uBlock Origin - An efficient blocker for Chromium and Firefox. Fast and lean. (by gorhill)

uBlock Alternatives

Similar projects and alternatives to uBlock

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a better uBlock alternative or higher similarity.

uBlock reviews and mentions

Posts with mentions or reviews of uBlock. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-04-16.
  • Apr 24th is JavaScript Naked Day – Browse the web without JavaScript
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 21 Apr 2024
  • Mobile Ad Blocker Will No Longer Stop YouTube's Ads
    13 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Apr 2024
  • Some notes on Firefox's media autoplay settings in practice as of Firefox 124
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 30 Mar 2024
    Check out uBlock Origin's per site switches [1]

    [1]: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Per-site-switches#no-...

  • Brave's AI assistant now integrates with PDFs and Google Drive
    6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 23 Feb 2024
    If ads, in particular on YouTube, are the problem, anything Chromium-based is probably only going to get worse and worse (see [1] and [2]). So that basically leaves you with Firefox and Safari.

    I work for Mozilla (speaking for myself, of course), so I'll leave you to guess which I'd recommend :P

    [1] https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/uBlock-Origin-works-b...

    [2] https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/09/googles-widely-oppos...

  • X.org Server Clears Out Remnants for Supporting Old Compilers
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 21 Feb 2024

    Or if on mobile, it is well worth it to look up adblock options for the browser you use.

  • Mozilla thinks Apple, Google, Microsoft should play fair
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 27 Jan 2024
    What are the compelling advantages of Chrome nowadays?

    Chrome is working to limit the capabilities of ad blockers:


    Whereas a compelling advantage of Firefox is that uBlock Origin works best in Firefox:


    Advertising networks have often been vectors for malware. Using an ad blocker is an important security measure. Even the FBI recommends ad blockers:




  • Brave Leo now uses Mixtral 8x7B as default
    7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 27 Jan 2024
    > It allows for 30,000 dynamic rules

    That is not what we mean by dynamic filters. From https://developer.chrome.com/blog/improvements-to-content-fi...

    > However, to support more frequent updates and user-defined rules, extensions can add rules dynamically too, without their developers having to upload a new version of the extension to the Chrome Web Store.

    What Chrome is talking about is the ability to specify rules at runtime. What critics of Manifest V3 are talking about is not the ability to dynamically add rules (although that can be an issue), it is the ability to add dynamic rules -- ie rules that analyze and rewrite requests in the style of the blockingWebRequest permission.

    It's a little deceptive to claim that the concerns here are outdated and to point to vague terminology that sounds like it's correcting the problem, but on actual inspection turns out to be entirely separate functionality from what the GP was talking about.

    > Giving this ability to extensions can slow down the browser for the user. These ads can still be blocked through other means.

    This is the debate; most of the adblocking community disagrees with this assertion. uBO maintains a list of some common features that are already not possible to support in Chrome ( https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/uBlock-Origin-works-b... ) and has written about features that are not able to be supported via Chrome's current V3 API ( https://github.com/uBlockOrigin/uBOL-home/wiki/Frequently-as... ). Of particular note are filtering for large media elements (I use this a lot on mobile Firefox, it's great for reducing page size), and top-level filtering of domains/fonts.

  • uBlock Origin – 1.55.0
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 3 Jan 2024
  • In 2024, please switch to Firefox
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 29 Dec 2023
    > "Its happened before"

    > That's not an argument

    It's a subheading to "2. Browser engine monopoly". The subsection's purpose is describing how bad things were during the IE monopoly to reinforce that it's something to be avoided.

    > in fact you could counter-argue that IE left a lot of technical debt

    That would be agreeing with the article, unless I understand what you mean.

    > On top of that, the internet was very different back then.

    In a way that now makes it harder for truly new competing engines to pop up due to increased complexity of the web.

    > I'm still not convinced, why would I change my browser?

    The points made in the article are:

    * Increased privacy, opposed to willingly giving your data to an ad-tech company

    * Helps avoid a browser engine monopoly which would effectively let Google dictate web standards

    * It’s fast and has a nice user interface

    Onto which I'd add:

    * Content blockers work best on Firefox (https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/uBlock-Origin-works-b...), doubly so when Manifest V3 rolls out

    * Allows more customization of interface and home page

    * UX improvements, like the clutter-free reader mode, aren't vetoed to protect search revenue as with Chrome (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=37675467)

  • Ask HN: Is Firefox team too small to do serious security tests?
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 23 Dec 2023
    Advertising networks are vectors for malware:




    So if you're concerned about security then you want the browser with the best ad blocker.

    uBlock Origin works best in Firefox:


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