GlimmerBlocker
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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);
What's New
Version 1.5.3:
  • Updated Developer Certificate to avoid warning when installing.
  • Fixed problem when installing (extraction of TAR files).
  • Upgraded JVM runtime.
  • Added more debug logging.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



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GlimmerBlocker User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Psychosynthesis commented on 31 Dec 2013
is it true that adblockers are selling advertising bypass to the ad people? At least so i read on a comment down at lifehacker
[Version 1.5.3]


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pa.geographer commented on 29 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 1.5.3]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 23 Oct 2013
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!
[Version 1.5.3]

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Rollerdl replied on 23 Oct 2013
I am not a developer. I updated to OS X maverick this morning from the MAS. After the update it prompted me to download Java which I did. Is that the job are you refer to? Apple's Java version 6?
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Rollerdl replied on 23 Oct 2013
Nevermind that last comment. I understand what you mean now. I see their comment on their website thanks a lot.
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Rollerdl replied on 23 Oct 2013
I only needed to reinstall Glimmerblocker. Did not need to do the java part. Thanks again. All good now.
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Rollerdl commented on 23 Oct 2013
Not compatable with OS X Maverick yet. :(
[Version 1.5.3]


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Negritude commented on 17 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 1.5.3]

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lamontDakota replied on 17 Sep 2013
"I no longer see a purpose for this program."

Different strokes for different folks.
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 16 Jul 2013
So, how does this work with apps like Little Snitch and other blockers?
I keep getting popups from all my apps about accessing local host (127.0.0.1), so does that mean everything is now going to go around my application firewall?
Are there security concerns using this?
[Version 1.5.3]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc reviewed on 22 May 2013
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.
[Version 1.5.2]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 19 May 2013
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
[Version 1.5.2]


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Luddite reviewed on 07 Apr 2013
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!
[Version 1.5.1]


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June8 reviewed on 27 Nov 2012
Browser independent, doesn't slow down surfing, easy to add own rules.
[Version 1.5.1]


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pa.geographer had trouble on 17 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 1.5.3]


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Kerridge had trouble on 12 May 2012
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.
[Version 1.4.16]


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Ben-Marko had trouble on 03 Jan 2012
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?
[Version 1.4.16]


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Ben-Marko had trouble on 23 Dec 2011
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!
[Version 1.4.16]


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Frankns had trouble on 21 Aug 2011
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.
[Version 1.4.16]

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Frankns replied on 15 Oct 2011
With the 10.7.2 no more messages in the console. Great to see this. GB is best in class and Peter is a fine, responsive developer
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Rochade had trouble on 16 Jul 2011
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.
[Version 1.4.14]


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Ben-Marko had trouble on 23 Jan 2011
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.
[Version 1.4.9]

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Ben-Marko replied on 26 Jan 2011
Wish there was a way to contact the developer!!!!
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Ben-Marko had trouble on 14 Nov 2010
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?
[Version 1.4.9]


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Pissnaround had trouble on 26 Jul 2010
GlimmerBlocker does not seem to work well with CCI. You need to disable CCI for System Preferences entirely.
[Version 1.4.7]


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nowheredense had trouble on 20 Mar 2010
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?
[Version 1.4.4]

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Mrmclargehuge commented on 22 Mar 2010
I've not had any issues.
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Mrmclargehuge commented on 22 Mar 2010
I should add that I'm on an Intel machine though.

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Josart rated on 04 Apr 2013

[Version 1.5.1]



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Zincker rated on 06 Sep 2012

[Version 1.5.1]



+89

Zx rated on 24 Jul 2012

[Version 1.5.0]



ElTarlo rated on 12 Jul 2012

[Version 1.4.16]



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widethtripp rated on 01 May 2012

[Version 1.4.16]



+89

Zx rated on 23 Apr 2012

[Version 1.4.16]



vSeven rated on 26 Feb 2012

[Version 1.4.16]



Tot54 rated on 10 Dec 2011

[Version 1.4.16]



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Nmege rated on 20 Aug 2011

[Version 1.4.16]



Dee-Aytch rated on 31 Jul 2011

[Version 1.4.16]


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Date:16 Jul 2013
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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’ll 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.


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