|Lightweight and open source|
|Works on all major browsers|
|Easy to install|
|Advanced features are somewhat complicated|
|Interface can be confusing|
For the longest time, I was an avid user of AdBlock Plus, but one day I learned that the owners of the application were trading whitelisting of their adverts in exchange for 30% of the revenue gathered by those ads. This was back in 2011, but it wasn't until 2015 that there was a decent alternative I could support. Today, I'm going to be talking to you about uBlock Origin and why I love it so much. If you do a lot of browsing online and you hate adverts, this is the most important extension you can have in your arsenal.
uBlock Origin is a browser plugin for Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Opera that allows you to restrict certain website elements from rendering. The most obvious use-case for this is the blocking of advertisements, which can sometimes contain malware, use bandwidth and do other annoying stuff (like playing sounds and tricking you into clicking them). uBlock Origin uses very few computer resources to function and will likely improve your page loading times, simply because for most websites, less is required to be downloaded. Just remember to subscribe to decent filter lists once you grab the extension.
You can also use uBlock Origin to remove sections of websites that you don't like. For instance, I use it to remove an overlay that YouTube recently implemented, which displays a carousel of associated videos whenever you pause whatever it is you're watching. I also use it to block out stuff like forum signatures and images I don't want to see. uBlock Origin accepts no donations and is open source: it's considered by many in the tech and security industry to be a stellar extension that every person should be using. For me, it's a convenient tool that I can't live without – especially since it's free!