Ad Blocker Plus vs. UBlock Origin

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We've been using ABP for as long as I can remember.  Looking for information re the new ViaSat browser, I bumped into UBlock Origin.  We currently use Chrome.  Is UBlock Origin significantly more efficient the ABP, worth either changing or adding on?  Do I have to remove ABP to add UBlock?
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I've tried them all but found that AdBlocker Ultimate is currently the best...uninstall or disable any other ad-blocker on your system before installing this program:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblocker-ultimate/ohahllgiabjaoigichmmfljhkcfikeof
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I prefer UBlock, coupled with the HTML5 video blocker, it does a wonderful job. I used UBlock before Viasat browser was introduced, for me it's easy to use and, easy to right click and load blocked content I might want to see.
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All the ad blockers I've used allow a right-click option to load any blocked item you may want to see, and I also use the HTML5 blocker and FlashBlock and WebOfTrust (WOT)...they all play a role in limiting data usage and safe browsing.  I use the FlashPeak browser SlimJet which is basically a duplicate of the ViaSat browser, both are slimmed down versions based on the open source code of Chrome and allows installing any of the add-ons/extensions from the Chrome Web Store.

I find using more than one ad-blocker, or two of any run-time applications is like using more than one A/V program and will sooner or later cause conflicts and slower page loading.
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I have windows 10 i installed adblocker ultimate had no problems with the two ad blockers still installed.
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I've had the best results with ublock Origin. Also, it uses less CPU and memory than ABP.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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I use the Viasat Browser at work and it has UBlock Origin already built in. I use it as the primary browser (they don't force us to use it or anything) and I think it's a very effective blocker
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Experiment with both, there are no absolute answers - I've tried both at one time or another and it really depends upon a number of factors (as well as which browser you currently use). While I liked the Viasat Browser with UBlock Origin I found my data usage steadily creeping up with it. Went back to an earlier version of Firefox (pre Quantum) with AdBlock Plus (as well as Flash Control) for a while and excess usage subsided. More recently have switched to Waterfox (a Firefox variant) with AdBlock Plus, Flash Control (also handles the HTML5 issues with both autoplay and preload behaviors), and YesScript - seems like the optimal solution for my needs. If only concerned about cosmetic blocking of ads (i.e. the annoyance not the bandwidth issues) either will do - but if concerned about excess usage you really need to investigate which works best in your case and continuously monitor data usage (both will block requests at the network level, and both do some cosmetic blocking, hiding elements only. Note I use YesScript to simply blacklist java script on sites that abuse java script in any number of ways... many still function without java script and in many cases they use java script to nag you about turning off your ad blocker.

Right now for me, that's the Waterfox, AdBlock Plus, Flash Control, YesScript solution... but that can change at any time.  But then again unlike some of the others here I'm on a 12GB plan and want to make the most of it by eliminating most of the bloat appearing on today's web sites with network level blocking. Even during those slow peak usage periods when my speeds drop to less than .5 mbps to as low as the .2 mbps range browsing is still usable when you ditch the unnecessary cruft.  
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I use both, though if I had to go with one or the other I'd go with AdBlock Plus, which I've used for quite some time.  It works perfectly for me, even stopping ads from playing in Youtube videos.    
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The reasons I switched from AdBlockPlus to AdBlocker Ultimate are summarized here:

https://www.slant.co/versus/3497/21838/~adblock-plus_vs_adblocker-ultimate

Including:

PROs for AdBlock Ultimate (No cons yet!)

 No acceptable ads

Unlike other adblockers, AdBlocker Ultimate doesn't have any whitelisted websites, ad networks or advertising agencies.

Avoids awful looping problems on Firefox one sees with Adblock Plus and uBlock

Blocks a wide selection of annoying ads

Supports most popular browsers

AdBlocker Ultimate works on Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari and Yandex.Browser.

 Completely free


CON for ABlock+

AdBlock+ has an automatic whitelist when installed that allows certain advertisers through the blocking mechanism. The fact that these advertisers pay for this privilege makes this particular scenario rife with conflict of interest.

AdBlock+ tends to use a lot of memory, which has been documented in many use cases as well as admitted by AdBlock themselves. Considering there are alternatives out there that can block ads successfully with half the RAM usage as AdBlock, one has to wonder why this is a problem specific to AdBock.

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The whitelist mentioned in the article can easily be disabled.  I see zero ads, even with Ublock Origin off.  As for the memory, I haven't really noticed any memory issues, but I have a lot of memory in this.  

I've never tried AdBlocker Ultimate, so I can't say anything for it or against it, though I think I'm going to give it a spin to see what it's like.  After all, it can't hurt.  
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Some pages get upset about that though. Forbes is probably the worst. You get in the Doctor Strange "I've come to bargain" sort of scenario where it just keeps looping back to a "continue article page" until it's disabled. Usually by then I decide I wasn't as interested in it and just read the hyperlink's comments instead