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Adblock on Chrome is still seriously imperfect, for two reasons

1. It takes a while to hide things (it also has a "hide too much, and un-hide later" mode, but that's barely an improvement).

2. The big one: it still downloads things. Let me be clear here: I don't want to have to wait for doubleclick to get off its ass and serve me an ad. I want the page all the way loaded when the bits I'm going to see are there. Which does not include adverts. I assume this is pending on Chrome adding a "pretty please may I?" hook to URL fetching - does anyone know when this will be here?

does anyone know how to intercept a download IPC call in Chromium?

Browsers should just display content. Filtering proxies should filter out ads and other unwanted content before it ever gets to the browser.

Filtering proxies don't know Javascript or Flash. I also don't want to worry about the parsing and semantic differences between the proxy and the browser: a lot of differences might arrise.

Putting ad-blocking inside the browser seems the most logical part, especially since you get the DOM already made so you know you look at the same data.

Javascript can always be used to smuggle unwanted content into the DOM. And there are far too many badly-written sites out there for most users to be willing to block Javascript entirely.

The only browser as minimalist as you seem to want is this one http://www.uzbl.org/

In all other browsers, they are basically a web OS. Stripping adverts out of web pages is well within a browser's remit. In particular, deciding what not to download is within their remit.

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