What Ad-Blocker do you use?

Discussion in 'polls' started by Tyrizian, Aug 11, 2014.

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What Ad-Blocker do you use?

  1. Adguard Free (Browser Extension)

    7.4%
  2. Adguard Premium (Paid)

    13.1%
  3. AdBlock

    2.9%
  4. AdBlock Plus

    36.0%
  5. AdBlock Edge

    11.4%
  6. uBlock

    22.3%
  7. AdFender

    1.1%
  8. AdMuncher

    3.4%
  9. Disconnect

    3.4%
  10. Ghostery

    9.7%
  11. PrivDog

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Bluhell Firewall

    4.6%
  13. Hosts File

    6.3%
  14. I use a script blocker (NoScript, ScriptNo, HTTP Switchboard, etc.)

    13.1%
  15. 360 Browser with Ad Blocking

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Maxthon Browser with Built-in Ad Blocking

    1.7%
  17. Other (Not included in Poll)

    7.4%
  18. None

    4.6%
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  1. gorhill

    gorhill Developer

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    Maybe obsolete filters. You can look up in their CVS to find out why a filter was added. A handful of maintainers can use all the help coming their way to keep these lists (free to use) up to date.

    Incidentally EasyList forum has been down for a while now. Hopefully it will be back soon.
     
  2. elapsed

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  3. Holysmoke

    Holysmoke Registered Member

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    ABE with Ultimate and Malware Domain Lists plus Mvps hosts file.
     
  4. markymoo

    markymoo Registered Member

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    All adverts can be blocked by DNS at router level or by TCP settings using a good DNS web filtering service. In fact it is faster than blocking ads by browser extensions that use javascript and search expressions or the hosts file usually replacing elements of a web page. DNS filtering doesn't touch the website at all and so is cleaner.
     
  5. Tyrizian

    Tyrizian Registered Member

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    Still using Adguard Premium and still very happy with it :thumb:

    Best money I've spent on an Ad Blocker.
     
  6. Joxx

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    I finally found the perfect complement to Ghostery, Strict Pop-up Blocker
    benefits from Adblock Plus/Pop-up Addon ? It's lighter
     
  7. wolfrun

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    Adblock Edge, Disconnect and NoScript here.
     
  8. TS4H

    TS4H Registered Member

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    uBlock with Dynamic Filtering and local mirroring enabled. By far the most effective and efficient adblocker for chrome. No phoning home, low on memory usage, great for security and privacy with script and iframe blocking capabilities.

    Regards.
     
  9. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

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    I don't use one, as I actually like ads and don't want to block them. Actually, this is not completely true there is some advertising which I hate. This includes YouTube ads (both the ads before a video plays and the popup ads on top of the video playing), the IntelliTxt style of ads, which turn certain keyword on a page into hyperlinks, and the excessive amount of ads of file hosting sites which make it highly confusing as to what is the real download button, and the ads which open a new webpage tab.

    But, other than that I'm fine with advertising, and sometimes find the ads on Google for example, to be really helpful when searching for software.
     
  10. ArchiveX

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    AdBlock Plus
     
  11. Antarctica

    Antarctica Registered Member

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    Using uBlock on Chrome since a couple of days now and I must say it is very efficient.
     
  12. dogbite

    dogbite Registered Member

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    HTTP SB on one Chrome instance (main browser). ublock on another one I use just for an email account and banking.
     
  13. Daveski17

    Daveski17 Registered Member

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    Maxthon's inbuilt adblocker (Windows), ABE, Firefox (Ubuntu).
     
  14. SweX

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    Yeah I don't mind "normal" ads either, so I agree with all the stuff you hate. I rather see a few ads than get a "paywall" in the face.
     
  15. Daveski17

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    I'm with you on this, subtle advertising can be productive and effective. Unfortunately, many advertisers think they need ridiculous flash ads that are either loud and annoying to the extent of inducing epilepsy.
     
  16. Mayahana

    Mayahana Banned

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    Adguard (paid) is the best solution. Bar none.

    Some of the guys in the NOC don't use Adblockers, and I always laugh when they try to surf and find incessant spam, and slow loading. Also, Adblockers are a security measure. The number of exploits served through ads is astounding. If you knew the statistics of this, you'd be blocking ads too! Also, the first links in a search (ads) are almost ALWAYS littered with OpenCandy, Conduit, and other crap.. Do a search for Firefox, then download the first link served up (without adblocker), and watch how many PUA/PUP's are served with it, then it will prove my point. It's reckless to not block ads.
     
  17. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

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    Not for experienced users like myself. I have never used any ad blocking software, with the exception being that some of the browsers I have used in the past have had some basic ad blocking built in.

    I'm smart enough to know what the real download link is and not click on the ones which are ads. Also, I actually uncheck any unwanted extras when installing software. On top of that, if I ever do get infected, I'm highly skilled at removing infections. I never restore a clean image or reinstall, I just remove the infections.

    However, you do make a good point, and I probably should consider installing adblocking software on my clients computers. It's a shame that advertising has got to the point over the last several years where advertisers are making their ads look like legitimate downloads rather than ads.
     
  18. Mayahana

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    Adblockers SIGNIFICANTLY improve page load speeds.

    My pages load in 0.60ms average. Without an adblocker that number balloons up to 1-4 SECONDS, and totally kills my mind.
     
  19. tlu

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    Incorrect. How would you block, e.g.,

    Code:
    http://www.nytimes.com/adx/bin/...
    with DNS filtering? You would have to block the complete nytimes.com domain - I don't think that's what you want. ;)
     
  20. Mayahana

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    DNS filtering will not block advertisements.

    However you can block them with a UTM Appliance/Enterprise Router. ZyXEL's all have options to block ads at the router, before they enter your network - hence blocking for every device in the home. Sitecom does this as well from what I hear. Fortinet no longer does this - but used to - so don't bother with Fortinet.. I'd have to check other brands, but many have them.

    My adblocking has morphed over the years.

    Adblock - my first adventure.
    Admuncher - I used this for years, until it became problematic without HTTPS filtering.
    Adguard - I used this for awhile, off and on. I find it slower.
    uBlock - this was the guy I was using.

    Then I found most pages were faster using Admuncher, and extensions for 'only' the HTTPS sites I want to filter (Youtube, Facebook) - individual extensions to block those. Combined with UTM filtering for ads this is the fastest, safest combination I have found so far.
     
  21. rdsu

    rdsu Registered Member

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    Changed from Adblock Plus to Adguard because it's faster and lighter...
     
  22. WildByDesign

    WildByDesign Registered Member

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    Currently running BIND DNS locally here for DNS forwarding/caching as well as stripping advertisements out at the DNS level prior to entering my network. A truly dramatic increase in performance on my laptops as compared to previously running AB or AB+ within my browsers. I will never look back at the days of blocking ads with browser extensions again.

    Another recent adventure also was running OpenWrt on my router with Privoxy running on the router and also using DNSMasq on the router as well. Although the config/maintenance was a PITA. Also my newest router's wireless AC isn't currently supported by OpenWrt otherwise I would reconsider.
     
  23. luciddream

    luciddream Registered Member

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    Used to use ABP... now ABE. It is indeed a tad lighter, but really it's more about the principle of the whole thing. And that principle (a check box/list that isn't there) may just be why it's a bit lighter.
     
  24. Mayahana

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    Kaspersky WebAdFilter on ZyXEL USG60 and Adblocker on Untangle UTM - network wide adblocking.

    That's it other than uBlock as a backup on desktops, although it's not really needed with Untangle's Adblock, it's there because some stuff might squeak through.
     
  25. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

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    I've just started using the built in AdBlock feature included in my current browser of choice TheWorld, and it is working flawlessly so far. I've visited pages with multiple image based ads and it's blocked them all. Aside from the decreased page load times, it makes the webpages look so much cleaner without all the ads making them look messy and poorly laid out.

    Up till now I haven't been particuarly worried about ads, but after visitng a link someone posted at Wilders which contained an annoying number of ads I decided to try an adblocker.
     
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