May 17, 2022

Conference Paper: “Ad-Blocking: A Study on Performance, Privacy and Counter-Measures”

The following paper will be presented at/published in the proceedings of WebSci ’17 taking place in Troy, NY, on June 25-28, 2017.


Ad-Blocking: A Study on Performance, Privacy and Counter-Measures


Kiran Garimella
Aalto University Helsinki, Finland

Orestis Kostakis
Aalto University Helsinki, Finland

Michael Mathioudakis
Aalto University Helsinki, Finland


via arXiv


Many internet ventures rely on advertising for their revenue. However, users feel discontent by the presence of ads on the websites they visit, as the data-size of ads is often comparable to that of the actual content. This has an impact not only on the loading time of webpages, but also on the internet bill of the user in some cases. In absence of a mutually-agreed procedure for opting out of advertisements, many users resort to ad-blocking browser-extensions.

In this work, we study the performance of popular ad-blockers on a large set of news websites. Moreover, we investigate the benefits of ad-blockers on user privacy as well as the mechanisms used by websites to counter them. Finally, we explore the traffic overhead due to the ad-blockers themselves.

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