Ghostery Lite

Ghostery Lite

  • Category: Utilities
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 1.0.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Ghostery, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android
122 Ratings
$ 0

Ghostery Lite App

Ghostery Lite for Safari provides fast, simple and safe browsing. It protects your privacy online by stopping trackers from accessing your personal data and blocks ads to keep the websites you visit clutter free. It delivers the tracking protection our users have come to know and love but with minimizing the need for customization or maintenance. We created tailored default settings that offer immediate tracker and ad blocking upon installation and do all the heavy lifting behind the scenes, allowing you to visit the websites you love without any hassle. We've also included custom settings for users who would like to select specific tracker categories to block and unblock. Happy browsing!

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Ghostery Lite app reviews

  • Impressed! 5/5

    By Villainous235
    Love the design, and it does exactly what it says. THANK YOU!
  • CAUSES redirects and popups. 1/5

    By oxjox
    Upon installation of this extension, I started seeing redirects and pop ups. I uninstalled this extention and those redirets stopped.
  • Granularity and customization gone 1/5

    By rajprem
    The new Ghostery Lite no longer offers the ability to cutomize the widgets you don't want to block, and their "Custom" option is really an all or nothing deal where you can block all advertising or none, all video players or none, etc, rendering it completely useless. Please charge us money and give us real customization. I will be looking for alternatives in the meantime.
  • Does not work in Safari 13.0 1/5

    By $tock$
    Upgraded to Safari Version 13.0 (13608.1.49) and it deleted my older version of Ghostery for incompatibility. Downloaded GhosteryLite Version 1.0.0 (10) and it will not work, Gives the following message in the Safari Extensions tab: "Ghostery Lite Content Blocker" does not have permission to read or transmit content from any webpages. Tried everything to grant permissions with no joy. Unlike the instructions, the app never asks for permissions, My operating system environment is: macOS High Sierra Version 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)
  • Definitely a downgrade 2/5

    By crayonap
    The Safari version is quite a downgrade from the former version. Very disappointing
  • Does Not Block Ads 1/5

    By Hfeng125
    This does not block any Youtube Ads on Safari 13
  • Warning! 1/5

    By Disruptor
    I use mobile internet on a laptop, this add-on not only double my browsing load times, it ruined the web entirely for me. Nothing worked right. At first I thought something was seriously wrong with Safari 12 so I tried to investigate, apparently it caused high cpu usage, didn't block ads, (maybe it only blocks trackers?) to be honest not sure it did anything at all. After uninstalling this app my computer went back to 100% functionality, no lag, no choppy music, the internet was usable again. GGs only! This add-on was recommended because my favorite extension no longer works in Safari 12, suffice to say I figured out how to manually install the "other" extension since this did basically nothing but slow my PC down and there are not really any good options in the app store at the time of writing this (09/12/19). I heard about this company from the IRL podcast so assumed they were legit. Maybe they are, but after this experience I'm pretty skeptical.
  • Not as good as Ghostery... 3/5

    By FM_M
    Like others, I miss the granularity Ghostery offered, but if this is to comply with new Apple policies, I understand. However, I wish I could import Ghostery's settings for which sites to trust or not - seems starting over with a blank slate is a tremendous step back. Also, the Ghostery Lite UI app is almost completely unhelpful, and honestly could have been put into a popup for the extension's button. The fact that it doesn't have a keyboard shortcut or menu option for "Close Window" but it does have one for minimize just shows how little the authors care about the Mac market or in doing things correctly for us. Insulting, really.
  • Definitely “Lite" 1/5

    By gfhdfhbirddcnkiutfx
    I liked the older version of Ghostery. It seemed to block more ads. Ever since Safari doesn’t work with ublock Origin, I’ve been trying to find an adblocker that is even half as good and I think I am now on a fools errand. This version of Ghostery (Ghostery Lite) is true to the name “Lite” as it is light in every aspect. It blocks very little, if any, ads. This will NOT block Youtube ads so if that’s what you’re looking for, I’m afraid you need to move on.
  • Was Skeptical 5/5

    By birdawesome
    Was skeptical to download this due to things I'd read about inferiority to uBlock and AdBlock Plus. I tried uBlock immediately before this and it didn't block any ads on a particular site I was testing. Installed Ghostery, and all gone. Will be using Ghostery for now on.
  • I don't get it 3/5

    By zsc122
    I installed the plug in, relaunched Safari, and youtube is still flooded with ads.
  • Very limited blocking 1/5

    By shareef777
    Lots of ads still popping up.
  • Full version Ghostery is the best. 2/5

    By BooBoo Cat
    Ghostery Lite is no match for the full version running on Firefox, Edge or Chrome. Youtube ads are blocked but it still has an annoying transparent frame that shows up at the bottom of screen.
  • Randomly starts using all my available CPU power and temps reach 100C 1/5

    By gabesean2
    This app is poorly executed, it uses so much CPU power that when I try to see what is going on in activitiy monitor, everything just freezes and stops updating. Once i force quit the ghostery UI, everything returns to normal. Please fix this.
  • Does Not Block Ads 1/5

    By letsgowisco
    Having come from ABP, uBlock Origin & Brave (Browser) this "blocker" stinks. Ads on YouTube videos. Ads on Reddit. Ads pretty much on every website you visit. Many better alternatives.
  • What? 1/5

    By NicJGelo
    This doesn't even sort of work. It doesn't block some ads or only on certain websites, it just takes up space and slows down browsing. Absolutely no ads have been blocked since installation.
  • needs context/righ click functionality 3/5

    By mallydobb
    What would be really helpful would be to have the ability to block specific elements on websites. When that feature is offered I would feel better about using it more often. I can't really say how effective it is at the moment.
  • CPU Hog 2/5

    By PapaJeff333
    Fan runs on my MB Air constantly. Uses over 32% CPU.
  • Dramatically Better Than Alternatives 4/5

    By pmdworks
    While uBlock Origin may have been the best ad block plugin for Safari prior to the new App Store method, GhostryLite is almost as good. I've tried AdBlock, AdBlock Plus, Ka-Block, etc. and all either break websites are or too slow to be useable as they load complex sites with lots of ads. AdBlock for Safari is my second choice after Ghostry. Ghostry is extremely fast and accurate. The only thing that could make Ghostry better is to do a better job of collapsing blocked ads which currently show mostly as empty squares taking up space on the screen, otherwise nearly perfect! For those overly concerned about security and the pugins access to your private web info (as I am), you can simply enable the 'content blocker' extension in Safari and leave unchecked the 'UI' extension, Ghostry will continue to work just fine this way - note this is true for all ad blockers using the new extention method that have both an engine/blocker and a UI extension.
  • request to block youtube ads 3/5

    By manuelferrera
    works well, however i would appreciate it if future updates can provide blocking youtube advertisements. i was using adblock before this and had that option but would slow down my browsing severely. hopefully you can also implement this feature too
  • This is the worst 1/5

    By Arabela
    Thought it would help NO NO NO as soon as i downloaded it I got more popups thatwanted me to update stuff but it was not from the website that it belongs to. Adobe Fash- verizon whic i dont have ether one.
  • Finally An Ad Blocker That Just WORKS !!! 5/5

    By maxvptrsn
    I've been looking for a new ad blocker for a while now that I upgraded to Mojave and Apple had their new rules. The old, reliable ones I use to use just weren't working. I found a couple that I paid for that I "thought" worked but it turned out they had their other issues. Then I stubbled across this ad blocker and behold — IT WORKS and doesn't negatively impact my system. GREAT WORK !!!
  • Speedy Browsing, Residual Ads 2/5

    By DownTownStreetMan
    Title basically says everything. Have the settings to "Custom" with all boxes checked, which I expected should screen more ads out than "Default." However, this is not the case, and my experience on YouTube alone in the last hour or so has almost negated the benefit of this company's interest in privacy, which was a big draw for me in downloading this initially.
  • Great Idea… 2/5

    By ellebhr
    in theory but Ghostery itself tracks everything you search for and type into your browser, including passwords, bank accounts and a lot of "private" information. How do we know that all this information isn't being used by the people who are behind the Ghostery app? Well, I did a search and guess what? Ev
  • Useless Blocks nothing 1/5

    By frugrat
    Use Better $1 or 2nd choice Adblock Plus which may improve over time.
  • Not blocking promoted ads 1/5

    By Guf Pup
    Does not block ads on Twitter or Facebook. Please update. Hopefully gets better in the future.
  • Struggling to get it to work! 2/5

    By RPM_21
    I've heard great things about Ghostery, but after multiple installs and configuration attempts, I am unable to get ghostery to block ads on the sites that I visit. Reddit and YouTube are still flush with ads, and It seems like the extension isn't going anything whatsoever. What gives?
  • Doens't Always Work 2/5

    By StanfordAlan
    When Ghostery works, it works well. That said, I've noticed it doesn't block ads on many websites. So, I cannot trust it.
  • Had to turn off immediately 1/5

    By Quinnovator
    Put it in, based upon previous good experiences pre 'lite', but it hammered my processor so bad I had to turn it off. If there's a bunch of initial work that needs to happen, we need that warning, but it was brutal and as soon as I disabled it in extensions, my machine settled right down.
  • It cuts off my browser traffic 2/5

    By MiNick
    I had been experiencing problems with my browsing. After a lot of troubleshooting I decided to reinstall macOS about a week ago. The moment I installed this extension i started to experience the same problems. There is not much to configure, so I have used their extensions in all my browsers and everytime I help someone with their computers I recommend they install it... not anymore, at least for safari. I dont think there is a problem with the Chrome extension. :(
  • No granular options 1/5

    By SFO-Traveler
    Over-simplified version of the previous Ghostery tracker. No way to only enable some specific trackers on a website (i.e. those that are really necessary to make the website work). Totally useless.
  • Permissions 3/5

    By garywi
    Why would I allow this extension to read my passwords and log my browsing history?
  • No granularity anymore 1/5

    By Barbara Rocha
    I used the old version for years and was a beta tester. I can't use it anymore, it's too confusing. For instance, I would like to block everything except for Disqus. I used to have that option on old ghostery. Not anymore. Now I have "catogories" that don't make sense and don't let me chose exactly what I want. I'd also rather use uBlock origin instead of ghostery for adblocking. Please bring back individual granular options!!!
  • Very Good but.. 4/5

    By The Fantastic Mr. K
    It doesn't block ads, or at least not very good
  • youtube 1/5

    By japhethm
    Does not block youtube ads
  • Great 5/5

    By MrDK5023
    Ghostery is the best
  • Reads passwords? 1/5

    By mkbazeley
    Why on earth does this extension need to read passwords and credit card information? Hard pass.
  • Regular Ghostery Still Works but this has Simplified UI 4/5

    By Marianco
    Regular Ghostery still works. It just has to be manually installed. And I like it better since you can fine tune what is blocked. But Ghostery Lite gives you a simplified User Interface like on Chrome and Windows. And simple is what many people prefer.
  • Oh dear, what happened? 3/5

    By Gen. Protectionfault
    The old Ghostery plugin allowed fine-tuning which trackers were allowed, and which were not, in case they broke the page in some fundamental way. But with the new Ghostery plugin, it’s either everything or nothing, which means you have to choose between having a broken page or allowing third parties to track you on the site. I hope this can be fixed in the next release.
  • A pale ghostly shadow of the previous version 2/5

    By macwhizNY
    With Ghostery Lite, the folks at Ghostery have pulled off an Apple-style oversimplification of a beloved and useful utility. Power users will find the new version nerfed to the point of unusability. Some of this is Apple’s fault; by depreciating the old Safari API and introducing a new one that doesn’t fully support the features of the old API, there are some things that may not be possible. I hope that Ghostery makes clear to Apple that the API is insufficient, if that’s the case. With the old Ghostery, you could turn on individual scripts on a site, enabling only the ones crucial to using the site, and only for that site. That granularity is gone from Ghostery Lite; your only option is “Trust Site,” which enables every tracker. That difference makes it essentially useless, because all too often a site requires just one or two of the 20 to 40 trackers it tries to load. The Ghostery Lite extension user interface is now dominated by a large graphic telling you how fast the page loads, rather than useful information about the trackers blocked. It seems like desparate self-advertising: “Look, I’m doing something! I’m still useful!” Ghostery for Safari already had a far less useful UI than the Google Chrome and Firefox versions; now, it’s even worse. Don’t bother with Ghostery Lite. Instead, load the full Ghostery extension into Google Chrome or Firefox and use those browsers instead. And use Apple’s “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the Apple website to tell them that they need to bring back a full-featured Safari API that enables full Ghostery again.
  • Fantastic app! 5/5

    By Riz 75
    Light weight app that does heavy lifting for the user. I wish they would add account option, so your personalized preferences sync across devices.
  • This works! 5/5

    By TheOriginalStonefingers
    Hated the changes Safari 12 brought to Ad Blocking, but found Ghostery Lite and have no need to look further. And it's free! YES! I'm only using the default settings but those settings work perfectly. Thank you!
  • No more control 1/5

    By NikLinna
    Ghostery 5 shows all the trackers, and I can enable and disable them as I choose. This version doesn't show me which trackers are present, which makes it essentially useless to me. It also puts 2 extensions into Safari, Ghostery Lite UI and Ghostery Lite Content Blocker, which is unnecessarily confusing, especially since the names get clipped by the narrow column listing extensions. So on the one hand we have the usual trend toward dumbed-down Playskool user interfaces, coupled with confusing and arbitrary-seeming complications. And of course, it now has to be installed through the horrendous App Store....
  • Doesn’t remove Youtube ads 3/5

    By High on lifeeee
    This doesn’t remove Youtube Ads.
  • Finally! it's back! 5/5

    By JeepinSox
    After I updated to the beta version of Mojave I found out that the old Ghostery wouldn't work ith it. I tried a few of the other addblockers out there and nothing compared to Ghostery! As soon as they sent out the announce,ment that it was ready to go, I removed the other addblocker I was trying out and installed Ghostery Lite. I like the new look and it works just as well. as the old one.
  • Not ready for prime time 2/5

    By Ladbroke
    Removes "detailed view", which I used to allow ads (but not trackers) to sites I wanted to support. 

It's also incredibly slow to open its context menu on Safari, which again doesn't provide any additional informaiton.

The great thing about Ghostery was that it was simple to use, but offered more detailed control if a user wanted it. I'll stick to Ghostery Classic until it's no longer supported, or Lite offers more control over individual trackers.

    By Jaeguar
    I have been waiting a long time for this to become available checking your website daily because when I updated to Mojave for some reason it uninstalled my Ghostery extension. I have only had this installed 10 minutes and it works PERFECTLY just like the old Ghostery. Im so happy. I will report any issues if any come up! Keep up the great work. You need a donation tab.
  • Long time user... 5/5

    By MacDionysus
    Glad to see the update for modern use, great option and am continuing to enjoy the benefits.
  • I’ve loved Ghostery and love Lite as much or more! 5/5

    By red5dsd
    Kudos to the Ghostery team for a brilliant app.

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