Best ad-blocker add-ons for Firefox and Chrome
Ad blocking, is a bit of an ethical conundrum. While it keeps the user safe from malware, and also save data bandwidth, it does prevents content publishers from earning their hard-earned money.
That being said, let’s take a look at the three best ad-blocker add-ons for Firefox and Chrome.
All three add-ons listed below are “No Restart” extensions, meaning the browser need not be restarted. Just install and use immediately
The popular add-on on the block, this one is now the go to add-on for many. The one-click whitelist feature for webpages, with the huge toggle button looks a little bizarre to be honest. But nevertheless, µBlock does its job and does it very well. The important thing is that µBlock uses less RAM than “other” popular ones.
The dashboard is a little dull looking, but is host to several custom settings. You can add custom filters, backup and restore your settings.
But the average user should be just fine with the default settings.
There is a constant debate over which one is the best, µBlock or uBlock Origin. The truth is that both were from one developer, Raymond Hill (Gorhill), who before creating the latter, gave away the development of µBlock to their existing developers. It is not clear why gorhill went on to create uBlock Origin, perhaps because he wasn’t happy with the way the first one was being developed. The general consensus is that uBlock Origin is not merely a fork of the first add-on, but a huge improvement.
Tip: µBlock has an octagonal figure(eight-sided) for its icon, while uBlock Origin has a shield icon.
Similar to its sibling, uBlock Origin does not require the browser to be restarted. The add-on is actually less than half the download size of uBlock Origin (about 1.4mb vs 3.5mb)
Word of advice, do not use more than one ad-blocker at once. It will not only consume more RAM, but may also block web pages from functioning well, or even cause the browser to be unstable.
My go to ad-blocking add-on of choice, and it has been so for quite a while. It does have acceptable ads, but you can turn it off. So how is it different than AdBlock Plus? Well, it is much lighter than ABP which in itself is a selling feature. And it offers a plethora of setting you can customize, including filter settings.
It even has a website reputation checker based on WOT (Web Of Trust).
The one-click whitelist button in the add-on’s menu, is much better than the other two.
Where is AdBlock Plus or AdBlock?
Personally, I am not a fan of AdBlock Plus. There are two reasons for, the first being that I do not kike the “acceptable ads” program, which is reportedly the company’s policy of letting some ads through its filters, in exchange for the company being paid by advertisers, who want their ads to be displayed. That move is totally against the very purpose, as to why the add-on exists.
Secondly, AdBlock Plus is a huge RAM hog, which is very annoying for power users. The next time your browser is performing sluggishly, you might want to check if ABP is the culprit behind it.
AdBlock for Chrome, well as you know, was recently sold to an “unknown buyer”. Would you use a browser from an unknown company, would you use an operating system from an unknown company? Then why should you trust an add-on which is now owned by an unknown owner.