MBP '16 and Safari battery drain - Ghostery!

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  1. thesaint024 macrumors 6502a

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    MoF'n Safari is sucking battery like chrome off a trailer hitch! I was noticing this especially on MacRumors site, since I have had a tab open for it since I got this awesome MBP. I just installed the Ghostery extension and it saved me around 2.5-3 watts consumption on the Macrumors site (equates to a couple hours of battery life). I highly recommend it. I am not in any way affiliated with Ghostery, nor do I understand how exactly it is saving power. But I did surmise that ads, tracking, and other trash are drawing power. This varies from site to site. Like everything else on the new MBP, there is big variability of power consumption with these new chips. Just thought I'd pass along the tip for those with Safari specific power issues. If you have general power issues, that other thread has your solutions.
     
  2. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

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    I also use and recommend ghostery. Too much bandwidth and cpu cycles go to waste in many websites unfortunately.

    But one has to be conscious of business models and sustainability of our beloved MacRumors and other sites (so practice whitelisting and subscriptions whenever you see appropriate).
     
  3. GBlansten macrumors regular

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    Agree with supporting frequently visited sites with whitelisting so long as there are no shenanigans. Definitely for this site.
     
  4. AlanShutko macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not a fan of Ghostery since it has iframe origin policies that can't be turned off without turning off the extension. Whitelisting a site or pausing ghostery, it still breaks some banking sites and Apple's support chat.
     
  5. thesaint024 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, my bad. I'm not a total cheapass and will pay for things. I just don't want my battery life compromised! Running ghostery, i get up to 17 trackers, ads, etc! Little excessive no?
     
  6. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

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    Any suggestions/alternatives ? Most ad blockers have gone "commercial" selling out to ad networks
     
  7. GBlansten macrumors regular

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    Totally on your side. I'm installing Ghostery as soon as my MBP arrives on Monday.
     
  8. TheBacklash macrumors 6502

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    A few Mac sites that i won't name, whine about anyone running an ad blocker (a "Daily News" one even has 100% blocked access if you have one running) yet the reason I run the ad blocker is because their ADS were redirecting the user to web sites to install software that were known to be scams/spyware/malware.
    the websites response was "we are not in control of the ads that are on our websites"

    Sorry, I'll run ad blockers (and Ghostery) on those websites.

    and don't ever go to some of them on iOS with no ad Blocker of some sort running.... not only will your safari page run like molasses, but the app store opens up every minute or so trying to get you to install some BS app.
     
  9. miknos Suspended

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    Wipr is a great extension. Try it. It's easy on resources and gives you a nice protection.
     
  10. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    Adblock for Safari, uBlock Origin for Chrome/Opera. I have reek's "anti adblock killer" filter enabled in both Adblock and uBlock Origin.

    There are several web sites that I pay for access, gladly. There are some websites - like Comcast's Xfinity "Home" (nee ad-spam) site that I use to administer my accounts; I counted over 350 new cookies/caches planted in my browser upon my last session without Adblock installed for Safari - Adblock makes all of that ad/cookie crap disappear.
     
  11. skids929 macrumors 6502a

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    I put Ghostery on safari on my new MBP 13. Liking how smooth its' made browsing and how clean everything looks, reminds me of early days of web surfing. I can't speak to any increase battery life, in fact I don't notice any difference, but I like the privacy.
     
  12. Garage Battle macrumors member

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    I need something to whitelist sites for scripts. Firefox and Chrome have great control over this - not Safari.
     
  13. Spoony Bard, Nov 25, 2016
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    uBlock Origin. It has replaced Ghostery for me on all my browsers. Breaks fewer sites, takes up fewer resources. That said, I typically don't use Safari...
     
  14. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    Do check out Adguard - it offers a whitelisting option in its preferences and a means to create your own ad filters.
     
  15. thesaint024 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Update, after some dialogue with @Mac128guy, I started using Chrome with ublock and adblock. Early returns are that this is at least as good on battery as Safari/ghostery, maybe even better. Just fyi if anyone wanted to use Chrome, power consumption on the latest update is MUCH improved.
     
  16. skids929 macrumors 6502a

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    I am just discovering adblocking altogether, currently using safari/Ghosetery and loving it. Not sure there is any battery impact one way or the other. But the annoying ads are gone, and other than the occasional pausing to read a review I find it a great add on to Safari. I am going to keep your Chrome advice in the back of my mind, I used Chrome exclusively on my old MB but starting using Safari with this 2016 with all the battery controversy. And I don't hate safari, never have, just got accustomed to Chrome. I however HATE Edge and IE.
     
  17. thesaint024 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Haha. I actually like Edge, and I don't really know why technically. I like the layout and the tools. I am not a power surfer or anything, just like basic functionality and saving my last open tabs, anything that a modern browser has. I don't know if anyone here has checked out Safari on a PC, but that is the worst browser I've seen. Looks exactly the same from 2003.
     
  18. TheBacklash macrumors 6502

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    Cause Safari for windows was discontinued about then.
     
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    Yeah, it's been discontinued for ages.
     
  20. thesaint024 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Burn. I guess this is definitive proof that I'm not a fanboy. I clearly am not up on all of my Apple news.
     
  21. macintoshmac macrumors 65816

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    Got me laughing! Thanks! That way you rolled off... :D
     
  22. Garage Battle macrumors member

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    may have to use it to get the java/cookie control I want that Safari simply doesnt have.
     
  23. thesaint024 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know what you're alluding to. I don't need any more narc'ing on me!
     
  24. Mac128guy macrumors member

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    Credit goes to Google who made a concerted effort (finally!) to get battery drain under control with Chrome 53. Now if they can keep on tweaking it, all the better for us! Glad it is working out well for you with the ad-blockers. They absolutely make an enormous difference in reducing battery drain.
     
  25. TheBacklash, Nov 29, 2016
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    Since Clicktoflash/clicktoplugin are no longer being supported..
    Autoplaying of embedded video on websites are annoying the crap outta me. Searched and found an old thread saying you can stop all video from outplaying with "a properly configured ublock"

    So... what is the best way to setup ublock to do this? Tired of having to surf with audio muted so a stupid news video doesn't start playing.

    Edit: Or JsBlocker
    I disabled Javascript in Safari's develop menu and all videos stoped playing, couldn't play them if i wanted.. but was able to stop them.
    Just want to play the videos *IF* I want to play them, not autoplay.
     

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