Personal Study: Ad blockers will greatly boost page loads

It will not be a surprise to most internet users that adblockers not only block ads and block malware (also known asĀ adware) that may be inside the ads, but will also greatly boost page load times and cut down on bandwidth usage. In this hardly scientific personal study of mine I will go to a few technology news sites with and without an adblocker to determine how much time, bandwidth, and requests I save.

My setup:
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Google Chrome Version 75.0.3770.142 (Official Build) (64-bit)
  • Adblocker: https://getadblock.com/
Methodology:

The tool I used to gather information is Google Chrome’s Developer Tools which gave me useful statistics like total HTTP requests made, DOM load time (the content of the site showed up), total load time (the loading spinner stopped spinning), when background threads stopped loading, bandwidth used over the wire, and total content loaded. To avoid getting content cached from previous loads I used Google Chrome’s “Empty Cache and Hard Reload” which shows up if the page is open with Developer Tools by clicking F12 and you right-click the reload icon. For me, the page is considered “loaded” when the loading spinner stops spinning for Google Chrome. For each website I performed the following steps:

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