The latest new-to-me off-lease Dell PC arrived with Windows 7, which means that I must install UltraVNC (that’s uvnc.com, not the obvious URL, alas) to enable remote desktop access. Here’s what the download page looks like through a fresh copy of Firefox, without ad blocking:
Notice that the prominent “Start Download” label-and-button in the middle of the page isn’t the one you want, nor are any of the other things that say “Download”. If you’re not a techie and don’t quite know what you’re looking for, there’s no hope for you.
Here’s what it looks like with all the ads suppressed:
Granted, that’s not the most user-friendly download site I’ve ever seen and, most likely, non-techies won’t venture there, but … suppressing the ads certainly eliminates a tremendous amount of noise.
WordPress places ads on my blog and I get a cut of the revenue, so I am not without a certain conflict of interest. I could forego the ad revenue (currently about 60 ¢/day), which wouldn’t eliminate the ads; WordPress simply pockets my cut in addition to theirs. I could also pay WordPress 30 ¢/day to completely suppress the ads (and get other features I don’t care about), for a net cost of a dollar a day to not show ads.
Hey, who wants to sign up as a Patreon donor? [grin]
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You could also investigate Proxomitron/Proximodo, Privoxy, and the like. Such a solution works much faster than stuff like NoScript and it works on all browser. However, I just switch to Links 2 or Elinks if I want to get rid of the cruft.
Strange, I don’t see any ads on this site and I don’t block anything of the sort. But I do see all kinds of nonsense on uvnc.com
I checked on Explorer 11 (Pale Moon w/blockers is my default, but not everybody supports it), and I fond an ad on the main page. That one had an autoplay video, but audio is suppressed unless you put the mouse pointer over the ad. I’ll look into the proxy applications, though AB+ and NoScript usually fill my needs.
I’d sign up. You provide a lot of value, here.
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