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Adblock Plus question

Postby Jorpho » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:33 am UTC

Until recently, I felt that it was important to let web pages show me their ads to provide them with revenue, but some things - like the endless Acai Berry scams, and that porno comic site that keeps advertising on Project Wonderful, and "Start your journey now, My Lord" - are really fracking starting to get on my nerves. Still, I'm trying to refrain from downloading a subscription for Adblock that will block everything.

There's just one thing, though: there are lately some "interactive advertisement" flash vids that pop up inconveniently (most recently spotted on tinypic.com), and there's no handy "block" tab that appears when I mouse-over them. Trying to find the offending object in the "blockable objects" list is too complicated, and I don't want to enable Flashblock for everything either (especially on Tinypic, where the fields are done in Flash).

How does the "block" tab get oppressed? And how can I get around it?

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Re: Adblock Plus question

Postby 1337geek » Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:27 pm UTC

Try right-clicking it and looking for the "Adblock this" option.
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Re: Adblock Plus question

Postby Jorpho » Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:50 pm UTC

Right-clicking Flash objects brings up the right-click menu for Flash objects, which is completely unaware of Adblock.

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Re: Adblock Plus question

Postby cerbie » Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:33 am UTC

Are you subscribed to anything? I get no item-covering ads when trying to look at many images on tinypic. I know there are no tinypic custom rules, and 99% of the rules are Easylist USA.

Other than that, your problem is exactly what the blockable items list is there for. If you were in Opera, FI, you'd have one hell of a time trying to find out what to block, if you couldn't get a context menu.
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Re: Adblock Plus question

Postby Jorpho » Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:22 am UTC

Like I said, I haven't downloaded a subscription yet - I still have compunctions about blocking everything vs. blocking just what annoys me.

To reiterate: the problem with the Blockable Objects list is that it contains so many items, and even if I sort them by type it can be difficult to pick out which one corresponds to a particular ad - which is exactly what the "Block" tab is for, I reckon. But why doesn't it always appear?

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Re: Adblock Plus question

Postby poxic » Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:28 am UTC

Try using a flash blocker instead of Adblock. I use Flashblock which displays a grey square with a flash icon on it in place of the ad/video/whatever. If you want to see the animation -- e.g., it's a YouTube video -- just click on the grey square.

Now, if someone could just do the same thing for .swf files, I'd be good...
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Re: Adblock Plus question

Postby Jorpho » Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:10 am UTC

...Yes, I also mentioned Flashblock in my first post already.

Or is there some alternative to Flashblock that I should be aware of?

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Re: Adblock Plus question

Postby cerbie » Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:54 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:Like I said, I haven't downloaded a subscription yet - I still have compunctions about blocking everything vs. blocking just what annoys me.

To reiterate: the problem with the Blockable Objects list is that it contains so many items, and even if I sort them by type it can be difficult to pick out which one corresponds to a particular ad - which is exactly what the "Block" tab is for, I reckon. But why doesn't it always appear?
Try this:

1. Subscribe to something, such as Easylist
2. Open ABP options
3. Focus an item in the filter grid, and then ctrl+a
4. Right-click, select disable

Now, when you hit an offending page, and open blockable items, items that have an applicable filter will be a different color, and you can enable those filters, avoiding benign ones (such as Google, Quantserve, etc.). Not automagic, but easier than creating manual filters for everything.

Noscript can replace Flashblock, if you want to go that route. If you're using an older computer (pre-P4/Athlon XP), I'd highly recommend it, just to keep idle CPU usage down when you don't need JS running for s given site.
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Re: Adblock Plus question

Postby Jorpho » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:42 am UTC

I finally saw one too many Acai Berry ads and activated a subscription.

I still feel kinda bad, though. :|

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Re: Adblock Plus question

Postby psychosomaticism » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:22 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:I finally saw one too many Acai Berry ads and activated a subscription.

I still feel kinda bad, though. :|


The whole advertising as a revenue on the internet thing is a bit flawed anyway. Thanks to those scam/fake/virus/etc ads, decent honest hardworking ads just don't have a chance, and thus the rise of ad blockers. I think it'll come to a point where, if blockers are used enough, ads will begin to be actual images on a site, though this still weeds out bad ads because one wouldn't put random ads on a decent site knowingly (presumably).

And do you actually buy any of the things being advertised? I mean, does it matter if there isn't any interest gained by the ad-viewer? I know they're trying to appeal to a very small percentage of people who actually click, but still.

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Re: Adblock Plus question

Postby headprogrammingczar » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:41 pm UTC

A bit late, but NoScript is a better flash blocker than FlashBlock, and works as a security supplement as well.
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