Ghostery Version History

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Version 2.6.1beta1 236.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.5 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

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2.6.1
- Cookie selection fix
- Better German and French translation
- Error handling for tracker lists update
- Re-added strike-through for Firefox 3.6

Version 2.6.0.1.1-signed 230.4 kB Works with Firefox 3.5 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.6: 623, total protected domain cookies (LSO): 356

Bug fixes in v2.6.0.1
- Resolved an issue with tracker reset during a list update

New features and changes in v2.6
- Added several new surrogate scripts that will be used when an original payload is blocked -- this should resolve issues with sites that appear not to work. Now providing dummy scripts for Google Analytics, Yahoo Web Analytics, Comscore, ShareThis, AddThis, Facebook Connect, Webtrends, and Omniture
- Added company affiliations and affiliation filtering to options
- Fixed issues with cookie monster throwing errors
- Purple box now only loads in the tab the user is looking over
- Whitelisting has been changed to allow Ghostery to run detection but skip blocking on a whitelisted page

Version 2.6.1-signed 230.4 kB Works with Firefox 3.5 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.6: 623, total protected domain cookies (LSO): 356

New features and changes in v2.6
- Added several new surrogate scripts that will be used when an original payload is blocked -- this should resolve issues with sites that appear not to work. Now providing dummy scripts for Google Analytics, Yahoo Web Analytics, Comscore, ShareThis, AddThis, Facebook Connect, Webtrends, and Omniture
- Added company affiliations and affiliation filtering to options
- Fixed issues with cookie monster throwing errors
- Purple box now only loads in the tab the user is looking over
- Whitelisting has been changed to allow Ghostery to run detection but skip blocking on a whitelisted page

Version 2.5.3.1-signed 170.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.5 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.5.3: 518, total protected domain cookies (LSO): 345

Bug fixes in v2.5.3
- Added Firefox 4 customized button that could be dragged into any of the available toolbars.
- Fixed opening Ghostery Options page from Addon Manager.
- The number counts in all places (toolbar, options page, and update pages) is now based on the same number -- number of tracked applications.
- Applied same auto-update behavior to cookie lists as the bug lists -- if everything is selected for blocking, all new cookies will be blocked as well.
- Added upgrade migration script for 2.4+ upgrade to 2.5.3.
- Uninstall of Ghostery will now remove Ghostery folder artifacts from profile directory (unless user.db file had data).

Bug fixes in v2.5.2
- Blocking layer is now optimized to use simple string matching instead of regex when possible resulting in a faster blocking operation. This resolves issues with script not responding on larger pages.
- Re-introduced the Performance Options. While everything is on by default, user has ability to turn some of the more advanced features off speeding up Ghostery.
- Upgrade script from 2.4 branch to v2.5 for selected trackers.
- UI updates.

Bug fixes in v2.5.1
- Translation layer added in Ghostery v2.5 has caused some visual errors in the new options and blocking pages. This issue has been solved.

New features and changes in v2.5
- Added cookie protection that looks for cookie transactions (add & edit) and then compares it to the LSO domain list. If a protected LSO is encountered, Ghostery will deny any change and remove the cookie. This is added through a new "experimental" cookie protection checkbox in Ghostery Options. Denied cookies are listed in the block log.
- Options and blocking pages have been updated to use HTML instead of Firefox UI components (XUL) -- this gives us a more consistent look and feel across Firefox, Safari and Chrome. Additionally, this resolves the issue with displays being too small to see Save and Cancel buttons in Options.
- Added redirection tracking and blocking. This resolves some of the trackers from slipping in when a page issues a 3XX redirect.
- Added support for examining Flash (and other) sub-object requests. This allows the requests blocked but not found in DOM to be correctly reported.
- Whitelisting has been improved to include any potential frames of a whitelisted parent site. Relaxed whitelisting to be less strict: for example, whitelisting ghostery.com will be applied to www.ghostery.com and apps.ghostery.com.
- Groundwork is laid in for user created/maintained tracker lists. This functionality is included in v2.5 branch, tho the UI hasn't been implemented yet.

Version 2.5.2.1-signed 157.7 kB Works with Firefox 3.5 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.5.2: 488, total protected domain cookies (LSO): 338

Bug fixes in v2.5.2
- Blocking layer is now optimized to use simple string matching instead of regex when possible resulting in a faster blocking operation. This resolves issues with script not responding on larger pages.
- Re-introduced the Performance Options. While everything is on by default, user has ability to turn some of the more advanced features off speeding up Ghostery.
- Upgrade script from 2.4 branch to v2.5 for selected trackers.
- UI updates.

Bug fixes in v2.5.1
- Translation layer added in Ghostery v2.5 has caused some visual errors in the new options and blocking pages. This issue has been solved.

New features and changes in v2.5
- Added cookie protection that looks for cookie transactions (add & edit) and then compares it to the LSO domain list. If a protected LSO is encountered, Ghostery will deny any change and remove the cookie. This is added through a new "experimental" cookie protection checkbox in Ghostery Options. Denied cookies are listed in the block log.
- Options and blocking pages have been updated to use HTML instead of Firefox UI components (XUL) -- this gives us a more consistent look and feel across Firefox, Safari and Chrome. Additionally, this resolves the issue with displays being too small to see Save and Cancel buttons in Options.
- Added redirection tracking and blocking. This resolves some of the trackers from slipping in when a page issues a 3XX redirect.
- Added support for examining Flash (and other) sub-object requests. This allows the requests blocked but not found in DOM to be correctly reported.
- Whitelisting has been improved to include any potential frames of a whitelisted parent site. Relaxed whitelisting to be less strict: for example, whitelisting ghostery.com will be applied to www.ghostery.com and apps.ghostery.com.
- Groundwork is laid in for user created/maintained tracker lists. This functionality is included in v2.5 branch, tho the UI hasn't been implemented yet

Version 2.5.1.1-signed 153.6 kB Works with Firefox 3.5 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a - 2.1b3

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.5.1: 488, total protected domain cookies (LSO): 337

Bug fixes in v2.5.1
- Translation layer added in Ghostery v2.5 has caused some visual errors in the new options and blocking pages. This issue has been solved.

New features and changes in v2.5
- Added cookie protection that looks for cookie transactions (add & edit) and then compares it to the LSO domain list. If a protected LSO is encountered, Ghostery will deny any change and remove the cookie. This is added through a new "experimental" cookie protection checkbox in Ghostery Options. Denied cookies are listed in the block log.
- Options and blocking pages have been updated to use HTML instead of Firefox UI components (XUL) -- this gives us a more consistent look and feel across Firefox, Safari and Chrome. Additionally, this resolves the issue with displays being too small to see Save and Cancel buttons in Options.
- Added redirection tracking and blocking. This resolves some of the trackers from slipping in when a page issues a 3XX redirect.
- Added support for examining Flash (and other) sub-object requests. This allows the requests blocked but not found in DOM to be correctly reported.
- Whitelisting has been improved to include any potential frames of a whitelisted parent site. Relaxed whitelisting to be less strict: for example, whitelisting ghostery.com will be applied to www.ghostery.com and apps.ghostery.com.
- Groundwork was laid in for user created/maintained tracker lists. There is no UI yet as of 2.5.
- Groundwork is laid in for user created/maintained tracker lists. This functionality is included in v2.5 branch, tho the UI hasn't been implemented yet

Version 2.4.2.1-signed 118.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.5 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0a and later

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.4.2: 392

Bug fixes in v2.4.2
- Whitelisting for HTTPS (secure HTTP) sites has been fixed.

Bug fixes in v2.4.1
- Support for Firefox 4 includes blocking via component factory as outlined for Gecko v2 engine. This update is only necessary if you are running Firefox 4 Beta.

New features and changes in v2.4
- Ghostery scanner has been redeveloped using DOM Worker API for a non-blocking scanning methodology. This should resolve any script unresponsive issues encountered on Ajax heavy sites like Google Images;
- Added scanning and blocking of other embedded elements such as and
- After an upgrade, the default bug list will be replaced with the newest one from the update package;
- Added accessibility support for JAWS and other screen readers. Added a keyboard shortcut: Alt + G;
- Minor styling and scripting fixes for the purple notification box;

Important: Ghostery v2.4 eliminates support for Firefox 3.0. Please read this blog post for more info: http://news.ghostery.com/2010/09/27/goodbye-firefox-3-0-and-under-it-was-nice-knowing-you/. Ghostery v2.3.1 is the last version to support Firefox 3.0. The support for Ghostery 2.1 - 2.3 will continue through bug updates, but no functionality changes will be released. All new Ghostery releases will require minimum of Firefox 3.5.

Version 2.4.1 118.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.5 - 4.0b8pre, SeaMonkey 2.0a - 2.1b2

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.4: 340

Bug fixes in v2.4.1
- Support for Firefox 4 includes blocking via component factory as outlined for Gecko v2 engine. This update is only necessary if you are running Firefox 4 Beta.

New features and changes in v2.4
- Ghostery scanner has been redeveloped using DOM Worker API for a non-blocking scanning methodology. This should resolve any script unresponsive issues encountered on Ajax heavy sites like Google Images;
- Added scanning and blocking of other embedded elements such as and
- After an upgrade, the default bug list will be replaced with the newest one from the update package;
- Added accessibility support for JAWS and other screen readers. Added a keyboard shortcut: Alt + G;
- Minor styling and scripting fixes for the purple notification box;

Important: Ghostery v2.4 eliminates support for Firefox 3.0. Please read this blog post for more info: http://news.ghostery.com/2010/09/27/goodbye-firefox-3-0-and-under-it-was-nice-knowing-you/. Ghostery v2.3.1 is the last version to support Firefox 3.0. The support for Ghostery 2.1 - 2.3 will continue through bug updates, but no functionality changes will be released. All new Ghostery releases will require minimum of Firefox 3.5.

Version 2.4 117.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.5 - 4.0b8pre, SeaMonkey 2.0a - 2.1b2

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.4: 340

New features and changes in v2.4
- Ghostery scanner has been redeveloped using DOM Worker API for a non-blocking scanning methodology. This should resolve any script unresponsive issues encountered on Ajax heavy sites like Google Images;
- Added scanning and blocking of other embedded elements such as and
- After an upgrade, the default bug list will be replaced with the newest one from the update package;
- Added accessibility support for JAWS and other screen readers. Added a keyboard shortcut: Alt + G;
- Minor styling and scripting fixes for the purple notification box;

Important: Ghostery v2.4 eliminates support for Firefox 3.0. Please read this blog post for more info: http://news.ghostery.com/2010/09/27/goodbye-firefox-3-0-and-under-it-was-nice-knowing-you/. Ghostery v2.3.1 is the last version to support Firefox 3.0. The support for Ghostery 2.1 - 2.3 will continue through bug updates, but no functionality changes will be released. All new Ghostery releases will require minimum of Firefox 3.5.

Version 2.3.1 111.6 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 4.0b8pre, SeaMonkey 2.0a - 2.1b2

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.3.1: 275

New Features in v2.3
- Japanese language translation (thanks pul);
- Configuration wizard to help introduce users to options that might not be familiar;
- Update to blocking behavior - if all bugs are selected to be blocked, then new bugs added in remote updates are blocked by default as well;
- Private-browsing mode update - the blocking log and GhostRank are now disabled if Firefox is in private browsing mode;

Improvements and bug fixes in v2.3.1:
- Ghostery initial walk-through only opens a single window;
- Initial walk-through is only shown for people with brand new Ghostery installation;

Version 2.2.1 87.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 4.0b6pre, SeaMonkey 2.0a - 2.1b1

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.2.1: 249

New Features in v2.2:
- Web site whitelisting - gives a domain a free pass to let trackers run in cases where you trust the publisher, want to support their research, or have concerns about Ghostery affecting functionality;
- The Block Log - if you've got blocking enabled, Ghostery may actually be busier than you think - it's occasionally difficult to report back into the friendly purple box all of the scripts that Ghostery kept from running. The "block log" keeps a record of everything Ghostery blocks (across all the tabs you have open) so you can check out Ghostery's activity in all of its busybody glory. It's available in the Tools -> Ghostery menu;
- Performance options panel with GhosteryLite mode - turns off some detection and extra goodies in favor of performance. You won't notice or block as many trackers, but for users looking for ultra-quick performance will see a 15% faster Ghostery over full featured mode (a full 23% faster over previous versions);
- Tab switching is now disconnected from page scanning;
- Look and Feel option panel - allows for purple alert to be re-positioned;
- Fixed a couple of detection scripts to eliminate some troublesome false positives (blocking Facebook Connect no longer keeps Facebook from operating, etc);

Improvements and bug fixes in v2.2.1:
- adding ability to whitelist local files per http://getsatisfaction.com/ghostery/topics/cant_add_a_file_url_to_the_whitelist
- Ghostery reporting now supports recognizing frame in frame web-bugs
- added support for Firefox 4 betas
- added support for SeaMonkey 2.0 and 2.1


Note on whitelisting:
Adding sample-site.com to the whitelist will not automatically make sub-domains of sample-site.com whitelisted. So, if you have added sample-site.com to whitelist, but you are browsing www.sample-site.com, Ghostery will assume that www.sample-site.com is not in the whitelist and will execute on the site until you add www.sample-site.com to the whitelist as well.

Version 2.2 87.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 3.6.*

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.2: 243

New Features in v2.2:
- Web site whitelisting - gives a domain a free pass to let trackers run in cases where you trust the publisher, want to support their research, or have concerns about Ghostery affecting functionality;
- The Block Log - if you've got blocking enabled, Ghostery may actually be busier than you think - it's occasionally difficult to report back into the friendly purple box all of the scripts that Ghostery kept from running. The "block log" keeps a record of everything Ghostery blocks (across all the tabs you have open) so you can check out Ghostery's activity in all of its busybody glory. It's available in the Tools -> Ghostery menu;
- Performance options panel with GhosteryLite mode - turns off some detection and extra goodies in favor of performance. You won't notice or block as many trackers, but for users looking for ultra-quick performance will see a 15% faster Ghostery over full featured mode (a full 23% faster over previous versions);
- Tab switching is now disconnected from page scanning;
- Look and Feel option panel - allows for purple alert to be re-positioned;
- Fixed a couple of detection scripts to eliminate some troublesome false positives (blocking Facebook Connect no longer keeps Facebook from operating, etc);

Improvements in v2.2:
Bug fixes in this release:
- really removed the need for Firefox restart when (un)blocking a tracker or any other option updates;
- igoogle and facebook reporting and loading should finally be resolved;
- tab switching and general browsing UI reporting is now fixed: you should only see bugs for that page and not any others;
- img scanning and blocking from the same domain is now ignored;

Note on whitelisting:
Adding sample-site.com to the whitelist will not automatically make sub-domains of sample-site.com whitelisted. So, if you have added sample-site.com to whitelist, but you are browsing www.sample-site.com, Ghostery will assume that www.sample-site.com is not in the whitelist and will execute on the site until you add www.sample-site.com to the whitelist as well.

Version 2.1.2 80.9 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 3.6.*

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.1.2: 240

Release v2.1.2 bug fixes:
* A different detection method is implemented for faster bug detection;
* Removed tab switching re-scanning of the page if the page in this tab has been previously scanned;
* Deeper scanning for detection of frame / script sub children (still omits 3+ deep frame nesting);
* Firefox v3.0 compatibility is added back into the release;

Release v2.1.1 bug fixes:
* Upgrade issues from v2.0 and older to v2.1+ have been resolved
* Added French translation
* Corrected missing language options for RU, ES, and DE translations

New Features since v2.1:
- Detection of web bugs embedded in iFrame page elements and IMG tags (tracking pixels)
- Deletion of Flash and Silverlight LSOs
- An opt-in, automated weekly bug list update. Alternatively users’ can select the ghost and update the bug list on demand
- Other bug fixes: surrogate code for GA, MSAds

Version 2.1.1 80.9 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 3.6.*

Total trackers in Ghostery v2.1.1: 238

* Upgrade issues from v2.0 and older to v2.1+ have been resolved
* Added French translation
* Corrected missing language options for RU, ES, and DE translations

New Features:
- Detection of web bugs embedded in iFrame page elements and IMG tags (tracking pixels)
- Deletion of Flash and Silverlight LSOs
- An opt-in, automated weekly bug list update. Alternatively users’ can select the ghost and update the bug list on demand
- Other bug fixes: surrogate code for GA, MSAds

Version 2.0.3 66.6 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 3.6.*

Version 2.0.2 53.2 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 3.6.*

Version 2.0.1 51.2 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 3.5.*

* Added definitions for: WidgetBox, Clearspring, Navegg and Google Website Optimizer.
* Changed statusbar text and made it different depending if blocking is enabled. With blocking, "Blocked 4 of 15", without, "15 trackers".
* Bug fix: Russian translation now working.
* Bug fix: Options dialog now uses tabs so that "save"/"cancel" buttons aren't cutoff on some screens.
* Bug fix: Fix for CSS issue that was causing Ghostery to interfere with the Bookmarks "folder selection" dialog and some other plugins.

Version 2.0.0 50.2 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 3.5.*

* Ghostery now supports blocking all detected 3rd party trackers!!

* New definitions: Statsit, LeadForce1, BackType Widgets, iPerceptions, SearchForce, Tweetboard, TweetMeme, Zendesk, INFOnline, RichRelevance, LiveInternet, visitrac, BLVD Status, Clixpy, Logdy, DoubleVerify, ViziSense, phpMyVisites, Xiti, Yandex.Metrics, AdRiver, SpyLog, RapLeaf, ClickFuel, and Alexa Metrics
* Refined definitions: Microsoft Atlas, Tacoda, and Tell-A-Friend
* Support for Russian language added.
* Remove trailing space from Ghostery statusbar icon when it is disabled.
* No longer supporting Firefox 2.0 as of version 1.5.1 of Ghostery. Sorry!
* Special thanks to Jon Pierce (http://jonpierce.com/) for contributing the blocking code and Sergey Fomin for contributing the Russian translation.

Version 1.5.1 36.9 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 3.5.*

* Bug Fix: Fix missing icon files.

Version 1.4.0 28.7 kB Works with Firefox 2.0 - 3.5.*

* Extension is now code signed with author's certificate.
* Add definitions for CoreMetrics, Magnify360, Fathom, SEO, Eloqua, PercentMobile, NetMonitor, Marketo, Demandbase, Fetchback, Lyris ClickTracks, Enquisite, eXTReme Tracker, Microsoft Analytics, Sweepery, Tell-a-Friend, Trafic (Romanian Service), SilverPop EngageB2B, Nuconomy, Bluelithium and Glam Media.
* Add locales for German and Spanish translations.
* Increase maxVersion supported to 3.5.*
* Add fix for bubble not showing up if "show bubble disabled" and user clicks (left mouse button) on the status bar icon.

Version 1.3.9 58.4 kB Works with Firefox 2.0 - 3.5.*

1. Big performance improvement on sites with many web bugs.
2. Changed width of preference window from 400 to 450 pixels.
3. Added or refined definitions for:

* BlogRollr
* Casale Media
* BlogCounter
* WidgetBucks
* Nooked
* JS-Kit
* Bzzster
* LeadLander
* NebuAd
* Burst Media
* Zango
* FunctionalTrends
* Media6 Degrees
* AdKnowledge
* Cubics
* Mint
* OthersOnline
* Mediaplex
* Twitter Badge

Version 1.3.8 58.4 kB Works with Firefox 2.0 - 3.1b3pre

* Revised or added definitions for Mint, BlogCounter, BlogRollr, Cubics and Casale Media
* Changed "BugRank" to "GhostRank" and wording about statusbar counts.

Version 1.3.4 47.1 kB Works with Firefox 2.0 - 3.1b3pre

* Major rewrite, mostly infrastructure changes to support future features.
* Changed the way matches are made, should lead to more accurate matches.