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#1 User is offline   PCWorld 

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 10:00 PM

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#2 User is offline   buckwalter 

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 08:33 AM

Google Toolbar does all my ad blocking. Great tool.. I've tried some of the tools that block Flash-based ads, but found many of them block the Flash content I want to see. Blocking ads was a bigger deal to me on dialup.. I don't mind them now they don't hog my bandwidth. Great topic...
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#3 User is offline   Islandgirl 

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 08:49 AM

Great article. Now, can you tell me which one of the tools you recommend here will eliminate the annoying pop-up that PC World throws up each time I visit, asking me to buy the magazine?
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 02:06 PM

Anyone else finds this article ironic considering the first page of it you get this huge NEC ad that rolls over a quarter of the article until you click the X CLOSE button?
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 07:06 PM

good article Steve, happily no pop-up's when I visit the test site.
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#6 User is offline   NoSmokingBandit 

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 03:20 PM

The best cost-effective ad blocker out there is Firefox. Get the Adblock Plus extension and you will never see an ad again. I didnt even know how many banners were out there until i had to use my parents pc with IE7 on it.
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#7 User is offline   stanleyz72 

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 05:07 PM

Please check out SelectView Ads Filter. Its a free in-page ads filter for IE inspired by Adblock Plus.

http://www.selectview.org/install

It also provides a testing proxy so you can try out before install.

http://www.selectview.org/testdrive
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 08:04 PM

The most effective ad blocker that I've seen is a custom HOSTS file. If your computer can't connect to the sender of the pop-up, it's not going to pop up!
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Posted 19 November 2007 - 12:03 AM

Another Great Ad Blocker is SecureMaker. It is similar to Ad Muncher but is free!
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 08:19 AM

Clicking on a link about blocking pop-up ads and the first thing you see is an ad from PC Mag. is annoying and deceitful. I've often wondered if one can trust any publication's recommendations like pc magazine?
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#11 User is offline   mlrichardson 

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 08:42 AM

Besides the ability of Firefox to block popups/unders/flyovers, etc. adding the capability of Ad-block Plus, as mentioned above, almost takes care of it. But if you really want to lock up Firefox, just install No-script. It can be a pain allowing each - and every - script source for every site, but ain't nobody ever going to run a script of any kind on my computer unless I let them. That creates a certain satisfaction that makes me a little more comfortable when I'm moving through the ether.
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 10:44 AM

One advisory to all: read the Privacy Statement first. No matter how legitimate or innocent an offerer may be, if the want your life story so they can pass it onto 3rd parties who are beyond their control, BEWARE!
The ratings match the article: most software reviews cover either paid programs or freebies. Story has a balanced mix; balanced reviews.
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#13 User is offline   Reddawg 

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 04:47 PM

Reading a Privacy Statement is like reading the fine print of a credit card application. One difference is that the Credit Card statement is believable. A Privacy Statement has the same legal-ese structure, and as vague.
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#14 User is offline   NeverQuiteThere 

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 05:37 AM

Again another article from PC World that seems to be pushing the shareware over the more effective FREE solutions!

As for that ad on the page about blocking ads..hehe well that's just hilarious!

(I had to disable my ad blocking to see it though!)

An article about blocking Ads that has NO MENTION of a HOSTS file?

Strange!

I agree with [~84172]. A bit deceitful.

One word on what someone said about using the HOSTS file earlier:

If your PC cannot connect to the server sending the Pop up window then it cannot pop up?

Well that would be fine if most pop ups were sent directly from the server that hosted the Ads that are shown inside the pop up but that isn't the case mostly. the site you are on...like pcworld.com is not blocked in your HOSTS file but the pc world site could easily have a script that spawns a pop up window when you do something like close the tab, click a link, etc. This pop up would not be blocked but if the ad server providing the ads inside it was blocked in your hosts file then the pop up would just be an empty window.

I see a few empty windows here and there. I just close them.

As for the 'Using No Script' to only allow sites that are safe.....

One word: Overkill!"

Too much time is wasted on that method in my opinion!!!

Try using defensewall or something and then simply block banners and ads that irritate you.

If you are so paranoid about scripting then you need to re assess your feelings about browsing the net I think!

Defensewall protects your PC whilst doing anything online. Period. fully protected.

why have all that script messing when you can freely go where you like and have no fear of troubles?

Also a recent HDD image is always recommended...just in case ;)
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 09:54 AM

the following 100% free solution that is maintained by more than two people, unlike ad muncher, which also LACKS many features
Adblock Plus
Adblock element hiding helper
RIP
platypus
greasemonkey
stylish
NoScript
Controle de Scripts
CookieCuller

with easylist.adblockplus.org antiporn list
And its prefiltered by proxomitron
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Ad Muncher is weak on CSS, lacks an in browser element selection, suffers from next to zero documentation, adds LOADS of junk to pages, its whitelists cannot be overridden, page specific filtering is downright lame, and on and on..
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:28 AM

For Ads With Sound:

- Flashblock - For Firefox.

I Hope To Find A Good One For Ie.
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 08:05 PM

Hi A41202813 and welcome to the PCWorld Communities. :D




You already have submitted a thread regarding this issue. There are several responses to that thread and you even have that thread marked as Answered. This current thread is related to the news article. Please refer to your original thread if you still have questions about your issue:

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  Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:39 AM

Adblock Plus is really a great tool. I used it as well and for any problems you can ask their community:

https://adblockplus.org/forum/
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