Howto: No more internet ads

As one can guess from previous posts, I’m skeptical about the pervasiveness of advertising in our society.  I’m also just plain sick of seeing ads everywhere.  With the internet, advertisements are even invasive, tracking your browsing habits and web searches to target you individually with products and services.

The good new is that we do not have to see internet ads if we don’t want to.  One uninformed journalism professor at my school (who specializes in new media!) thought I was making up a crazy fantasy when I told him I don’t see any advertisements while web-browsing.  Read on to make this fantasy come true for you.

  1. If you haven’t already got it, download the Mozilla Firefox web browser and stop using Internet Explorer.  Firefox is an open source web browser with highly customizable features.  It is more secure than IE and controls impressive market share in some European countries.  In the United States it’s around 15% and growing.
  2. Once it’s installed, open the program and click Tools –> Addons –> Get Addons.  Search for Adblock, Adblock Filterset G., Flashblock and NoScript, and download each
  3. After they are all installed, re-start Firefox
  4. Click Tools –> Addons –> Extensions to see your new extensions and customize their settings
  5. What these extensions do:
  • Adblock:  Comes with a pre-installed set of filters for common ads and ad servers.  When enabled, it will load pages without displaying these ads.  You can add more advertisements to your black list by right-clicking an ad or banner and then clicking “adblock image” or “adblock frame.”
  • Filterset G. complements Adblock by including a bigger list of automatically blocked ads.
  • Flashblock: Loads flash files but does not play them unless you tell it to play by clicking the button.  You can then specify which web-sites are allowed to display their flash elements.  This blocks out flash advertisements and distracting videos and music (like, say, people’s MySpace pages).
  • NoScript: This program is slightly more complicated in that it automatically prevents scripts from running on web pages.  Many websites run scripts that essentially track your browsing behavior or install malicious software onto a Windows computer.  NoScript also blocks Java, so that many pages you navigate to will not be displayed properly at first.  This is okay, however, because like Flashblock and Adblock, you can simply right-click –> NoScript –> Enable _________ and specify which scripted elements are okay to display.  You only have to do this once on a website and it will save that preference.  All of these customizations are able to be undone.

Now your internet experience will be almost complete ad-free and corporate influence over your computer will be highly scaled down.  In fact, you will probably get on someone else’s computer and be unpleasantly reminded of how many ads are actually out there.  Give it a try, the software is free and it only takes a few minutes of your time to fight back against the corporate takeover of your internet experience.

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~ by Daniel on 10 July, 2008.

One Response to “Howto: No more internet ads”

  1. I’ve been running all those for a while. Haven’t seen an ad in a long time! Pages load much faster with all that junk blocked!

    ***ClapSo throws back his head and cackles with insane glee**

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

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