StopTheMadness for PC and Mac

Written by Jeff Johnson

  • Category: Utilities
  • Release date: 2022-01-26
  • Licence: $9.99
  • Software version: 26.1
  • File size: 585.91 kB
  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and Mac OS 10, 11 10.12
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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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Features and Description

Key Features

Latest Version: 26.1

  • 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 - How do I download the app on Windows PC?

    If you want to download the software on your windows pc or mac, you could either first visit the Mac store or Microsoft AppStore and search for the app OR you can easily use any of the download links we provided above under the "Download and Install" header section to download the application

    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 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.

    • By 3D0G

      Now I have my computer back.

      Discovered this app while looking for a solution to the "autosubmit" feature added to Safari. While my initial intent was to find a way to prevent this "feature" from blocking me from sites that had the Captcha feature, I found the additional benefit of not logging me on to sites automatically - I now have to allow Safari to log me on. I understand there are even more protections built in "under the covers" but that is only an additional PLUS in my mind - I now have control of my computer and can log on or not log on as I see fit.

    • By ul

      Great job, and great support!

      Just wanted to say thanks to Jeff for the great support - for a product I hadn't even purchased yet! I asked him whether it's possible to fix 2 banking sites where they do tricky things with form-field-focus which prevent autofill from working properly. He replied saying he tested the two sites with an Experimental Feature: Focus and Blur Protection and they work with that experimental protection enabled. Based on the great support, I purchased it, tested it out with the two banking sites, and now I can login with autofill there again! Thanks Jeff!

    • By [Name withheld]


      [Update: The support remains excellent! Every time I report new madness introduced by user-hostile websites, I get fast, helpful replies from the support e-mail address and usually a quick app update. Cannot recommend highly enough!] This app does what all promises—it vastly reduces the number of ways websites can tailor your browser's behavior to their liking instead of your own. It's a shame we need it but a joy that it works so well. On the rare occasions I have needed it, the support has been excellent as well!