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How do you get rid of stubborn ads?

by groovy3130 / May 16, 2013 5:43 AM PDT

While on a website I am looking at, an ad will pop up and cover what I am reading - very annoying. It does not even have the exit button (x) , won't go away, if I got lucky to get out of it another one will show up - just won't go away.
An example is an ad telling me to update the flash player or I am missing. a plug-in. And reminds me also that I can uninstall later if I need to. (And my laptop is brand new only 3 days old). How do I get rid of these stubborn ads?

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Those sound like
by Jimmy Greystone / May 16, 2013 6:28 AM PDT

Those sound like browser based messages alerting you to the fact that there is, for example, flash content on the page and you do not have the Flash player plugin or it is outdated (Flash has been a prime target for exploitation of late). Just because you bought your laptop 3 days ago doesn't mean the software is current. The image used to load the software on that computer might be several months old.

So, short of screenshots or something showing the specific messages you're getting, it's difficult to say whether or not they're legitimate or not.

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Thanks for the tip
by groovy3130 / May 20, 2013 4:17 AM PDT
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Jimmy, itsdigger - thank you guys for the tip. I replaced the chrome with'
firefox and so far (knock, knock) I haven't seen the stubborn flash player
ad.since.

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use this
by itsdigger / May 16, 2013 5:53 AM PDT
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firefox?
by groovy3130 / May 18, 2013 9:35 AM PDT
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I'm on Google Chrome - will it work?

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Yes
by itsdigger / May 18, 2013 9:55 AM PDT
In reply to: firefox?

it works with Chrome , FF and IE

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download it from the chrome store
by itsdigger / May 18, 2013 9:59 AM PDT
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Yes
by Jimmy Greystone / May 18, 2013 10:05 AM PDT
In reply to: firefox?

Yes, it will work, but the Firefox version will be the best of them all. Firefox lets extensions like AdBlock Plus and NoScript interrupt the rendering process of a page, so that the ads are stripped out before they're even downloaded. The Chrome version I know, and I'm pretty sure the same is true of the IE version, will load the page, filter it through the extension, then render it again without the ads.

I know this is true of Chrome, since there's no way to create a NoScript for Chrome at present. NotScripts and others have some significant limitations, only able to block some scripts and not others. I am reasonably sure it also holds up with IE, but someone may correct me on that.

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