Browser Add-on AdGuard browser extension v4.0

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That depends. They are not the same. uBo is better at cosmetic filtering, most notably because it has an advanced mode where you can block server requests. AdGuard does not. I'd say, if you want browser-only protection use uBo in advanced mode. If you want system-wide protection use AdGuard for Windows. It offers a lot more features than the extension.

I am so glad system-wide protection Windows program Ad Guard blocks all those game ads on game servers.
 
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That depends. They are not the same. uBo is better at cosmetic filtering, most notably because it has an advanced mode where you can block server requests.

For creating cosmetic filters AdGuard's rule builder is a little more advanced than uBlockOrigin's element picker. AdGuard does not have the advanced mode of uBlockOrigin, but it has an extra stealth mode with 'self distructing cookies' option. Advanced mode has noting to do with cosmetic filtering, it ads an extra layer of managing (server) request as you posted.

A lot of tracking mechanisms moved from cookies to URL parameters, pixel tags, websocket and XMLHttpRequest/Fetch mechanisms. uBO's advanced medium mode allows Websocket, XMLHttpRequest and Fetches (it has like AdGuard advanced rules to deal with 1x1, 2x2 and 3x3 pixel tags, but I doubt many people know how to use them), so uBO's advanced medium mode "only" adds a layer of security at the cost of a lot of hassle and tweaking.

Using Edge with advanced (super duper) security mode which disables the Javascript Just in Time compiler and enabling Edge option to lower the renderer processes to AppContainer rights is a far more effective and hassle free security measure than tweaking uBO in advanced mode. Just look at @Andy Ful posts on malware samples and comparative testing, you can read that the usage of browser based javascript malware has lowered in the past decade (shifted to misuse of scripting in documents and lolbins).

That said I have advanced mode third-party blocking of uBO enabled in my Edge "strict" profile (disabled in my "easy" profile), not because it actually adds something to Edge security, but because it feels good to have control over what is allowed to connect. In this matter I agree with you: it feels safer to use uBO's advanced mode ;)

For the average user AG is as good as uBO (and AGv4 is Google Manifest 3 compatible).
 
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While I still like uBlock Origin more, because the main flyout provides more information, the cosmetic filtering of AdGuard is better.
I'm using some of AdGuard's filters in uBlock Origin, the most important being: AdGuard Base filter + EasyList (Optimized).
 

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For creating cosmetic filters AdGuard's rule builder is a little more advanced than uBlockOrigin's element picker. AdGuard does not have the advanced mode of uBlockOrigin, but it has an extra stealth mode with 'self distructing cookies' option. Advanced mode has noting to do with cosmetic filtering, it ads an extra layer of managing (server) request as you posted.

A lot of tracking mechanisms moved from cookies to URL parameters, pixel tags, websocket and XMLHttpRequest/Fetch mechanisms. uBO's advanced medium mode allows Websocket, XMLHttpRequest and Fetches (it has like AdGuard advanced rules to deal with 1x1, 2x2 and 3x3 pixel tags, but I doubt many people know how to use them), so uBO's advanced medium mode "only" adds a layer of security at the cost of a lot of hassle and tweaking.

Using Edge with advanced (super duper) security mode which disables the Javascript Just in Time compiler and enabling Edge option to lower the renderer processes to AppContainer rights is a far more effective and hassle free security measure than tweaking uBO in advanced mode. Just look at @Andy Ful posts on malware samples and comparative testing, you can read that the usage of browser based javascript malware has lowered in the past decade (shifted to misuse of scripting in documents and lolbins).

That said I have advanced mode third-party blocking of uBO enabled in my Edge "strict" profile (disabled in my "easy" profile), not because it actually adds something to Edge security, but because it feels good to have control over what is allowed to connect. In this matter I agree with you: it feels safer to use uBO's advanced mode ;)

For the average user AG is as good as uBO (and AGv4 is Google Manifest 3 compatible).

Thanks for explaining this. I have been using uBO for years, but I am not a web guy. I work in IT but when it comes to web pages etc, I have no idea about the backend, scripts etc. I can view source and look into certain things, but that is about as far as I can go.

I have heard people speak about advanced mode of uBO but to date, I have zero idea what it is. I just install the extension, add some custom filter lists, and for the most part I am good to go. If the new Adguard is comparable to this, at least myself and others like me will have something to use next year when Google and others start enforcing Manifest 3.
 

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AdGuard Browser Extension for Chrome / Firefox / Edge / Opera 4.0.141 Released
You’ve probably had this happen: you’re going to a party, everything seems perfect, and just before you leave you notice a stain on your clothes. What would you do? Change your look, of course. Well, we’ve noticed a little “stain” on the v4.0.133 release too: some users were unable to remove a domain from Allowlist after the update. And we’ve decided to release a new version right away with this bug fixed.

Changelog
  • [Fixed] Pause button not fully aligned to center #1994
  • [Fixed] User rules and allowlist box shrinks little to left #1995
  • [Fixed] Rules with :where() pseudo class do not work #1998
  • [Fixed] Cannot remove a domain from Allowlist after update to v4.0 #2002
  • [Fixed] 'Learn more' button design on update popup
 

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You’ve probably had this happen: you’re going to a party, everything seems perfect, and just before you leave you notice a stain on your clothes. What would you do? Change your look, of course. Well, we’ve noticed a little “stain” on the v4.0.133 release too:

Nice analogy!
 

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Can anyone help me with a filter to get rid of this notification on the bottom? I've been trying but nothing seems to be working. Thanks!

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Can anyone help me with a filter to get rid of this notification on the bottom? I've been trying but nothing seems to be working. Thanks!

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On your screenshot, I see on the bottom in the right corner the green icon of Adguard, that's probably related to Adguard for Windows? May it's the difference why you see "this warning"

I have Adguard Browser Extension v.4 and same as others @user13 & @SeriousHoax, here nothing to see like that 🤷‍♂️
 

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@SeriousHoax @silversurfer @oldschool @Gandalf_The_Grey
I am thinking on getting YouTube Premium for the first time, and then ditch Adguard Desktop ( system wide) and only use AdGuard browser extension v4.0.
Any idea about my decision?
Many thanks!

Adguard for Windows HTTPS scanning is worth to avoid, I fully agree for using AdGuard browser extension v4.0
I see no ads on YouTube, so looks like AG new version 4 works same like uBlockOrigin, but you have probably some reason for considering YouTube Premium