Obnoxious Videos Start Playing


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Ricky Jimenez

I have Firefox 14.0.1 and I notice that on certain websites like
huffingtonpost.com, obnoxious advertising videos immediately start
playing when I go there. It is the loud music that really annoys me.
How do I go about preventing videos playing without my consent?
 
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Wolf K

I have Firefox 14.0.1 and I notice that on certain websites like
huffingtonpost.com, obnoxious advertising videos immediately start
playing when I go there. It is the loud music that really annoys me.
How do I go about preventing videos playing without my consent?
AdBlock
 
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VanguardLH

Ricky Jimenez said:
I have Firefox 14.0.1 and I notice that on certain websites like
huffingtonpost.com, obnoxious advertising videos immediately start
playing when I go there. It is the loud music that really annoys me.
How do I go about preventing videos playing without my consent?
Since you decided to install an extension to support Flash inside of
Firefox, you could disable the Flash extension until if and when you
want to watch a Flash video at some web site.

If you don't have a multimedia keyboard that lets you easily mute the
sound (without having to use the sound tray icon), get something to help
control volume and muting of sound, like Nirsoft's Volumouse.
 
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MowGreen

Ricky said:
I have Firefox 14.0.1 and I notice that on certain websites like
huffingtonpost.com, obnoxious advertising videos immediately start
playing when I go there. It is the loud music that really annoys me.
How do I go about preventing videos playing without my consent?

NoScript - http://noscript.net/

" The NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox,
Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers: this free, open source
add-on allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed
only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank).

NoScript also provides the most powerful anti-XSS and anti-Clickjacking
protection ever available in a browser.

NoScript's unique whitelist based pre-emptive script blocking approach
prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known and even not
known yet!) with no loss of functionality...

You can enable JavaScript, Java and plugin execution for sites you trust
with a simple left-click on the NoScript status bar icon
http://noscript.net/features (look at the picture), or using the
contextual menu, for easier operation in popup status bar-less windows.
Watch the "Block scripts in Firefox" video by cnet.
"


MowGreen
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*-343-* FDNY
Never Forgotten
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Steve Hayes

I have Firefox 14.0.1 and I notice that on certain websites like
huffingtonpost.com, obnoxious advertising videos immediately start
playing when I go there. It is the loud music that really annoys me.
How do I go about preventing videos playing without my consent?
Try NoScript
 
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Stan Brown

I have Firefox 14.0.1 and I notice that on certain websites like
huffingtonpost.com, obnoxious advertising videos immediately start
playing when I go there. It is the loud music that really annoys me.
How do I go about preventing videos playing without my consent?
Turn off Flash, or use Adblock Plus or do both, as I do.

The very nice Prefbar add-in makes it easy to turn on and off both
Javascript and Flash.
 
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Char Jackson

Per Wolf K:

+1
I assume you guys are recommending AdBlock Plus, the Firefox
extension, and not AdBlock, the Chrome/Safari extension?

I assume you're also aware of the relatively recent controversy
surrounding AdBlock Plus because of its author's decision to allow
*some ads* by default, and not giving users an easy way to opt out?
That controversy has forked at least two alternatives, TrueBlock Plus
and AdBlock Lite.
 
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Gene Wirchenko

Another vote for NoScript.

I am using Firefox 14.0.1, too, and I use NoScript. It is great.
I am not sure exactly how great, because I do not see a lot of junk
that other folk do. I allow few sites to run JavaScript on my system.

[snip]

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko
 
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Andy Burns

Char said:
I assume you guys are recommending AdBlock Plus, the Firefox
extension, and not AdBlock, the Chrome/Safari extension?
AdblockPlus came out of AdBlock the firefox extension, the chrome ones
came after, never used them so no idea how good they are.
I assume you're also aware of the relatively recent controversy
surrounding AdBlock Plus because of its author's decision to allow
*some ads* by default, and not giving users an easy way to opt out?
You class one tick box as "not easy" especially when it warns you some
ads will be enabled by default?
That controversy has forked at least two alternatives, TrueBlock Plus
and AdBlock Lite.
I hadn't encountered them.
 
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Stan Brown

I assume you're also aware of the relatively recent controversy
surrounding AdBlock Plus because of its author's decision to allow
*some ads* by default, and not giving users an easy way to opt out?
Not giving users an easy way? It's just a checkbox, fer cryin' out
loud. Tools » Adblock Plus » Filter Preferences.

I don't agree with the decision to allow non-animated ads by default,
but it was clearly described and the countermeasure is pretty
straightforward.
That controversy has forked at least two alternatives, TrueBlock
Plus and AdBlock Lite.
What advantage do they have over Adblock Plus? If it's just a
different default setting of one checkbox, that's not enough to make
me even think about switching.
 
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Char Jackson

Not giving users an easy way? It's just a checkbox, fer cryin' out
loud. Tools » Adblock Plus » Filter Preferences.

I don't agree with the decision to allow non-animated ads by default,
but it was clearly described and the countermeasure is pretty
straightforward.
I was objecting to two things:
1) this feature is enabled by default, and we all know that most
people will never touch the default settings. Not during installation
and not after installation.
2) to see what is allowed, in order to decide if you want to leave
this option enabled or not, I believe you have to use about:config
and change extensions.adblockplus.subscriptions_exceptionscheckbox to
false.
What advantage do they have over Adblock Plus? If it's just a
different default setting of one checkbox, that's not enough to make
me even think about switching.
Cool, thanks.
 
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Muad'Dib

I have Firefox 14.0.1 and I notice that on certain websites like
huffingtonpost.com, obnoxious advertising videos immediately start
playing when I go there. It is the loud music that really annoys me.
How do I go about preventing videos playing without my consent?
How about ALL, I mean every single person on the Internet, of us
express our destine for the animated adds in the first place? ..The side
pop outs, the top pop downs, the side video running all-be-it silent but
still a resource hog. The overlay videos. We bitch and moan, yet we just
live with it rather than demanding it to cease. WE have failed to make a
change. Complacency, as long as we get what we want from a site, to hell
with making the advertisers use less invasive tactics. WE need to take a
stand.

G'day
 
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David

"Muad'Dib" wrote in message
I have Firefox 14.0.1 and I notice that on certain websites like
huffingtonpost.com, obnoxious advertising videos immediately start
playing when I go there. It is the loud music that really annoys me.
How do I go about preventing videos playing without my consent?
No way to stop the vids, but you can turn off your speakers and
ignore the rest.


How about ALL, I mean every single person on the Internet, of us
express our destine for the animated adds in the first place? ..The side
pop outs, the top pop downs, the side video running all-be-it silent but
still a resource hog. The overlay videos. We bitch and moan, yet we just
live with it rather than demanding it to cease. WE have failed to make a
change. Complacency, as long as we get what we want from a site, to hell
with making the advertisers use less invasive tactics. WE need to take a
stand.

G'day
 
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Steve Hayes

"Muad'Dib" wrote in message


No way to stop the vids, but you can turn off your speakers and
ignore the rest.
You've been told how to block them.
 
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Stan Brown

No way to stop the vids,
Nonsense. You can turn off Flash, you can install Adblock Plus.
How about ALL, I mean every single person on the Internet, of us
express our destine for the animated adds in the first place? ..The side
pop outs, the top pop downs, the side video running all-be-it silent but
still a resource hog. The overlay videos. We bitch and moan, yet we just
live with it rather than demanding it to cease. WE have failed to make a
change. Complacency, as long as we get what we want from a site, to hell
with making the advertisers use less invasive tactics. WE need to take a
stand.

G'day
You're still using Windows Live Mail, so you're still screwing up the
quotes and nobody can tell who said what. Welcome to my kill file.
 
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