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How to Secure from Pop Ads, Drop Down Ads, Video Playing, etc.


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#1 Hal06

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 06:03 AM

Hello. What is the best way to secure against various types of ads. The one's I an talking about are (I hope I am using the correct terminology):

 

pop-up: when you log onto a website and a new window opens with an ad.

Drop-down: when you log onto a website and the page disappears while an ad drops down from the top.

Video playing: when you log onto a site and a video ad starts playing.

 

There are also ads that scroll along the top or side. They seem to know which shopping sites I've visited recently and the product I've looked for.

 

I hope this makes sense.

 

Thanks for any help.

 

 



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Posted 31 March 2015 - 08:40 AM

Hi Hal06 :)

The best way to protect yourself against these ads and pop-up would be install a AdBlocker like AdBlock or AdBlock Plus. However, a general purpose blocker like uBlock would be way more efficient. You can also add sites to be blocked if they aren't blocked by default in uBlock. As for ads that seems to know your browsing habits, you want to add a web extension that will protect you from being tracked on the web, the most popular one is Ghostery.

Both of these extensions are available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. You just have to go on their respective web store to download and install them. If you have any questions about using these, let us know :)

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 08:59 AM

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 09:01 AM

No problem :) Also, you could use NoScript (Mozilla Firefox) or ScriptSafe (Google Chrome) to add even more protection. However, you'll need to learn to whitelist the websites you use and leave "blocked" the ones you're not sure about. At first it's a bit of work but once you get pretty much all your websites that you use flagged as "trusted", you'll end up with a decent protection.

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 01:22 PM

Resources to help prevent advertisements & block websites:
How To Block advertisements in Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Opera
How to Block unwanted Ads, Banners, & Cookies with Custom MVPS Hosts File
How to Block a Specific Website Without Software
How to protect your browser with SpywareBlaster

NoScript - NoScript FAQs
NotScripts for Chrome
Flashblock for Firefox
BlockSite for Firefox
Karma Blocker for Firefox <- intended for advanced users
Adblock Edge for Firefox
uBlock for Chromium, Firefox, and Safari a general purpose blocker which can block both ads and scripts

About Adblock Plus - Adblock Plus Overview
- Adblock Plus for Internet Explorer
- Adblock Plus for Firefox
- Adblock Plus for Chrome
- Adblock Plus for Opera
- Adblock Plus FAQs

Notes about Adblock Plus and NoScript:
Google, Amazon, Microsoft pay to get ads past Adblock Plus
Attention NoScript Users - Adblock Plus

Resources to help protect privacy:
The Best Browser Extensions that Protect Your Privacy
How to Start Your Browser in Private Mode
Disconnect
SafeIP
Blur (formerly DoNotTrackMe} <- for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer on both Mac and Windows
Ghostery <- for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera on both Mac and Windows
HideMyAss
Free Hide IP
Privacy Badger

Ghostery is a browser tool which allows you to block beacons, trackers, advertising, analytics and widgets.
- Ghostery download
- Ghostery - How It Works
- Ghostery General Options
- Ghostery FAQs
- How to configure Ghostery to stop Trackers
- Ghostery Community Forum
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