At a Glance
- Flexible filtering
- Easy installation
This is one of the most popular Firefox add-ons, and for good reason.
Note: This review addresses v1.1.3 of the
If you’re bugged by Web ads, then Adblock Plus is for you. The
well-designed Firefox add-on quickly and easily blocks the vast
majority of online ads.
The Adblock Plus add-on consists of two parts: a utility to
block images, scripts, and Flash; and a subscription component that
automatically updates its list of what to block. When you first
install the add-on you’re prompted to choose a subscription source
based on your home country. Choosing a source doesn’t require
providing any information from you, personal or otherwise– it’s
there only to pull down a list of online ad sources.
You’re prompted to choose a subscription when you first install
Adblock Plus, but for most users that will likely be the only
choice you have to make. After that, it largely just works.
If Adblock Plus does happen to miss an ad, or if there’s a
non-advertising image you don’t want to see, you can right-click
the image display to a new “Adblock Plus: Block image” option to
add it to Adblock’s list. By default the add-on will block
everything coming from the same particular Web location (such as
http://images.pcworld.com/images/common/), but you can instead
choose to block just that one image or everything from that entire
Since you only get a menu for Flash when you right-click on a
Flash object, Adblock Plus will display a small tab on the
upper-right of any such item when you move your mouse over it.
Clicking the tab offers the same block options as right-clicking an
A red stop-sign icon icon on the right side of the Firefox
navigation toolbar offers a route to other nice options. A
left-click displays a list of all the blockable items on your
current page, with blocked items listed in red. Right-clicking the
stop sign allows for turning off Adblock Plus for the currently
viewed site or page, or disabling it entirely.
Adblock Plus does its job very well. It works smoothly right
away with no work required, and also offers advanced customization
options for those who want to dig in. If you want to stop seeing
ads in Firefox, this is all you need.
Note: This link takes you to the add-on’s page
at Mozilla.org, where you can automatically install the file into
your Firefox browser. This program is donationware. It is free to
try, but the author accepts and encourages donations towards