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Must-have Firefox 4 add-ons for Chrome and Internet Explorer converts

So you've finally realized that while Chrome might be fast, it sacrifices creature comforts to be so. It's a little bit like living in a whitewashed room with nothing more than a beige-box PC and keyboard -- it works, but it's not a particularly fun experience. If you like car analogies, Chrome is like a race-tuned Ferrari with hard-plastic bucket seats and tubular titanium roll cage. Likewise,...

10+ Chrome extensions and Web apps for new users

It might only be a couple of years old and its extension interface might not be quite as powerful as Firefox's, but in terms of developers, big-name publishers, and sheer numbers, Chrome already has a very healthy ecosystem of add-ons. When you factor in Chrome's exclusive selection of Web apps, it's even possible to say that Chrome has a wider variety of extensions -- or at least until Mozilla...

Adblock Plus for Chrome coming soon

Adblock is already available for Chrome, and is working very well for us so far. But now Adblock Plus, of Firefox fame, may be joining making the jump to Google's browser platform. AdBlock Plus' developer, Wladimir Palant, has had lots of time to convert the extension; after all, Chrome isn't exactly new. But so far, Palant has been reluctant to do the porting, due to the amount of work...

PeerBlock 1.1 arrives with some important updates

PeerBlock is a great way to keep unwanted P2P connections (as well as advertising and spyware) from getting through to your Windows computer, and it's just gotten better with the release of PeerBlock 1.1. Among the key additions are a completely revamped installer (complete with a signed driver), an updated list manager for easier settings tweaks, and a list verification feature to prevent...

15+ Google Chrome extensions for better privacy control

If there's one thing all the recent Firesheep shenanigans have taught us, it's that we all need to take Web security and privacy a bit more seriously. Though you might not be aware, Google Chrome includes a number of privacy-minded features out-of-the-box. From blocking plug-ins, JavaScript, and the transmission of your location via its content settings to disabling prefetching, custom error...

Chrome AdBlock dev pushes reassuring note to counter Chrome's scary extension warnings

The fact that Google Chrome supports extensions is great, but there's one thing I'd like tweaked: those somewhat-frightening messages Chrome displays about an extension's API access. For example, there's Typing Speed Monitor, which I recently posted. When you install it, you'll receive the following alerts: ...which certainly might look scary to the average user. TSM's developer happened to...

AdBlock dev: no-restart Firefox extensions possible, but a ton of work

Wladimir Palant is the developer behind one of the most widely-used Firefox extensions ever: AdBlock Plus. He's also excited about the much-improved code powering Firefox 4's add-on system. In particular, he was intrigued by FF4's support for no-restart extension installs. Palant wasn't referring to JetPack creations, however, which were always restart-free. According to him, the functionality...

AdBlock for Google Chrome now stops ads before they download

If you've made the switch from Firefox to Chrome and count AdBlock among your must-have extensions, there's one gripe you probably had. Unlike its Firefox or Safari cousins, AdBlock for Chrome wasn't actually able to prevent ads from downloading. As developer Mike Gundlach told The Reg, " We've been having to hide the ads after downloading them or add CSS rules that say 'don't show these ads'...

Popular FF add-on AdBlock Plus blocking "Spread Firefox" images

Pretty much any time we run a list of favorite or popular Firefox add-ons, readers chime in with cheers for AdBlock Plus. It's always a source of controversy on blogs -- since most of 'em are delivering content for free in exchange for displaying adverts. The Firefox Extension Guru blog noticed that -- for some reason -- updates he was making on his web sites weren't displaying for some...

DoGooder replaces regular ads with green ones, raises money for nonprofits

Since everyone's in a tizzy about the effect of ad blockers on site revenues, it seems like a good time to take a look at a way to avoid annoying ads, raise money for nonprofits, and still get your favorite web publisher paid at the same time. The DoGooder replaces boring, run-of-the-mill ads with environmentally-friendly messages, and 50% of the funds raised go to green initiatives and...

YouTube Auto Buffer: how did I ever watch YouTube without it?

YouTube Auto Buffer is a userscript that fixes a lot of the things that annoy me most about YouTube. It's a beefed up version of the barebones one Lee wrote about last December. Instead of autoplaying a couple seconds of video and having to stop and start because nothing's buffered, this script turns autoplay off and clips fully buffer before playing. I don't know about you, but I was doing...

SIMBL for Snow Leopard: re-enable those Safari hacks

If you're a Safari user who enjoyed plug-ins -- some people insist on calling them Input Managers, we're agnostic on the subject -- like Glims and PithHelmet in Leopard, and you're sad to see that they don't work in Snow Leopard, you'll be happy to see an update to SIMBL that will let you hack your plug-ins back to life. The new version of SIMBL does indeed work with Snow Leopard, although you'll...

Lifehacker starts Gmail Ads bloodbath

What do massacres and bloodbaths have to do with your Gmail account? Lifehacker has discovered that they could be the key to getting rid of the pesky, hard-to-block text ads that show up next to your messages in Gmail's web interface. It turns out that advertisers don't like being associated with certain keywords, falling into categories like profanity and tragic violence. Rather than risk an...

Add-Art is an ad blocker and an art show in one

Of all the unlikely places to curate an art show, the ad space on websites has to be one of the most unlikely. Instead of shocking a monkey or being invited to meet some "adult friends," how about looking at a selection of art that changes every two weeks? The Add-Art plugin for Firefox comes packaged with Adblock Plus, but instead of removing the ads entirely, it displays images from the current...

Block ads in Chrome-based SRWare Iron with a single file

We've written about Iron before - it's the "privacy enhanced" browser based on Google's Chromium source. While Iron's simple privacy modifications are one reason I use it instead of Chrome, there's now a second one: dead simple ad blocking. SRWare offers a simple .ini file for download that blacklists tons of known ad hosts. Follow this link to view the file on SRWare's website. Select all the...