Ad blocking has become a widespread phenomenon on the web these days, with many users fearful of ads containing malware or angry about being tracked all over the web by ads. To combat these problems, many users have opted to block ads with various browser plugins.\nSafari is the default browser on the Mac, so it's to be expected that many people would want an ad blocker for it. But which one is the best? Well, as with most things, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So choosing an ad blocker depends on your needs, expectations and system capabilities.\nAd blockers for Safari in macOS\nThere are a range of choices for ad blocking on Safari and they include these applications:\n1Blocker ($9.99)\nWipr (Free)\nGhostery (Free)\nuBlock (Free)\nuBlock Origin (Free)\nAdblock Plus (Free)\nWhich ad blocker to choose for Safari?\nSince most Mac users opt to use Safari as their browser, the question of which ad blocker works best in Safari has come up fairly frequently. A redditor recently asked about it in a thread on the Apple subreddit.\nI\u2019ll share my own thoughts below, but here\u2019s a sample from the discussion on Reddit.\nPowerofkings started the the discussion with his question:\n\nWhat is the best ad blocker for Safari?\nRecently switched over from chrome and used to use ublock but heard the safari version isn't as good.\nMore at Reddit\n\nHis fellow Apple redditors responded with their thoughts:\n\nTomnavratil: \u201cuBlock Origin works the best. Blocks YouTube ads, has great lists for privacy \/ malware detection as well and allows you to tweak it to your liking for example by blocking large chunks of media some sites use.\u201d\nSmartch: \u201cThis. Furthermore it doesn't consume as much energy as Adblock.\u201d\nHoobleton: \u201cI've switched to uBlock Origin recently and generally it's doing pretty well but one website is managing to push through popups. I don't think I'd seen a popup in years because I switched. Can't figure out why just this site is getting through.\u201d\nImpert0r15: \u201cWow, this is amazing! Why wasn't I using this one before.\u201d\nMacosxsealion: \u201cIDK.\nI notice that some adblockers break certain websites, yet don't work at all for videos or another website.\nSo I have a few that I sometimes have to switch between.\nIt's becoming a mess.\nTomnavratil: \u201c\u2026if it works for you, blocks the ads well, doesn't break sites and it's resource efficient - no need to switch.\nI've been a long-time uBlock user and switched to uBlock Origin mainly due to it's speed, ability to block large media request (great feature with some sites!) and no issues with sites I'm using; plus works great with YouTube. So last 3-4 months I've set up my lists and no need to switch really.\u201d\nMore at Reddit\n\nuBlock and Ghostery for my 5K iMac\nAs you can tell from the thread above, there\u2019s some confusion as to which ad blocker to choose for Safari. But I think that some folks are overcomplicating the issue a bit by worrying about having \u201cthe best\u201d ad blocker.\nI decided a while back to make it simple and easy. I installed uBlock, and then opted for Ghostery. uBlock still works great for blocking ads and social media trash (be sure to install one or more of Fanboy's lists), and Ghostery catches all of the miscellaneous trackers that uBlock might not block.\nSo far this system has worked well for me in Safari on my 5K iMac in macOS. I am able to easily whitelist my favorite sites so I can support them financially, but I am also able to block ads and trackers on sites that could put me at risk for malware or other problems.\nMy advice is to try these two first and see if they work well for you. If, for some reason, they don\u2019t match your needs then you can always opt to try one or more of the other ad blockers I listed at the beginning of this post.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.