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5 Shady Google Chrome Extensions You Should Uninstall ASAP

Ben Stegner Updated 11-06-2020

Browser extensions are a great way to expand the functionality of your favorite browser. But bad Chrome extensions can cause much more harm than help. Whether they use lots of system resources, collect your data, install adware, or similar, you don’t want them on your system.

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It’s hard to keep track of the worst Chrome extensions since good extensions go rogue all the time. Here are several bad Chrome extensions that you should uninstall as soon as possible, plus tips for avoiding them in the future.

1. Hola

Hola VPN Chrome

Hola is an extremely popular extension for unblocking content that’s not available in your region. However, unlike a proper VPN, Hola acts as a peer-to-peer proxy network. This means that everyone using Hola actually “borrows” another user’s connection.

Even worse, Hola has been used as a giant botnet system. In exchange for the free service, Hola uses some of your bandwidth. In the past, Hola sold this bandwidth through the associated Luminati service. Before the company introduced tighter guidelines, malicious individuals took advantage of the system to launch DDoS attacks on major websites.

While Hola can provide a useful service, we recommend staying away from this setup that trades your bandwidth to unknown parties. Plus, if another user accessed your connection through the network and accessed illegal material, it could get you in trouble.

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2. FindMeFreebies

FindMeFreebies Chrome

An extension called “FindMeFreebies” sounds like it will help you find free goods online. However, all it does it change your new tab page to FindMeFreebies.com, which advertises ways to find free items.

Hijacking your homepage or new tab page like this is a common tactic of junk extensions that just want to show you ads to make money. If you dig into the privacy policy for this extension, you’ll see that it comes from the same people behind the spammy Ask search engine. There’s no reason to use this; you can find legitimate discounts elsewhere without this page.

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3. Hover Zoom

hover zoom chrome store

Many shady Chrome extensions have thankfully been removed from the Chrome Web Store. Hover Zoom is one such example—it started as a useful tool for enlarging images when you mouse over them. However, it was bought by a malicious company that basically turned the extension into spyware by tracking and selling your browsing data.

While Hover Zoom is no longer on the Web Store, we include it here due to its popularity. It’s worth checking to make sure you don’t have this installed. If you do, remove it and try Imagus instead, which is safe alternative.

4. All Antivirus Extensions

AVG Chrome Extension

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Some of these extensions have engaged in questionable behavior, including gathering your browsing information and changing your homepage or default search engine. Using one of these extensions doesn’t make you any more secure, so you should just get rid of them.

5. Any Unfamiliar Extensions

Thankfully, a lot of the dangerous Chrome extensions that we previously recommended against installing are no longer available. However, new ones crop up all the time. Cisco’s Duo Security published a report in February 2020 about dozens of malicious extensions that Google removed from the Web Store.

Most of these have questionable names, like EasyToolOnline Promos or LoveTestPro Ad Offers. Chances are that you wouldn’t install something like this in the first place, but it’s worth checking out your installed list of extensions from time to time just to make sure.

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How to Avoid Malicious Extensions in the Future

Unfortunately, keeping up with dangerous Chrome extensions is a bit of a challenge. Once-legitimate extensions are often sold to malicious companies, who then use them to make money by selling your data.

Before you install any extension, check out the reviews on the Web Store, particularly recent ones. If you see largely negative reviews complaining about ads or other shady behavior, you shouldn’t use that extension. It’s also worth Googling the name of the extension, as you’ll probably find reports of issues on forums.

To review your installed extensions, click the three-dot Menu button at the top-right of Chrome and choose More tools > Extensions. Disable anything that you don’t use often by turning off its slider. If you don’t recognize an extension or know that you don’t want it, click Remove.

Select Details to see more about an extension, including its permissions. Under the Site access section, you can choose what sites the browser can access your data on. It’s also a good idea to click Open extension website—if it looks illegitimate, that’s a sign of a bad extension.

Chrome Extension Options

Finally, you can click View in Chrome Web Store to see the download page for the extension. This makes it easy to check recent reviews for an extension you might have had installed for a while.

Delete Chrome Extensions You Don’t Need

Thankfully, a lot of nasty Chrome extensions are no longer on the Web Store. But new ones pop up all the time, and some Chrome extensions have been used to spy on people, so you still need to take care. Make sure you trust an extension before installing it by looking into reviews and regularly look at your installed extensions to make sure nothing has gone rogue.

If you suspect you may have malicious software on your PC after using one of these extensions, look into the best antivirus software tools The Best Computer Security and Antivirus Tools Concerned about malware, ransomware, and viruses? Here are the best security and antivirus apps you need to stay protected. Read More to run a scan.

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  1. Jon Heil
    June 25, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Yup make sure if you use chrome to install Malwarebytes Browser Guard, even though AT&T email is a joke with that in webmail, since too many desperate sites with the BS ad junk, thirsty tools :) Chrome Canary (Next version) runs pretty gets in beta! Try it if you havent! Get the 64-Bit one and you can keep your regular chrome on your machine too

  2. dragonmouth
    June 17, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Why worry about shady/sketchy extensions when the browser itself is shady?

    • Danby
      June 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm

      Epic... so on point.

  3. Linda Silva
    June 20, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Something called Private Search that has a puzzle piece icon forced me to allow its installation. It wouldn't go away no matter what I did, even shutting off the computer and restarting, it just came right back and wouldn't let me use any other feature of the computer while it was on the screen. Had a big red arrow pointing to it, and said Allow or Don't Allow, but Don't Allow didn't work no matter how many times I clicked on it. Finally had to say Allow, but don't know what this is doing to my computer and don't know where to find it. In the Extensions, there is a Private Search with the same puzzle piece, but I don't know if that is the one I allowed or something different.

  4. NoTrEaLlYaHaCkEr
    June 27, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    For Website Destroyer, it's extremely simple to unlock all weapons, free of charge. Search it up online. The video provides the code, which you enter into the console. I have all of sci fi and street fight weapons, no money spent.

  5. Charles Smith
    June 1, 2018 at 10:20 am

    "Adblocking is a detriment to the entire advertising ecosystem. The proliferation of malicious adblockers is killing revenue stream of publishers. The great majority of publishers relies on ads for profiting revenue and has set dominant paradigm. Blocking ads limits the ability of internet users to explore and get to know new things though they amenities the users to choose what to accept as users might filtered away with them.
    I agree with you, these malicious adblockers are needed to be uninstalled from user's browser. Even I faced revenue losses due to adblockers. They were interrupting my ads to be loaded and viewed. Then I heard about Adzsafe. I tried it and guess what! It removes adblocker instantly in any browser that has adblocker installed and helps me to get more visits of my ads. I started earning revenues instantly.
    If you're facing adblocking issues, you must try Adzsafe."

    • Danby
      June 24, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Why do people block ads? That is the question that you must ask yourself.

      For me, I object to ads that take up, in some cases, 1/2 the screen. That is obnoxious and moronic. Anybody who does that and thinks its a great business model needs their head read.

      Another pet peeve is autoplaying videos. Excuse me? "I" have to pay for the bandwidth I use, NOT YOU you advertising idjit!

      And no, I most certainly do NOT NEED penis enhancers. Or butt plugs. Or...

      • Jay Barney
        June 25, 2020 at 9:05 pm

        McAfee Web Boost. Automatically pauses video streams.

  6. Dennis
    March 11, 2018 at 12:20 am

    It has been a long time since I used Ghostery and the last time I used it they had, I believe, serious problem with Ghostery tracking people or something like that. Also I found Ghostery was way more complex than using NoScript and Adblock plus.
    Lastly it is up to the content provider to ensure that we the end user do not get bombard by the crap that you would see using IE (for example MSN). We the end user might not what to see dating sites, nude Russian women or as the case now, African women, and ton other junk. Also we do not want to be track, thank you Google for that feature. Lastly is the all the social media sites that are add to sites. I believe that there is a hope by content providers that you will connect to thus sites and then revenue sharing can happen (yes I am paranoid), since a lot of those sites track what you do. In conclusion if content providers what us, the site user, to open up then they have to prove that they are trust worth and that they would not provide annoying videos, scripts that track where and how we use the site and lastly ensuring that what scripts they use are safe.

  7. Anon
    May 2, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    You can take ABP when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

    • Dann Albright
      May 13, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Why do you think it's better than other options out there?

    • Edwardo
      March 8, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      I agree! AdBlock+ is terrific, as well as AdRemover.

  8. dragonbite
    February 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    ADP is a tough habit to break.

    Ads are not bad. The current implementation of auto-playing video (usually really, REALLY loud like commercials on the old TV), misleading download links and inappropriate material if an article is one I want to share with my kids is what gets people to block them in the first place.

    And sites all say "oh, we don't have control over that.. it displays what Google has set up for it. Not our fault".

    At the same time, ADP provides a list of requirements to be whitelisted by the EXTENSION, which allows the advertisements through even when it's on. Some marketing group should get savvy and have "acceptable" advertisements put on websites so the ads do NOT get blocked and everybody is happy.

    What gets me are the sites that hold their content ransom until you turn off your ad blocking software. Then they proceed to assault you with ads of the very nature and annoyance (and bandwidth-sucking) that you got ADP for in the first place!

    When I encounter this, I don't go to the site. In sites that I like, I try turning off ADP and see if the ads decimate the browsing experience, or not. If not, then I leave it off for the site and let it go at that. If it does, then I leave ADP turned on. If it doesn't let me in because of it, and assaults you if you turn it off, then I don't go there anymore. Sucks, yes.. but there are plenty of other sites to pick from.

    • Dann Albright
      February 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      I'm glad to hear that you're willing to test it out to see if a site without ADP is still worth visiting. Many people don't take that step. But I definitely understand your frustration!

  9. Anonymous
    January 23, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    A lot of comments here are just plain retarded. How do you think a site like this exists? People work on it. Not robots, but people! People need to eat food to survive! What a surprise!
    And here people complaining that the post creator is telling against use adblock which is used to feed him in the end of month. Seriously people on the internet are the worst!
    This site gives many nice hints, some are useless but some are actually good and you get them for completely free.
    If you guys want to blame someone, blame Microsoft who is placing ADS in your paid OS. Windows 10 Home or even Pro is getting full of ads! And you supposedly paid for Windows 10 or 7 before upgrading!

    • Dann Albright
      February 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Totally agree on Windows 10—what's the deal with ads in an OS? Totally ridiculous. Also, thanks for understanding our need to stay in business. :-)

    • Watcher
      March 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      And yet another reason I will never go to Windows 10!

      • Danby
        June 24, 2020 at 10:07 pm

        ...and what do you use? Windows 3.11?

  10. Glenn Lake
    January 9, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Thanks. I really hate all the ads that show up when I am surfing. I knew these extensions were useful but I didn't know how good. If I want to see something that is blocked I can disable it while it loads.

    • Dann Albright
      January 10, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Yeah, some of them are really great. I find uBlock to be especially useful.

  11. infmom
    November 11, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Thank you! I got rid of ABP and installed AdGuard instead.

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Good call; it's more resource efficient. Hopefully you'll see a speed boost (though it may be minuscule).

    • Watcher
      March 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      I prefer uBlock or uBlock Origin.

      • Dann Albright
        March 29, 2017 at 3:34 pm

        I've had really good experiences with uBlock Origin; it's definitely a good choice!

  12. Namma
    November 10, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Bull

    All blockers have the ability to whitelist sites. Ask you readers politely to whitelist the site and they just might. DO NOT come off as though we are required to make you money. This user as the product crap has to stop.

    As you are not required to post articles, we are not required to provide you with money. CHOICE is the keyword here. Ask people ... nicely... and they might make that choice.

    btw, ABP does NOT block all ads on your site. I turned it off all blockers and then ABP only and - lo' and behold! there are still ads. Will I click them? Nope? Will I read them? Probably not. It's Ghostery and Privacy Badger that block the remaining stuff you load into the page.

    What most people do NOT like is;

    (1) Ads that interrupt the flow of the article. ABP does block the stupid ads you placed right in the middle - bad form.

    (2) Click bait ads that look like articles and are for some scummy scammy, spammy, crappola no one in their right minds wants to buy.

    (3) the possibility of drive by virus and maleware injection. Let's tell the truth, eh? You people get so used to the money you eventually get lazy about curating and approving the ads and crap gets snuck by. Happened with Yahoo! it can happen here. If I block the crap guess what? No injection.

    So stop recommending people remove protection ONLY so you can "get rich quick". You are not guaranteed immeasurable wealth from anyone anywhere, so knock it off.

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      You must've just looked at the section header and then come down here to comment. If you would've read the rest of that section, you'd see that "we recommend a lighter-weight alternative, like uBlock Origin, AdGuard, or Ghostery." ABP is a known resource hog, and both uBlock and AdGuard have tested better. Also, "You are not guaranteed immeasurable wealth from anyone anywhere"? Really?

      • Namma
        November 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        "You must've just looked at the section header and then come down here to comment."

        Bzzzt! Wrong

        "If you would've read the rest of that section, you'd see that "we recommend a lighter-weight alternative, like uBlock Origin, AdGuard, or Ghostery." ABP is a known resource hog, and both uBlock and AdGuard have tested better."

        Actually read several other sites and found that the perplexing thing you said "resource hog" isn't true for everyone everywhere. so again Bzzzt! Wrong.

        "Also, "You are not guaranteed immeasurable wealth from anyone anywhere"? Really?"

        Yes, really. I read at, again, several sites and have been reading marketing and sales materials since 1997. The reason for ill-placed, ill-planned ads is the supposition that the reader will view or click them so the person placing them will make money.

        Nothing can be further from the truth, but you can believe whatever hokum/guru you want. Perhaps re-education into what actually motivates people might be in order.

        • Dann Albright
          November 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm

          If you could link to the sites that show a resource/speed advantage with ABP, I'd very much appreciate it. If that's true, I'd love to know. Every test that I've come across has shown ABP to be more resource-intensive, on average, than any other blocker. If that belief is erroneous, I want to correct it. Where'd you find that info?

        • Namma
          November 14, 2016 at 3:28 am

          I don't need correcting. If you want the data - go educate yourself. I don't work for you.

          Do your research better next time and stop using only profit driven sites for data. User experience is more compelling than some corporate weenie assumptions.

  13. Susie
    November 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you for this! The only one I had installed was AdBlock and I got rid of it as soon as I read this. I'm not big on extensions because I did ave an AVG extension installed on a windows laptop last year and it installed Chrome malware that was a nightmare to get rid of! Be careful what you install people... keep your computer and info safe!

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Did you end up replacing ABP with something else, or just going without? Sorry to hear about your AVG problem; I do remember hearing about that happening. Hope you got it sorted out easily!

  14. Ron Ablang
    November 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I didn't have any of these installed but it was a good reminder for me to go back and remove any extensions that I don't remember installing or can't remember why I need it.

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      That's also a great idea; after a few years, you can pick up a lot of stuff that you used once or didn't know about. An occasional cleaning is good for everything!

  15. Vacheli
    November 8, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Oh wow I had three of these installed.

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      A lot of them are quite popular; I'd imagine a lot of people have at least that many installed.

  16. Eddie G.
    November 7, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    I'm sorry, but the AdBlocker is just too valuable to me. I have a "middle-of-the-road" PC with about 8GB of RAM and a 5ooGB HDD. I had to wait until all manner of ads and things loaded before I was able to view certain sites. Now that I have AdBlocker installed (NOT "AdBlocker PLUS" or any other variation....just plain' old AdBlocker!) I can load sites and read content without the annoying Pop-ups that would usually occur and obscure half the page, nor are there videos starting that are loud and obnoxious and also "buried" somewhere on a page. (You know how IRRITATING it is to spend upwards of 20 minutes LOOKING for the video and then having to shut it down!??...because you have like 20 different tabs open!!)) In my opinion all the other add-ons on this list are garbage, but AdBlock is actually helpful!

    • EdJr
      November 8, 2016 at 7:50 am

      There are many alternatives. uBlock Origin probably being the best as it's open source (so no privacy concerns), super fast and simply flawless. AdBlock literally has no advantages over it.

    • cmdtvt
      November 9, 2016 at 11:14 am

      I just use Opera browser it takes so less ram and it has awesome starting site.
      browser itself has an adblock what works perfectly.

      • Dann Albright
        November 12, 2016 at 10:34 pm

        I haven't used Opera in a long time, but I do remember it being very fast. I don't think it had a built-in ad blocker when I used it, though. That's pretty sweet!

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      As EdJr points out, the article mentions uBlock Origin and AdGuard, which use fewer resources than ABP.

  17. OMEGATALON
    November 7, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    You've got to wonder how much money did MakeUseOf.com get to tell people to remove 'AdBlock Plus' as a Chrome Extension; it's the opposite for me.. as it's the first thing that I tell people to add.

    Have you seen the crap on webpages when you don't have AdBlock Plus and how much computer power are we talking about as AdBlock Plus does it job instantaneously meaning the moment you click to the webpage.. it's done.

    • EdJr
      November 8, 2016 at 7:55 am

      One thing that the article really should have mentioned is that there are many (better) alternatives to AdBlock. For me uBlock Origin is the best. It's super fast, open source (so no privacy concerns) and works flawlessly. AdBlock has literally zero advantages over it. There's also AdGuard and some other pretty good ones.

      • Dann Albright
        November 12, 2016 at 10:25 pm

        You mean like where I wrote "we recommend a lighter-weight alternative, like uBlock Origin, AdGuard, or Ghostery"?

        • Ed
          November 13, 2016 at 2:04 am

          Oops, I'm really sorry. I certainly didn't pay as much attention as I should have, but somehow believed I did. I saw several comments asking for alternatives to AdBlock, so I just assumed you didn't mention them without bothering to read again.
          (Apparently I wasn't the only one :p)

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      If you know of someone who would pay us to continue recommending better alternatives to ABP, I'd love to hear about it! As of now, all we get are comments from people who are so committed to ABP that they won't drop it in favor of something that isn't a reputed and proven resource hog.

  18. A41202813GMAIL
    November 7, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    A - Yeah, Some Extensions Leak Memory, But Using The Extension With Code ID LCFDEFMOGCOGICOLLFEBHGJIIAKBJDJE Solves Some Of Those Problems - 2 Mouse Clicks And You Are Done,

    B - Why UnInstall Extensions When You Can Easily Enable / Disable Them In Large Groups Using The Extension With Code ID PMBFKCGPLCMLMOCCJBCGMOPKBEFNDHPD ? - 1 Mouse Click And You Are Done.

    Cheers.

  19. User
    November 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I think antivirus or similar extension (web trust/ safety ranking) is useful. Yes, antivirus software itself will block known malware, but what about 0day one? Knowing that particular site distributes malware will cause you to stay away from it.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 7, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      @User, antivirus software does not block viruses. AntiMALWARE software blocks anitmalware. Further, there's no such thing as "malware-like behavior" as is the case with viruses. Computer viruses by injecting their code into previously existing files and this is the behavior that antivirus applications monitor your PC to find. Malware applications make no effort to spread beyond the computer where they are installed and thus have to be stopped beforehand by some kind of rules engine (e.g. Spybot Search and Destroy's Immunization function) or removed post facto (e.g. the Malwarebytes AntiMalware strategy).
      A security suite might have an antimalware component, but you are incorrect in suggesting that an antivirus application is sufficient protection from malware as well.

      Also, most internet malware is distributed by advertising networks, not first-party web sites. Because of their reach, it's entirely possible to pick up a horrific malware infection from a well-regarded and legitimate web site's advertisers without the web site being visited ever being aware that there was a problem. This is why it's so important to control ads and third-party scripts while browsing the web, thing that those Site Ranking tools do not account for.

  20. Vimal J
    November 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Clear all!!

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      That's also an option. :-)

  21. Meena Bassem
    November 7, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I only have both adblock plus and hover zoom. But it's quite hard to give them up. are there any alternatives as good?

    • Ratindra
      November 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Ublock Origin

      • Dann Albright
        November 12, 2016 at 10:32 pm

        Definitely agree with this; uBlock has been great for my own browsing.

    • The Dude
      November 7, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      uBlock Origin and Imagus

  22. Pss
    November 7, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I didn't know about the extensions of antivirus at all.

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      I don't think they're all that common, but you'll see them on providers' websites. They're out there, but they don't seem to have gotten much uptake. Which is probably for the best.

  23. Jurrie Eilers
    November 6, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I removed Google Chrome altogether, and my computer has become faster, even if I don't browse the web. My recommended browser is Yandex (from Russia).

    • Klaas Vaak
      November 7, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Apart from a bit of speed improvement, in what other ways is Yandex superior and/or more trustworthy than Chrome?

    • Klaas Vaak
      November 7, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Apart from a bit of speed improvement, in what other way is Yandex superior and/or more trustworthy than Chrome?

      • qwe123
        November 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm

        He does not have one, its easy to talk trash..

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      I've never heard of Yandex . . . what do you like about it? I would use Safari as my main browser, because it's more efficient than Chrome, but there are a few Chrome extensions that I haven't been able to find replacements for.

      • Jurrie Eilers
        November 13, 2016 at 12:19 am

        Dear Dann,

        It is the fastest, most secure and most advanced browser I ever tried. It's partly built on Chromium, which means that most Google extensions will work. Also, after installation, all your Google bookmarks and passwords will be imported. Give it a try, it's fast and light!

        • Watcher
          January 8, 2017 at 2:10 pm

          Yandex... it's how the Russian's hacked the election!

        • Dann Albright
          January 10, 2017 at 9:16 pm

          I haven't heard of Yandex linking anyone to the election. Any evidence of that?

  24. David Orr
    November 6, 2016 at 1:13 am

    The Google Chrome store entry for Hover Zoom says it is no longer a malware and is now a clean open source extension???

    • EdJr
      November 8, 2016 at 7:59 am

      If you're talking about Hover Zoom+, it's another extension (clean and open source, as you noted). Hover Zoom (the one with malware) has already been removed from the Web Store, as far as I know.

  25. likefunbutnot
    November 5, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I recommend Adblock Plus for Chrome over other ad blockers and here are a couple reasons why:

    1. Training. Adblock Plus is available for every major browser. It runs on Edge and IE and Safari and Opera, not just Firefox and Chrome. From a user-training perspective, letting people know that the red ABP Hexagon should be present no matter what browser they select has a lot of value.

    2. Eeyo, the parent company of Adblock Plus, is a commercial entity, which gives it a certain standing to engage with the online advertising industry as a whole. Industry Organizations have a much easier time slinging mud at the "thieves" who naively want a safe and annoyance-free browsing experience when the projects that enable that are volunteer-led open-source affairs and a much harder time when another business entity can afford to buy its way into their trade shows and conferences to give voice to its message.

    3. What ABP does in basically extorting web companies to act according to its acceptable ads standard, makes the whole internet better. Eeyo deserves some support for that, too.

    4. The biggest knock against it, that ABP allows some acceptable ads? Guess what? Turning them off involves ticking one box in the Add-On settings menu.

    All in all, I don't mind giving up a little more RAM for those benefits.

    • Tee
      November 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      Totally agree. It works well, and is absolutely worth whatever extra resources it consumes. I have never noticed it overusing them anyway.

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Those are all really good reasons, and your comment is a hell of a lot more useful than most of the responses we get about ABP! Thanks for sharing that.

  26. Doc
    November 5, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    A month or so after Adblock Origin came out, Mozilla fixed the Firefox bug that made AdBlock Origin superior to AdBlock Plus on memory usage. I switched back to AdBlock Plus because its integration with Element Hiding Helper was superior, and its better, cleaner "click" menu (without the huge "power" button).

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      I don't know about Firefox, as all of my research for this article was Chrome. But ABP still doesn't perform real well against other options when it comes to resource usage. I use uBlock Origin, and it does a fantastic job blocking, so I assume ABP's dominance is mostly down to name recognition at this point. Have you tried any alternatives?

  27. dmjab13
    November 4, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Any replacements for HoverZoom? I love using it to browse reddit.

    • Mate
      November 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Imagus

  28. Ibrahem
    November 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    The only one I use from those is Hover Zoom. Is there any good alternative for it ?

    • mark
      November 4, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      I've been using Imagus, it does a good job replacing Hover Zoom

      • Ibrahem
        November 5, 2016 at 12:12 am

        i'm gonna try it out. thanks.

    • Caden
      November 4, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      I've switched to Imagus, and it works great.