Ghostery – it’s time to switch

After the last update Ghostery decided to not work neither of my devices (browser: Firefox, OS: Linux and Windows). So I thought it was time to replace with another addon. I chose Ublock Origin and I don’t regret my decision.

Choose wisely your fox’s companion!


  • it’s an open-source project and non-proprietary (remember Ghostery was acquired by Cliqz)
  • a lot of settings you can play around
  • more efficient than Ghostery (for a while Ghostery’s content filtering and especially it’s GUI quite laggy)
  • 2-in-1 (I also removed Adblock Plus)
  • element hiding functions (just like in Adblock Plus)


  • in the element-hider mode I can’t see the page only object boxes
  • harder to configure
  • MAL can detect it and nag you (acquired by CraveOnline, MAL became a huge pain in the ass in that aspect)
  • I’m hiding those stupid ad placeholders but with them other things are also hidden on MAL (like my friendlist etc.)
  • GUI could be improved

If you are about to change then you will find Ublock Origin useful in my opinion.



4 responses to “Ghostery – it’s time to switch”

  1. Nightingale Avatar

    I’ve tried this out.

    Other cons:
    – doesn’t filter out the video adverts on Youtube, Inda etc. like Stands did;
    – doesn’t filter out a lot other nuisances like click based pop-up (when you click on something, but instead of the link opens, a pop-up window comes up).

    Most of the things, it’s pretty good, but overall, it didn’t really impressed me.

    1. Kagamin Avatar

      Poke around in the settings because default configurations are dumb. In my case it can do everything that Adblock Plus and Ghostery could…

      1. Nightingale Avatar

        It looks like some things are not really that conveniently described. And some new updates came with new elements, that wasn’t added to the prohib list.

        1. Kagamin Avatar

          Yes, the mentioned addons user inferfaces are fancier and also easier to use but I like to challenge myself. 😀

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