Adblock Plus lets advertisements squeak past for a fee

By Shawn Knight
Jul 8, 2013
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  1. Adblock is a product that millions of people rely on to facilitate a clutter-free surfing experience despite the fact that advertisers and site owners rely on revenue from these services to stay afloat. It’s not perfect as even with the...

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  2. This is very old news, they stated this a least 2 years ago. You can disable everything or let some "non-intrusive" ads, or specific sites, like "", etc.
  3. gkubed

    gkubed TS Rookie

    > millions of people rely on
    You still can... just uncheck a checkbox.

    If you were completely unaware of this practice, that means it wasn't an issue.
  4. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Addict Posts: 226   +85

    How is this news? Sounds more like an "awareness" campaign carried on by the media triggered by Google suddenly paying Adblock.
  5. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    Makes me kind of sad that everyone is attacking AdBlock now even though they have been up front about this from the start and it was the users who didn't read about it. It would be different if they were doing it behind everyone's back but it is on their site under features and in big letters too no hiding.
    hammer2085, LukeDJ, ghasmanjr and 3 others like this.
  6. Not really news, just use adblock edge if you dont like this nonsense.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,498   +2,050

    If you don't like the ads then don't look at them or click on them. As far as I'm concerned, ads are just a waste of data but I suppose some are an evil necessity in order to keep some sites free. The odd ones that do sneak through I barely notice anyway.
  8. richiemortuk

    richiemortuk TS Rookie

    Daft reply.

    Some sites are ruined by ads, its not always possible to "not look at them"
    SantistaUSA likes this.
  9. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

  10. Not too long ago I decided to turn off Adblock Plus and noscript on rockpapershotgun, as it's a very good site with quite funny and informative writers. I lasted about 40 seconds without it on. There were autoplaying video ads with full volume right in the middle of articles, along with lots of other ads. If the ads being allowed through ABP are NOT craziness like autoplaying videos then I'm ok with that. There really needs to be some kind of standard for advertising online, but who would regulate it? lol.
  11. Install an ad-blocker? shows you are a free loader...
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,498   +2,050

    And that's the whole purpose behind Adblock. Try it and you too could find it possible "not to look at them" as you so 'succinctly' put it.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,498   +2,050

  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +107

    A few things you can do, is get a better router that can block adverts, or you can update the HOST file or you can use Spyware baster 5.0. Some browsers have adverts block now like Maxthon Cloud Browser. So far adblock plus keeping the adverts at bay. There is also blocker for Chrome you can insert your own code to block frames and such out of FB tool!
  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    That is why you use Adblock not Adblock Plus.
  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +107

    Right Adblock under Chrome...
  17. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +56

    It also blocks things that are not ads on Facebook, like requests and likes.
  18. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 810   +102

    No one reads the faq lol
  19. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    Chromeadblock is a name, and it doesn't necessarily imply that Chrome/Google owns or controls any of it, to me it simply implies that it is meant for Chrome, that it runs on Chrome.
  20. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,498   +2,050

    Oh. Ok then.
  21. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 548   +8

    I use an add blocker. But thats only because I find adds intrusive. yes I know some sites need them to stay afloat, but they should do a better job at choosing who can advertise on the site. Flashy adverts, hate them, Adverts that have to be muted, hate them as sometimes you have tabs open and spend 10 mins trying to find where the sound is coming from.

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