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Old 10. Feb 2015, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Came to know about ublock recently from various comments on an article on the main site.

ublock is a content blocker, like AdBlockPlus, and is getting quite popular, as an alternative to AdBlockPlus.

Today I removed ABP, and have installed ublock.

Have others been using this too? If yes, please share your experience and tips.

I saw many filters in ublock, out of which I chose a few which were not enabled by default. Which filters have you chosen?

I also saw a setting about Advanced User, although have to read the documentation to understand it fully.

Can someone explain about it in short?
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Old 10. Feb 2015, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use ÁBlock with Opera, Developer and Stable. I find it blocks all the ads other AdBlockers do but it does it with a bit less impact on resources, it runs lighter, for me.

The pre-loaded filters seem to block pretty much everything I want to be blocked but I do also use Fanboy's Social Blocking List. This blocks the share icons for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ etc. that you come across all over the place now, in written articles and on images. Just personal preference, I'm not interested in seeing them.

I don't use the Advanced User settings, ÁBlock works fine for me as it is so I leave stuff like that alone to be honest. I don't want to end up tinkering with it to a point where it starts breaking sites.

I've used it for quite a while now, with Opera and now with Vivaldi. It works well. I've never really liked using AdBlock Plus and have always tried to use an alternative where possible, and I'm not too keen on the idea of companies paying to have their ads 'unblocked' either. But money talks, doesn't it? ... and I suppose that's fair enough. It's just that I really cannot be bothered with adverts all over the place, it's insane on some sites - and, in fact, I wish ÁBlock did a TV version because I would happily pay for that.

Interesting statement on one of the GitHub pages from the developer;

Question;

'Why don't you accept donations?'

Answer;

'I don't want the administrative workload coming with donations. I don't want the project to become in need of funding in any way: no dedicated home page + no forum = no cost = no need for funding. I want to be free to move onto something else if ever I get tired working on these projects (no donations = no expectations)'

The ÁBlock Wiki is here;

https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki

For those who would like to learn more about it.
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Old 10. Feb 2015, 01:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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it does it with a bit less impact on resources, it runs lighter, for me.
That's what appealed to me. I had not known that ABP was heavy on the system, and also made site loading slow. Glad that ublock can provide that lighter alternative.

The recent revelation of paid whitelists too put me off, although I was aware of the setting where you could turn that off... but how many general users will know about it? Not fair to them.

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The pre-loaded filters seem to block pretty much everything I want to be blocked but I do also use Fanboy's Social Blocking List. This blocks the share icons for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ etc. that you come across all over the place now, in written articles and on images. Just personal preference, I'm not interested in seeing them.
Same here, not interested in seeing such icons everywhere on the internet. Although I do have accounts on Facebook, and Google+, but I certainly do not want to see their icons everywhere, and I never use their logins to login to another site.

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I don't use the Advanced User settings, ÁBlock works fine for me as it is so I leave stuff like that alone to be honest. I don't want to end up tinkering with it to a point where it starts breaking sites.
Yep, same reason why I did not use it too. Also, do not want to read documentation at this time.

Interesting statement indeed from the developer, and I think I agree with his thinking.

Thanks for your reply deya.
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Old 10. Feb 2015, 03:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ÁBlock is definitely the most lightweight on Firefox and seems to do the job just as well as Adblock Plus and others. Had recent email exchanges with one of the devs, very cordial and open to improvements.
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Old 10. Feb 2015, 06:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's difficult, with adblockers in general because the more filters you activate, the heavier they become and it has a negative impact on page loading and resource use. I'd just much prefer browsers to have a good content blocker built in. But then you can get into the realm of having to copy scripts into them to make them really effective which then leads to the point Anupam makes about general users not knowing how to do stuff like that. So it's not always ideal.

ÁBlock is good enough with just the pre-loaded filters to block ads. I'm pretty sure most general users don't mind the Facebook, Twitter etc. share buttons everywhere. And so there's no real need to do anything except just use it with the default filters in that respect.

I'd sooner not have to use extensions at all, just have things built into the browser but it's not possible. So if I have to use them, I prefer to have a choice and choose the ones that don't slow the browser down too much. At least we have that choice with adblockers, some of which do slow down page loading more than others, and by quite a lot, although probably not as much as waiting for a page full of ads to load. ÁBlock appears to be one of the better options at the moment, as danielson has pointed out in the case of Firefox.

It auto updates the filters as it should, it's light, pretty much install and forget, which is also great for general users. That's how it should be.

But you can also block elements on a page if you wish to. By clicking the ÁBlock icon then selecting 'Enter element picker mode' you can then select which element you want to block, click on the element and then in the window which appears at bottom right of screen, hover over it and click 'Create'

If you want to reverse the block, go to ÁBlock options - my filters, delete the script and click 'Apply Changes' .... and the blocked element will be restored.

So, you don't have to have it block only things in the filter lists. It's very effective.
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Old 11. Feb 2015, 12:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Been using that for a long time now. Personally, I enable all the filters outside of Social + Regions with the exception of "EasyList without element hiding rules‎" and "Fanboy+Easylist-Merged Ultimate List‎".

I've enabled the Advanced User setting in order to whitelist broken elements on a website. Not the same as disabling it altogether for that site, which I disliked. It can be also used in a similar way to NoScript, but I wouldn't have the patience for that.
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Personally, I too wouldn't like to use much extensions. I have very few installed. I think that like pop-up blocking capability which comes integrated with the browsers today, ad blocking capabilities should come integrated too. It's a necessity in today's time, specially when the spaces just gets filled up with ads, and the naive users even get caught in them. But, since, ads are associated with money, I guess browsers can't come integrated with them, and people will have to install extensions.

I have known people who are not even aware of these ad blocking extensions, and imagine how they must be browsing the internet. And no wonder you will often find their browser infected with malware, or toolbars.

Thanks for the element blocking tip about ublock, deya. Quite helpful.
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Old 11. Feb 2015, 04:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Inspired by the discussion here and the reader comments on the Adblock Plus whitelist, I have tried uBlock and written about it here.

Comments are welcome.
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I've been following this thread with interest and I have some questions.

1. I don't see ÁBlock listed in Firefox's addons repository. Also, having looked at the instructions for adding ÁBlock to Firefox, it seems to me you have to "side-loaded" it. Am I correct?

2. According to this Ghacks article, Mozilla is implementing extension signing very soon. It means all unsigned extensions will be blocked by the end of September 2015 or thereabouts. I suppose if the developer of ÁBlock doesn't submit this extension for testing, signing, and inclusion in the Firefox repository then it will itself be blocked come end of September. [Pun intended ]. Am I right?

3. I use Firefox with NoScript day-in day-out without exception. I have never installed an adblocking extension. My question is, since NoScript blocks 99.99% of all ads, is there any compelling reason why I should install yet another extension?
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1. I don't see ÁBlock listed in Firefox's addons repository. Also, having looked at the instructions for adding ÁBlock to Firefox, it seems to me you have to "side-loaded" it. Am I correct?
Correct. Have to install it from its site using xpi file.

Strange though.. it's available on Chrome and Opera store though.

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2. According to this Ghacks article, Mozilla is implementing extension signing very soon. It means all unsigned extensions will be blocked by the end of September 2015 or thereabouts. I suppose if the developer of ÁBlock doesn't submit this extension for testing, signing, and inclusion in the Firefox repository then it will itself be blocked come end of September. [Pun intended ]. Am I right?
Loads of time till September. Going by the popularity of ublock, I think it should be listed in Firefox add-ons list soon. But yes, if it does not, it will be blocked itself

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3. I use Firefox with NoScript day-in day-out without exception. I have never installed an adblocking extension. My question is, since NoScript blocks 99.99% of all ads, is there any compelling reason why I should install yet another extension?
If NoScript is blocking ads efficiently for you, then no need to use another extension.

I stopped using NoScript long ago, because I found that without using NoScript, webpages used to open much faster. And that was some years ago... Firefox was on slow development cycle then.

Also, there was some big controversy at that time, some unethical thing done by its developer, and he had admitted it too. That too put me off.

I do think of installing it security wise, but then I think if it will affect the page loading again.
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