Adblock Plus is the most popular Firefox addon

Adblock Plus is the most popular add-on for Firefox after Mozilla served its 3 billionth download last week, according to the company's blog. Adblock was downloaded 166 million times and is being used by 13,5 million users on a daily basis. Mozilla said that "fans love it because it gives them control of how they view the web."

Here's the the top 8

  1. Adblock Plus
  2. Video DownloadHelper
  3. Firebug
  4. Greasemonkey
  5. Download Statusbar
  6. NoScript
  7. Personas Plus
  8. DownThemAll

Video DownloadHelper comes in second and enables users to download videos from multiple sites, including YouTube. The developer tool Firebug comes in third and is used by 3 million users.

Mozilla launched add-ons for Firefox back in 2004 and gave mobile Firefox users a way to personalize their browsing experience in 2009. Firefox was one of the first browsers to extend its functionality through add-ons, which may be one of the reasons of its early success. The average user has five add-ons installed and 85 percent of Firefox users have at least one add-on customizing the browser to their needs. There are around 25,000 add-on developers according to Mozilla, with more than 150,000 add-ons in the add-on gallery.

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First off let me say i'm a Neowin subscriber, so I don't think i'd see ads on Neowin even if I didn't have adblock

But I do have adblock and the reason for using it dates back quite a few years, when ads weren't so much a privacy issue, but a security issues. Back then (and maybe still today) people would get nuked just by having an ad displayed at them which contained either a flash, java vulnerability or some sort of Java script popup.

xpclient said,
And they still haven't brought back the status bar.

Enable the addon-bar for most of the original functionality, install Status-4-Evar if you want the old-style text/progress to show up there too, and done. A status bar.

I use Ad Muncher on Windows and AB+ on Linux (plus a custom hosts file and OpenDNS). Can't browse the web without them!

bjoswald said,
I use Ad Muncher on Windows and AB+ on Linux (plus a custom hosts file and OpenDNS). Can't browse the web without them!

wow all that effort to browse the web effortlessly
hooray for Linux
happy i can just enable tracking protection and be done with it. self learning adblock ftw =p

You mean it is possible to install Firefox without adblock?? MUHAHAHAHAA ya right


Ad free and loves it... The only thing worse than ads all over the screen are commercials during your tv shows.

ozyborn said,
You mean it is possible to install Firefox without adblock?? MUHAHAHAHAA ya right

ozyborn said,

Ad free and loves it... The only thing worse than ads all over the screen are commercials during your tv shows.

That's what the bay is for Haven't seen a commercial in years

Honestly, chrome is a joke when it comes to extensions or flexibility. The extension site is literally restricted by google to make sure that revenue is not hammered too much. Im back to Firefox on Linux Mint and loving it.

Iridium said,
Honestly, chrome is a joke when it comes to extensions or flexibility. The extension site is literally restricted by google to make sure that revenue is not hammered too much. Im back to Firefox on Linux Mint and loving it.

I'm using Simple Adblock and it's blocking all the ads, that I can see. Certainly more than Adblock Plus.

Yeah the problem with Chrome's adblock and its extensions in general is that they aren't as powerful as Firefox's. In Chrome ads are still downloaded, it's just they are hidden (and not very well either) by the adblock plugin, so they still use your bandwidth, and computer resources. Firefox saves both of those.

IE's adblocking is even worse than Chrome.

allowing ad's can be dangerous..
we know this right ?
i don't have to state the obvious dangers right ?
Its not like I wouldn't trust neowin but who knows what the ad company
will trigger on users when ever they want etc

i wonder how many of the people saying they allow the ad's
have made comments that also said XP is such a security risk ?

I just added a filter for Neowin to my AdBlock in Chrome. I never knew there were so many ads. Still, I use Neowin daily and feel this is the best way I can pay back their work.

Question though, are you paid for ads displayed or only when they are clicked?

Thanks When they load as well.

I use adblock as well, all I'm saying is that sometimes it's justified, other times it isn't. Support the sites that you love and want to continue to exist!

Neobond said,
Thanks When they load as well.

I use adblock as well, all I'm saying is that sometimes it's justified, other times it isn't. Support the sites that you love and want to continue to exist!

??? ok then

MikeHellstone said,
I thought the first rule of ad block here was you don;t talk about ad block

p.s. i browse the web on my web development system so i don;t have any ad blocks in place as it's not worth it. I rarely see ads though as if you leave them on you soon develop ad blindness.

MikeHellstone said,
I thought the first rule of ad block here was you don;t talk about ad block

...and the 2nd rule about Ad-block is: YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT AD-BLOCK!
LOL

Of course it is. I'm fed up with ads in general. Myself, I can't stand them. Have you seen the Olympics? The amount of ads during the games is astounding...

Setnom said,
Of course it is. I'm fed up with ads in general. Myself, I can't stand them. Have you seen the Olympics? The amount of ads during the games is astounding...

NBC has been delaying the broadcast in order to put it in primetime for ad revenue possibilities and have been getting hell for it on the internet. I have to hand it to this guy though: https://twitter.com/NBCDelayed

Toysoldier said,

Neowin doesn't have ads.....

oh woops...

Well, it legally doesn't have ads if you are subscriber2, I was one of them for the last couple years, too bad there are still missing features that I would like to have to keep being at that level of subscription.

xankazo said,
Chrome's Adblock Plus is not as robust as its Firefox brother, but it mostly gets the job done.

Yeah, it's not quite as nice from my experience.

xankazo said,
Chrome's Adblock Plus is not as robust as its Firefox brother, but it mostly gets the job done.

Simple Adblock works much better on Chrome than ABP.

Although, lately the author did some unpleasant, unexpected ( for some ) moves, I've to admit he supports the add-on so well that it's like built-in on Firefox. Well deserved the first position and undoubtedly, ABP is the culprit for a percentage of FX usage.

Currently I only use 4 add-ons and Mozilla has plans to implement 'in-line translation' which would mean, only 3 will remain ( Mouse Getstures, ABP and ABP Pop up add-on ).

Ad Block Plus has implement a solution for those sneaky pop-up WINDOWS, but it doesn't work perfectly, unfortunately.

PC EliTiST said,
Although, lately the author did some unpleasant, unexpected ( for some ) moves, I've to admit he supports the add-on so well that it's like built-in on Firefox. Well deserved the first position and undoubtedly, ABP is the culprit for a percentage of FX usage.

Currently I only use 4 add-ons and Mozilla has plans to implement 'in-line translation' which would mean, only 3 will remain ( Mouse Getstures, ABP and ABP Pop up add-on ).

Ad Block Plus has implement a solution for those sneaky pop-up WINDOWS, but it doesn't work perfectly, unfortunately.


there isnt an addon similar to IE9's popup blocker functionality ? i could never find one, if i would, i'd start using FF some more again (hate that allot of popups get through the popup blocker, and FF does not have an option to fully block popups unless overriden, ie middle mouse, ctrl, ctrl+alt)

Watch out with the comments regarding Adblock + Neowin.
I was caught "bragging" supposedly on one of these stories..
I never knew Neowin had ad's and i got myself
a nice little private message warning me about the issue.

I am Not PCyr said,
Watch out with the comments regarding Adblock + Neowin.
I was caught "bragging" supposedly on one of these stories..
I never knew Neowin had ad's and i got myself
a nice little private message warning me about the issue.

From Neowin staff? What did they say?!

Jaybonaut said,

From Neowin staff? What did they say?!

your a bad boy and don't do that ?
i can't remeber to be honest, but i do still have the reply saved

myy point long ago wasn't to make fun of anyone which is how they took it i think.
I was just trying to say i had no idea at all there was ad's and that was why i commented.
Same thing happened to me at metalreview.com except they never sent me any messages lol

I am Not PCyr said,

your a bad boy and don't do that ?

lol. Trying to keep the genie in the bottle will never work.

To be honest, the reason most people use adblockers is because of excessive and intrusive adverts on the web. Websites and ad companies are their own worst enemies in this regard. If they kept it to a minimum like Google does, then adblockers probably wouldn't exist, or be used so much. But greed has caused the current situation.

simplezz said,

If they kept it to a minimum like Google does, then adblockers probably wouldn't exist, or be used so much. But greed has caused the current situation.

Well Google is hardly perfectly either, I do block ads there, when they promise to never put an ad at the top of the search results again maybe I'll unblock them. It'll fool people to click it believe it's a search result and the know it.

Neowin does a fairly good job and I'm not blocking them, though I would have prefered to see that ugly ad at the very top of the page gone, the ads on the side is fine but the one up there is messing with the otherwise nice layout and really just an eyesore. Unless those in-text ads appear again I don't plan to ad-block Neowin though.

My first thing to do on an new Firefox install

But I remember a time when I was briefly banned from neowin because I posted a screenshot of the site with adblock clearly visible. The mod said that violated their policy. What is your policy now neowin?

FYI, because I <3 neowin, I only block trackers on this site, ads are whitelisted. Facebook, Twitter, and G+ trackers are permanently blocked everywhere for me. I do hope the do-not-track thing become a standard. Then most people won't have to actually need to use adblock anymore.

Edited by flexkeyboard, Aug 1 2012, 7:16am :

flexkeyboard said,
My first thing to do on an new Firefox install

But I remember a time when I was briefly banned from neowin because I posted a screenshot of the site with adblock clearly visible. The mod said that violated their policy. What is your policy now neowin?

FYI, because I <3 neowin, I only block trackers on this site, ads are whitelisted. Facebook, Twitter, and G+ trackers are permanently blocked everywhere for me. I do hope the do-not-track thing become a standard. Then most people won't have to actually need to use adblock anymore.


do-not-track is just a header, im quite sure ad companies will ignore it

Fubar said,
one of the two addons i only use, imagezoom and this

Why do you need an addon to zoom in/out for images? You can do that with Firefox by default with the CTRL key and zoom out/in with the mouse scroll.

Pupik said,

Why do you need an addon to zoom in/out for images? You can do that with Firefox by default with the CTRL key and zoom out/in with the mouse scroll.

ImageZoom shows the original image linked if you hover over a thumbnail.

flexkeyboard said,
My first thing to do on an new Firefox install

But I remember a time when I was briefly banned from neowin because I posted a screenshot of the site with adblock clearly visible. The mod said that violated their policy. What is your policy now neowin?.


HAHAHHAHAH same here was banned for bring up a topic about adblock.