Which is more effective, mvps host file or Ad Block Plus/Edge?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Holysmoke, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. Holysmoke

    Holysmoke Registered Member

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    I use ABE with ultimate list and malware domains but find it slows down my surfing.

    I am mostly concerned with stopping trackers not just ads.

    Does MVPS stop trackers as well as ABP/E?

    I use Hostsman and it allows you to combine MVPS and Malware Domains
     
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  3. J_L

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    ABE is only available in Firefox, while uBlock is only available in Chrome... As for the original question, why not use both?
     
  4. Holysmoke

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    well, as I stated, ABE is slowing me down, so if MVPS is as effective, I would eliminate ABE thus increasing speed
     
  5. J_L

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    Missed that. MVPS should be enough for most ads. You could try Bluhell Firewall and FoolDNS, but I doubt they would add much more.
     
  6. gorhill

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    Hosts files are way faster, it's just a matter of looking the hostname component of a URL. The problem with hosts files is you can't easily un-break a web site, something possible with pattern-based filtering with exception filters support (ABE's filtering engine is actually ABP's filtering engine).
     
  7. gorhill

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    If the problem is "slows down my surfing", I am very skeptical about Bluhell Firewall. Multiple gigantic regexes are not the first solution which comes to mind to speed up thing, I wouldn't be surprised if it's the opposite.
     
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    anything wrong with using both? i use hostsman and and adblocking extension in opera, it doesn't seem to have an ill effects
     
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  10. Wroll

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    Most lists are really huge and unneeded in adblock. Here's what I have after a few months with Adblock & Easy List. Filters with at least 1 hit: 1343, with at least 10: 372, with 20: 239. EasyList total number of rules: 44000. You could try to remove after a month all filters with 0 hits to see how well your browsing will speed up.
     
  11. Holysmoke

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    I disabled ABE and went with just mvps and speed is much better. Thanks for the help.
     
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    Tried all main ad blockers after dumped Ad Muncher and anchored with Adguard which gives me the best results and the least impact on system.
     
  13. Frank648

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    @Wroll

    Where do you see how many hits a filter had?
    (ABP & Easy List)
     
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    Doesn't the list periodically update itself? Manually removed entries would just get added back wouldn't they?
     
  15. Wroll

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    I can't remember if it's on or off by default, but if it's not, you can enable it in the options menu (click on abe's icon - options - count filter hits). Open the filter preferences menu (ctrl+shift+f), actions, show filters (or ctrl+r). There's a column there with the number of hits.

    I have no idea. What I did is to simply copy & paste the filters with hits to a new list in the custom filters tab.
     
  16. tlu

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    No. By using gorhill's µBlock you'll get both.
     
  17. Frank648

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  18. siljaline

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    All of the TPL's on the EasyList site refresh automatically.

    https://easylist.adblockplus.org/en/

    I suspect unless a filter rule is in place to prevent a removed entry from being replaced it would be replaced.
     
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