ClearURLs

ClearURLs

Remove tracking elements from URLs.

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What is ClearURLs?
'ClearURLs' is an Edge add-on designed to enhance your online privacy by automatically stripping tracking elements from the URLs you visit. With more extensive ruleset than similar tools, it effectively cleans the URLs and reduces your exposure to tracking. This tool also offers functionalities such as blocking common ad domains and preventing tracking injection via history API. ClearURLs operates transparently with its open-source nature allowing everyone to examine its source code or contribute to the project. Notably, no user data is collected ensuring maximum user privacy.
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By: kroeb
Version: 1.26.0 (Last updated: 2022-11-18)
Creation date: 2021-12-28
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Permissions:
  • <all_urls>
  • webRequest
  • webRequestBlocking
  • storage
  • unlimitedStorage
  • contextMenus
  • webNavigation
  • tabs
  • downloads
Size: 856.40K
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ClearURLs
ClearURLs (v1.26.0)
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ClearURLs (v1.26.1)
4.44 (814) 237,243
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Summary
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This extension will automatically remove tracking elements from URLs to help protect your privacy when browsing through the Internet.

Many websites use tracking elements in the URL (e.g. https://example.com?utm_source=newsletter1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sale) to mark your online activity. All that tracking code is not necessary for a website to be displayed or work correctly and can therefore be removed—that is exactly what ClearURLs does.

Another common example are Amazon URLs. If you search for a product on Amazon you will see a very long URL, such as https://www.amazon.com/dp/exampleProduct/ref=sxin_0_pb?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&keywords=tea&pd_rd_i=exampleProduct&pd_rd_r=8d39e4cd-1e4f-43db-b6e7-72e969a84aa5&pd_rd_w=1pcKM&pd_rd_wg=hYrNl&pf_rd_p=50bbfd25-5ef7-41a2-68d6-74d854b30e30&pf_rd_r=0GMWD0YYKA7XFGX55ADP&qid=1517757263&rnid=2914120011

Indeed most of the above URL is tracking code. Once ClearURLs has cleaned the address, it will look like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/exampleProduct

Why use this extension as opposed to similar ones? Most other “link cleaners” employ about a dozen rules when looking for tracking parameters to remove. ClearURLs utilizes over 250 rules, so its capabilities are more comprehensive. And ClearURLs is open source, so everyone can join the project and/or can check the source code to error or malicious code.

All functions in a nutshell

  • Removes tracking from URLs automatically in the background
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User reviews
User reviews summary
These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Edge Add-on Store does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
Pros
  • Improves privacy
  • Efficient at removing tracking URLs
  • Useful for daily work
Cons
  • Lacks whitelisting feature
  • May affect certain website features
  • Some specific URLs not removed
Most mentioned
  • Whitelisting feature
  • Effect on website features
  • Useful for daily work
  • Lacks custom parameter removal
Recent reviews
少给一颗星以示鼓励 这个扩展在国内需要配置才好用,给国内新手用户指条路: github.com/lifegpc/clearUrls
by Administrator, 2024-07-15

This is a great extension, except that one HUGE missing feature makes it a lot of work to use. It has no whitelisting capability so that you can have it disable itself for specified websites. Some pages do not load correctly when this is enabled. For instance if you're getting a Reddit digest via email and you click any particular post to see, the extension removes all of the information needed for it to take you to the story and you're instead just taken to your main feed. Also, if I try opening any ebook in Google Play Books, it spins forever unless I turn this off. There are others as well. So I'm constantly having to click this icon and turn it off, but only after having wasted time trying to open something and having it fail because I've forgotten nearly every time that this has to be manually disabled first and then re-enabled afterward. If it had a simple whitelisting feature, I'd be able to add these exceptions once and everything would just work and save lots of time.
by Chris, 2024-07-08

Very useful, but it affects certain features of some websites. Since it doesn't have a whitelist function, I have to temporarily disable the extension, quite inconvenient...
by Kyro, 2024-05-26
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Safety
Risk impact

ClearURLs is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install ClearURLs if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

ClearURLs has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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