Ghostery

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 26 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.4.2
  • Total Downloads:
    33,118
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 18, 2010
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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As much as we may like to pretend otherwise, there are lots of people--or more accurately, companies--tracking our every move on the Internet. Most of the time the information that's being collected is for marketing purposes, not malicious ones, but even that can be a bit creepy. Ghostery is an unobtrusive add-on for Firefox that shows users exactly which trackers are present on a given Web page, making it much easier to control who's gathering information about you.

The program's interface is quite user-friendly, with the add-on appearing as a small Pac-Man-style ghost in Firefox's status tray. When Ghostery detects information-gathering scripts on a Web page, a link appears that shows the number of trackers found. Clicking on this link provides the name of each tracker and links to Web pages with more information about the companies in question, including descriptions and popularity rankings. Ghostery can also optionally show an alert bubble in the upper right corner of a Web page that lists the trackers that have been found. The program's interface makes it easy to block each individual tracker if desired, ensuring that information about your Internet usage isn't going to anyone you don't trust. Overall, we found Ghostery to be both unobtrusive and quite informative, and we recommend it to those who are concerned about keeping their Web surfing private.

Ghostery is free. As with most add-ons, it doesn't have a Help file, but it's very easy to figure out. Ghostery installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"why are they not blocking their own bugs"

January 19, 2011  |  By jagannvn

 |  Version: Ghostery 2.4.2

Pros

blocks all their competitors like google analytics/omniture

Cons

does not block their own performable.com site hosted on {longsubdomain}.cloudfront.net

Summary

nice way to win against competition

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5 stars

"Does more than I thought"

December 18, 2010  |  By apey01

 |  Version: Ghostery 2.4.2

Pros

My computer actually runs faster because It blocks 3rd party tracking crap, I wasn't expecting that. No interference with any site from Youtube to Cnet, email etc.

Cons

over 3 weeks and not a one

Summary

very light and options if you want to see what it blocks and it blocks a lot. You'll be surprised by how you can browse faster just because of all the 3rd party crap that is put on your computer and will now be blocked. A great privacy and performance add-on that I've used for 3 weeks and will now have a permanent stay on my browser. AND IT'S FREE

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5 stars

"Great Exactly what it says it is"

November 23, 2010  |  By Russellbear

 |  Version: Ghostery 2.4.2

Pros

As soon as I restarted Firefox, the App was working, No problems.

Cons

None so far

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.4.2
Version .4.2 fixes Whitelisting for HTTPS (secure HTTP) sites.
General
Publisher Evidon
Publisher web site http://www.ghostery.com
Release Date November 18, 2010
Date Added November 18, 2010
Version 2.4.2
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows, Windows Me, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Firefox 3.0 - 3.6
Download Information
File Size 1.25MB
File Name ghostery-5.0.3-an+fx.xpi
Popularity
Total Downloads 33,118
Downloads Last Week 155
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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