GlimmerBlocker
GlimmerBlocker
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GlimmerBlocker1.6.6

17 September 2015

Safari ad blocker.

Overview

GlimmerBlocker is a different kind of ad blocker. The problem with other ad blockers for Safari is that they are implemented as awful hacks: as an InputManager and/or ApplicationEnhancer. This compromises the stability of Safari and very often creates problems when Apple releases a new version. GlimmerBlocker is implemented as an HTTP proxy, so the stability of Safari isn't compromised because it doesn't use any hacks. It is even compatible with all other browsers.

You'll always be able to upgrade Safari without breaking GlimmerBlocker (or waiting for a new release); and you'll be able to upgrade GlimmerBlocker without upgrading Safari. This makes it much easier to use the beta versions of Safari and especially the nightly builds of WebKit. Because GlimmerBlocker doesn't hack Safari, there is a few things it isn't able to do: adding a block by right-clicking an image, stopping pop-unders, and filtering cookies from 3rd party sites. But you win a lot in stability, and GlimmerBlocker provides much easier methods for adding your own modifications to pages by adding CSS rules, pieces of JavaScript or by transforming the HTML before Safari receives it. So I hope you're happy with the tradeoff.

If you can program in JavaScript you'll be able to add your own modifications to pages. See the included filters for examples, e.g., adding a download link to YouTube.

What's new in GlimmerBlocker

Version 1.6.6:
Bug fixes and better upgrader
  • Fix crasher when activating/de-activating GlimmerBlocker on some OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) systems. Reported by Alex K.
  • Use CONNECT/SOCKS etc for CONNECT requets when a site-wide proxy has been specified. Reported by Adam J.
  • Minor fixes:
    • Better log (in debug mode) when connect fails.
    • Fix syntax bug in parser.
    • Timeout for socket reads in CONNECT requests.
    • Improved naming of threads Suppress "EXCEPTION WHILE USING CONNECTION" when Safari aborts connection while downloading file.

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118 Reviews of GlimmerBlocker

persecutor
15 February 2009
Version: 1.3.1

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I don`t get it. This Proxy runs fine but leaves Little Snitch useless, as the case would be for me. Every App. that fones home via http:// goes unrecognized by Little Snitch.
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misterjspencer
08 May 2019
Version: 1.6.6
Is this still being maintained, are scripts being updated?
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Bonobo
13 January 2017
Version: 1.6.6
GlimmerBlocker has for a long time been one of the essential softwares on all my Macs and it still is :-) THANK YOU!
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George6
19 November 2016
Version: 1.6.6
hm, i m trying this, because adblock plus gets detected by more and more sites, and using anti adblock scripts are not the way. sadly it seems to me that glimmerblocker filter lists are not too greatly maintained, some of the user lists on the websites are even outdated links which you can't subscribe to anymore. atm you need to add some rules to each of your favourite sites first. that would be ok if the ui was a bit nicer, but sadly it is pretty old, seemingly from 10.4 or so. why does it use the system preferences anyway? it's a proxy, so a web gui would be the logical choice, allowing you to maintain your settings from the browsers itself. anyway, if you get the hang of it, it works. not in beauty, but it works. i just wish the dev would give it a complete overhaul, the increasing adblock detection on websites maybe gives this project a new user base, and makes it worth the effort! (tested on 10.10)
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Michael Haeusler
24 October 2015
Version: 1.6.6
Nope. Doesn't work on El Capitan. After upgrading to El Capitan from Yosemite, I did a clean uninstall of GB plus hard wipe (i.e. manually deleting every last trace of GB, including installer receipts) followed by a reboot (after installation) and another reboot (after GB & Network setup as per instructions on the GB website), and nothing happens. GlimmerBlocker sits around idle at ca. 0.1% CPU load, internet access, VPN and everything else works, but Safari, Chrome and the other apps still show all the ads that are supposed to be blocked by GB. (I'm using the extended LittleSnitch script that leaves local web servers alone, e.g. printer servers.) It's a preference pane that I desperately want to have working on my system, but it simply won't (Yosemite 10.11.1, GB 1.6.6). It's a catastrophe… don't wanna use Adblock Plus.
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misterjspencer
20 October 2015
Version: 1.6.6
I have tried them all, ad block plus on safari, perl scripts working through squid, and privoxy. This is the easiest install and set up of filters. The problem is the filters are not perfect and there is not enough going on in the creation of filters, on the filter page of the glimmer blocker web site. I have found a few others across the web even tried to make one of my own (not brilliant) Filter creators please step up, especially if you could convert the adblock plus filter
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Ptk3
19 October 2015
Version: 1.6.6
Worked for me on Yosemite, but does not work on El Capitan installed this morning. Activated, it blocks my internet connection, and had a prompt that says "Problem performing the request. Try deactivate and reactivate GlimmerBlocker". One of the early prompt of El Capitan, after its installation, said that GlimmerBlocker is not compatible with this version of OSX. I'll wait for an update, but in the meantime, I deactive it.
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pa-geographer
19 September 2015
Version: 1.6.6
Version 1.6.6 not compatible with OS X 10.9 as stated here. Requires 10.10 or later.
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MichaelHaeusler
10 August 2015
Version: 1.6.5
It says "OS X 10.9" or later, but in reality it's not compatible with Yosemite (10.10.4) and Safari 8.0.7, latest Firefox etc. with LittleSnitch. Tried the new LittleSnitch script for 10.9, even tried Glimmerblocker beta (1.6.6b42), but no use. Such a great app, but the current OS is not supported. Don't even bother. Willing to give it a good rating again, but it needs to be updated first.
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Jacblac
29 May 2015
Version: 1.6.5
For whatever it may be worth, after reinstalling Yosemite 10.10.3 (Safari kept freezing, despite my sundry efforts to fix it), i got a window saying that GlimmerBlocker (1.6.5) is incompatible w. this version of the OS. Safari still acted up after the reinstallation, so i trashed the different bits of GlimmerBlocker, & now Safari works as it should.
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Zx81
01 February 2015
Version: 1.6.5
"GlimmerBlocker is implemented as an HTTP proxy" ; I need help here. Does this mean every page I view goes through a kind of GlimmerBlocker Proxy (& would cause security and privacy problems?) Thanks.
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ylluminate
06 January 2015
Version: 1.6
Absolutely essential. This is definitely one of the first installs on new workstations that we have. I do use a couple other items in conjunction, but this is super useful and handy and the additional logging facilities are very useful as a developer for debugging, etc. from time to time.
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Fuhayer
03 January 2015
Version: 1.6
i paused AdBlock and tried this to see its performance but it did not block all the ads that Adblock did in some sites. it needs more work to block all ads.
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Madmacmad
02 January 2015
Version: 1.6
still the Best!!!! don't look further.... forget this fxxk Adblocker in Safari & other Browsers... this is the ultimative Weapon and you can easy customize it! Kudos & Respect to the Dev... i use it since the beginning on all my Mac's... Thank you to keep it Free and for the Updates!!!!
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tfigs
30 November 2014
Version: 1.5.3
Works in Yosemite despite the warning that it doesn't. I tried the Safari extensions AdBlock and also AdBlock Plus. Both were fine but I would have trouble with some pages loading correctly. GlimmerBlocker just works.
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misterjspencer
31 December 2013
Version: 1.5.3
is it true that adblockers are selling advertising bypass to the ad people? At least so i read on a comment down at lifehacker
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pa-geographer
29 October 2013
Version: 1.5.3
Version 1.5.1 works fine with Mavericks AND with Oracle's Java SE 7.. The current version, 1.5.3, for some reason requires Apple's old Java SE 6.
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Jazzyguy
23 October 2013
Version: 1.5.3
It WILL work in Mavericks Go to the Developer's Web Site and follow the instructions to download the Java which is an integral part of it.You may have to download twice but it definitely works in Mavericks. 5 stars for sure!
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Rollerdl
23 October 2013
Version: 1.5.3
Not compatable with OS X Maverick yet. :(
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SickTeddyBear
17 July 2013
Version: 1.5.3
Developer Quote: "The problem with other ad-blockers for Safari is that they are implemented as awful hacks: as an InputManager and/or ApplicationEnhancer." It seems to me that with the advent of extensions for Safari, and the specific availability of the AdBlock extension, that GlimmerBlocker has become much less necessary than it did in the past. There are obviously use cases where GlimmerBlocker provides needed features that AdBlock does not, but for the average person, I no longer see a purpose for this program.
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pa-geographer
17 July 2013
Version: 1.5.3
Version 1.5.3 won't install without Apple's old Java SE 6 installed. I reverted back to 1.5.1, as it installs and runs fine with Oracle Java SE 7.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
22 May 2013
Version: 1.5.2
Glimmer Blocker oversees far more than just web browser ads. At first I thought it might be a good thing, as Little Snitch monitored a lot of new GlimmerBlocker intercepts. But soon I found that it seriously degraded my internet access. Apparently it doesn't play well with my Linksys router. There may be a way to manage this, but I don't have the expertise to deal with all those GB parameters. For me, if it doesn't work "out of the box", it doesn't work.
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Jazzyguy
19 May 2013
Version: 1.5.2
The app runs beautifully on Safari 6.0.4 I had a banner on Tampa Bay Journal advertising something or other and after installing the ad was no longer there. This app is an essential for OSX
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Luddite
07 April 2013
Version: 1.5.1
Works beautifully (1.5.1) on 10.8.3/Safari 6.03. And the developer sorted a minor installation problem within minutes...on a Sunday afternoon!
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June8
27 November 2012
Version: 1.5.1
Browser independent, doesn't slow down surfing, easy to add own rules.
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Monkeyjunkey
30 July 2012
Version: 1.5.1
Great tool. Not sure why it's subtitle is "Safari ad blocker" if, since using an http proxy, it basically works with every browser. Actually it's browser independent...
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Jobby
28 July 2012
Version: 1.5.0
The previous version Just Worked when using an iPhone on the local network. With this update, I have to create /Library/GlimmerBlocker/preferIPv4Stack.txt for the iPhone to work with GlimmerBlocker. Why is the new default behaviour something that breaks stuff? And why is there not a UI for changing it, rather than having to mess about creating random files? (Hint: even if you don't want a UI, you can still put it in the preferences plist and tell people to use "defaults write")
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Jazzyguy
24 July 2012
Version: 1.5.0
This Version is Excellent! No bugs at all.
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Bfulop
15 May 2012
Version: 1.4.16
More than just an AdBlocker. It's an easy to use personal proxy. Yes, you can subscribe to AdBlock lists and filter out ads on ALL of your browsers. Yes you can easily add custom rules to filter whatever you want. The reason I'm loving this software is that I can use it in my day-to-day web development work. I can set it up with a couple of clicks, so that any browser on my mac uses a local CSS, image, JS file instead of the one on the distant server. This really helps my productivity when working on a client's live website where I could not easily tweak their files. Even more I can set up Windows/IE on VMWare to use Glimmerblocker and I can test my work on IE before I the files go live. It's just fantastic! And I haven't touched all the possibilities you can do with it! If you are a web developer you should really check it out!
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Kerridge
12 May 2012
Version: 1.4.16
This is a request for assistance. Downloading this goes nowhere.... loads and thats it, nothing happens. Have Saf 5.1.7 on osx 10.7.4 installed.
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Bachman
26 February 2012
Version: 1.4.16
The best AD-Blocker i've ever seen. Keep up the good work!
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M-Luther
10 February 2012
Version: 1.4.16
Horrible preference pane. With Parental Controls enabled, nothing would show in Safari on my kids accounts when going to websites. Spent over an hour troubleshooting, changing parental control prefs, and even after deleting GlimmerBlocker the websites STILL would not show. After reading of another user having the same problem, I reinstalled GlimmerBlocker, then disabled it in the preference pane, and THEN deleted it, and now everything is back to normal. Does not work with Parental Controls under 10.7.3.
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The-Equalizer
04 February 2012
Version: 1.4.16
Test drove this for a few days, but it never worked for me. The same old pop-ups / flash advertising appeared in great number again and again at just about every website I visited (especially news sites). Would love a 'right-click & block' option, but even these never seem to work.
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ben-marko
04 January 2012
Version: 1.4.16
I just downloaded and installed version 1.5.0b4, it is still broken. Can the developer tell us what they would like to see as far as feedback to help fix bugs? Or are there any log files or the like we can send to help speed development?
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ben-marko
23 December 2011
Version: 1.4.16
Yes, my Glimmer Blocker seems to be broken completely. When I check the preference pane, it tells me it is activated, but it doesn't block anything anymore - pretty disappointing since when it did work, it was hands-down the best ad blocker out there. Please fix it!
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Madmacmad
08 December 2011
Version: 1.4.16
... for me the BEST AD BLOCKER out there !!!! Well i have test them all and can confirm this works with ALL Browsers without any configuration and it is very fast... I Used AD Blocker Safari Plugin but had a lot of AD's that still pop up.... Now with Glimmerblocker all is fine and it is very easy to configure and make own rules... All my Rules in other Ad Blocker doesn't work so well as with Glimmer.... So try and you will see !!!! Thanks and kudos to the Dev to let it FREE !!! So waste no time just install and be happy This is the BEST AD Blocker out there !!!!!!!!!!
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Frankns
21 August 2011
Version: 1.4.16
Since my upgrade to Lion, my Console floods with "kernel: IPV6 Non Local address" messages. Turn off GB and the messages go away. I've worked with the developer - VERY responsive - but haven't been able to solve the problem. So far, the conclusion has been that it it is a bug in Lion.
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Arminder
21 August 2011
Version: 1.4.16
Worked well for video ads.
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Stringer
01 August 2011
Version: 1.4.16
Hey just switched from Safari AdBlocker because couldn't wait for a 10.7 Lion update so decided to try GlimmerBlocker. It works different then most ad blockers its a proxy i think?? and it is set in the system preferences. My first impressions are that it works well I tried 10 of my favourite sites and it blocked all of the ads just as well or better then my old ad blocker so am happy with this program.
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Sanjinko
20 July 2011
Version: 1.4.15
The latest version requires installation of Java runtime, which isn't incorporated in Lion.
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Jazzyguy
18 July 2011
Version: 1.4.15
This version works great!
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Rochade
16 July 2011
Version: 1.4.14
Found that GB isn't working on Lion GM for me. I only received a cryptic message, telling me to deactivate and reactivate GB. Until I found the "Also download beta" in the Software Update checker. With v 1.4.15b7 I can use Glimmerblocker again.
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Jazzyguy
11 July 2011
Version: 1.4.14
This is the actual Error Message Try deactivate and reactivate GlimmerBlocker URL: /=gb=/0b20c09df85058dcf95d6cc362f1558a244720af83672301/reload-panel-settings Error Domain=NSURLErrorDomain Code=-1004 UserInfo=0x200312460 "Could not connect to the server." Underlying Error=(Error Domain=kCFErrorDomainCFNetwork Code=-1004 UserInfo=0x2003566e0 "Could not connect to the server.")
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Jazzyguy
11 July 2011
Version: 1.4.14
I got an error-Problem performing your request try activating and reactivating Glimmer blocker. It did no good at all got the same message.Using Snow Leopard 10.6.8
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Betaiii
10 July 2011
Version: 1.4.12
Really slows down Chrome. I've had been using it for years, but after setting up Chrome to reload about 10 pages, Chrome was very slow to load after a restart. I removed GlimmerBlocker, and I'm now encountering no problems. Perhaps this is a Chrome issue, or simple incompatibility. However, GlimmerBlocker has lost its usefulness for Chrome users.
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Moocan
15 May 2011
Version: 1.4.12
Hi, If someone could explain me how to setup workaround #1 from http://glimmerblocker.org/wiki/LittleSnitch because I don't see where to past the xml code snippet ? Some setup steps are missing ? I only have fields with host is, path ignored, query ignored ! Many thanks in advance
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4.5
shacklaw
09 May 2011
Version: 1.4.12
Still the best ad blocker. While it might not block and/or collapse as thoroughly as the browser plug-ins, this is the only blocker that does not slow down the browser (be it Safari or Chrome), cause beach balling, crashing, choppy scrolling, etc. Also, the process is now called "GlimmerBlocker" instead of just "java," which is helpful. If only it could block text ads on HTTPS sites like Facebook.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
01 May 2011
Version: 1.4.12
This update to Glimmer blocker really screwed the pooch. It blocks everything. Not cool.
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anonymous-gopher-3364
30 April 2011
Version: 1.4.12
With one of the beta releases and continuing with this version, the LittleSnitch workaround stopped working and I'm getting constant "Allow?" popups. I re-added the workaround and still having issues. Anyone else?
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Dchivas
30 April 2011
Version: 1.4.12
I have used GlimmerBlocker for over a year now and have never had any problems, even with all the various Apple & Safari updates. Safari remains ad free.
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Molamola
30 April 2011
Version: 1.4.12
Still the only AdBlocker which does not slow down Safari. I try the AdBlock Extension every once in a while, but specially after I've opened a couple of pages Safari slows down and takes ages to open pages. Memory use of Safari doubles at least and often exceeds 1 Gig. I don't know if AdBlock is the fault or Apple Extension API, but there is something terrible wrong with Safaris Memory Management when using AdBlock. GlimmerBlocker in comparison causes 0 issues.
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Thyx
10 March 2011
Version: 1.4.9
Helps a lot on my 4-year old MacBook. More memory efficient than usual AdBlockers - you don't need one blocker per app. And I couldn't use Camino and other apps without proper.
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xati-ba
08 March 2011
Version: 1.4.9
Good software, but be careful when you uninstall it.
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CatherineB
07 March 2011
Version: 1.4.9
To all LittleSnitch users : be advised that all web connections will be displayed as "GlimmerBlocker", and not as "Safari" or "Mail" or whatever. This basically means that LittleSnitch will no longer be able to block individual applications. So, if you are a LittleSnitch user, stay AWAY from GlimmerBlocker.
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Aargl
06 March 2011
Version: 1.4.9
Waow! I've been using SafariBlock for years, but as I suspected it for some occasionnal "excessive blocking", I've tried this one and really like it, for the reason that the dev mentions, but also because it's working with any browser. I only gave 4 stars to the "ease of use" because I had to spend some time to figure out how to create a filter such as "onesite/anyimage*" where * could be anything: you've got to choose Path="java regexp" and add a dot before the * (for the above example: "onesite/anyimage.*") But I suppose it's obvious for anyone speaking regex fluently... ;-)
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ben-marko
23 January 2011
Version: 1.4.9
Still having trouble...GlimmerBlocker now is not working at all. I reinstalled (using the uninstaller), then restarted my MBP. Nothing seems to work, I hope that this is fixed soon. Was awesome while it did work.
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Jichi
03 January 2011
Version: 1.4.9
Perfect work! Especially gr8 for blocking ads from those non-safari software with lamed adblock features, such as Opera and wine programs. Has been using it since 10.5. And it finally come back to snow leopard as well. Thanks to the developer!
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Robio
17 December 2010
Version: 1.4.9
Elegant, easy, smart. Using with Safari AdBlocker and ClickToFlash, and the whole web is much better now. The only problem I have is not with GB specifically, but with the fact that running all of these makes it hard to tell which items in contextual menus go with which plugin. I don't know which "whitelist" option is which.
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Eclipx
06 December 2010
Version: 1.4.9
i used this ad blocker for years on my mac, and it never failed! It doesn't slow down you mac, and it blocks almost 90% of the adds. You even can add custom url-blockers
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ben-marko
14 November 2010
Version: 1.4.9
Have done my best to work through current (major) problem - GB will not block ads. First noticed this on NY Times website...and then saw it on numerous other sites. Dev will not respond to e-mails, hence my comment here. Program has worked flawlessly in the past, what has broken here?
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Eemilydickerson
02 October 2010
Version: 1.4.7
glimmer-blocker is outstanding and free and exactly what i was looking for when i kept being sent inappropriate sites i wanted to block them , it is easy to figure out and block sites you would like to block, i would highly recommend for anyone
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Zeba
27 July 2010
Version: 1.4.7
What for does CCI stand for?
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shacklaw
27 July 2010
Version: 1.4.7
Still the best ad blocker for Safari 5. AdBlock the extension is slowwwwwww (slows down Safari horribly), Safari AdBlocker is flakey, etc. Only downside is the lack of whitelisting and blocking from within Safari.
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Pissnaround
26 July 2010
Version: 1.4.7
GlimmerBlocker does not seem to work well with CCI. You need to disable CCI for System Preferences entirely.
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Yoshinatsu
13 May 2010
Version: 1.4.5
Sorry to say that, but... I think GlimmerBlocker makes my browsing a little slower. And I don't like that.
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Unixo
03 May 2010
Version: 1.4.5
The installer fails to complete. I tried to uninstall following instructions of developer website, but they also forget to tell about "_glimmerblocker" user added by the installer.
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Dspencer3491
12 April 2010
Version: 1.4.4
Works very well and does as it says. My only criticism is that you can't block or whitelist certain ads from within the brother but it's not that big of a deal and one thing to make up for this is the fact that Safari runs more stable without the safari adblocker plugin.
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Awado
29 March 2010
Version: 1.4.4
Highly recommended! The deeper I get into it, the more I love it. It is a very versatile extension to any browser. There are a lot of predefined rules in it already. And for your own needs you may define any additional rule, by hand or by its integrated assistance. I finally managed to modify URLs that lead to iTunes Store items, so that they are no longer forwarded to click tracking sites.
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nowheredense
20 March 2010
Version: 1.4.4
As of March 20, 2010, it has stopped working on Safari 4.0.5 (5531.22.7) running on a G5 Tower with OS 10.5.8. Out of desperation, I installed Safari AdBlocker 1.8.1 and thankfully ads disappear again. Are other users of GlimmerBlocker experiencing the same issue?
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O5220803
13 March 2010
Version: 1.4.4
A really, clever, unobtrusive, sophisticated add-on! I have it working with Opera 10.5, Camino 2.1pre, Safari 4.0.5(6531.22.7) and Firefox 3.6. Works as advertised from the "get-go w/o" any user intervention, other than a simple proxy set-up for Opera and Firefox. I have not yet tested GB with Omniweb. Kudos to Peter for developing this superb ad blocker. The beauty of GlimmerBlocker is there are NO hacks, or add-on, to any of the browsers listed above.
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Spacetracker
26 February 2010
Version: 1.4.4
I tried every other ad blocker before trying GlimmerBlocker, AdBlock, AdBlocker, SafariBlock, and PithHelmet, but GlimmerBlocker is the only one that worked properly, or at all, the first time with Safari 4 on Snow Leopard. Thanks for being a member of the "It Just Works" guild.
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Holmemoss
28 January 2010
Version: 1.4.4
I have just installed Little Snitch. Why does GlimmerBlocker try to connect to numerous web sites which have nothing to do with ads?
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Islandmacman
23 January 2010
Version: 1.4.4
This appears to have stopped working as it did - not sure what happened with this update. Some ads are being blocked, but more ads - including a deluge of Flash ads, are now getting through regardless of any urls I manually block.
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ben-marko
17 January 2010
Version: 1.4.4
Very effective, it definately does what's advertised. Just going to the ad-choked NY Times website proves it. However with v1.4.4, it has stopped updating subscriptions. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling, restating my MBP, but nothing works. I keep getting the error: Last update error: Can't decode content-encoding = 'identity' Not sure what is wrong, but it still seems to be functioning normally otherwise.
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Zeb-B
17 January 2010
Version: 1.4.4
I tried the CSS approach suggested below and it really slowed down Safari. GlimmerBlocker has given me no problems. An occasional ad gets through. The best part is that it works with my Fluid apps and Safari and FireFox (with AdBlockPlus enabled),
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Frevoi
16 January 2010
Version: 1.4.4
I like it very much so far. Is it possible to use AdblockPlus filters with Glimmerblocker? Or to convert them to GB's format? Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Valevale
17 December 2009
Version: 1.4.2
I just found GlimmerBlocker. After having used all the other ad blockers I could find, this is the one that works best by far. And by the way, it does not slow anything down for me. It speeds up any web page that has adds and the more the adds, the more it speeds it up.
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Uncoy
01 December 2009
Version: 1.4.2
I love GlimmerBlocker but it recently brought my work to a standstill for a couple of days. While editing Wordpress sites in North America (I'm in Europe), it would take more than a minute to load each page. I troubleshot everything before finally disabling GlimmerBlocker. And bingo. So back to normal adblockers for me. A pity as GlimmberBlocker was excellent for about a year for me.
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Libcrypt
13 November 2009
Version: 1.4.2
I hate to say it, but there's no ad-blocking proxy out there that won't significantly slow down browsing. After a few months of GlimmerBlocker, I've had to switch back to Safari Adblock. Pages now load far, far more quickly.
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YEEZUS
06 November 2009
Version: 1.4.2
Still THE BEST seems like it speeds up web browsing cause your not forced to waste bandwith on ads
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Corpsecorps
02 November 2009
Version: 1.4.2
After using Privoxy for a periods of time in the past, i thought a proxy would be a good way to go if it just wasn't as horribly user unfriendly as that software. This still isn't very user friendly: i.e. no simple interface for immediate changes to ad blocking. The only really good solution i've found for ad blocking is Firefox + Adlbock Plus with Element Hiding Helper. I had to toss GlimmerBlocker, because as a proxy it necessarily affects all browsers and i don't need the chaos of both GlimmerBlocker and Adblock Plus working in tandem. Back to an ad-storm while using Safari and other browsers.
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Fluentnudge
27 October 2009
Version: 1.4.2
Apparently Glimmerblock bypasses Little Snitch which allows _any_ app to connect if they use the proxy... Unless you approve each and every connect glimmerblocker does... So uninstalled...
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Dreamkatcha
09 October 2009
Version: 1.4.2
Yes, it blocks ads, but unfortunately that's not all it blocks. With this enabled, half the pages I (try to) visit need to be refreshed before they'll appear, and the ones that do load first time take three times as long. I'd rather see the ads than go back to dial-up speeds, thanks. I tried to uninstall it as per the instructions and the 'activate GlimmerBlocker' checkbox was greyed out so I had to delete the preference pane and then re-install it just to see if GlimmerBlocker was the cause of my problems. It was.
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Programhappy
05 October 2009
Version: 1.4.1
It is not blocking any ads from googlesyndication.com or doubleclick.net. It may not be working altogether. OS 10.6.1 & Safari 4.0.3
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ivanovitch
21 September 2009
Version: 1.4.1
I'd be more impressed if it didn't block Facebook: "Request failed. Got java.io.EOFException (Unexpected end of ZLIB input stream): http://www.facebook.com/n/?reqs.php&mid=1.....(etc)" Oh well...
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Joshp
15 September 2009
Version: 1.4.1
If you remove this prefpane, iTunes can't get to the iTunes Music Store or update podcasts until you also remove the proxy info from Safari. Go to Safari--> Preferences--> Advanced--> Change Settings and uncheck Web Proxy.
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Robotank
10 September 2009
Version: 1.4
The transition to Snow Leopard highlighted for me the substantial advantage Glimmer Blocker has over other Safari ad blockers. While all Input Manager based plugins stopped working with 64-bit Safari, Glimmer Blocker continued to function without a hiccup. While I unfortunately had/have to wait for a couple other plugins to be updated, at least I didn't have to deal with ads. As for Glimmer Blocker having a less thorough filter set than Safari AdBlock, I've found that with some of the additional filters linked to on the GB web page installed, I've managed to get nearly complete ad blocking, so far only needing three domains on my own filter. Also, I've found that Safari's page loading speed with GB is far superior than with AdBlock. I suspect this has to do with the way ads are blocked, though I could be wrong. It looks to me like AdBlock loads the data from the ad server then prevents it from being displayed, while GB prevents the data from being loaded at all. In any case, I'm very pleased with GB, and I strongly recommend it over the existing alternatives.
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YEEZUS
22 August 2009
Version: 1.4
Wow. GB is powerful. It loads greasemonkey userscripts and has safari quick searches along with the ad blocking. Make sure you empty the Safari cache after installing. Before doing this I was getting large empty spaces where ads used to be, now pages load cleanly and fast.
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Corpsecorps
22 June 2009
Version: 1.3.6
This is a better solution than some of the other adblockers since, as a proxy, it will work with various browsers and isn't broken by minute changes in them. However, i don't find it's interface very intuitive (about on par with the monstrosity Privoxy), and the deal breaker for me is that there's no interactivity with the browser interface. In fact, as one has to bring up System Prefs to make changes, it's less convenient to add to than those that require bringing up the browser prefs. As i find new websites that become places i visit often, i need to be able to kill ads (and clutter) as i find them, without having to look at page code too carefully. Subscriptions have never really thrilled me. So far nothing even remotely approaches the ease and versatility of Adblock Plus with Element Hiding Helper. I waited years for such a thing to show up.
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gmattie
15 June 2009
Version: 1.3.5
Glimmer Blocker will do quite a number on Safari if it's uninstalled incorrectly (and by "incorrectly" i mean intuitively, the way you would assume software should be uninstalled). I am currently going thru the unfortunate process of removing Glimmer Blocker properly so that Safari works again. i am at least a bit thankful the developers post a guide on how to do this. I do not recommend this software. If you want to block Flash, use ClickToFlash, which is a proper WebKit plugin that doesn't mess with your network or system files.
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John-Sawyer-CJS
10 June 2009
Version: 1.3.5
Has anybody found that GlimmerBlocker works with any web browser, not just Safari, due to its proxy approach? The developer's descriptions mention just Safari, but I've been trying out iCab for about a week, and though iCab has only simple built-in ad blocking, and no add-on adblock software available for it, I seem to be seeing pretty complete ad blocking while using iCab, on a par with what I saw with GlimmerBlocker and Safari. I've turned on GB's option to show a checkerboard pattern for blocked images, and though I was seeing this pattern when images were blocked in Safari, I'm not seeing that pattern in iCab, so maybe iCab's built-in adblocking is better than I thought? But on another Mac I'm using, that doesn't have Glimmerblocker installed (it can run only OS 10.4.11 max), its copy of iCab is showing ads that my GlimmerBlocked Mac's copy of iCab isn't showing.
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Ronl
04 May 2009
Version: 1.3.4
If you are wondering whether GB is affective... go to this URL with GB on and then off... http://www.tvguide.com/listings/ Great app!! I've been using it since I first heard of it several months ago with no problems.
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Clarusad
03 May 2009
Version: 1.3.4
Still no Tiger version ?
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Escaperaise
23 April 2009
Version: 1.3.3
GlimmerBlocker had very little effect on the number of ads displayed, and in particular did not block animated flash advertisements which was the whole point. I trashed the control panel and now cannot get online using WiFi. EVDO still works. Suggestions welcome :-) Unibody MBP running 10.5.6. Tx.
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Hauntedtapedeck
30 March 2009
Version: 1.3.3
Anyone else getting very high Virtual Memory use with this (~3GB here)?
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Leopoldbloom
12 March 2009
Version: 1.3.3
I'm very pleased with this app on the whole. It's never caused problems for any of my apps, and I like having a good blocker for Safari that's not an Input Manager. If you find it's not blocking enough ads, enable the extra filters that come with GB and check on its web page for more. There is now a filter posted there that covers a bunch of stuff the default filters don't. The only issue I have is that if you're running Little Snitch's network filter all the time, every web page you try to visit goes to it through GB and so isn't included in any browser exception rule. This can be a pain, but since I don't use LS that much, it's not a big deal for me.
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::mile::
26 February 2009
Version: 1.3.2
I thought this was an ad-blocker...?! It only seems to block a few animations, but about 80% of advertising is still all over the pages...!? Maybe I need to configure it all myself, but if it doesn't work "out of the box" I'd rather use something else...
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Hawkstrom
24 February 2009
Version: 1.3.2
Excellent program, best ad-blocker out there.
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persecutor
15 February 2009
Version: 1.3.1
I don`t get it. This Proxy runs fine but leaves Little Snitch useless, as the case would be for me. Every App. that fones home via http:// goes unrecognized by Little Snitch.
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Mbhockey
03 February 2009
Version: 1.3.1
What I can't figure out is how this software is free. Terrific job. One of the great free applications that is being actively developed for the Mac. Thank you!
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Jazzyguy
25 January 2009
Version: 1.3.1
Great Blocker and thanks for the tip on Little Snitch.This is a great Freeware application that I would have gladly paid for.
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