With more than 200 million active users, the ad blocking extensions, AdBlock and AdBlock Plus are still becoming popular day by day. Whenever you’re browsing sites, you can’t live with these extensions. This is because they block ads and keep you away from an annoying online experience. But, do you know the difference between the two? Read further to seek an answer to your question.
Adblock Vs Adblock Plus
AdBlock Plus is the most popular Firefox add-on with a base of millions of users. Moreover, the extension is available for browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer, etc… and systems like the Android. On the other hand, AdBlock is available for Google Chrome and has twice the ratings when compared to AdBlock Plus.
As far as options and basic features are concerned, AdBlock and AdBlock Plus offer the same ones. But, when you think about ‘Options’, then AdBlock Plus is far better than the predecessor. Though they don’t allow you to tweak functions, the plug-in options are very much simpler and easier to understand. You would find a better experience as ads get disabled in just one click. With regards to customization, AdBlock for Chrome offers countless options whereas AdBlock Plus can only permit you to whitelist domains and use custom filters. Advanced options are visible with the interface and are hidden from the web browser.
You would always prefer using AdBlock simply because of the use of its right-click menu. The extension allows you to block any element virtually on the web page. This is not the case with AdBlock Plus. The menu displayed through a right click doesn’t detect the elements quickly and efficiently. You would have to use the browser extension button when you’re stuck with the task of blocking specific web page elements.
Even when the options are more or less similar, there’s a huge difference in the interface. AdBlock Plus offers an interface in form of a property sheet with tabs ‘Filter Lists’, Add Your Own Filters’, Whitelisted Domains’ and ‘General’. However, AdBlock gives you a layout in form of a web page with a bar comprising of ‘General’, Filter Lists’, “Customize’ and ‘Support’. Additionally, it offers control to whitelist certain YouTube Channels, sync to Dropbox, block social media buttons and many more. In some situations, disabling social media buttons can be a tedious task. You would actually have to know the syntax for custom filters.
If you have the habit of opening many tabs, then you should always stay away from the AdBlock extension. The browser eventually slows down especially when you are using Google Chrome. Not just that, due to a bug in Chrome, AB becomes incapable of blocking advertisements on YouTube. An intrusive page also pops when the extension is installed in the browser. On the whole, AD has a negative impact once it enhances the functionality of the browser.
Finally, AdBlock is tough to use when you’re not tech savvy. Unlike ABP, the interface has several check boxes and can confuse the user at any instance. So, if you prefer to use AdBlock, do specify your comments.