Article 58: Adblock

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Modern Nerd. Today I have a very special treat for you, one that has changed the way I browse the internet forever. ­This article will be short and sweet, and give you the full story on an essential app for your internet browsers. It is called Adblock, and it comes in several varieties. All of them handle the basic function though, which is to remove all of the irritating spam that litters your pages. Come check this out.

Advertising Has Us Chasing…

Facebook. Twitter. Social media. Youtube. Forums. Everywhere on the internet, sites are selling their white space on the page to advertising companies, or even going so far as to shamelessly plug other things that they make. With Facebook going public, this has only gotten worse. But fear not brave users.  As informed smart nerds we can fight back against this constant assault on our eyeballs. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox both offer versions of Adblock on their extensions page, or app store. Just search it with the name of your browser of choice and you should find it. Install for immediate effect.

 

 

What Does it Do?

Adblock very simply removes the sponsored links from your pages. You will notice the difference immediately. Youtube ads are now a thing of the past. The left and right sides of your pages will again be clean and clear. Try it to believe it, and the best part is that it’s free. Adblock asks for donations when you first install it, but never gets in your face and tells you that the trial is over. I tried it out for a few days and then donated, because I could not believe the difference.

Supporting Sites You Care About

Sites make money on advertising, this is absolutely true. If you want to make sure that a site gets your regular amount of support, you can teach Adblock not to run on a specific page, or on a list of pages. There is a button added to your browser when installed (and for God’s sake delete those Yahoo toolbars while you’re at it…) that provides easy access to personalized settings that are remembered on that computer forever.

Wow!

Yeah, I know. You’re welcome. This is easily the best improvement you can make to your internet experience at home or at work. Thanks for reading guys. If you Like our page on Facebook, or subscribe to our RSS feed, you will get all of the weekly updates from the Modern Nerd and the rest of the Computer Fixer. See you next week.

Aaron Krick
Blog Contributor at the Computer Fixer
aaron@flyingparrotcomputers.com
www.thecomputerfixer.com

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