Ghostery Version 2.7 for Firefox – Block List Update

January 23, 2012
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Updated UI

Our newest upgrade for Ghostery for Firefox features a categorized tracker list. This has been a long-requested function from Ghosterians, and we’re very excited to hear your feedback. We’ve also changed the user interface in our options a bit, so stay tuned for a detailed video intro!

EDIT: Video Walk-Through right here –

If you have any questions, feel free to email us: support (at)

Download it here.




Library totals: 3pes – 767; Cookies/LSOs – 412

New features and changes in v2.7:

– New options and walk through wizard pages for easier understanding and consumption
– Application and company info built into Ghostery options
– General file, defaults and variable cleanup
– Secure library update pages have been enabled
– Library update notification toggles
– Miscellaneous bug fixes

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43 Responses to Ghostery Version 2.7 for Firefox – Block List Update

  1. raul on January 23, 2012 at 2:38 am

    ok i try to download the update but it does not let me install it. the last one works great but this says something about the add on dont match what firefox expected.

    • adam on February 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Everything should be functioning properly now.

      • Justin on June 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

        I have been experiencing the same problem since January 23, 2012. To this day, even when I manually try to update my bug list, it tells me “Sorry, updating failed. Please try again later. Server Response: 0| ” What should I do or where can I go to get the newest bug list update?

  2. kk on January 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I wonder how many ppl’s first reaction coming here is something like “Firefox 2.7? I’m on 9.something… Where is THAT version?” Guess you’ve heard that 1000 times before, but why not make it “Ghostery 2.7 for Firefox”? Saves one or the other misunderstanding.

    Besides, thanks so much for this nice little helper for all us non-FB-users, who still believe in privacy and are ever so reluctant to adjust to those post-privacy-theorems. Keep it up!

    • adam on January 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Very good point. Title changed!

  3. JulienW on January 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm


    Do you also have any indication of when the detected memory leak will be fixed ?
    (I’m talking about

    Thanks !

    • adam on January 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      We started the fix in our latest release (2.7) and are shooting for a fix in the next couple of iterations. We’re monitoring the Bugzilla thread, too!

  4. John on January 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Why did I get an update message for Ghostery that took me to a page in which the latest shown version is older than the v 2.7 that I already have installed?

    • Cork on March 20, 2012 at 10:57 am

      I already posted, but it hasn’t shown up yet, that I just had this same thing happen in Firefox using Xubuntu Linux 11.10. It’s a brand new install.

      Now, I just had it happen twice in SRWare Iron using Linux Xubuntu 11.10 on that same brand new installation!

  5. storageer on January 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I don’t know if the FF dev. versions are supported or not, but I guess reporting a bug won’t cause harm.

    The Ghostery 2.7 Options menu seems blank (more correctly, texts are missing), on FireFox 12.0a1 (2012-01-23) Nightly x64.

    And an idea, there should be a button, something similar to this: “block the new elements of the list by default”

    • adam on January 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Felix is releasing 2.7.1 in a few moments with a fix! Thanks for the heads up.

      • Cork on March 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

        Not fixed yet as it JUST happened to me! Brand new Lunux Xubuntu 11.10 install.

        Great tool although doesn’t work for squat in Windows XP with IE8. :(

  6. Simon G on January 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Dear you,
    Thanks for a great product !

    Here is an enhanced translation of the GhostRanking statement :

    GhostRank récole des informations statistiques anonymes sur les traqueurs, les publicités et autres scripts que Ghostery rencontre, ainsi que les pages sur lesquelles ils se trouvent. Il n’utilise pas les cookies de votre navigateur ni les cookies Flash et ne conserve aucune information unique au sujet de l’utilisateur (pas même l’adresse IP).

    Ghostery utilise ces informations pour créer un panel de données sur la prolifération de ces scripts et il partage ces données avec la communauté de Ghostery

    _______can’t understand the following”
    les entreprises intéressées de mesurer leur propre activité et évaluer la conformité avec les normes en matière de confidentialité sur le Web, ainsi que les organisations chargées de responsabiliser ces entreprises.

    Les données de GhostRank ne sont pas utilisées à des fins promotionnelle et ne sont jamais communiquées à cet insu. Pour obtenir plus de détails et pour savoir ce que GhostRank collecte exactement, veuillez consulter notre FAQ.

    En participant à GhostRank, vous acceptez de faire partie de ce panel anonyme et vous contribuez à soutenir Ghostery pour votre navigation sur le Web.

  7. Andy DeNardi on January 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

    PLEASE allow me an option box. I hate that toteboard popping up and blocking my view for every page I surf to. I don’t care what you’re blocking, just do your job! If I have a problem I can click on the icon and see what needs to be unblocked.

    It would also be able to choose where I wanted the icon to appear, rather than having it in both the navigation and add-on bars.

    • adam on February 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      You can remove Ghosty from either of the toolbars in the browser’s settings, and you can turn off the purple bubble in Ghostery’s options, just click on the aforementioned Ghosty :)

  8. Mez on February 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

    In Firefox, it worked better with previous version. There’s always this issue with Disqus comments. The only way to make it work was to stop one of ghostery daemons (stop malwares I think), now these options changed and we can only “Pause blocking” but it doesn’t run reliably (re-enabling itself at next reload) and can’t allow Disqus comments anyway. Please work these regressions. Why changing for the worst these 2 disabling options when they just worked?

  9. anonimo on February 10, 2012 at 1:13 am

    great addon, but i need to now, how to disable or display, the count of elements blocked in a web site, that is display in the status bar.

  10. calisto on February 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I was very concerned about privacy and security online but have recently found this great app! Thumbs up for developers, usability, simple video tutorial and great effort!
    I have only one question: is there any “import/export list” option for backup/restore selected sites. It will be very useful in case of reinstalling brownser or just sharing the same list between different ones?
    Thnx a lot, keep up the good work! ;o)

  11. d on February 26, 2012 at 1:26 am

    This command doesn’t work!

    Sorry, updating failed. Please try again later.
    Server Response: 0|

  12. Donna on March 7, 2012 at 2:08 am

    How can I delete this from my computer. I looked in my firefox tools and ghost is not there, then I went into my program and he’s not there either. He’s very annoying to me. Your ideas are good, but I’m tired of seeing the pop-up at every page I go to, it very un-nerving. Not only do I get the pop up, but I get a message about my yahoo toolbar, which I will not delete…so, Mr. Ghost has got to go.

    • adam on May 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Donna,

      Can you email me with your browser type? Then, I can give you specific instructions. adam at ghostery dot com.

  13. Donna on March 7, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I just posted my message at March 6th at 8:10pm, why is my posting dated March 7th at 2:08 a.m. Are you in a different country than the USA?

    • adam on March 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      We don’t exist in real life, we live on the internet.

  14. Linda on March 12, 2012 at 5:29 am

    3 days ago on the last update, Mafia Wars would not allow any other scripts to work, in order to play the game I had to remove Ghostery as much as I hated to, I couldn’t play the game. Once removed the problem went away. This only occurred using FireFox, Chrome is still working fine. I hope that there will be a fix for this as I hate not having your app.

    • adam on March 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Linda,

      There is a fix built into Ghostery’s options: You can whitelist the site upon which you are playing Mafia Wars, and everything should work just dandy.

      Does this help?


  15. Bruce on March 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Just seen the facebook social graph listed and not blocked by ghostery

  16. X on March 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you for this fantastic software. You have done great things for the community :D

  17. Question on March 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Some previous versions of Ghostery would allow you to automatically block any new trackers that get added to the database. It’s tedious having to manually go into options and add the new trackers to the block list for every browser, every few days. Am I missing a setting or something that would take care of this?

  18. privacyQ on March 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Does Ghostery disable blocking on some sites when it updates? Just now after updating to the new version I went in for curiosity and found quite a lot of sites had blocking turned, and they were sites I’ve never heard of. So I just blocked everything. But with the automatic updating of the 3pe, will that end up turning off some of my blocking? Or will some blocking get turned off again if I update the extension next time there’s release?

    • adam on March 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm


      Thanks for using Ghostery. You need to turn “Block new trackers by default” on in your options!


      • ghoster fan on April 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        That option seems to be gone in newer versions (3.0.0). Will it appear again some day? :)

      • John on January 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

        This doesn’t work, I have it set to “Block new elements by default” but it doesn’t. Whenever it updates it leaves at least some if not all new elements unblocked and I have to select select all and press save. Definitely not what I call auto-blocking!

        Though this is through FireFox, it appears to work on Opera when I just checked it, unless I had already manually updated it, not certain about that.

  19. need help on March 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Am using FF 9.01 and have downloaded Ghostery 3 times but it won’t install. It says it will install when FF is restarted but it is NOT installed when FF restarts. What is wrong? Are we supposed to enable Javascripting or something?

  20. Greg on April 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I am using Ghostery 2.7.2 on Firefox 110. I can no longer manually block trackers, nor will Ghostery save my option update. When I went in to options and checked the blocks to block all trackers, advertising, analytics, and privacy, even though I hit save, it has no effect on Ghostery. Suggestions?

    • adam on April 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Hmmm can you email pete (at) ghostery (dot) com with this information, as well as a list of the other browsers you have installed?

  21. Les on April 16, 2012 at 4:11 am

    I am using Firefox 11.0 and have installed latest Ghostery several times now.

    It just does not work and the options page for Ghostery also does not work?????? Am I missing something?

  22. Spectre on April 20, 2012 at 5:19 am

    I can’t update Ghostery in Firefox 3.6.28 or Firefox 10.0.3 ESR. When I click on Tools, Ghostery, Manage Ghostery Options and then Update now under Auto Update, it says Updating… and then Failed! (in red). I’ve tried this several times over the past couple of days.

    • adam on May 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm


      This should be fixed! Thanks.

  23. Robert B on June 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Two things I would like to see Ghostery be able to block: Facebook and Twitter. I keep getting the Facebook blue button on several websites I visit regularly (Readers Digest Canada for one), and it gets in the way of the webpage’s contents. Now Twitter is imposing a windowpane on Giveaway of the Day’s webpage every time I open it. I don’t know if these are trackers or not, but they are a colossal nuisance to me, as I don’t subscribe to either social network.

    • Pete on June 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Robert,

      Our new Ghostery 2.8 for Firefox gives you the option to block social buttons. Ghostery gives you the option to always block the buttons or just during your browsing session.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  24. Jeff on August 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I am using FF 14.0.1 on Fedora and Ghostery won’t install. Tried several ways but after the restart it is not installed. Is there something I need to know?

  25. Chris on December 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Ghostery is one of the first addons I install whenever I have to use a new installation of Firefox, next to AdBlock Plus and Greasemonkey. It’s fast, easy to handle and reliable as hell. However there’s one improvement I’d like to suggest:

    The option to automatically block new items by default shouldn’t be hiding in the advanced options, but rather just under the tickbox “enable library auto-update”. I don’t know a single user who wants auto-updates but no auto-blocking – there’s just nothing there justifying this option to be “advanced”.

  26. Dragoncello on February 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Got it. Never Mind.

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