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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:57 pm    Post subject: MFing ads taking over my screen. Ideas? Reply with quote

I'm not talking iWindsurf in particular (I don't mind their narrow sideline ad column). It's almost every website I visit lately, with any browser, from medical research to hard news, and it's often half, sometimes 100% of my big desktop screen. It's often interlaced between almost every paragraph of text, it looks like carnivale in Rio, and often the only way to get it out my face so I can see the content is to close the browser. (But, wait ... didn't the ad terrorists just win?) Some ads, even from otherwise respectable corporations, fill my screen wall to wall, and some websites arrogantly wall off half my screen full time for news, ads, and sensationalistic phishing videos for the duration of my visit, which quickly becomes 10 seconds ... just long enough for me to note the source so I can boycott it.

NO FREAKING MAS!
No, Amazon, I don't want to buy another damned anvil; the one I bought last year hasn't reached its expiration date.

I waded through the ad weeds, researched ad blockers, and installed a better one, with instantaneous mixed results. The ad intrusion decreased by >90% so far, but now many sites whine because I'm blocking their (and the rest of the world's) ads. They want me to buy an ad-free version or give them a free pass to swamp my computer so they can keep making money. FINE; that's understandable. But some of them insist that we buy ad-free access via a Google account. That's not going to happen, for the many reasons I want nothing to do with that GD corporation (are ya watching the news?). Others want us to use Paypal, which also isn't going to happen (they don't get a second chance after admitting screwing me once because "it's our policy".) When I have the time and inclination, I email sources like these and lay the problem where it belongs: at their feet.

I almost never use my cell phone for browsing, but even then I'm going to have to install that ad blocker on it, too, before long.

I assume the same thing has gone through the roof on everyone's computers the last few months, just as has the junk mail in the mailbox in front of our house and the telemarketers. Anyone have solutions besides the obvious (ad blockers, telemarketer payback fun and games, a garbage can just for junk mail (95% by weight) beside the mailbox, and taping their post-paid return envelopes to a brick)?
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