SafariBlock

Version: 2.2r1 || Release Date: 2008-09-03 || License: Other Open Source Developer: FSB Software | App Owner: daveu

SafariBlock is an ingenius ad blocker plug-in for Safari. It is small, unobtrusive, and free... but very powerful. You can right-click on an ad area and choose to block it whether it is an image, flash, or even a frame. Use the asterisk early in the URL to block anything that begins with what precedes the asterisk.

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Unfortunately the new version for Safari 3 is hopeless. It still blocks ads well, but has numerous other issues. For instance, you may find yourself:
Randomly unable to enter any text in any text fields - disabling SafariBlock "cures" it
Safari simply hanging/crashing - disabling SafariBlock on restart "cures" it again
Right clicking a link can crash Safari - disabling SafariBlock on restart "cures" it again
Conflicts with other plugins (eg iGetter for instance) etc etc

...plus, the unfortunate attitude of the author towards users. On macupdate, someone politely pointed to concerns that safariblock tries to send info to seemingly unconnected websites via cookies (linked to the enable updates feature). In of itself not a worry, but the fact that the author also makes keylogging software was a worry to them. The author wrote a rude reply denying all knowledge, only to (on closer questioning) do a U-turn and admit that they are "his" cookies after all (the author says they continue to "have an interest" in keylogging,hacking and cracking as well).

So a combination of numerous Safari bugs coupled to the authors behaviour have made me reluctantly switch back to pithhelmet.

Re: my previous comment on the "complexity" of PithHelmet's rules, I have since learned the basics of RegEx and am happy in it's use now. The basics of how to create Regular Expressions are here - http://www.regular-expressions.info/quickstart.html.
Version 2.7 of PithHelmet works fine with Safari 3 - nil problems so far. Plus the ability to use ⇧⌘R to reload a single page with PithHelmet turned off is indispensible to me (allows you to track down whether sites aren't displaying correctly due to your filter rules or another Safari problem).
v2.7 is also does not slow down Safari any more - in fact, pages load faster than ever with it installed - so a thumbs up for PithHelmet there.

Overall, SafariBlock used to be a great plugin in Safari 2, but the newer version has too many issues so I've gone back to a stable adblocker in PithHelmet.
Maybe if these issues can be "ironed-out" I might switch back, but until then no.

I use both this and PithHelmet.

I never see an ad. Great piece of software, even more great together. PithHelmet blocks most of the ads before you even add the filters, and then SafariBlock is there for everything it misses. Very easy to use.

Now, this is exactly what enabled me to finally switch from Firefox to Safari for my regular browsing. Happy truly I am. :)

I guess if you only use Safari this would be a good idea but I prefer Privoxy which works as a system-wide web proxy. It's also the only way I've found to block the video ads at the beginning of Comedy Central video clips.

WOW!
Far far better and more user friendly than Pithhelmet.
Using PithHelmet, after half an hour of trying, I couldn't get the flash animations or the ads to disappear from the http://www.lyricsdownload.com site.
Even checking the "block ads from @@@@......." options didn't work. Checking them with wildcards also didn't work. etc
I got fed up after 30min.

I then downloaded SafariBlock and within 3-4 clicks (10 seconds or so) I'd succesfully blocked ALL the annoying flash ads and ALL the other annoying ads.

If you want a slower Safari, and feel the need to delve into dozens of little check boxes for each rule and filter set (and remember what they all mean, and why you have a minus sign meaning default as opposed to never, and no examples on the authors site to help you along etc etc) and also like having dozens upon dozens of options for each rule, use PithHelmet.

If you haven't got the time for all that and you want a simple, no nonsense, mac-like experience, where 'right-click' and '*' is all you'll ever need to block ads and flash...use this app with Safari ...flawless

With this installed, Safari is hands down the best Mac browser.

Well, PithHelmet is fine, never had to add/change anything from the default configuration.

Couldn't possibly live without this!