Have been trying out the new Brave browser on my Windows 10 laptop. https://brave.com/download/ . Seems to do a good job blocking ads and trackers. Haven't notice a lot of speed difference compared to Microsoft Edge on the laptop. Did improve speed and performance on the Android tablets and phone.
Brave with ad-blocking enabled should load webpages faster than Edge without an ad blocker extension/add-on installed, although the difference may be so brief as to be unnoticeable. Even without ad-blocking enabled, Brave is supposedly faster than other browsers that aren't running ad blocking, because it works by stripping out website ads and loading a smaller number of its own than get piled in on some websites with other browsers. A lot of the tracking is gone. Here's an article for anyone curious to know more about what makes Brave different:
I'm not a Brave user. I still use Firefox, part of a dwindling minority. I still think it has better privacy and customizability than Edge or Chrome. Microsoft and Google know too much about me as it is without my using Edge or Chrome. That's another plus in favor of Brave.
Malwarebytes has a new extension for the browsers called "Browser Guard" that just got installed with the update to my free MBAM install.
I use Bitdefender free as my main AV, and MBAM manually for PUPs.
I have not enabled it yet as I think I will have to configure it to not block a few websites that I use that go via a tracker.
But the writeup sounds interesting. It is suppose to also stop those -- your computer is infected, call us -- lockup scams.
I had not heard of the Brave browser, so thanks for bringing it to our attention. I tried it on my older Asus laptop. It seemed to work OK on static pages, and it was good at avoiding the pop-ups and ads, but it lagged pretty bad and chop up the video playback, like CNN news clips. I know it is an old laptop, but Edge and Firefox both play the clips smoothly on that device.
I had not heard of the Brave browser, so thanks for bringing it to our attention. I tried it on my older Asus laptop. It seemed to work OK on static pages, and it was good at avoiding the pop-ups and ads, but it lagged pretty bad and had choppy video playback on things like CNN news clips. I know it is an old laptop, but Edge and Firefox both play the clips smoothly on that device.
One possible fix is to disable hardware acceleration under settings, additional settings, system, then turn off the hardware acceleration.
Is my go to on the iPad
I have two android tablets and a phone. That is where the big difference is for me. Especially one on my older tablets seems to have gotten a new life.
Need to talk the wife into trying it on her I pad.
I've been using it off and on for awhile now. I like it, but I'm pretty used to using Mozilla Firefox.
You can use a modified HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers and possibly unwanted programs.
The Web Site: https://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
I use it all the time and glad I do
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