Do you use Ghostery?

Discussion in 'polls' started by carat, Jan 8, 2012.

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Do you use Ghostery?

  1. Yes

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    49.5%
  2. No

    99 vote(s)
    50.5%
  1. Athletic

    Athletic Registered Member

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    Thats right. And maybe a little of slowdowns with Ghostery...

    I use Adblock Plus on Firefox with Easy Privacy, fanboy tracking and fanboy annoyance, beside regular filter. Find it lighter than Ghostery.

    Annoyance flter blocks facebook share link on youtube but I can simple add exclusion for youtube, or find exact (facebook)filter inside annoyance list and turn it off.
     
  2. niki

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    I've got Antisocial by Adversity: http://adversity.uk.to/ Works great!

    Currently subscriptions I have: EasyList - EasyPrivacy - Fanboy's Tracking List - Fanboy's Annoyance List and the one mentioned above. Fanboy's website: http://www.fanboy.co.nz/

    Perhaps overkill :D but it works for me.

    Oh, I used to have Ghostery but I dumped it a while back due to a delay in browsing.
     
  3. ams963

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    I've left Ghostery for the same reason.
     
  4. carat

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    Does it really slow down browsing? :doubt: I just found out that sometimes websites don't work when a lot of trackers are blocked. :(
     
  5. atomomega

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    That's correct. Some sites get crippled. That's the only fact I dislike about Ghostery. Aside from this, I found it to be unobtrusive (you have to get into settings) and pages load quite fast with or without it so I really can't tell if it affects browsing performance at all. I also have WOT and AdBlock on Chrome.
    That's it. I enjoy my browsing sessions, and that's what matters to me in the end.
     
  6. ams963

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    Yes I've found Ghostery to slow down my browsing.
     
  7. luciddream

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    Those aren't the type of sites I'd be browsing then, personally. And I don't notice any slowdown whatsoever from Ghostery. But I do have the cookie blocking disabled.
     
  8. guest

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    I don't notice any slowdown either,
    but again i don,t run a normal edition of xp
     
  9. luciddream

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    I retract my previous statement. Now that I've removed it I notice a definite difference. Firefox boots twice as fast now. And that's not the only thing...

    After booting FF I used to get a massive CPU spike a few minutes after boot, like clockwork. The activity light on my box would darn near glow solid, and my PC would all but freeze for a few seconds. And it would do this again about every half hour or so. It got really annoying when I'd be watching a video on Youtube or something and the vid would freeze, then catch back up.

    I never knew what to attribute it to. Even though I had auto-updating disabled in both FF and for all my addons, I figured something was looking for updates anyway. But now I know what it was. It was Ghostery. I know that because now that I've removed it it no longer happens.

    The question that remains now is... what was it doing? Auto updating was disabled and I opted out of the data sharing.

    Does anyone else that uses Ghostery get spikes like that?
     
  10. Pinga

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    http://www.sec.gov/comments/sr-ise-2012-08/ise201208-1.pdf
    http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1905935
    http://venturebeat.com/2012/07/31/g...-blocker-that-actually-helps-the-ad-industry/
     
  11. arsenaloyal

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    I use it with opera works fine.
     
  12. atomomega

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    I'm using it on Chrome. No slowdowns at all. Can't tell about Firefox...
     
  13. vm6485

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    After reading this, I dumped ghostery like a rock. Better late than never.
     
  14. J_L

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    I actually use it now, in Opera Mobile Labs on non-root Android. More due to lack of (working) alternatives than preference.
     
  15. SouthPark

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    I use Ghostery on Opera and Chrome because I found that adding Easy Privacy to ABP made the browser sluggish on this low-RAM laptop. On Firefox, I use ABP with Easy List + Easy Privacy with no problems.
     
  16. Pinga

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  17. moontan

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    i am using it at the moment.

    i enabled ghostrank to support Ghostery, since they don't seem to accept donations.

    it cuts down on the sludge without needing my input.
     
  18. noone_particular

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    I had used Ghostery for some time. At first it didn't seem to affect my browsing speed to any degree. With each update, the blocklist got bigger and the browser felt like it was getting slower. Out of curiosity, I restored an earlier image taken when the blocklist was less than half its current size. The speed increase was quite noticeable.

    It would seem to me that in order to efficiently use such a blocklist, it would have to be stored in memory. A blocklist that constantly gets larger will require more and more memory and more time to process the list. That's the nature of anything that uses blocklists. As the lists grow, so does their impact on the system.

    I've stopped using Ghostery. Presently, a combination of Request Policy, Proxomitron, hosts file, and IP ranges blocked by the firewall handle the task.
     
  19. moontan

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    hmmm.

    when was the last time you tried Ghostery?

    it was slow when i tried it last year but it seems better behaved now.
     
  20. noone_particular

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    I stopped using it about a month ago. The more I thought about it, it has the same shortcomings AVs do, ever growing blacklists that are never complete. A lot of what it blocks is just as easily blocked by the rest of the package. Example: instead of processing multiple entries for all of the Google garbage, I block the entire IP range at the firewall. Proxomitron supports blocklists that accept wildcard entries. The hosts file works well for specific entries, even if their IPs change. Each of these works with all the internet apps, not just one browser.
     
  21. dogbite

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    yes, on all my browsers but IE.
     
  22. chrisretusn

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    I don't remember what I voted, probably Yes since the Poll started well over a year ago. I have since dropped Ghostery,
     
  23. dogbite

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    it did not last long :D ...got rid of Ghostery, replaced with Disconnect.
     
  24. Creer

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    Your vote is shown always in Italica font.
     
  25. SouthPark

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    Soon after I posted here, Ghostery started acting up on Chromium (interface freezing, updates failing), so I got rid of it on there but still use it on Opera, where it works well.
     
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