Adblock vs Adblock Plus – Google Chrome Extensions

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This is a guest post written by Tom from chrome-plugins.org

AdBlock vs AdBlock PlusAdblock vs Adblock Plus – Google Chrome Extensions – Constant advertising on the internet has become a problem for many surfers. Internet browsers are highly annoyed by the incessant flooding of pop up ads, video ads, banners and layer advertisement that always show up unannounced and cause inconvenience to all. Many browsers are also worried of being tracked by several sites. One easy way to get rid of these advertisements is by blocking them using Adblock plug-ins that are available for several internet browsers.

For the Google Chrome browser there are even two adblockers available in the Chrome Webstore, both of them have 1,000,000+ users. One is called “AdBlock”, the other one “Adblock Plus for Google Chrome (beta)”. But why are there two Adblock extensions available for Google Chrome, what is their difference and which one is better?


What is Adblock?

Adblock Plus is a browser plug-in that was first released for Firefox as a way to combat intrusive advertising on the internet. It is open-source and created and maintained by an international community of voluntary helpers. According to Mozilla it has been downloaded more than 130 million times, which makes it the most popular browser app in the world. Inspired by this success, an independent developer created “AdBlock for Chrome” long time before the original Adblock Plus was made available for the Google Chrome browser as well. Since it was the only adblocker on Chrome, “AdBlock” became the most popular extension which made it possible for the developer to work on it full time by generating revenues through donations he expects users to make.

Since the official Adblock Plus extension was released, more and more users are making use of having a choice and in no time, Adblock Plus for Chrome has become one of the most popular extensions in the Webstore.  The Webstore is one of Google Chrome’s most useful platform where extensions like plug-ins, themes and apps can be downloaded for free to customize and enhance your browser.

The main features of blocking software

There are several ways to check how well blocking software work. Many blocking software simply hide the advertisements instead of blocking and this can cause considerable loss in bandwidth speed. Good blocking software actually stops the download of such advertisements and sometimes even increases the surfing speed.

How is Adblock Plus better?

AdBlock PlusAdblock Plus is based on the same code as the Firefox version and – although still in beta – superior than AdBlock for its increased efficiency and intelligence. The installation process of Adblock Plus is similar to its competitor with an added benefit of the pop up ad missing. Many users found it intrusive when a pop up ad was displayed asking to donate to the developers. Another major improvement Adblock Plus has incorporated is to maintain the bandwidth speed. The older version slowed down the browsing speed considerably when multiple tabs were opened.

Although not fool proof, Adblock Plus can successfully block most video ads. The only major drawback that Adblock Plus seems to have is that it is still in its initial stages. The interface does not provide all the options like in the older and more established version. This also puts a limitation on customized filters. Although both versions can be easily navigated, Adblock provides better options to customize blocking filters.

Adblock Plus can also be used disable websites and pages with social networking that track a browser’s online activity and send advertisements based on their choices. Both Adblock and Adblock Plus are efficient blocking plug-ins but in a lot of cases, Adblock Plus has the added advantage as it is easy to set up, easy to use and free of cost. 130 million downloads definitely prove this fact.

This guest post was written by Tom, one of the editors of chrome-plugins.org, a non-profit website with user-submitted reviews of extensions, apps, themes and other plugins for Chrome.

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  • http://www.couponseasy.com Riya @ Couponseasy

    Nice post, Earlier I was thinking that Adblock and Adblock Plus are same. Adblock Plus might be a newer version :) but now I know the difference between them.

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      Yeah, thanks to Tom for the guest post, too. Honestly I wasn’t aware of such difference as well :)

    • http://www.teamaguilar.com/cardiff-by-the-sea-real-estate.html Alex Aguilar

      Riya is right; Adblock Plus is the version that is currently being developed. I don’t think anyone actively develops plain old Adblock anymore. Adblock Plus is a godsend to Internet users and no browser should be without one – that being said I do make it a policy to add sites I regularly visit to Adblock’s whitelist. I don’t do it because I like seeing ads on webpages, but because I want to support the sites I visit every day. The least I can do is not block their ads so they can earn some passive income from ad-impressions. Think about it, if your favorite site was making absolutely no money through advertisements or any other means, how long do you think it will stay up?

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      Well said, Alex. I didn’t really think of this until I’ve actually owned this blog and started to think that way.

      Honestly I haven’t been using any ad blockers anymore on any of my browsers. If a site has too many annoying ads, I’ll just close and never visit. As simple as that

  • http://www.learnjavawith.us shashank chinchli

    I never ever knew the difference both ! Great TOm for such a great post.

  • http://techeverytime.com Ankur

    Oh!!! I too thought that they were the same. I would stick with Adblock only for Chrome

  • http://www.anushkasharma.co.in/ Anushka Sharma

    Thanks for sharing Adblock Chrome extensions……

  • http://www.yourcyberguide.com Divyansh

    Internet is boring without ads….moreover adblock is killing the reason for which the internet is free…so one must avoid it and as aulia said – you should avoid visiting useless sites with popup ads

  • http://internetrickzz.blogspot.in saurabh

    yup it really work good with chrome , but how can we use it with firefox browser.