StopTheMadness Pro – Comprehensive browser plugin for better web experience

StopTheMadness Pro is a browser extension that can be used in Safari, Firefox and Chrome on the Apple Mac as well as Safari on the iPhone and iPad. It ensures that websites cannot overwrite functions such as context menus, scroll bars, keyboard shortcuts, etc. It also takes care of cookies and stops animations on websites. There are also many options for customization, such as automatically selecting the right YouTube subtitles. Settings for individual pages can be transferred directly to others, eliminating the need to recompose them each time.

One of the explanatory screenshots of StopTheMadness Pro from the Mac App Store
One of the explanatory screenshots of StopTheMadness Pro from the Mac App Store

StopTheMadness Pro from Underpass App Company

The extensive plugin comes from Jeff Johnson's Underpass App Company software company. In addition to StopTheMadness Pro, the developer also offers utilities such as StopTheScript (stops all JavaScript), StopTheFonts (blocks web fonts in Safari), Homecoming for Mastodon (opens Mastodon links in its own instance) and the Link Unshortener (already presented here) on.

Before offering his own app, Jeff Johnson worked at Rogue Amoeba and worked on the RSS reader Vienna tinkered. In short: the plugin described here comes from capable hands. You can find out more about developer Jeff Johnson and what he offers on the official website of his software company: 

Plugin task 1: Eliminate inconvenience

On some pages it becomes apparent quite quickly that one or another browser function has been deactivated. If you lead e.g. For example, if you right-click to open a context menu, it can either be blocked completely or some items can be removed from it. This makes it difficult to access the page's source code, copy text, or download an image. 

And these are all things that should at least be possible for private use. StopTheMadness Pro ensures that the above and many other functions are available again and you can do whatever you want with the websites you access. You can also add additional context menu items.

Plugin task 2: Simplify web usage

But StopTheMadness Pro doesn't just bring back browser functions so that you can use all possible usage options again. The extension can also be used to set various presets for websites so that you have to click and type less on them. As already mentioned at the beginning, this includes setting the subtitle language for YouTube.

On the Mac there is also the option to block the banners of many sites that offer notifications about new content. An additional context menu also makes it possible to hide individual elements of a website (e.g. advertising, videos or large images). Last but not least, thanks to StopTheMadness Pro, you can also prevent changing key combinations so that you can continue to use the familiar ones without unintentionally using an individual page function.

Large overview of functions in the App Store

Listing all the functions and possible uses here would go beyond the scope. If you want to find out about the individual features before buying StopTheMadness Pro, you can also visit the developer's website linked above App Store landing page study. The feature lists and screenshots stored there on both the Mac and the iPhone and iPad show the numerous usage and setting options.

Does the “udm=14” trick work with StopTheMadness Pro?

Jeff Johnson also recently addressed this question. As a quick introduction: Using the addition &udm=14 in the URL of a Google search limits the results to a list of websites. This means that videos, question-and-answer boxes, advertising results and the like disappear. More about it here: Skip past videos, Q&As and AI texts – get to Google web results faster.

By the way, the answer to the question is yes! You should do this follow these instructions Use the redirects function for automatic redirections. It shows which pattern needs to be entered and which replacement needs to be specified. If you just want it to work, you can be satisfied with it. For anyone who wants information about the functionality of the whole thing, the technical details of the procedure are also discussed.

Buy StopTheMadness Pro once and use it on multiple devices

As you can see on the App Store page for Mac, iPhone and iPad linked above, StopTheMadness Pro is a paid browser plugin. It costs 17,99 euros and is therefore more for those who benefit from the individual setting options and features. It may be too expensive to try out and play around with. What puts the price into perspective, however, is the fact that a single purchase enables use on multiple devices - Mac, iPhone and iPad alike.

Various browsers can also be equipped with it on the Mac. In addition to Safari, the plugin also works with Chrome and Firefox. If you have already bought the previous version (StopTheMadness without “Pro”), you can upgrade to the new version at a discount. In addition to a list of the many features, there is corresponding information and explanations on the App Store website.

Conclusion on StopTheMadness Pro

Anyone who is annoyed by limited browser functions, newly defined keyboard shortcuts, automatically played animations, notification banners, cookie queries, web fonts and the like could find the holy grail of website use in StopTheMadness Pro. A lot of time and smart thinking went into this extension for Safari, Chrome and Firefox. The result is a comprehensive tool that is certainly useful for several target groups. 

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12 comments on “StopTheMadness Pro – Comprehensive browser plugin for a better web experience”

  1. What is missing from the article:
    Such browser extensions can cause security and privacy issues, as has happened countless times.
    If necessary, use at least your own browser profile for the extension, not in the main profile!

    “It (the extension) also takes care of cookies”

    Something like that can quickly backfire. The website only has to change something in the cookie banner and data is sent, “thanks” to the automation of the extension, even without the user’s knowledge.

    1. Jen Kleinholz

      I think the security and data protection problems are just as high as if you install any app on your PC. You should just consider which codes you should and should not include in this browser extension.

      And regarding the cookie banner: To be honest, I no longer read what I tick off. The idea behind the cookie banners was nice, but something like that should have been adjustable at the browser level. I don't want to have to say "Only the necessary ones" on every page, but I want to tell my browser that once and then it should work. If that goes wrong in one case, I personally think it's worth the risk. But of course everyone has to assess and decide for themselves. The more elegant solution would be if I could define this globally for all websites anyway. But to do that, the EU will probably have to step on a few people's toes again - and whether that will happen is very questionable.

  2. Hi
    very interesting post about an interesting extension.

    But what about safety when using it?
    “This extension can change the pages you visit and view your browsing history across all websites. This includes sensitive information from websites, including passwords, phone numbers and credit cards.”

    To be honest, using this extension looks like you're swapping plague for cholera.

    1. For many apps, this is a matter of personal preference. If the company behind it seems dubious to you, you shouldn't install anything. With a paid extension that has been developed by the same people for many years, I am personally willing to take the risk. But as I said: This is always a matter of personal taste. With every password manager, I also trust the developers. As the saying goes: You have to pick your poison. 😊

      1. Why use third-party password managers? Nowadays, every browser offers this natively without advertising, tracking, money and in a safe and convenient way.

      2. But why take the risk?
        Just so I don't see any ads on YouTube?

        If things go wrong, there will be a lot of screaming and you may have massive problems if credit card details or passwords are stolen.

        I also only use the iCloud Keychain as a password manager. Apple has already saved my data anyway.
        The more I spread my personal data, the more likely it is that it will blow up in my face at some point.
        Then I'd rather forego some comfort.

        1. Yes, your approach is correct. The fewer services you use and data spread around, the safer you are. I also always weigh up how much trust I have in an extension and the developers behind it. But comfort is a great temptation. 😊

    2. Things get really interesting when the extension is compromised, for example through a sale or through manipulation on the part of the developer.

        1. I sometimes have to use Chrome and sometimes Firefox and then Mac and iPad and iPhone. I'd rather have a PW manager. But everyone can hold it as they like.

          1. I prefer Firefox, but some sites mess with Firefox and I always have to test customer websites with different browsers. It's really special... certainly not everyone needs it.

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