uBlock Origin for Safari in Pre-release

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  1. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

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    This has come to my attention but I haven't investigated it yet. Its own Wiki points to uBlock Origin's Wiki, located at the original developer's (Raymond Hill, aka - gorhill) GitHub page, for extension usage information.

    https://github.com/el1t/uBlock-Safari/releases
     
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    https://github.com/el1t

    Thanks for the post. Looks like this guy has forked the Origin version. Will be interesting to see where he goes with it.
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    They don’t use the Content Blocker APIs though. I think I will stay with Adguard for now.
     
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    Kind of a double edged sword. I've played around with both and each has its positives. I think the CB method might be a bit faster, but I really cannot tell in day to day usage. The non CB extensions allow longer filter lists and have more options.

    I'm testing this new uBlock version now.
     
  5. Erdbeertorte macrumors demi-goddess

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    That's great. I installed it immediately. Thank you! :)

    I used the old uBlock until today and always hoped there will be a Safari version of Origin before it might not work anymore, but I never found anything when I searched for it.
     
  6. rshrugged thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm testing it now, myself. So far, so good considering it's still at alpha. Dynamic filtering is working. I run as an advanced user with 3rd-party scripts and frames globally blocked.

    At Settings :
    The Privacy section is greyed out with the first two options selected.

    Just because, I tried to import my Fx files using Restore from file; it didn't completely work. I didn't expect it to. It didn't import a few settings.
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    At My rules :
    I was able to Import from file and Commit what appears to be my complete Fx Dynamic filtering rules.
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    Each 3rd-party and native filter that I selected updated (manually, I don't use Auto) without issue.
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    At the pop-down from the uBlock Origin (uBO) icon in Safari's toolbar :
    The toggle icons for cosmetic filtering and remote fonts aren't reporting the number of items available to block. They do so in Fx. However, when both items were enabled, they've worked.

    The color indicators on the left side of that panel don't always work but they're just for user reference; uBO was blocking per the rule-set. I had the same issue sporadically in uBlock for Safari.
     
  7. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    Testing uBlock Origin and comparing it to Adguard Extension for Safari.
    UBO blocks ads in Youtube whilst Adguard Extension for Safari doesn't.
     
  8. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    I will test that.
     
  9. KALLT macrumors 601

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    I haven’t seen any YouTube ads in months and I am using Adguard.
     
  10. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    Adguard for Mac ver. 1.4.0 or Adguard AdBlocker Extension for Safari ver. 2.5.12?
     
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    So, you use only Adguard Adblocker Extension for Safari 2.5.12 and you don't see any ads in Youtube?
    Do you use the Content Blocking API or the old one?
     
  13. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Only the extension and with the content blocking API, yes. I am using YouTube almost daily, no ads in months as far as I can remember.
     
  14. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    I see. Unfortunately, in my case only the old API is working. This might be the explanation.
     
  15. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Have you perhaps enabled too many rules? Unfortunately, the API is limited to 50.000 rules. For me that is just enough for the English and Safari blocking lists. I had to disable all others.
     
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    I am under 50.000. I use Safari 9.1.3, this might be the reason.
     
  17. Investor27 macrumors regular

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    I downloaded uBlock Origins after reading the thread. But when I went to checkout the Preferences, I see this very alarming message right above it: "uBlock Origin" can read, modify and transmit content from all webpages. This could include sensitive information like passwords, phone numbers and credit cards." Yikes! How is that safe?
     
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    That is going to be true of any adblocker like that since it is essentially "filtering" everything shown on the page through the extension's filter lists. That just means the extension can see those things, not that it is transmitting them out to anyone.
     
  19. Investor27 macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the quick reply, Weaselboy! Do you still recommend uBlock Origins as an ad blocker for Safari at this point? And are there anything that you recommend me checking or unchecking in the preference section of uBlock Origins during setup?
     
  20. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I'm still using it and I just use the default recommended filter lists. If you check off too many filters, I find it slows it down.
     
  21. Investor27 macrumors regular

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    I'm using the default settings as well. Thanks, Weaselboy!
     

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