1. The_Prodigy1982's Avatar
    For those of you that use any form of content blocker for Safari, I could use some advise on which one to use...
    What I'm looking for is;

    1) a good ad blocker that blocks most of those annoying ads
    2) protection against hidden viruses within ads
    3) good customisation options
    4) a whitelist
    5) my preference goes out to a Safari extension, WITHOUT the need of an additional app.

    - I already found some content blockers online, here are some that caught my attention;

    [ No additional macOS app needed ]

    AdBlock Plus ( https://adblockplus.org )
    * macOS & iOS

    Disconnect ( https://disconnect.me/disconnect )
    * macOS & iOS

    Adamant ( Adamant )
    * macOS & iOS

    Ka-Block! ( Ka-Block! )
    * macOS & iOS

    Clearly ( https://safari-extensions.apple.com/...ion-CUUDUQ7AJM )
    * macOS & iOS

    NoThirdParty ( NoThirdParty )
    * macOS & iOS

    Wipr ( Giorgio?s Apps )
    * macOS & iOS

    [ Additional macOS app needed ]

    1Blocker ( https://1blocker.com )
    * macOS & iOS

    Roadblock ( Obied Corner )
    * macOS & iOS

    Adguard ( https://adguard.com )
    * macOS & iOS

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    --> I would appreciate it, if you guys could give me some advise on the pros and cons of the above blockers... and which one you recommend me??
    Last edited by The_Prodigy1982; 11-17-2016 at 11:23 AM.
    11-15-2016 01:25 PM
  2. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    They're all about the same. Read the reviews. Pick out one with good reviews that has the whitelist option. That comes in handy.
    11-15-2016 05:15 PM
  3. The_Prodigy1982's Avatar
    Ok, I tested each of the earlier mentioned Content Blocker, and I have to say Adguard is the one for me!
    Just bought a lifetime license...

    I've been an Adblock Plus user for the last 3 years, but it's just not complete enough anymore these days.
    Adguard is very customisable, which I love.
    11-19-2016 06:17 AM
  4. iamDecode's Avatar
    Thanks for the extensive list, That's really useful.

    With Sierra I seem to experience some problems with adblockers: my Safari starts using a lot of CPU and really slows down performance. I tried the Safari Technology Preview which seems to run a bit better, but still occasional 100% CPU spikes. my solution for now is to use a modified /etc/hosts file for ad blocking: no effect on render time, but unfortunately not long as effective.
    11-21-2016 01:35 AM
  5. iamDecode's Avatar
    Forgot to ask: anyone else facing this issue?
    11-21-2016 01:37 AM
  6. robertk328's Avatar
    Ok, I tested each of the earlier mentioned Content Blocker, and I have to say Adguard is the one for me!
    Just bought a lifetime license...

    I've been an Adblock Plus user for the last 3 years, but it's just not complete enough anymore these days.
    Adguard is very customisable, which I love.
    What kind of customization do you need? I whitelist a site (like iMore) and let it block the ones I don't want to whitelist.

    Just curious as I'm a long time AdBlock user as well.
    11-22-2016 05:50 AM
  7. macacheck's Avatar
    I've tried 1Blocker, Focus, and Wipr in the past. They were all generally good and comparable in performance.

    In the end, I decided to stick to 1Blocker. After testing all three, I found that 1Blocker, for me, seems to have the best overall blocking performance (with respect to what it blocks), and the most configurable interface, including whitelisting.
    It also had fewer issues with sites (though none of them had too many issues in general).

    An additional personal preference of mine, which eliminated Focus, is that I'd like to have the same blocker for both iOS and macOS. Only 1Blocker and Wipr fall into that category.

    The downside to 1Blocker is the fact that it costs, and you have to pay for both the iOS, and the macOS version. It does however sync via iCloud, so your settings, whitelists, and rules are available on both.
    11-23-2016 05:08 AM
  8. macacheck's Avatar
    Forgot to ask: anyone else facing this issue?
    I might have missed it, but which blocker are you using?

    I haven't experienced any of these issues so far. I find 1Blocker to not take up any additional resources, and Safari rendering speeds are great. I'm on 10.12.1, with the included Safari version.
    11-23-2016 05:10 AM
  9. Green Buddy's Avatar
    IMHO, 1Blocker is the best. However, They do have a bug with Bing Search atm that blacklists every Bing domain.
    11-23-2016 08:59 AM
  10. macacheck's Avatar
    IMHO, 1Blocker is the best. However, They do have a bug with Bing Search atm that blacklists every Bing domain.
    Oh interesting. Could be related to general Microsoft blacklisting ... I've noticed that logging out of a Microsoft account throws a "blocked by your content blocker" error. I don't use Bing, so never noticed that.

    I did contact the 1Blocker guys to let them know, and they requested more information ... another plus for them, in that they respond to customers.
    11-24-2016 02:25 AM
  11. harrisonfooord's Avatar
    adblock plus, and then disable "allow some unobtrusive advertising"

    "protection against hidden viruses within ads"
    I think this one's hard to get, isn't it ?
    11-24-2016 07:40 AM
  12. Green Buddy's Avatar
    Oh interesting. Could be related to general Microsoft blacklisting ... I've noticed that logging out of a Microsoft account throws a "blocked by your content blocker" error. I don't use Bing, so never noticed that.

    I did contact the 1Blocker guys to let them know, and they requested more information ... another plus for them, in that they respond to customers.
    Yep! Contacted them about the Bing issue about a week ago and they said it'll be fixed in the next release
    11-24-2016 08:05 AM
  13. The_Prodigy1982's Avatar
    After having run a few tests, I found that 1Blocker using less system resources than Adguard does (which I've been using since last week).
    So I guess I will switch to 1Blocker...
    11-24-2016 11:54 AM
  14. The_Prodigy1982's Avatar
    One 'small' question though;

    Of course I want to block out all of the unnecessary clutter when visiting websites... but how do I know what sections to block and what sections I need to allow??

    - For example;

    When I visit iMore, how do I know what sections of the 'Block Comments' I should allow??
    I DO want to get rid of the ads and stuff, but I DO want to able to read the comments...
    How do I know what 'Block Comments' to allow, and which not??
    I assume there's an easier way, other than to test each of the loose 168 'Block Comments' rules???
    11-25-2016 12:39 PM
  15. Guille Barfer's Avatar
    I've been using for years on my Mac Adblock Plus and it works like a charm. Give it a try!
    11-26-2016 04:06 AM
  16. iamDecode's Avatar
    I might have missed it, but which blocker are you using?

    I haven't experienced any of these issues so far. I find 1Blocker to not take up any additional resources, and Safari rendering speeds are great. I'm on 10.12.1, with the included Safari version.
    I was using just "Adblock" (getadblock.com) in combination with Ghostery. Either of the two, or the combination, triggered the bad performance. Ill try to figure out which one has the most impact over the next couple of days.
    11-27-2016 04:45 AM
  17. robertk328's Avatar
    AdBlock Plus does NOT block the Thrifter pop-up that keeps showing up here in iMore
    11-27-2016 10:23 AM
  18. anon(10091607)'s Avatar
    Don't use Adblock Plus. They sell ads now and let ads through if the company pays them
    11-27-2016 01:27 PM
  19. ItnStln511's Avatar
    Don't use Adblock Plus. They sell ads now and let ads through if the company pays them
    I thought I noticed ads showing up more than in the past!
    11-27-2016 01:53 PM
  20. rdstryr's Avatar
    I was using just "Adblock" (getadblock.com) in combination with Ghostery. Either of the two, or the combination, triggered the bad performance. Ill try to figure out which one has the most impact over the next couple of days.
    I use Adblock and have not experienced any performance issues. Maybe it is Ghostery that's causing the problem.
    11-30-2016 03:21 PM
  21. robertk328's Avatar
    No issues with AdBlock ever... remains solid and does what it needs to.
    12-09-2016 06:10 AM
  22. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    No issues with AdBlock ever... remains solid and does what it needs to.
    Which one is that? Many say AdBlock.
    12-09-2016 06:47 AM
  23. rdstryr's Avatar
    Don't use Adblock Plus. They sell ads now and let ads through if the company pays them
    This is true, annoying. Added this instead of regular Adblock to my wife's account on my mac so our son can watch youtube in peace but the ads still kept coming through. Dumped that bs and added regular Adblock and no more ads.
    12-09-2016 11:26 AM
  24. Wotchered's Avatar
    Do any of these adblockers collect your information for their own purposes ?
    12-10-2016 01:36 PM
  25. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Do any of these adblockers collect your information for their own purposes ?
    No. These newer ad blockers are not like the older ones. The old ones can do that, although most would not. The new type ad blockers will say "compatible with 5s and up". None below 5s. The old ad blockers are compatible with iPhones below the 5s.
    12-11-2016 06:45 AM
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