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[Firefox Fun] - Screw Google!

Postby Jeff » 2004.07.11 11:52 pm

Every few weeks I'm going to be writing a little article about cool features in Mozilla Firefox, my new best friend. This week I'm going to talk a little bit about extensions.

As you know, IE can't manage it's plugins at all. You can get all these spyware/adware apps injected into your browser with no way to know they're there and no easy way to get rid of them. And there really aren't many useful plugins for IE, since the browser code is extremely inflexible.

Enter Firefox.

Firefox manages plugins (but calls them extensions) easily and neatly. From the Tools menu, just click extensions to see a list of installed and active extensions. Today, we're going to be talking about AdBlock.

AdBlock is a FireFox extension that doesn't come with the browser, but should. It's a very powerful advertisement disabling tool that stops the advertisements from loading entirely rather than only stopping them from being displayed on the page. This saves a ton of bandwidth. FireFox will also flow the pages around the ads, if it can, treating the code like the ad was never there.

For starters, get FireFox. Then go and download AdBlock. After restarting your browser, you're good to go.

Let's say you see a page that only has Google ads on it. Sure, Google ads are the tamest and friendliest of ads on the internet, but they're still ads! We need to get rid of them!

Here's what you do:
Right click on the Google ad.
Select AdBlock IFrame.
Replace the URL it gives you with this: http://*.googlesyndication.com/*
Congratulations! You've now seen your last Google advertisement ever.

You can do this for any ad: image, flash, or iframe. Just play around with your asterik (*) placement to block entire ad servers. This is a very powerful, lean, and time-saving tool that makes me love FireFox just that much more. Get it!
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Postby Jeff » 2004.07.12 12:03 am

After a week I'll post my block list so that you can all benefit from the ad-free surfing I'm enjoying. :)
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Postby Jeff » 2004.07.19 8:01 pm

Here you go. So far it's worked pretty well for me.

(replaced: just use to stay updated)
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Postby Jeff » 2004.07.27 4:29 pm

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Postby nrunge » 2004.07.27 7:35 pm

I presumed as much. I was just being fececious.

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Postby Jeff » 2004.09.16 11:51 pm

As Kaj pointed out to me, Firefox 1.0 is out now. Whee!
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Updated Ablock list.

Postby Jeff » 2005.01.05 1:46 pm

Here's my current Adblock list. I'll keep a downloadable version up here once I get the site layout set, but for now, this'll do.

It's probably a good idea to have the plugin for Firefox, since the list might be too restrictive for some sites, and may cause them not to display correctly. This is really rare, though.

(replaced: just use to stay updated)
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Postby nrunge » 2005.01.28 4:50 pm

"...I always tell my friends that if its in the news we dont have to worry about it because it rarely ever happens, thats what makes it news. Its when something is not in the news anymore that we have to start to worry" - Philip Greenspun

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Postby Jeff » 2005.01.29 2:37 am

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Postby Jeff » 2005.05.04 10:59 pm

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