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Bad News For Chrome Users

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Post by KBD » Thu May 30, 2019 4:49 pm

Which is me :( I can't imagine life without Ublock Origin. May have to rethink my browser in a serious way:
Chrome not backing down from blocking extensions
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahe ... 7e2ff0751f

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Re: Bad News For Chrome Users

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Post by Head_on_a_Stick » Thu May 30, 2019 5:31 pm

Block adverts with /etc/hosts instead:

https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts
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Re: Bad News For Chrome Users

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Post by turtlebay777 » Thu May 30, 2019 5:33 pm

Following many years of Google being fined by governments for illegal intrusions, many people still don't seem to have got the message that GOOGLE IS BAD FOR YOU!

Perhaps this move by them will finally convince you!

PS Waterfox (in MX Simple Package Installer) is better than Firefox in my opinion and on my system I only use Start Page, or occasionally DuckDuckGo as search engines. Anything Google is permanently prevented from installing cookies.
Even in Android my Google account is with a defunct disused email address!

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Post by KBD » Thu May 30, 2019 5:59 pm

This is the top post on Chrome Reddit. Lots of unhappy users. Last I heard there seemed to be some wiggle room, but now only Enterprise users will be able to use extensions--what kind of crap is that!

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Re: Bad News For Chrome Users

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Post by Adrian » Thu May 30, 2019 6:08 pm

From the source:
Update 5/30: A Google spokesperson has reached out to us with a statement, clarifying Chrome’s position on ad blockers and reiterating that they’re still working on Manifest V3 with the community.

Chrome supports the use and development of ad blockers. We’re actively working with the developer community to get feedback and iterate on the design of a privacy-preserving content filtering system that limits the amount of sensitive browser data shared with third parties.

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Re: Bad News For Chrome Users

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Post by fehlix » Thu May 30, 2019 6:17 pm

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 5:31 pm
Block adverts with /etc/hosts instead:

https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts
to add: MX Package installer -> Popular Apps -> Advert Block
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Re: Bad News For Chrome Users

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Post by KBD » Thu May 30, 2019 6:21 pm

Here is more with info from Ublock Origin founder quoted:
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/2 ... quest_api/
It is clear the Google is letting Enterprise users keep extensions, but free users will no longer be able to block Google's and other web ads within the Chrome browser. Pretty big deal for many Chrome users.
But developer Raymond Hill, who created popular content control extension uBlock Origin, contends blocking capabilities matter more than observing. Losing the ability to block content with the webRequest API is his main concern.

"This breaks uBlock Origin and uMatrix, [which] are incompatible with the basic matching algorithm [Google] picked, ostensibly designed to enforce EasyList-like filter lists," he explained in an email to The Register. "A blocking webRequest API allows open-ended content blocker designs, not restricted to a specific design and limits dictated by the same company which states that content blockers are a threat to its business."

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Re: Bad News For Chrome Users

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Post by richb » Thu May 30, 2019 6:41 pm

fehlix wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 6:17 pm
Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 5:31 pm
Block adverts with /etc/hosts instead:

https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts
to add: MX Package installer -> Popular Apps -> Advert Block
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Re: Bad News For Chrome Users

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Post by KBD » Thu May 30, 2019 6:43 pm

richb wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 6:41 pm
fehlix wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 6:17 pm
Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 5:31 pm
Block adverts with /etc/hosts instead:

https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts
to add: MX Package installer -> Popular Apps -> Advert Block
+1
Is this different from PIHole?
Edit: I've heard that blocking ads at a network level is a PITA and limited. For instance, if Youtube decides to start delivering ads from their main domain you couldn't block those ads without blocking Youtube. Also that ads couldn't be blocked on Google search.
I'm thinking just going back to Firefox and Duck Duck Go is my best bet right now. Good job Google at being even more of an idiot than you already were.

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Re: Bad News For Chrome Users

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Post by uncle mark » Thu May 30, 2019 8:11 pm

Not a Chrome user, I've been using Fx for so long and with the same addons and customizations and configs that I'd have to go into therapy if I was forced to switch. That said, a good hosts fire will take care of the vast vast majority of ads and other objectionable web content. I've been using MSVP Hosts for forever.
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