July 28th, 2018
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
So I was a fan of Ghostery and I recommended it to others.
However, Ghostery has been changing in ways that slowed down Chrome. I don’t mind taking a small speed hit, if we are talking about a few seconds on each page. I can live with that. I assumed perhaps they were trying to be aggressive about keeping out the spam. Less charitably, perhaps they wanted to monetize themselves by doing more analytics regarding what I was allowing, or what they wanted to allow me to see, based on deals with the advertising companies themselves.
This last month, there was a dramatic change. Chrome started locking up and becoming unresponsive. At first I thought I had too many windows open — once upon a time I would keep as many as 40 windows open. So I cut back to just 5 open windows. And still I had problems. I would quit Chrome, and restart it, and it would work for 20 minutes and then start to lock up again. Opening a page could take 5 minutes. If I tried to close a browser window, by holding the Command key and then hitting the W key, a minute or two would pass before the window actually closed.
I was not having these problems with Firefox or Safari. But I never had Ghostery installed on them. I did not use them as often.
I did some reading online and I saw that people were having trouble with Ghostery on Chrome. So deleted Ghostery, and suddenly all of the issues with Chrome were solved.
I am a bit sad about Ghostery. I liked it. I’ll miss it. But I can’t wait 5 to 10 minutes to open a web page.Source