AG Assistant: Browser extension vs Legacy method

neant

New Member
I'm trying to understand the difference between Browser extension and Legacy method for ADGuard Assistant.

Which one do you recommended? Any pros and cons for each of them?

Thanks!
 

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Boo Berry

Moderator + Beta Tester
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Browser Assistant is my pick, because since it's a browser extension it isn't injected into websites like other userscripts are. And it'll work on all websites, unlike the legacy Assistant which doesn't work on some pages (e.g. Wikipedia).

Finally, the native Browser Assistant extension will help solve the service worker issue.
 

neant

New Member
Browser Assistant is my pick, because since it's a browser extension it isn't injected into websites like other userscripts are. And it'll work on all websites, unlike the legacy Assistant which doesn't work on some pages (e.g. Wikipedia).

Finally, the native Browser Assistant extension will help solve the service worker issue.
Thank you for your reply Boo Berry! Have a great weekend!
 

realkane

New Member
Let me start by saying like most everybody else here that I absolutely love everything Adguard. I trust in everything you guys put out as my first line of defense. More so than my Kaspersky AV, my Zone Alarm Firewall, my Torguard VPN... Adguard just works for me, and it's compatible with everything, even with everything set to around their highest security settings with quite a few extra filters enabled outside Adguards base filters, (right under the too many filters warning amount). Adguard VPN even works with my Torguard VPN in stealth mode to help me be able to use sights and webpages that had Torguard Blocked or the IP Banned or were aware I was using a VPN in Stealth etc... Adguard VPN, when turned on in conjunction with my TG VPN, has got me through to every single webpage period, within these last 5 or 6 months I've had the beta Adguard VPN Google extension. And I still get 323.3Mbps of my 500Mbps high-speed internet plan!



And Adguard works everywhere, on my iPhone (worth paying every cent for) the full version for Windows on my custom-built gaming rig desktop PC, in all four browsers that I use (even on my Tor Browser). It filters the ads on all my apps from Spotify to my games where after 5+ years of using Adguard (after coming from Ghostery, NoScript, and Adblocker Plus and so forth) I had almost forgotten Spotify and Youtube even show ads. Plus I can go browsing for hours DAILY carefree in the wildest most dangerous parts of the web from porn sites to game repacks to even tiptoeing/poking around the dreaded dark web with full confidence Adware is stopping dangerous popups, blocking these coin miners and browser hijackers and everything Adguard aims to Guard us against.



Now as far as my question, as a Beta Tester using the nightly build of my Windows 10 Desktop App I was running both the Browser Assistant and the Beta or standalone browser extensions in all four of my browsers. There weren't any game-breaking conflicts that I'm aware of. But I knew and was aware I needed to chose one or the other asap but was super hesitant to disable my Legacy Browser Extensions that I've come to trust in and love in their Integration mode over the years. Nothing quite as satisfying as being notified a coin-miner was blocked!



I figured the newer Browser assistant being in beta is the way Adguard is moving going forward; especially with the slow down of version updates for my Beta Browser extensions from the Github or no new versions since January. But my question is was there anything the browser extensions did do that the Browser Assistant currently doesn't do, or do as well? Like blocking WebRTC, Push API, Location API, Hiding our IP, etc..? I have always used the WFP Network driver but thought by using the Browser Extensions in Integration mode I possibly had a stronger combination. Or basically, that I was invincible... :D

I guess I'm looking to be more convinced and sold on why you guys determine this newer Browser Assitant will work as well (or better) then the tried and true Adguard Browser Extensions and can anybody point out a few more of the newer features if there are any more, and go into a little further detail on why Adguard is focusing energy and research and development on this new browser assistant over improving the already great and trusted Browser Extensions? I figure it must, of course, be some kind of notable leap forward but would like to hear more if there's any more to tell. And I really appreciate the above post and the Browser Assistant overview page.






Just wondering if there might be a few more details on why we're making the switch to something newer. Anyways looking forward to hearing back from you guys with my best regards to all



Respectfully,

John
 

Boo Berry

Moderator + Beta Tester
Moderator
Integration mode has a few issues, like disabling on sites on websites you have filtering disabled, but in that instance the browser extension itself will filter the webpage, which can be annoying. When I used integration mode in the past, I always disabled the filters in the browser extension, so if I ever visited a whitelisted site and integration mode stopped, the browser extension itself wouldn't filter it.

I admit I've been hounding the poor AG team for years about the need for a dedicated browser extension to replace the Assistant since integration mode can be unreliable (especially with whitelisted sites). And I'm happy to report that with the new Browser Assistant, that issue has been eliminated. Not only that, like I mentioned above, unlike the Assistant it works on all websites (including Wikipedia which has issues with the Assistant, so it's not shown there) and finally the new Browser Assistant will be the way to go to 'fix' the known service worker issue as well.

So to me, already, the Browser Assistant is already superior to both the Assistant and the browser extension in integration mode.
 

realkane

New Member
Thank you, Boo Berry!!! I really appreciate your taking the time to further explain the differences so I could get a better understanding of why the Browser Assitant is the way to go.

For about a week I used only the Browser Assitant and disabled my Chrome and Mozilla Browser extensions; then about two days ago I noticed the Browser Assitant icon in my Chrome Browser was greyed out on my home page and when I clicked on my assistant icon it said "AdGuard is not installed or configured incorrectly" but it does work fine when I go to or open up any webpage and so I guess it's just on new tabs or that blank Google home page where it's not loading. But I still feel just a little bit more secure with my Chrome and Mozilla Adguard Adblock Beta and standalone Extensions enabled. (like when I see the Adguard Adblock Extension icon turn blue in integration mode I know that everything is working correctly and I'm secure).

So I'm seriously thinking about Re-enabling my Adguard Adblock Beta Extension (at least) in my Chrome Browser and experimenting the next week on which works better for me; or which one I like better.

If
running both the extension and assistant at the same time is okay (and not cancelling or hindering each other) I will also continue to try this out. And thanks again Boo Berry for your corteous and knowledgeable reply and all your patience explaining and then re-explaining this even further, so I could hopefully understand...:) With my very best regards to you and everybody working hard over there at Adguard.

Respectfully,

John
 

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realkane

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Thank you, Boo Berry!!! I really appreciate your taking the time to further explain the differences so I could get a better understanding of why the Browser Assitant is the way to go.

For about a week I used only the Browser Assitant and disabled my Chrome and Mozilla Browser extensions; then about two days ago I noticed the Browser Assitant icon in my Chrome Browser was greyed out on my home page and when I clicked on my assistant icon it said "AdGuard is not installed or configured incorrectly" but it does work fine when I go to or open up any webpage and so I guess it's just on new tabs or that blank Google home page where it's not loading. But I still feel just a little bit more secure with my Chrome and Mozilla Adguard Adblock Beta and standalone Extensions enabled. (like when I see the Adguard Adblock Extension icon turn blue in integration mode I know that everything is working correctly and I'm secure).

So I'm seriously thinking about Re-enabling my Adguard Adblock Beta Extension (at least) in my Chrome Browser and experimenting the next week on which works better for me; or which one I like better.

If
running both the extension and assistant at the same time is okay (and not cancelling out or hindering each other) I will also continue to try this out. And thanks again Boo Berry for your corteous and knowledgeable reply and all your patience explaining and then re-explaining this even further, so I could hopefully understand...:) With my very best regards to you and everybody working hard over there at Adguard.

Respectfully,

John
 

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