Charlie Sheen-censoring browser plug-in is here

Tired of Charlie Sheen news? Install this plug-in for Firefox or Chrome and you never have to see his name again--unless you want to.

Insert "warlock," "winning" jokes here. Screenshot by Matt Hickey/CNET

I've been doing a pretty good job the last couple of weeks of not writing anything about Charlie Sheen . I'm not one to judge anyone for partying too much and hanging out with porn stars--indeed, I'm a tech blogger, and that's all we do when we're not writing. But I also don't necessarily want to hear all about it. Sheen's not news when the rest of the stuff in the world is considered, and now thanks to a browser plug-in I saw on a local Seattle blog today, it's not an issue.

It's called Tinted Sheen, it works with Firefox and Chrome, and it simply blocks mentions of the Tigerblood-fueled guy from your browser. It's similar to the Rickroll protector and the Bieber Blocker plug-in , the later of which I cannot advocate, as I feel Justin Bieber is my spirit animal.

The add-on installs in seconds (not counting a browser reset) and then just works: nothing to configure (though you can, if you'd like, allow certain sites through the filter). It simply blocks his name with colored bars.

It's nearly impossible to get completely away from the Sheen circus on the Internet right now, but at least this can act as a type of self-aggrandizing protest. I know I feel a little better having installed it. Maybe you will too.

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    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.

     

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