I love VideoEmbed as well, too bad there aren't any recent updates.

Now we just need one on Stylish, and maybe bookmarklets.

by jumba on 10. September 2011 - 7:37  (79352)

Nice article! Review these too:

Universal: YouLink and Fluent Super Next Page.
Youtube: YousableTubeFix
Google: GoogleMonkeyR and Google Left Bar Floater.

by Joab on 10. September 2011 - 19:05  (79378)

Thanks for the suggestions on this article and the others!
I will be trying these. Please keep me informed if you find any others.
Thanks, Joab

by Joab on 10. September 2011 - 19:08  (79379)

Thanks,
I will be trying Stylish and bookmarklets.
A lot of the scripts seem to have been forgotten about by the developers, it's a shame, I will include that in the review.
Thanks for the comment, Joab

by jumba on 11. September 2011 - 18:14  (79433)

a couple of more.. :)

Translate by Google translate
Convert Foreign to Local Currency
YouTube "Lights Out"
YouTube HD suite
Lights out any page
Sticky Notes
Auto F5 reload window
Enhanced word highlight
Middle-click opens multiple Tabs for selected links

by Joab on 11. September 2011 - 19:33  (79436)

wow.
Thanks a lot. I will start going through them.
Have you been getting them off userscript.org?
Also, do you know if there is any compatibility issues? For example some of mine have stopped working with eachother (none which are reviewed)
Thanks for the comment, Joab

by jumba on 12. September 2011 - 11:25  (79470)

Yes all are from userscripts.org

About compatibility issues, I tried them all and they worked for me. But there certainly will be if many scripts are used for same site or they have other similarity. YouTube HD suite and YousableTubeFix work together for me.

I'll report if I find any issues.

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