Adblock vs. Adblock Plus: What’s the Difference and Which Is Better?

Adblock. Adblock Plus. Are they the same? Are they different? And most importantly: which one is the best choice for you? In this article you’ll find out exactly what the differences are between Adblock Plus and Adblock and which advertisement blocking tool is right for your browser.

Adblock Plus

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The first ad-blocking extension of its kind, it was first only available on Firefox and then on all mainstream browsers. It is no doubt the most popular advertisement blocking tool for Firefox. On Chrome, that’s another story. Due to ADP being late to the Chrome extension game, Adblock was created and took its place as the most popular extension for the Chrome browser.

ABP was created by a community of users who grew tired of intrusive ads online. It’s open source and has an easy-to-navigate settings interface with tons of options for blocking advertisements via filter list subscriptions as well as custom filters and more. Adblock Plus is very easy to find and install through the various browser extension stores.

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There are not a lot of negative things to say about Adblock Plus, but the cons to this extension are pretty glaring. For starters, ABP doesn’t block all ads. Crazy, right? According to some whispers online, big advertisement agencies like Google can (and have) pay ABP to get past their blocking filters and into their advertisement “white-list” that users must manually opt out of.

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All and all, if you’re on Firefox and in need of a good, feature-filled advertisement blocking tool, consider this one. I’d pass on the Chrome extension, though. Adblock is considerably better in this department.

Pros

  • open source and community driven
  • fast and easy installation process
  • settings area easy to navigate and understand
  • blocks advertisements by way of a subscription process so more advertisements can be blocked by simply subscribing to certain lists

Cons

  • forces users to opt out of allowing white-list ads instead of opting in
  • allows some advertisements it deems “alright” instead of blocking all advertisements

RELATED: uBlock Origin: Better Than Adblock Plus?

Adblock

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Adblock is an extension inspired by the Adblock Plus project and  created for Google Chrome by an independent developer named Michael Gundlach. At first, Adblock was only found on Chrome and quickly became the most popular advertisement blocking tool available. Soon after Adblock gained considerable popularity, it was quickly ported to other major browsers.

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When it comes to the features of this extension, you’d be hard-pressed to find any features that you wouldn’t find in Adblock Plus. With Adblock you’re able to block a wide array of advertisements by subscribing to lists, create custom filters, and easily navigate its massive amount of settings. Overall, it’s pretty good (if you’re using Chrome, that is).

Unlike ABP, there are quite a few negatives if you choose Adblock. For example: Have a habit of using massive amounts of tabs? If so, stay away from this extension, as it’s known to make browsers sluggish at heavy load, especially when using Google Chrome. It also has trouble blocking advertisements on YouTube when using Chrome due to a bug and has a slightly intrusive page that pops up as soon as it’s installed inside your browser.

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Adblock is definitely a decent choice for most browsers. Where it really shines, though, is Google Chrome. If you’re a huge fan of Google’s browser and have a need to block advertisements online, consider this extension.

Pros

  • open source
  • incredibly fast and easy installation process
  • uses the Adblock Plus filter system, so ABP users will feel at home when switching
  • uses the same advertisement blocking list as Adblock Plus, so a wide array of advertisements will be blocked
  • settings are easy to navigate and understand

Cons

  • can slow down the browser if the user has a lot of tabs open
  • due to a slight bug with the Chrome browser, YouTube advertisements can sometimes bypass Adblock
  • intrusive page pops up after installation

Conclusion

Though advertisements online are an important way to generate revenue online, they can be intrusive. In fact, a few (not all) advertisement firms have been known to serve up malicious links. It is because of this that tools like Adblock and Adblock Plus need to exist.

Which do you prefer: Adblock Plus or Adblock? Tell us below!

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24 comments

  1. I’ve been using ABP on my chromebook because I didn’t know the difference so thanks for the article. I’m looking forward to reading the comments too. I’m going to try AB because you say it’s more targeted to Chrome. I do wish these tools were opt-in to blocking ads though. Ads power the internet so I try to only block those that are annoying. Because they are ALL blocked by default I have to remember to turn off blocking when I visit new sites; something I often fail to to do initially.

  2. IMHO, the article seems to suggest that for Chrome, Adblock is the most virtuous advertising blocker. I am slightly concerned in this: many browsers use the Blink and the Webkit rendering engines. For example, Chrome, Comodo Dragon, Opera seem to use them. So do the virtues of Adblock apply to all browsers using Blink and Webkit? How does that work? Some browsers use Trident, Webkit/Blink and Gecko. Several browsers are starting to move in that direction. How does that work best? Advice on the best blockers to use as the browsers develop more multi-engine applications for the general public would be appreciated. Thank you ahead of time!

  3. Having settled on Firefox for my browser of choice I combined it with ABP several years ago and have enjoyed their partnership without any perceived negatives. I did flirt with AB…once…on a different computer…and came away less than satisfied, although the results were not disastrous by any means. For ease of use (even with the opt-out white list issue) and consistent results my personal, non-expert-but-a-many-hours-a-day-user choice is ABP.

  4. Robb Thurston raises interesting questions. Does the browser’s rendering engine have a bearing on the ad blocking extensions? If so, in what way do they interact?

  5. I have used both programs, but, I am using AdBlock right now, since, I am a Chrome user. When I was using Firefox, I used Adblock Plus. I have found that both programs, do quite well, in stopping unwanted Ads and Pop-Ups. In fact, I must disable both, when I go to my Finanical Institute.

    Both programs do their jobs and very well, I might add. Both of these programs, allows me to choose when I want to disable the programs, on a website(s) that I want to support, by allowing ads. For example, I have disabled AdBlock on Make Tech Easier, to support this website. The ads here do NOT bother me and I can clip on them, when something interests me. I love that Chrome and AdBlock both, help stop Pop-Ups. Those are the most annoying of all the Ads.

  6. What does “massive amounts of tabs” mean? I have 23 open right now (in Chromium), which is not unusual, because I am always waiting for something to happen before I can close a tab (so I don’t have to find my way back to it again later).

  7. I use a private VPN to preserve my privacy which I value.

    A VPN tunnel encrypts your connection to the Internet. This impenetrable tunnel prevents criminal organizations, your ISP or even your government to spy on your communications.

    Surf Anonymously with protection against snoopers, data miners and privacy intrusive entities
    Hide your IP – Get a new IP address, so that nobody can discover your identity through it
    Neither monitoring nor logging of your activities online. and anonymize my browser, goodbye to browser tracking and ad targeting

  8. Do AdBlock and the latest version has a problem with slowing Google Chome?

  9. What if we were to use both at the same time?

    1. You would better not do that.

      1. Why not? i use both of them at the same time on chrome and it works fine

        1. Also using both AB & ABP without any negative issues. After opting out of the ABP options I get close to zero ads whether they are intrusive or not.

  10. I’ve used adblock for quite a while. i go to watchseries to watch old TV programmes. I’ve noticed lately adblock not working correctly. for example. i’ll go to watch – let’s say- red dwarf . you click on one of the 3rd party links (gorillavid), it SHOULD keep the pop ups fron coming up. lately they’re not. when i click “continue” it’s supposed to continue on to the video which loads up for viewing.instead i get a pop-up in a new page (which i close immediately) and then click on continue again and it runs the vid. other times, i do that and it pops up in the same tab and loads the video in a new tab – in which i have to click continue again to load the video.
    i’ll try adblock plus and see how that goes…

    1. I have the same problem with ‘thewatchseries’ and it just completely riddles my screen with pop-ups that never used to come up before, especially that fake virus warning, I was too slow in closing the first one and I had a dozen more open up. The annoying part is that, because it got me out of a lot of trouble with malware, I was so grateful that I decided to make a monetary contribution towards it. Ever since then, the pop-ups have been the worst nuisance I have come across in all my years on the internet! I’m so sorry I made that contribution now! And it’s not just gorillavid, it’s ALL links. Very disappointed, to say the least.

  11. I’m using AdBlock and Chrome on a Mac.

    The problem I’m having is when a certain type of ad is blocked. When the site is refreshed, the ad is gone as well as the horizontal space it occupied. But a second or two later the empty ad space reappears causing everything below it on the page to be pushed down. Just as I’m about to click on something on the bottom part of the page it shifts and my cursor is no longer where I want it.

    Would AdBlock Plus solve this problem?

    1. Problem solved: both “allow some unobtrusive advertising” and “EasyList” have to be unchecked in both AdBlock and AdBlock Plus.

      1. Thanks Bennett! Will try today!

  12. What about the telemetry with the unique ID that AdBlock collects? Or the fact that less and less of the source is open? I’m fine with ABP’s exception list. The unobtrusive ads are really unobtrusive, and I really do want to encourage the ad industry to do better. Also, I love the ability to block certain page elements.

  13. I have installed both ad block and APB on my chromebook, but im not sure if two is better than one, or if its overkill. This is my first Chromebook and since having Windows o.s. for so many years, im really not sure if I need to be so overly cautious about everything……. Any advice?

  14. RE: desperateDan
    I use a private VPN to preserve my privacy which I value.

    A VPN tunnel encrypts your connection to the Internet. This impenetrable tunnel prevents criminal organizations, your ISP or even your government to spy on your communications.

    Surf Anonymously with protection against snoopers, data miners and privacy intrusive entities
    Hide your IP – Get a new IP address, so that nobody can discover your identity through it
    Neither monitoring nor logging of your activities online. and anonymize my browser, goodbye to browser tracking and ad targeting

    Nov 5, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    ————

    Which VPN system do you prefer? Are you running OS X, Windows 10, or ?

  15. Thank you so much, i never realized they were different and after using both randomly since i guess they first started with chrome (chrome4life).
    Pointing out that AB doesn’t handle tabs well saved my sanity.. i thought i was just being picky…

  16. I have both on…lol

  17. It’s a bit funny to see a webpage debating adblock qualities when it is bloated with ads everywhere (banner, right menu, autoplay videos, clickbaits above comments, 8 “share” buttons …)

  18. Using Chrome I installed AdBlock. But even if I ask it to block all popups ads, and use Kaspersky anti-virus too, some ads are smart enough to pass through. We can add their URL in the list of domain to block but that can become a tedious task.
    But it remains a very useful tooL

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