Maybe what's needed is an exorcist.
More like an Exocet.
Funnily enough, I typed that reply with Pale Moon. I've been trying it out for the last two weeks and am fairly impressed with it. Still, I'll probably go back to using Firefox as my main browser, but Vivaldi and Pale Moon are there if I do choose to move away.
I'm finding the direction that Firefox is taking is trying my patience, and as a long time user of Firefox since its Phoenix days, there might come a day when I say bye. Vivaldi and Pale Moon might well make that bye easier.
Firefox is a browser that shits in my mouth and makes me swallow, even when I've told them repeatedly I don't want to do that.
Seems like your Firefox has picked up some malware during your visits to the nether regions of the Internet.
As for Vivaldi, I'm one who regularly tries it out (it's one of my secondary browsers). I wouldn't go as far as you about Vivaldi's quality, and I certainly don't believe it "shits" on Firefox (at least not to that extent), but I do think it's improved since every snapshot and is on the verge of being a serious contender. I like it and hope it offers a choice away from browsers that are aimed away from the power user.
They're really not. Anyone who pays the owner money can advertise whatever they want.
If you can show some credible evidence that they don't follow their own guidelines for what's an acceptable ad, which seemingly restricts what advertisers can push out, then "advertise whatever they want" is a bit sweeping.
I'm in two minds about the Acceptable Ads feature in Adblockplus. On the one hand, it's giving in somewhat to advertisers, but on the other hand, it's arguable that it encourages/pushes advertisers to limit their excesses, which is itself a good thing. I use Adlbockplus myself, but I do turn off the Acceptable Ads feature (personally got fed up with the excesses of the advertisers over the years, so decided to burn all their houses). Still, as long as I can disable the feature, and Adblockplus still blocks ads, then I'm fine with it as an interesting compromise (for others to try out
I'm more on the undecided front. However, I'll review the situation after six to nine months and make a firmer decision. I'd rather look before leaping.
Like many here, one thing I don't like is the forced updates. Even if difficult to find for the average user, they should add an option to review and decline updates.
No, you're just out of touch.
I'm not the one comparing tabs to tiles within tabs, as if their usefulness is comparable by any reasonable margin, hence your hyperbole. Yeah, I know, you can ultimately do without both, so they can be comparable in that regard, but the impact of both isn't the same by a long shot. Bit of a false comparison you pulled there.
Tiles are useful for some, but they can be superfluous for others. We're all different, and I don't begrudge the inclusion of tiles in Firefox if there's an option to disable them (as long as they're not a means to advertise). I can see their use for some types of user, but I can also do without them for my type of use.
Still, whether one's in touch or out of touch, tiles are hardly what one could reasonably call a major feature. A useful feature, an additional one, but hardly the end of the world if not included.
Anyway, moving on.
Ever since Opera invented speed dial years and years ago, it has become an indispensable part of the browsing experience. So much so that the other browser makers copied it. You might not use it, but it is a major feature that most users want.
I can see it being something that helps others and that they could well want, but then there are many minor things that help others and that they may also want, but aren't major if not there. I have no problem with the inclusion of tiles in Firefox (not adverts, though), but I'd hardly see it as a major issue if they were removed. Such things like the URL bar is major functionality; tab tiles is additional functionality. Suggesting that tab tiles is major functionality is verging on hyperbole.
So you have to cut out a major piece of browser functionality to remove the ads. Bravo.
Hardly major. In fact, I personally find the silly boxes a hindrance rather than a help. Still, yeah, for others it might be beneficial to have your most visited sites there for you in pictorial form on a new tab, but I'd hardly call it major functionality.
Try out Flash Control, which does block both Flash and HTML5 videos, and not just on YouTube.
It feels "less quirky" than Seamonkey, and some of the Extensions that I have used for years ( Like Tree Style Tab) work with PaleMoon while they don't in Seamonkey.
You can get a few of the problematic extensions to install and work on SeaMonkey using the Firefox & Thunderbird Add-on Converter for SeaMonkey. Not all of the Firefox and Thunderbird extensions can be converted, but it certainly expands the frontiers.
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