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Original poster
Aug 19, 2002
Mid-West USA
When I realized that IOS9 supports ad blocking I finally looked into ad blocking for my iMac, Macbook Pro, and my fave the 12" Macbook. I'm using Ghostery and ABP. Oddly sometimes one of the blockers finds one more thing to block than the other one. So far no conflicts with running two of them. While I'm not paranoid I also like the no tracking feature that Ghostery seems to support.

I know there is some controversy about blocking ads, and not supporting web sites. So, I am whitelisting my favorite sites (which includes this one). I don't want to debate this here. I just want t o point out it makes my 12" Macbook run a bit faster to my eyes while using Safari.


macrumors 601
May 2, 2010
I only run Windows 10 on my RMB and use Firefox as my browser of choice. There is an outstanding add-on called Adblock Plus which is so outstanding I haven't seen a banner ad in almost a decade.

Looking forward to figuring out which iOS9 ad blocker is king so I can nuke 'em there too.



Jul 18, 2013
I will never go without an adblocker on any phone or computer. I've been using them for many years on my Macs and a few years on my iPhones thanks to Jailbreaking. On my iPhone/iPad, I use a Cydia app called adblocker networks that allows me to block ads in apps, yes, I did say apps and it works great.

On my Note 4/Note Edge, I have them rooted and use adaway. It too blocks ads on everything from apps to my browsers. The internet is amazing without ads.

Unfortunately, on my iPhone, I tried a website using purify and a few ads got through. I've only upgraded my 5S to 9.0 and kept my 6+ and iPad on 8.3 so I won't lose my jailbreak.

Enjoy an ad free world.


macrumors G3
uBlock, open source, outperform many others with no need for multiple extensions.

uBlock is a general-purpose blocker — not an ad blocker specifically. uBlock's main goal is to help users neutralize privacy-invading apparatus — ads being one example, a point worth thinking on.

Ghostery sold out to an AD company (Evidon) a long time ago; it is also reported as helping the AD industry by MIT Technology Review "Evidon helps companies that want to improve their use of tracking code by selling them data collected from the millions of Ghostery users who have enabled a data-sharing feature "Ghostrank" in the tool." It is also questionable if this feature is enabled by default.

The "Ghostrank" feature enabled Ghostery sends collected user data back to the vendor, who then offers it for sale to AD firms. Installing "Backdoors" is never a good idea...

Ghostery is not really doing anything malicious, equally you do have to dig about on their site to see how they fund the extension/application. Personally the fact that Ghostery is owned by Evidon is the bigger concern as it`s clearly a conflict of interest. Call me jaded, however advertising and privacy rarely go "hand in hand".

"We rely on Ghostery users who opt-in to participate in a feature called Ghostrank®, which sends us anonymous information about the data collection technology they see, and where they see them. We take that information, add our analysis, and sell it to companies to help them audit and manage their relationships with these marketing tools. None of the information we share is about our users, nor is it stored in a way that could be used to trace back to our users.

Ghostrank® is off by default, meaning you can use Ghostery without sharing anything with us if you prefer. (But please opt-in! It is how we keep Ghostery free and continue to make it the best tool out there!)"

FWIW a lot of the other AD blockers employ similar techniques and or "Acceptable Ads" lists, as ever limiting the number of applications that "phone home" is common sense, in this day and age.

For more details on the same subject - here

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