Friday, 15 August 2014

Top 15 Browser Add-ons for a wonderful Web experience - Must-Have

Top 15 Browser Add-ons for a wonderful Web experience  -  Must-Have | www.knowbabble.comDid this ever happen to you?

·        You want to watch an interesting show with your family. You open the video on YouTube, but before you can watch it, you are forced to watch a 50 second advertise. “It’s just an ad, nothing to worry!” you think. But to your horror, the ad is about some random female product, or a product to prevent STDs or anything that can leave you with a red face due to embarrassment, and your family evening is ruined before it even started!

·         You made your browser pretty neat and easy to work, with all your settings, bookmarks, and add-ons (which you had to search hard to select among the many available), saved passwords etc. Suddenly one day your computer crashed, and all your hard work has gone down the drain. You can install the OS again, but the browser has to be customized once again from scratch.

·         You don’t have balance in your mobile phone. You need to send an important text, urgently. So you open a website that can send texts to mobile phones. But you are bombarded with so many ads that it takes a LOT of time, just to send a text!

·         You came across an amazing video, or an interesting article. But you are busy now and decide to watch/read it in your leisure time. So you copy the URL to a notepad file and go ahead with your work. After the work is finished, you decide to watch the video, but to your horror you find that you deleted the notepad file along with some other junk.

·         You are a torrent freak. You decide to download a torrent. But when you open the site, along with the torrent files, there are ads on the side with models doing obscene gestures and sounds. Adding insult to injury, your parent enters the room searching for something! You have no other option but to close the browser and come up with a good explanation!

If your answer is - “Yes, one of these situations DID happen to me!”, then look no further. Add-ons are what you are looking for. Here are some important tips on how to have a good browser experience :
What are Add-ons?
First of all you should know that add-ons are really important handy little applications that have the power to alter your web experience. Like the way you have good and bad friends, you have good and bad add-ons. Good add-ons are really amazing applications that make your life a LOT easier, while bad add-ons are actually malware in the guise of add-ons, wanting to steal your personal data like usernames and passwords. So, you should download them only from trusted sources. I have mentioned some of the important ones I use. You should definitely try them too.

Here they are :

Adblock edge | www.knowbabble.com
Adblock edge 2.1.4
Adblock plus | www.knowbabble.com
Adblock plus 2.6.4
Adblock plus pop-up add-on | www.knowbabble.com
Adblock plus pop-up add-on 0.9.2 :
I use all the above 3 to get rid of those annoying ads. Ads on torrent sites, ads before a YouTube video (nowadays, in between too. Phew!), ads on mobile phone texting sites or any other site under the sun, ALL the ads on them are blocked. The main advantage is that the site loads a LOT faster without the ads and makes your work easier.

Facebook Ads block 1.0 :

Facebook Ads block | www.knowbabble.comThe name says it all. I use it to block ads on Facebook. So, it’s obvious that fb on my browser is a lot faster than yours.



Gif block :

Gif block | www.knowbabble.comThe small images of advertisements are in the .gif format instead of .jpeg. Gif block blocks the advertisement images and not the actual images that you need (as they obviously are in jpeg format). Clever, huh?


Pop block 1.0.4 :
Pop block | www.knowbabble.comYou can block all those “Congratulations! You won a phone!”, “Find your life partner on xyzmatrimonial.com”, “Earn from home” kind of popups. In case you don’t know the difference between normal Ads and Pop-ups - Ads are displayed on the website while Pop-ups….erm….pop up! That’s it! They just jump in your way and you are forced to click them, or pop-ups can also automatically open in a new window. Thus, this add-on also saves your time.

Xmarks :

Xmarks | www.knowbabble.comMost IMPORTANT of all the mentioned add-ons! This add-on automatically saves all your bookmarks. You even have an option to save all your usernames, passwords, history etc. When I go to a new place, the first thing I do is install Xmarks on that computer. It restores all the bookmarks and settings and makes the browser look exactly like that of my home computer. Definitely, a must have.


Evernote web clipper 5.9.1 :

Evernote web clipper | www.knowbabble.comActually, this is not just an add-on. Evernote is a software. The add-on comes with it. It has a LOT of features and even I haven’t used them all! I only use it to save good articles, videos etc. If you find anything good, just right-click and you get an option to either clip the URL, or save the entire page with images. If I see anything interesting, I clip the URL and the data gets saved on the internet. But if you want to save it on your PC, download the software. My evernote is filled with a lot of EXCITING stuff, waiting for me to devour them in leisure!


Magrent :

Magrent | www.knowbabble.comYou can use this to download the torrent “file” and save it on your hard disk. You can add the torrent to uTorrent anytime you want.



 YouTube caption downloader 2.3 :

YouTube caption downloader | www.knowbabble.comIf you are listening to a song and the lyrics are being shown as subtitles, you can download them for future-use with this add-on.


Click & Clean 4.1 :

Click & Clean | www.knowbabble.comWhen you login to your Gmail or facebook or anything else, you type your first letter, and the site automatically gives you the complete username. This happens because your usernames are saved in the browser’s cache. This is actually helpful, but if you are VERY secretive and want to hide even your “username” from other prying users, just click on this add-on before closing the browser. It deletes everything, along with browser history, things typed on Google or YouTube, usernames on sites like fb, Gmail etc.


Flashblock :

Flashblock | www.knowbabble.comWhen you open multiple videos on YouTube in different tabs, all of them start playing. But this add-on blocks the flash content, meaning - your videos do not automatically start to play themselves. You get an ‘f’ symbol, and when you click on it, the video starts playing. If you are beginning to think this is a useless add-on not worthy of downloading, then you are wrong. This add-on simplifies a lot of things! Sometimes you open a website, and some video starts playing. It not only slows down the page loading time, but also you are “forced” to watch some video of which you have no intention of watching. If you feel that it is a video you SHOULD watch, then click on the “f” button and it starts playing.

The addon bar :
The addon bar | www.knowbabble.comNothing special here. You just get an extra bar with all your add-ons neatly listed.

And the last one -

Privacy choice Tracker Block 2.2 :

Privacy choice Tracker Block | www.knowbabble.com This is a security add-on. It prevents websites from tracking your digital footprint. Do you know that major websites track your web movement, and specifically spam you with related ads about the things you searched? This add-on prevents sites from tracking you. Definitely a must have!

So friends, that’s all for now. Keep Knowing new things, and leave the Babble to us!
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