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#1 Union_Thug

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 12:04 AM

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"Opting out" of personalized ads doesn't block ads? :huh: In order to block personalized ads I have to.... wait for it.... opt in to receiving them in the first place? :unsure:
Who's on first? I don't know... 3rd base :whistle: When did this start, I only noticed this a day or two ago...

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 03:56 PM

Think it started when google stated they would be combining/linking the information of a person's separate google accounts(gmail, google docs, google+ etc).

The Gmelius add-on for Chrome, Firefox and Opera seems to work well at blocking the adds in gmail. At least in Opera, haven't tried it in the others.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:16 PM

>>>Think it started when google stated they would be combining/linking the information of a person's separate google accounts(gmail, google docs, google+ etc).<<<

I believe you're correct. :mellow: I kinda sorta figured out why I started seeing these ads in GMail only a day or two ago. I recently re-installed some VM's (XP, Win 7 & Ubuntu) & in the process of "syncing" Firefox settings between all my devices, somehow AdBlock Plus extension became corrupt--see screenshot linked to below, "options" was totally blank. :blink: I spent a couple hours today resetting & re-tweaking about:config and my sync account, then re-installed AdBlock and all is well...no more ads. :whistle:

>>>The Gmelius add-on for Chrome, Firefox and Opera seems to work well at blocking the adds in gmail. <<<

Thanks for the link, I'm gonna check it out :)

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:58 PM

Ouch! That didn't look good. Sorry to hear you had to go threw all that, but glad you've gotten it straightened out.

As for Gmelius, it's available at Add-ons.Mozilla too. All I can say is, since I've installed and configured the add-on, I have seen absolutely no adds in GMail :)

As far as opting out of specific adds, not only do you have to wait for and then view the specific adds you want to opt out of :huh: I believe you have a limit of 50 that you're allowed to opt out of :unsure: And if you opt out of the "opt out" feature then you just receive the usual plethora of random adds, none of which can you opt out of :crazy:

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:48 AM

Thanks for the Gmelius add-on, I installed it on 2 of my comps, very useful indeed! :thumbup2:

I discovered another piece of the Adblock Plus/ Google ads suddenly showing up mystery... In the process of adding new Firefox browsers (from the VM's I mentioned) and re-doing my config & sync settings I found that even though Firefox saved my Adblock Plus settings & subscriptions it reinstated the "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" option that is enabled by default in new Adblock installations...which of course prominently features Google's as "non-intrusive" :whistle:

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