Ad blocker for Mac OS X

runs on Mac
screenshot of GlimmerBlocker

Let's face it: unless you're an advertiser, getting a page full of ads every time you visit a web page can be a pain in the neck. Along with the general irritation of all that flashing, bouncing stuff, your system's performance takes a hit with all the extra bandwidth needed to download all those images, movies, etc. to your computer. And you're probably not going to buy that stuff anyway.

There are plugins and add-ons for many browsers that help filter this stuff out, but each time you upgrade to the latest version of Safari or Firefox you have to worry that this junk-blocking capability is going to be broken. GlimmerBlocker takes a different approach.

GlimmerBlocker isn't just a browser extension; this tool actually behaves as a proxy server. That means that rather than hacking your browser, it uses its own rules to filter objectionable material. While that means it isn't integrated as tightly into Safari as you might like, it gives you the option of tweaking it by adding CSS rules or judiciously-applied bits of JavaScript. Your browser doesn't have to figure out what to do with ads, because the ads never make it to the browser.

GlimmerBlocker is a Mac application. It runs under OS X 10.5 and later.

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