Some websites set their pages to play audio and video automatically. This is probably the most annoying kind of advertisement there is. From out of the blue, someone starts blathering about things completely unrelated to what you were doing previously.
The ad disrupts your workflow, makes you lose your focus. And if you left your speakers at a higher volume, the situation might even pose a risk for your health.
This is where AdBlock Plus (ABP) comes into play. ABP is a free add-on to your browser which you can use to disable the various annoying ads jumping out at you on the internet.
Blocking Unwanted Content
There are several ways to block unwanted content with ABP.
The Simple Way
When you arrive at a site that serves auto-loading audio and video, just
ABP then lets you decide which URL you want it to start blocking from now on.
Select an option, click
The Slightly Harder Way
The Inspect Element feature will show you more details than the ABP’s filter rule window, such as this:
As you can see there is another URL that was not present in ABP’s above Filter Rule window —
Now you can
brightcove.net in the
The Complicated Geeky Way
You can also add filter rules manually to ABP’s filter preferences.
There are three ways to open ABP’s
- use the
- click on ABP’s icon and select
Filter preferences…from the drop-down menu
- in Mozilla Firefox: type and enter
about:addonsinto the address bar, then click on the Optionsbutton next to ABP, and then click on the Filter preferences…button
The result of the slightly harder approach is somewhat nicer as there is no error message present.
But in both cases, there’s no annoying auto-playing of either audio or video.
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