Blocking Trackers in Chrome

This article has an easy-to-use installation guide for plugins that block certain programs known as trackers from running in your browser.

We strongly recommend that you read this previous article about trackers before deciding whether or not to install these plugins. We do not endorse or recommend the use of any of these plugins. They are written by third-party software providers and are generally free of charge. Use them at your own risk.

Thanks to Mike B., who did the testing, most of the research and contributed to this article.

To install Ghostery

Warning: Comprehensive protection is not currently available for Chrome. Some elements will still execute despite being detected.
  1. Go here and select "Download Ghostery for Chrome now!"
  2. At the top right corner of the new page, select "+ Add to Chrome"
  3. At the center of your screen, Chrome should be asking for confirmation. Click on the "Install" button.
  4. A new tab will now open for configuration. Click on "Get Started"
  5. If you wish to participate in anonymous statistics gathering, click "Enable GhostRank". Otherwise, click on Next.
  6. By default, Ghostery will enable an "Alert bubble" when an element is blocked. You may uncheck that here, otherwise click on Next.
  7. Ghostery has the option to update itself. Click on "Enable Bug List Auto-Update", and then click Next.
  8. Ghostery will not block elements by default in Chrome. Select "enable Blocking", then check the checkbox in the top left corner of the scroll box, and click Finish.

To install Adblock

  1. Go here
  2. At the top right corner of your screen, click "+ Add to Chrome"
  3. At the center of your screen, Chrome should be asking for confirmation. Click on the "Install" button.

To Install ScriptNo

  1. Go here
  2. On the top right of the page, click on "+ Add to Chrome"
  3. In the center of your page, Chrome will ask permission to install ScriptNo. Click on the Install button.

A quickstart guide is available for ScriptNo here

Whitelisting

Once you've installed ScriptNo, a lot of websites appear broken because it is preventing scripts from running. You might want to fix that for trustworthy sites that you visit frequently. To do so, right click the ScriptNo button at the top right hand corner of Chrome, and click on "Options". You'll see a field that serves as both a blacklist or whitelist, depending on which button you press. You can adjust it on-the-fly as you encounter "broken" sites.

Social Media Blacklisting

ScriptNo provides a unique "antisocial mode" that is available from the ScriptNo options menu. If enabled, it will remove social widgets/buttons, such as Facebook's "Like" button and Google+'s "+1", even when you're on a whitelisted site.


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