ClearURLs--Browser Extension to Remove Tracking Elements from URLs

Originally published at: https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/clearurls-browser-extension-to-remove-tracking-elements-from-urls/

ClearURLs is a browser add-on that removes tracking elements from URLs to protect user privacy. For example, if I go to Amazon and search for hard drives, Amazon addes a tracking element to the URL: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=hard+drives&ref=nb_sb_noss_1 ClearURLs automatically rewrites that URL in my browser to: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=hard+drive Among other things, the extension: * Removes tracking from URLs automatically in the background * Blocks some common ad domains (optional) * Has a built-in tool to clean up multiple URLs at once * Supports redirection to the destination, without tracking services as middleman * Adds an entry to the context menu so that links can be copied quickly and cleanly * Blocks hyperlink auditing, also known as ping tracking * Prevents tracking injection over history API * Prevents Google from rewriting the search results (to include tracking elements) * Prevents Yandex from rewriting the search results (to include tracking elements) * Badges to…