uBlock Origin is a free and open-source browser extension for content filtering, including ad blocking. The extension is available for :
Chrome, Chromium, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Pale Moon, as well as versions of Safari prior to 13.
Initial release date: June 23, 2014
uBlock Origin is one of the gold standards in ad blocking. Not only an elite ad blocker that stops nearly every type of ad by default. Including video and pop-ups uBlock Origin is lightweight, so it doesn’t consume much CPU and memory.
uBlock Origin is not an “ad blocker”. It’s a wide-spectrum content blocker with CPU and memory efficiency as a primary feature.
uBlock Origin Latest Version
The Latest Version of uBlock Origin is Version 1.45.2, that Updated in November 19, 2022
uBlock Origin History
uBlock named “μBlock”, but the name was later change to “uBlock”. To avoid confusion as to how the Greek letter μ (Mu/Micro) in “μBlock” should be pronounce.
The Development started by forking from the codebase, of HTTP Switchboard. Along with another blocking extension called uMatrix, designed for advanced users.
First released in June 2014 as a Chrome and Opera extension. By winter 2015, the extension had expanded to other browsers.
Features for uBlock Origin
Blocking and filtering
uBlock Origin supports the majority of Adblock Plus’s filter syntax. The popular filter lists EasyList and EasyPrivacy are enable by default, along with the malware domain blocklist URLHaus. The extensions are capable of importing hosts files and a number of community-maintained lists are available at installation
Interface enhancements include a DOM inspector, privacy-oriented options to block link prefetching. Hyperlink audit, and IP address leaks via WebRTC (uBO-Extra is require to block WebRTC connections in Chromium).