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Are you ready for ads on your computer?

By learninmypc · 9 replies
Sep 16, 2011
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  1. By now we’re all used to advertisements on our smart phones and tablets – it’s the tradeoff we accept for using free apps instead of premium versions. Yet one of the side effects of Microsoft’s making Windows 8 for both tablets and personal computers is that those ad-supported apps will make their way onto our laptops and desktops.

    Windows 8 logo

    Yep, ads on your PC.

    Does that mean the addon Adblock plus won't work?
     
  2. siiix

    siiix TS Rookie Posts: 29

    simple solution just dont use any add supported software

    there is always a choice pay or pirate... i never use "free" apps and probably never will

    in addition really good software is rarely able to support it self from adds, maybe a limited functionality version
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,041   +352

    Are you familiar with https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/ ?
    I have it on both my Firefox & SeaMonkey browers & find it works excellent on www.crackle.com & Youtube. And it is free.
    I don't plan on having a smart phone or a tablet, but a pc yes.
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    If I get money in the form of cheaper stuff.
     
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,041   +352

    Ok, maybe its me that is confused. The way I read that article is even with Adblock plus, I'll still see ads. Is that true or not?
     
  6. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    I'm sorry, siiix, that sounded lot like an Apple fan's response... there is a TON of great free software on Windows...
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,723   +406

    Maybe its just me as a part time Apple user, but I didn't get that at all from his response mopar man.

    I read it as he is a guy that either buys his software or he pirates it (likely a combination thereof).
     
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,041   +352

    The article talks about Microsoft & my question is directed at Microsoft pc's. Can someone answer my question ?:)
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,723   +406

    It would seem to me that with Adblock Plus you would still get ads since adblock plus is an add on for firefox and not the OS itself. But I think you would probably have success blocking them with a hosts file block.

    But how I read the article is you might get ads with your Metro apps, but if you ran Windows 8 like Windows 7 (no Metro) you wouldn't have ads.
     
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,041   +352

    With adblock plus, I can watch movies on crackle & Youtube with out ads Currently I'm using xp mce. with Google Chrome, Firefox & SeaMonkey. SeaMonkey is my default browser.
    I tried watching a movie on hulu but it played a black page white lettering telling me I should disable my adblocking stuff. Of course I won't do do that .I quit using hulu because of that. Thanks for your reply.
     

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