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Safari AdBlock blocks ads in Safari. Safari AdBlock is meant to be extremely simple to use: there is nothing to configure, no filter list to manage, no regular expression, it just works out of the box!

Please note that Safari AdBlock is now donationware: see the Safari AdBlock website for more details.

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Version 2.6.4: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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  • OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • Safari 5.0 or later

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This is a very effective ad blocker. Works as advertised.
Highly recommended for every Safari user.

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Version 2.6.4
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Adblock lacks proper, safe transparency for its updates. This is a huge problem for me considering the extreme privacy danger that extensions can cause users who can be victims of silently updated extensions with malicious attacks on privacy, more...

3 people found this review helpful
Version 2.6.4
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Cowicide Member IconComment+1134
Cowicide
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AdBlock has chosen (once again) to mysteriously hide their changelog from easy access after very briefly making it available through a link via the options panel.

I have very serious reservations on their commitment to user privacy and suddenly hiding the changelog again only exacerbates my concerns.

Before you install this extension, I suggest you read this post I'll link to below on the AdBlock issues in which they are increasingly attempting to hide what their extension does. Considering this extension has access to every website you go to, I consider this a very serious issue to user privacy or worse.

https://palant.de/2014/07/29/which-is-better-adblock-or-adblock-plus

Use AdBlock at your own risk. I suggest you use 'Adblock Plus' (made by different developers) that keep the code open and vastly more transparent.

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Version 2.6.4
Cowicide
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After poking around some more, I see they moved the sparse changelog to where you must now:

1) Open Safari Preferences

2) Open Extensions in Preferences

3) Select AdBlock within that panel

4) Click the AdBlock options checkbox

5) Once that page opens in your browser, click on the support button

6) Click on the link at the bottom of the support page


There, after about 6 or 7 steps you can find the sparse changelog tucked away there. Maybe one day the developer will decide to keep the changelog in the same, easy to find place instead of nesting it like an easter egg.

rtheone Member IconComment+5
rtheone
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Suddenly AdBlock doesn't work with Safari (7.0.4). Safari says "Can't install extension… An error occurred while installing the extension adBlock"

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Version 2.6.4
RavenNevermore Member IconReview+1321
RavenNevermore
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The actual version downloaded is 2.6.35, not 2.6.4.

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Version 2.6.4
BigJohnson Member IconComment+172
BigJohnson
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Beware of the experimental feature in the options!

Enable it and I get the "wait" cursor for a couple minutes, CPU jumps to over 100% and Safari becomes unusable. Disable it and CPU drops waaay down and Safari acts normal (back to being slow but not completely unusable).

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Version 2.6.4
Cowicide Member IconReview+1134
Cowicide
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Adblock lacks proper, safe transparency for its updates. This is a huge problem for me considering the extreme privacy danger that extensions can cause users who can be victims of silently updated extensions with malicious attacks on privacy, etc.

Extension can track every website you go to. Extensions can even record everything you type in your browser and report it to others. That includes emails, passwords, instant messages, bank account information, etc., etc.

Unfortunately, the only way as of 4/22/2014 to find a sparse changelog of Adblock updates is by actually downloading the Adblock extension to your hard drive and taking it apart to find some release note hidden inside.

Providing "what's new" is at least a way to track privacy changes, etc. within an extension. It at least provides a small amount of accountability to allow users to decide for themselves if they want to update a change in privacy policy or not on their own machines.

Others and myself have repeatedly asked Adblock to change this confusing policy and have requested that the Adblock developers clearly show an easy to find changelog on their website. They continue to refuse to do this.

Like most good Safari extension developers, Adblock used to provide a changelog on their website. They got rid of it and that's a problem.

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Version 2.6.4
Cowicide
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I should note after searching around the Internet, I found a twitter post from Adblock that only gives a partial update.

This is that twitter post and my reply:

https://twitter.com/Cowicide/status/458695873006825472

Simonm
+2

So you're saying you don't trust the developer? Your second paragraph comes across as borderline paranoid. As you say he releases the code as open source so it would be discovered very quickly if there was anything nefarious going on. I haven't been given or read a reason not to trust this extension after several years of ad-free browsing.

The developer addresses many of your concerns on his website https://getadblock.com. I'm inclined to be more concerned about other privacy and tracking extensions than Adblock. I like that the developer keeps the extension as unobtrusive donation-ware. I donated a small amount because I want to see it remain independent and free from commercial interests.

Cowicide
+2

> So you're saying you don't trust the developer?

This isn't some personal attack on a developer, it's a request for a detailed changelog so users can be informed of any potential privacy changes, etc.. When it comes to installing software on your computer, it's always best practices to verify changes one may be inadvertently "agreeing" to during updates, etc.

>Your second paragraph comes across as borderline paranoid

You are coming across as naive and uneducated.

Educate yourself:

http://www.howtogeek.com/180175/warning-your-browser-extensions-are-spying-on-you/

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/01/seeking-higher-ground-after-chrome-extension-adwaremalware-problems/

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/01/malware-vendors-buy-chrome-extensions-to-send-adware-filled-updates/

Simonm
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I don't have time to read those links. Do any of them mention Adblock?

You can disable auto-update of extensions in Safari if silent updates concern you. Unfortunately Safari doesn't let you do this on a per-extension basis, but since you want to diligently review the update logs for all your extensions anyway I suggest turning this off lest one of them push an update through that you're not happy with.

If you don't trust this developer and aren't happy with his decision to not release update logs perhaps you're better off not using it. Try an alternative ad/script blocker or use none at all or write your own. No one is forcing you to use this extension.

Like I said, it comes down to trust, or a trade-off between trust and functionality. Given the recent security concerns with SSL perhaps you're better off not using Safari at all, or the internet for that matter...or computers! In fact don't use a phone or go outside either, you might be captured on a street-cam.

Cowicide
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>I don't have time to read those links.

You have time for willful ignorance and insults, but can't quickly check out a few links?

Then I just need to take your insulting, uneducated drivel even less seriously than I already do. Sorry, but once you add willful ignorance on top of ad hominem personal attacks, you've lost all credibility.

>You can disable auto-update of extensions in Safari if silent updates concern you.

More uneducated drivel. If you bothered to read and comprehend my previous post, I wasn't referring to silent updates in particular. I'm referring to updates that aren't well-documented silent or otherwise. Then again, these kind of comprehension mistakes may just be a side effect of your willful ignorance.

>Like I said, it comes down to trust, or a trade-off between trust and functionality.

Captain obvious, why trust when you can verify? Then again, you resort to ad hominem personal attacks against me while later refusing to even bother to educate yourself, so I guess I should expect this kind of uneducated drivel from you.

>If you don't trust this developer

Once again, you lack reading comprehension. I've already told you this isn't a personal attack on the developer. It's a request for a detailed and easy to access changelog so users can be informed of any potential privacy changes, etc.

Fortunately for me, the overwhelming majority of professional developers offer easy to access changelogs for software because they understand their value. I'm just asking that this developer does the same.

It's ridiculous to hide the changelog within the extension itself where the only way to read it is to to download the extension separately from the Safari updater, use Terminal commands (xar -xf 'AdBlock.safariextz') to be able to view contents, etc. and then dig into the changelog.

They are LITERALLY the only popular Safari Extension developer I know of who does this and there's a reason for it.

RavenNevermore
+1

Just curious; if the developer was doing something underhanded, what makes you think he would include that in a change log? That's very naive.

That's like saying he would include "Current version logs your keystrokes." Right?

Just because someone can write malware, and seems to do so for Chrome, doesn't mean every ad block extension is malware. That's specious logic.

The lack of a changelog does not equate to doing something underhanded. maybe he developer just doesn't have the time and resources.

Cowicide
+1

>Just curious; if the developer was doing something underhanded, what makes you think he would include that in a change log? That's very naive.

Please don't be dense. Obviously someone wouldn't publicize something underhanded by the very nature of something being underhanded.

What extension developers have done in the past is change the privacy policy outright in ways that users don't like. At least with a proper, easily accessible changelog, users can see this and judge for themselves if they are comfortable with this.

You should probably go back and read what I've written here and quit embarrassing yourself.

>That's like saying he would include "Current version logs your keystrokes." Right?

No.

>Just because someone can write malware, and seems to do so for Chrome, doesn't mean every ad block extension is malware. That's specious logic.

Where did you hallucinate that I said every ad block extension is malware? You fail once again at reading comprehension, I'm afraid.

>The lack of a changelog does not equate to doing something underhanded. maybe he developer just doesn't have the time and resources.

Nowhere have I said that not providing a changelog equates to something underhanded, but it certainly doesn't inspire confidence in a software product unless you're a naive dolt.

Also, please do try and keep up. I've already stated that the developer does provide a changelog. I just don't like that it's sparse and difficult for most average users to access easily.

You're incredibly misinformed for someone who is trying to speak from authority. Look, if changelogs didn't matter then the overwhelming majority of developers wouldn't use them. But, they do and they usually make them easily accessible on their website.

You should go back and actually read what I wrote in this thread. You've obviously skipped over most of it in your haste to be insulting and dismissive towards me. Sorry, but bullying me isn't going to go well for you.

RavenNevermore
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You know what Cowpie, you have issues. You sound paranoid, and I'm not the only one to say that. You can call people naive and uneducated, but who are you to make that determination? You don't know the people posting here or what our education or expertise is. Some people are just end users. Some of us are sys ops and IT professionals. Some of us have even written articles.

You're the one being dense. Stop acting like you are the smartest person on MacUpdate, as if that's some accomplishment, based on some articles about Chrome on arstechnica.com and other websites. Go outside and get a life.

It's not hard to see what network traffic is going on with an extension. It's also not hard to see what it's doing. In this case it's blocking traffic from known ad servers.

Change-logs show what changes were made to software. Privacy policies are generally on their website. In this case there's nothing about this extension that's gathering information.

We can just as easily say that Apple is tracking us with Safari, or that any other piece of software is doing the same thing. Maybe even our internet provider. At that point you can either worry your self into a corner and never use a computer or internet, or just get on with your life and use the usual amount of security needed.

Cowicide
+1

> You know what Cowpie, you have issues.

Yep, my issue is I want easier to access, clearer changelogs for a browser extension. Your issues are a dire lack of reading comprehension and a superiority complex that makes you feel obliged to launch insults at someone else unprovoked. You marched in here calling me naive. What a horrible way to start off a conversation with someone by acting like a bully.

Shows an utter lack of social skills on your part among other issues. Also, as I've tried to warn you, bullying me isn't going to work out well for you.

>You sound paranoid, and I'm not the only one to say that.

There's that superiority complex of yours.

Right, you and one other insulting dolt who can't critically think your way out of a wet paper bag, nor provide evidence or garner reading comprehension and back up your hollow points.

Sorry, but bullying me isn't going very well for you, is it, bully? You and the mouse in your pocket aren't going to intimidate me, sorry.

And, as you seemed to have missed, I'm not the only one who is asking the AdBlock devs for easier to access changelogs. Reading comprehension fails you get again, bully.

>Some of us are sys ops and IT professionals. Some of us have even written articles.

There goes that wonderful superiority complex again. What does your resume have to do with this? I'm just asking for easier to access, clearer changelogs and backing it up with sources and facts.

It's you that seems to want to speak from authority and everyone take your word on it without any evidence to support you.

>as if that's some accomplishment, based on some articles about Chrome on arstechnica.com and other websites.

Yes, facts, sources, evidence... bad!

> Go outside and get a life.

I'm outside right now. Looks like your pretentiousness fails you yet again. So, when you're outside among other people in life, do you strike up conversations by calling people naive right off the bat? I suspect that wouldn't work out too well for you if you ventured out of your basement there, partner.

But, then again, I have a life and I interact with people, so I know better. You should try it sometime and see how it goes for you.

>It's not hard to see what network traffic is going on with an extension. It's also not hard to see what it's doing.

You obviously don't know what your talking about. The average user isn't going to know how to use the web inspector to see if there are any unusual XHRs.

>Change-logs show what changes were made to software. Privacy policies are generally on their website.

Reading comprehension escapes you yet again, pretentious bully with a superiority complex.

Privacy policies are generally on websites, but major privacy policy CHANGES are generally mentioned within the changelogs with a link to said policy changes on the website for more details.

>never use a computer or internet, or just get on with your life and use the usual amount of security needed.

OR... I can ask that a developer does what most other professional developers do and provide an easy to access changelog (as is standard protocol) so others and myself can easily determine if I'm happy with the changes before I update.

I've already explained this to you, but you appear to be a very dense bully.

Cowicide
+1

THIS is how it's done, "RavenNevermore", you flake bully...

https://adblockplus.org/en/changelog-2.2

Sebastian-Noack
+1

I agree that AdBlock's development became very intransparent. While it is still free and open source software, they closed down their formerly public version control system and issue tracker. That makes it rather difficult to follow their development and to figure out the changes of an update.

Adblock Plus on the other hand provides detailed release announcements:
https://adblockplus.org/releases/

And since Adblock Plus is a real free software project, it also uses a public version control system and issue tracker:
https://hg.adblockplus.org/adblockpluschrome/
https://issues.adblockplus.org/

Cowicide
+0

Good news, the developers have now added an easy to find changelog on their Options page. Thanks, dev.

Cowicide
+0

A warning on Adblock --

https://palant.de/2014/07/29/which-is-better-adblock-or-adblock-plus

Cowicide
+0

Sebastian-Noack, thank you for your intelligent, educated input. We could use a lot more of that around here instead of the personal insults that reek of agenda.

To make matters worse, I just checked and now see that the developers of Adblock have decided to once again hide their changelog after briefly making a link available in the options panel.

I've lost all trust for Adblock and judging by the unprovoked, rude responses I've received in this thread, the people who support and defend AdBlock are rather stunted, uneducated, angry individuals.

MaurizioL Member IconReview+2
MaurizioL
+0

I am satisfied with this Safari Extension; does what is promising, and does it well.

However, on the site (safariadblock.com) the current version (the one that I have installed) is 2.6.18.

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Version 2.6.4
BadBadger Member IconReview+38
BadBadger
+2

This plugin is weak, I know, there was no choice. But now Is already released Adblock Plus version for Safari. Still Beta, but it works better than Adblock and is much faster. Just compare loading search on google images (when loading the same block list).

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Version 2.6.4
William32 Member IconReview+1
William32
+0

The remedy was relatively easy for me anyway.
See http://superuser.com/questions/48606/why-is-my-customized-toolbar-not-being-saved-when-i-restart-safari
(the second answer, from caliban).

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Version 2.6.4
William32 Member IconReview+1
William32
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Oh, it gets worse.
The changes to Safari continue to occur with each reboot or even restart of the app.
Do you think it is malware if the developer says he didn't mean it?

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Version 2.6.4
William32 Member IconReview+1
William32
+1

This is intolerable.
The last two restarts I did, I was greeted with a donation solicitation page from this developer Michael.
I then saw that my Safari toolbar, homepage and some preferences had been changed.
Uninstalled and severely disapproved.
BTW I did donate $20.00 in November when I installed.

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Version 2.6.4
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Version 2.5.59
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