Glimmerblocker v Safari AdBlock?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Random Gecko, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. Random Gecko macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2008
    London, England
  2. djshack macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2010
    Somerville, MA
    GlimmerBlocker: Does not slow down browsing. Does not crash Safari. Upgrade-proof. Works in all browsers. Does not allow right-click ad blocking or any in-browser customization. Does not block HTTPS ads or some text ads (such as on Facebook). Does not always collapse elements where blocked ads are.

    AdBlock: Plugin or extension (not sure if you mean the extension or the SIMBL plugin). Slows down safari. Causes huge memory leaks. Blocks ads better.
  3. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    In addition to the post above:

    GlimmerBlocker: Pro = work for all client side software, so will block ads in any app that receives the ads, such as RSS feed readers. Con = user has to manually update filter subscriptions in the GlimmerBlocker GUI by running "update all subscriptions" from options button under filter list.

    Safari AdBlock (SIMBL): Pro = more flexible in terms of per page and per ad specific blocking. Con = will sometimes break Safari after updates of either Safari or AdBlock.

    Safari AdBlock (Extension): sorry, never really tried it out.
  4. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005
    I thought I'd bump this up, while comparing Glimmerblocker to the extension version of Adblocker (not plug-in). Which is more of a resource hog? Does one load pages faster than another?

    I'm fine with Glimmer, but I've noticed that if I start playing a flash video, then stop midway, and then try to surf elsewhere, Safari slows down quite a bit. (It only happens when I cut off a flash video in the middle of playback).

    Now, where I live, Qwest only offers 256k DSL, so that severely limits me.

    Can anyone compare Glimmerblocker to the Adblock extension, and offer pros and cons? I'd like to avoid Adblocker and its plugin, if at all possible. Thanks.
  5. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    I switched from Glimmerblocker to the AdBlock extension a while ago. Early in development on AdBlock was awful and slowed Safari to a halt but now it's as smooth as butter.
  6. Oz. macrumors regular


    Jan 20, 2011
    Can't wait to see Ad Muncher on Mac, it's the best Ad Blocker out there (on Windows), not free but definitely worth the money. Too bad :confused: no Mac support right now.
  7. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    Ad Muncher is an ad filtering proxy. GlimmerBlocker is an ad filtering proxy.

    Ad Muncher does the same thing as GlimmerBlocker but it is only for Windows and it is not free.
  8. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Glimmerblocker was one more process running that I didn't like. I removed it.
  9. talino macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2010
    Just installed GB because AB (extension) wasn't working with Safari 5.1. Pages seem to load much more quickly; YMMV obviously.
  10. DJTaurus macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2012
    More thoughts about this Vs...?

    I am with adblock and havent experienced any safari crash yet.
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Remember this thread started a year ago, when different versions were out. I use Safari AdBlock and GlimmerBlocker and a couple others. It partly depends on what Mac OS X version you run. If AdBlock is working for you, there's no need to change.
  12. sammyvine macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2012
    is there a point in having both?

    I have glimmer-blocker at the moment.
  13. robertcoogan macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2008
    Joshua Tree, California
    I really that this thread is old, but on the outside chance someone finds it, I just ran into problems with ad blocker detection using AdBlock and AdBlock Plus. I got rid of both and now use Glimmer Blocker and Ghostery. I haven't had a problem since. Ghostery seems to block what Glimmer Blocker doesn't.

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