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uBlock Origin 1.11.4 for Chrome

Block ads, malware and more

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Android, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, iPad
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 March 2017
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Downloads To Date: 94
Developer: uBlock
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uBlock Origin for Chrome
Block ads, malware and more

UBlock Origin is a popular and efficient content blocker which can protect you from ads, trackers, malware and more.

If you've ever used another ad blocker you'll already understand the basics. UBlock Origin adds an icon to your address bar which shows the number of requests it's blocked; if everything's fine you can leave it to run entirely atomatically, but clicking the icon displays a panel giving more control.

If a site isn't working, you're able to toggle particular blocking types - popups, large media elements, remote fonts, more - with a click. An element picker enables fine-tuning blocking for a specific part of the current page, or you can turn blocking off entirely for the whole site.

UBlock Origin uses multiple sources to identify what to block, including Malware Domain List, EasyList and Peter Lowe's Ad and tracking server list. The "3rd-party filters" tab in uBlock's Settings shows you all the currently active filters and has many others, but treat this with care. The more you select, the more likely you are to have problems, without necessarily much gain in security.

Experts can customise the program with their own filters, and there are a few other potentially useful extras. If you're using a VPN which doesn't block WebRTC leaks, for instance, there's a Privacy option in Settings which should do it for you.

Verdict:

An excellent content blocker, highly configurable, packed with features, but also carefully optimised to be as lightweight and speedy as possible.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.17.7

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

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