Gandalf_The_Grey

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In-depth features review: AdGuard Browser extension:
As you know, AdGuard provides a range of software products that block ads and trackers on different platforms. One of the most popular AdGuard products is a free extension that is accessible for almost every browser. Although it cannot be compared with our full-featured desktop programs (AdGuard for Windows and AdGuard for Mac), we have specially made such a product so that basic and the most sufficient ad blocking features were available to everyone.

If you want to protect yourself online and fight ads and trackers in your browser quickly, reliably and without additional downloads and spending money, then AdGuard browser extension is exactly what you need, and in this article we’ll reveal to you all its features and useful options.
 

Parsh

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This means that their browser add-on can replace a Adblocker like uBlock Origin & ClearURLs.
For most of the part. For ad-blocking? Yes.
Adguard does not have a mode to block 3rd party scripts and frames for example (can do so with custom rules). Also, uBlock has an interactive popup enabling quick whitelisting/blacklisting such elements. However, Adguard has a few more privacy options than uBlock Origin.
OK, you guys have convinced me to try it in Edge! :cool:
Me too, for a re-spin 😄

Can any user comment on the effect of Adguard Desktop on the page loading speed (Adguard claims it to be faster due to early blocking of elements) and overall impact on system when browsing? Thanks.
 
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silversurfer

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For most of the part. For ad-blocking? Yes.
Adguard does not have a mode to block 3rd party scripts and frames for example (can do so with custom rules). Also, uBlock has an interactive popup enabling quick whitelisting/blacklisting such elements. However, Adguard has a few more privacy options than uBlock Origin.
I'm guessing that he may meant "Adguard Stealth Mode" => "Remove tracking parameters"

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Can any user comment on the effect of Adguard Desktop on the page loading speed (Adguard claims it to be faster due to early blocking of elements) and overall impact on system when browsing? Thanks.
Of course, Adguard Desktop has impact of your browsing but it depends on things like:
HTTPS scanning by your AV/IS, how fast is your internet connection by your ISP or even more by VPN
 

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Adguard Stealth Mode features are working completely independent in Adguard Browser Extension, but even more Stealth Mode features are included into Adguard Desktop for Windows:

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Thanks, but none important features which would make the desktop client worth it:

X-Client: I use Chromium-Edge so no Chrome
Cache and third-party stuff is already managed by uMatrix
Push- and Location-API can be configured in Edge and also blocking instead of asking the user is bad for comfort and also increase uniqueness
Flash is already disabled by default in Edge
Java isn't naively installed on Windows and should be avoided anyway
Referrer is already managed by uMatrix
hiding user agent doesn't work
modify the IP in HTTP header doesn't work
other settings exist in AdGuard browser extension
 

silversurfer

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Thanks, but none important features which would make the desktop client worth it:

X-Client: I use Chromium-Edge so no Chrome
Cache and third-party stuff is already managed by uMatrix
Push- and Location-API can be configured in Edge and also blocking instead of asking the user is bad for comfort and also increase uniqueness
Flash is already disabled by default in Edge
Java isn't naively installed on Windows and should be avoided anyway
Referrer is already managed by uMatrix
hiding user agent doesn't work
modify the IP in HTTP header doesn't work
other settings exist in AdGuard browser extension
Your comments are always the same, you just speaking from your point of view, only for your needs isn't worth to use Adguard Desktop, other users may thinking different, so I could even talking about that uMatrix isn't worth using because it's breaking websites, but that is only my user
experience and that isn't the truth to everyone...
 

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I just did a basic resource consumption comparison between Adguard extension and uBlock Origin. Both had same filters and similar settings enabled except uBlock with some additional uBlock specific filters.

uBlock Origin uses less memory than Adguard.

Chromium Edge:
Right after opening the browser: z.png


The Verge(.)com loaded: x.png


The Verge and CNN loaded: c.png

Memory usage is a lot less for both extensions in Firefox.

Right after opening the browser: a.png


The Verge(.)com loaded: s.png


The Verge and CNN loaded: d.png

I can't say about page loading. Testing separately both loads everything fast but monitoring the Energy Impact parameter of Firefox task manager, Adguard seems to use more CPU compared to uBlock Origin.
 

Tutman

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I just did a basic resource consumption comparison between Adguard extension and uBlock Origin. Both had same filters and similar settings enabled except uBlock with some additional uBlock specific filters.

uBlock Origin uses less memory than Adguard.

Chromium Edge:
Right after opening the browser: View attachment 236365


The Verge(.)com loaded: View attachment 236366


The Verge and CNN loaded: View attachment 236361

Memory usage is a lot less for both extensions in Firefox.

Right after opening the browser: View attachment 236360


The Verge(.)com loaded: View attachment 236363


The Verge and CNN loaded: View attachment 236362

I can't say about page loading. Testing separately both loads everything fast but monitoring the Energy Impact parameter of Firefox task manager, Adguard seems to use more CPU compared to uBlock Origin.
You could always use firemin (which was just updated a few days ago) and then the memory usage for either extension would be void. It keeps the browser memory to below 50 mb and resets is every second! Works awesomely to tame firefox from being a memory hog! And works with other browsers too, Edge Chrome etc. (I personally use the adguard extension and I love it but having problems with just one particular site that causes pop ups that I am trying to figure out.) :(
 

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You could always use firemin (which was just updated a few days ago) and then the memory usage for either extension would be void. It keeps the browser memory to below 50 mb and resets is every second!
This seems quite extreme tbh. I don't have any memory leak problem. I just shared some basic comparison, that's it and both are really good.
just one particular site that causes pop ups that I am trying to figure out.)
What site it is? You can open an issue here about the site you're having trouble with. They are usually very fast at fixing these. 24 hours max.
 
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Tutman

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This seems quite extreme tbh. I don't have any memory leak problem. I just shared some basic comparison, that's it and both are really good.

What site it is? You can open an issue here about the site you're having trouble with. They are usually very fast at fixing these. 24 hours max.
I did what you said, here is my link! newser.com · Issue #53888 · AdguardTeam/AdguardFilters Thanks again!
 

SeriousHoax

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Gandalf_The_Grey
Since you use Adguard extension, can you check one thing for me? Go to The Verge
Do you notice any delay in page loading? If not click on an article from the homepage. There should be a certain unnecessary delay for the page to come into view. No go back and there should be another unwanted delay. Repeat this and there's always a delay. Do you have this issue? This only happens with Adguard Extension. No problem with uBlock Origin. I want to make sure if it happens to others before opening an issue on github.
 
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