Ublock Origin is the by far best web garbage filter. It is available as a browser extension for Chrome/Chromium, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. It is almost essential to get a good browsing experience on the modern world wide web. It can be configured to use a variety of filters from diverse sources making it a great all in one filtering solution.
Features and usability
UBlock Origin just works in the background and makes your web experience better.
Pictures do sometimes say more than a thousand words. This is what the front page of a larger Swedish blog ("newspaper") looks like without UBlock Origin or any other filtering extension in Chromium:
Now compare the above image with the image below where UBlock Origin is enabled and garbage is removed:
UBlock Origin has a very handy button that looks like
Verdict and conclusion
Using the web without Ublock Origin once you are used to it is absolutely horrible. How people stand the auto-playing video advertisements, the pop-ups, the pop-overs and all the other pure trash the modern web is riddled with is almost mysterious.
The source code is available at github.com/gorhill/uBlock/. Installation instructions for the various browsers it can be added on to are available on that page.
Chrome and Chromium users can install it from the chrome web store.
Pale Moon and SeaMonkey can not use the current Firefox version. There is a special "firefox-legacy" version of UBlock Origin available which does work with browsers using the old Firefox (pre Webextensions) addon API.
UBlock Origin will, after it is installed, show a little red button with "UB" in small white letters in the upper right corner of the web browser. Clicking on it allows you to open it's "Dashboard" where it can be configured. A glance at
Filter lists will reveal that many boxes are not checked.
The lack of default-enabled
Annoyances filters is specially disturbing, you absolutely want to click all them boxes
Annoyances except "Fanboy's Annoyance" and "Fanboy's Social" and the "Apply changes" button which appears in the upper lefft corner once you changed something. The "Fanboy's" lists break several important sites including tv.naver.com. The "Annoyances" filters remove those very annoying "You appear to be using an Adblocker" messages some silly websites tend so show.
You will likely want to enable all the other available filters except
AdGuard Base under
EasyList ad filter list covers most of what
AdGuard Base has to offer so it is not really needed and
AdGuard Base breaks the basic functionality of many sites.
Regions, languages section of the
Filter lists tab has many country-specific lists that are not enabled by default. Enabling all of those, specially those specific to your country and language, is a good idea.
Tips and tricks
Cutting away unwanted parts of a page
Example: you're not a beginner, so you don't want to be bothered with the "###p-for_beginners-label" to the left on this very wiki. Just right–click on it, "Block element" and create – BANG! – the bloody label is a goner! Especially useful for those obnoxious adblocker-warners that get on your nerves and want you to switch off the blocker. No! Instead you switch off the nagging anti-blocker-pop-up nuisance of course. Much smarter action! Total defeat of the advertiser, who is the enemy.
Broken pages and other issues
Ublock Origin will, depending on how many filters you enabled, sometimes break websites. Click the red button and choose "Open The Logger" if a website you enjoy on a regular basis breaks and you believe one Ublock Origin's is the cause. The logger will tell you what rules are applied and which filter the rules are from. You can temporary disable the filter and kindly ask those responsible for maintaining that filter to remove or change the problematic rule. They will mostly comply in a timely fashion.
The Ublock Origin source and homepage is at github.com/gorhill/uBlock/