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Many websites are silently deploying anti-ad blocking measures

By Polycount ยท 37 replies
Dec 28, 2017
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  1. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +1,230

    I use adguard on my smartphone. In one month, it is EASY to save 4-8GB of data bandwith. Since service providers don't "give away" bandwith, it can really save you money on overage.
     
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  2. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 566   +323

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  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,889   +1,530

    As the last line in the file reads
    # End of entries inserted by Spybot​
    you are correct. I've moved to a more static process and MVPS is sufficient for me.
    unless all those are added directly into the Proxy, the chain to finally reach the ISP is enormous and response time is terrible compared to a host file filter.
     
  4. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 731   +561

    If ads somehow do get through (especially in FB), I simply make a mental note NOT to buy any of that advertiser's products. This goes for annoying billboards, too. Their conniving ways backfire. If I am interested in buying <product>, then I will research and buy accordingly barring who I have boycotted. :/
     
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  5. Indigo5

    Indigo5 TS Member

    I just started doing this. Still playing around with the whitelist for the most effective solution, but I like that it also blocks ads on my phone and tablet.
     
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  6. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,762   +387

    Just wanted to say that I absolutely agree with this point. I don't know enough about advertising to say what does and doesn't work on a larger scale (Not something I look into much), but I absolutely love the way platforms like Steam and GoG handle their "advertisements." I want to be informed when stuff I actually want goes on sale, I want to be informed when a developer I love is making a new game, etc...
     
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  7. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,550   +1,767

    No, because I have a PC built with parts from this decade.

    ublock does not do everything those other apps do. It could replace ad guard and ad blocker, but not the pop up blocker or ghostery.
     
  8. Do tell.
     
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,993   +2,290

    If you are using firefox:

    type

    about:config

    into the navigation bar and press enter, and if prompted, OK to 'I accept the risks'

    then type

    media

    into the search bar

    among the settings, find

    media.autoplay.enabled

    make sure it says that the above setting is "false" by double-clicking on the entry

    and then among the same settings find

    media.block-autoplay-until-in-foreground

    make sure this setting is set to "true" by double-clicking on the entry

    With these settings, no videos, and I suspect any media, will autoplay. In fact, you have to start any media manually by clicking on it.
     
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  10. Impudicus

    Impudicus TS Addict Posts: 138   +93

    exactly. Sites that have an overwhelming amount of ads in my mind are just adware. Quickly click back never to return.
     
  11. taraconnor777

    taraconnor777 TS Rookie

    Say, Wow, is that hard for we non-techies to do? I guess I could look that up,and just follow the instructions. thank you!!(HMMM... I used to do "volunteer advertising work" and we found that more entertaining,engaging,even funny, ads,that didn't SEEM LIKE ADS, could work better.The viewer automatically mutes a loud ad.---TOO LOUD,turn it down.so getting yer ad automatically turned off,is a high percentage.But story-ads,that had the product,but weren't knocking you over the head with it,did get past the viewers' mutes.How many of you think the ADFLAC duck is funny? even trying to do yoga?Or the lizard? (as long as he's more subtle)Comedy-story-ads don't murder the viewer, they're entertaining at least.--cause the consumer is SICK OF LOUD ADS, We decided a lot of those ads, never got thru to anyone.--and popups,ect, are the same,you just wanta block them.
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,963   +3,999

    Speaking of comical ads, here's one on "PooPourri:

     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
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  13. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 217   +155

    Why all the sarcasm bud? You could have just replied and said "more info?" and I would have gladly helped.
     

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