StopTheMadness for PC and Mac

Written by Jeff Johnson

  • Category: Utilities
  • Release date: 2022-08-02
  • Licence: $9.99
  • Software version: 30.0
  • File size: 585.91 kB
  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and Mac OS 10, 11 10.12
  • How it works | What is StopTheMadness?

Whatʹs Great

1. StopTheMadness is an extension for Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Brave that stops web sites from making your browser harder to use.

2. • Open links with an alternative browser from Safari's contextual menu.

3. Bring all images on the page to the front, allowing you to drag and use the contextual menu on sites such as Instagram.

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StopTheMadness Features and Description

Key Features

Latest Version: 30.0

  • Licence: $9.99

  • What does StopTheMadness do? StopTheMadness is an extension for Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Brave that stops web sites from making your browser harder to use. And it protects your privacy on the web. StopTheMadness is not an ad blocker: it offers unique features not available from ad blockers or any other apps. StopTheMadness is one of a kind! (Chrome, Edge, and Brave require enabling "Developer mode" in the Extensions window.) StopTheMadness is made by indie developer Jeff Johnson. The support link has documentation and my email address. Many web sites deliberately disable user interface features in your browser that you normally expect to work. StopTheMadness re-enables those features for you in your browser: • ⌘-click and middle-click to open a link in a new tab • ⌘-key keyboard shortcuts • opening contextual menus • selecting, copying, cutting, and pasting of text • drag and drop • AutoFill/autocomplete of passwords, emails, etc. StopTheMadness also protects your privacy on the web: • Removes tracking tags such as utm_source, gclid, and fbclid from the end of URLs. • Stops clickjacking in Google Search, Gmail, Facebook, and DuckDuckGo. • Stops hyperlink auditing (anchor "ping"). • Stops tracking beacons (Navigator.sendBeacon). • Stops sites from using the Page Visibility API to know when a tab is visible on your screen. Bonus Features: • Stop videos from autoplaying. This works even on sites where the browser's autoplay preferences don't work! • Show native video controls. Use AirPlay or Picture-in-Picture from Safari on sites that don't normally support it! • Add your own site-specific CSS and JavaScript to web pages! • Stops "Are you sure you want to leave this page?" alerts. Close your tabs without getting stopped by the site! • Force external links to open in the current tab instead of a new tab. Remove target="_blank" from links so that they no longer automatically create a new tab. • Force external links to open in a new tab instead of the current tab. This is great if you're scrolling through a list of links and want to open each one in a new tab. • Force images to the front. Bypass the transparent overlay on sites such as Instagram that prevents you from dragging and opening the contextual menu on images. • Warns when you paste or type beyond the maximum length in a password field or other text field. Stops you from accidentally losing characters! (Feature not available in Firefox.) • ⌘-c to copy link URL on hover! Much easier than opening the contextual menu. Also ⌘-x to copy link title on hover! • ⌘-delete on hover to delete any HTML element on the page! If something is in your way, temporarily remove it. • Stop ⌘-left-arrow from unexpectedly sending you back to the previous page in your browsing history. • Stop scrolljacking. • Stop sites from using JavaScript to track the movement of your mouse pointer. This feature can also stop hover popups from appearing on Wikipedia and Twitter. Safari-specific Features: • Stops URL shorteners. Checks the links you click in Safari for well-known link shorteners —,,, (used by Twitter), etc. — and loads the unshortened destination URL instead of the shortened URL. This occurs without setting any cookies or other site data, so you can't be tracked by your click. • Stop Safari from automatically submitting login forms. AutoFill login forms and then make changes such as checking "Remember Me" or take CAPTCHA tests before submitting. • Automatically open clicked links in other apps. You can specify rules in StopTheMadness such as open links in Google Chrome. Or even don't open links at all, to keep you from accidentally opening Facebook! • ⌘-v when hovering over a link to open the link with the app selected in the "Open Link with" popup. • Open links with an alternative browser from Safari's contextual menu. • Copy link title from Safari's contextual menu.

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    Software Installation Requirements

    PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

    Compactible OS list:
    1. Windows 11
    2. Windows 10
    3. Windows 8.1
    4. Windows 7
    5. Windows Vista

    Requirements for MacOS Installation

    Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

    Compactible OS list:
    1. OS X 10.10: Yosemite
    2. OS X 10.11: El Capitan
    3. macOS 10.12: Sierra
    4. macOS 10.13: High Sierra
    5. macOS 10.14: Mojave8
    6. macOS 10.15: Catalina
    7. macOS Big Sur (macOS 11)


    StopTheMadness - Is it safe to download?

    Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

    Software Reviews and Critisims

    • By OldManSaturn

      Look Past the Price

      At first glance, $10 for a really low profile utility app seems crazy but consider this: Web Developer are purposefully acting against the best interest of users more and more everyday, you don't realize how much ground they've taken because it comes to you in tiny incremenets. With this application, you get all of that power given back to you immediately and forever, and all you have to do is buy it once for what is for most people a relatively irrelevant amount of money. It's one of those things that you didn't know you needed it until you got it and then you can't be without it .

    • By TheOriginalTim

      This app shouldn't be necessary, but it is

      We shouldn't have to have an app to give us back control of our own web browsers, but give a web developer an inch and he'll take a mile. It's nice to have sanity restored and be able to do the normal things that computers have been able to do for decades. Copy and paste! The one feature I'd love to see added is to block the "Wait, don't go!" pop-ups that happen just because the mouse moves to the title bar. So annoying! It's bad web design and eventually designers will stop doing it (I hope), but until then, that's the one feature this app could add to make it golden. The features it has right now are worth the purchase.

    • By DaphneD

      Makes the web better

      This utility makes the web so much more user friendly. Mostly invisible during normal usage, stuff that is supposed to work works. I notice it most when it's missing likely after reinstalling the OS before adding StopTheMadness in. (See reply below: I missed that this already is supported) My only one wish would be a backup and restore feature (or a settings to iCloud) so that if I do a reinstall again without migration I don't have to recreate my settings. But even without that it is easy enough to reset up. Edit: Thanks those menu items do what I was looking for.

    • By xlumin8

      This is one of the best apps for one function and it's not even a heavily advertised feature

      What this app has is a feature that plays all videos using Safari's native video player. With the native video player, you can download all videos. I've tried various different video downloaders and they refuse to work on certain videos but this app literally makes downloading those videos as easy as right clicking and saving as video. All the other features are also incredible but I cannot believe how easy downloading videos has been made thanks to this app.

    • By SlowMotn

      Makes the web a joy instead of a death by a thousand cuts

      This plugin makes websites behave in acceptable and standardadized ways instead of being annoying in a myriad of small, but impactful ways. This plugin prevents rogue actors from being disrespectful to users and makes it so you don’t have to think about anything but the content you are seeking online. The feature set covers most signifigant annoyances and it shows a well thoughtout experience. This kind of thing shoudlnt’ be needed, but is and its a good thing that you can “set it and forget it”, as the web behaves as it should, while this plugin does its job and fades into to the background.