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[–] lovemeplz 0 points 39 points (+39|-0) ago 

Pretty much the own advertisers' fault. Spamming of pop-ups (especially way back in the day), flash with sound, "download" links in a download page, and of course the potential for ads to run scripts to automatically install malware. Made your bed now sleep in it type deal.

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[–] Apoplectic1 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Partially them, but also the fault of those websites that pack 20+ ads per page, and ads right above links that most people want to click, so that the page shifts down and toy end up clicking on the link.

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[–] heratiki 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Yup. Download sites and file hosts are the worst. I hate having to search for a damned download button when it's obvious I'm on the site not for shitty ads. I understand you have to cover bandwidth costs and you want to make a profit but this is gotten out of hand.

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[–] lovemeplz 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Oh god yeah, the advertisements that appear out of no where and move across the entire fucking page as well. With a close button that's 2x2 pixels.

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[–] Sporkosophy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If you ever need reminded as to why adblock is good, look at 4shared without it.

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[–] Rudd-O 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Refinement on your comment: "and" in lieu of "but".

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[–] England1 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Perfect reply. the ads simply became to agressive to ignore.

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[–] 123_456 0 points 17 points (+17|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Because there are so many fucking ads. Not normal ones. Loud ones. They pop up, play music, and videos, and totally interrupt what you're doing. But damnit, if I'm interested I'm interested. Throwing it right in my face won't make me more inclined.

But the main reason I block is is malware. Do these people not know what ads are running on their websites? I remember once I went on reddit and their fucking ad injected my comptuer with malware. It almost fucked me over.

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[–] Pantry_Raider 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Do these people not know what ads are running on their websites? I remember once I went on reddit and their fucking ad injected my comptuer with malware. It almost fucked me over.

The site owner's logic is "who cares! I'm being paid to host that shit" :D

It's disgusting I know.

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[–] derblitzmann 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

And that logic utimately leads to people stop going to that site. But, unfortunately they make a good chunk of change during the time between too many ads and people stop going to the site.

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[–] oddjob 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I feel like if sites hosted the actual ads themselves, instead of pointing links to other sites, we wouldn't have near the trouble with obnoxious or malicious ads. Site owners would vet their advertisers so you'd get less of those fly-by-night sites putting up trashy ads. But unfortunately, its too much effort to do. Its way easier to let an advertising company handle the ads and pay you instead.

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[–] lovemeplz 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Haha once I did a fresh install on a second computer, so I didn't do much of the windows update yet. I went to two sites before the computer was completely hijacked and rendered useless. Had to reformat a second time in one day ;/

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[–] Scrumdiddlyumptious 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

It's really simple: I don't like being advertised to. If I want a product, I will research that product and its alternatives on my own. If new products are introduced, put them in a place where I can go to learn about them if I want to. In the meantime, stop raping my eyeballs with popups and autoplays and banners and shit.

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[–] lovemeplz 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Advertisements are always putting their name out there as well, so when you do want to buy something, you'll think more favorable of stuff you've already heard of.
But yeah, I can't remember one time I saw an ad for something and I was like, you know what, I'll buy that or I'll go there.

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[–] GreatRedditMigration 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I think the industry will finally reach a consensus soon: advertisements don't work. I can't remember a time that I've seen an ad and said "Oh! That looks cool, let me try that out!"

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[–] asdasd 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I would love to block ads on mobile but adblock stopped working.

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[–] AlcoholEnthusiast 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I used to use AdAway, but haven't had to since I flashed the Dirty Unicorns 5.1.1 ROM on my One M7 with ad-blocker built in via on the fly hosts file editing. I love how many different options there are for everything with Android and the rooting community.

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[–] joethebob 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

+1 for Adaway, vastly improves mobile browser functionality.

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[–] Stoic 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Try uBlock (Origin), it is better anyway.

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[–] I_Was_Titanium_Man 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

You have my sympathies sir.

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[–] RagnarokAngel 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Still works on Firefox mobile.

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[–] meandrunk 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I love how they fail to account for IT admins blocking all of that shit at the network level. I refuse to leave such a vector for malware and viruses open at my workplace.

This site has a fantastic blocklist that I use with bind, but it will output a list that works with other stuff like a hosts file, ipchains, etc.

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[–] j_ 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You don’t even need the netbook if you have a capable router that can run DD-WRT. You can do the blocking with one of those block lists and dnsmasq.

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[–] DrSalt 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

A DNS server is pretty simple. You could put a set of hosts to block on it (resolve to 127.0.0.1) and use it as a source for all your clients.

There is also software like http://www.privoxy.org/ - people run this on very low-end hardware.

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[–] meandrunk 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Hmm it depends how tech savvy you are. I have my own caching dns server at home (using the Zentyal distro) and redirect everything to a transparent 1x1 png. It's pretty funny seeing mobile games with an empty box where an ad should be. Of course this only works if you are using wifi and not the phone's internet connection.

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[–] dissonance 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Even this article has a thing you have to close to see the page without ad block

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[–] Pantry_Raider 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I actually remember wondering what was so great about the internet until you could turn the adds off, no joke.

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[–] Danoded 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's not enough blocking the ads since the websites still collect tons of data. I roll with ABP/uBlock, Disconnect, Ghostery, Privacy Badger, CanvasFingerprintBlock and HTTPS Everywhere, with DuckDuckGo as my homepage.

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[–] j_ 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

If you already use Privacy Badger and HTTPS Everywhere, you might want to consider uninstalling Ghostery. They cover most of the same use cases and Ghostery is owned by an advertising company.

The “Ghostrank” feature collects information on ad tracking and sells it back to advertisers. It may be optional but that is some serious conflict of interest.

Ghostery is also no longer open-source since it was bought out in 2010.

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