Google Supposedly Pays to Keep Specific Ads Afloat

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Benjo

I repurpose older laptops with Pentium III procs for general web browsing. Without ABP those obtrusive and obnoxious ads slow those machines down to be unusable =S

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PCWolf

I support Sites that use Simple Advertising methods, such as Banners. But sites that use Intrusive or overly annoying Advertising will end up on the BLOCK List! Such Annoying Ads include:

Ads that start talking or playing videos with sound if you roll over them even for a fraction of a second.

Ads that Hide Invisible Textures over links, then start playing when you click on the link, but instead clicked on the Invisible Ad.

Ads that open Pup Ups or Pop Under Browser windows by themselves.

Ads that turn from a small image in the corner into a giant Screen filling Browser Hog if you roll over them.

If your Ads are annoying & Intrusive, then F U & your Website revenue, as I refuse to reward you for using annoying Advertising & Trickery.

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misterz100

I love how people expect the internet to be free without advertising.
People with ad blockers should have to give the money the companies lost if they want it ad free.
I never use an ad blocker because I want my internet to remain something I can browse and not pay for.

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Neo_Bahamut_19

People pay enough for internet access... Or are you one of those people who siphons internet access off of your neighbors WiFi?

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methuselah

I think you're confusing one extreme for another.

No one expects the web to be completely ad free however, it's intrusive advertising that people (myself included) are against.

*In your face pop-ups.
*Hide beneath your browser pop-under.
*Ads that start playing sound/music, and take it a step further that you cannot shut off or mute.
*Ads that track where you go, browse, and shop (unless disclosed in an up front manner).
*Ads that attempt to subvert PC security.
*Spyware/Malware ads.
*Keyword ads that pop-up when you accidentally hover your mouse over one.
*"Download now" ads that look like that link to the file you're attempting to download but redirect you to another site.
*Any site or advert not up front about its practices and would rather take advantage of consumer ignorance than be honest.

I also don't object to ads in free apps I've downloaded, or additional software (ask toolbar anyone?) in free software I install. Although, I would prefer that additional software is automatically UN-checked by default instead of how it comes checked. This method prays on folks that quickly click next through their installs.

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Dantv

Scroogled again!

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bjoswald

Inexcusable, IMO. People use ad-blockers to remove ads. Good thing I bought Ad Muncher a while back.

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war59312

Another reason I use Admuncher instead. :)

But if you just have to use "Adblock" then use "Adblock Edge" instead @ https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/adblock-edge/ .

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Bucket_Monster

As many others have said, you can blacklist domains that aren't blocked by default. I also use NoScript and I don't allow Google's extra ad services and analytics. I don't know if that's actually helping a whole lot, but it's something. Between adblock and NoScript my browsing is pretty clean.

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allc0re

NoScript and ABP FTW!

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Cy-Kill

I saw the following posted elsewhere, so I thought I'd post it here:

There's a similiar problem with Spybot Search & Destroy, as there are a few "allowed" pieces of spyware that SBSD ignores unless you go through the list and uncheck them so it no longer ignores them, the funny thing is, not a lot of people know it does it!

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Ghost XFX

Don't miss it, I don't use Google all that much, if at all anymore....

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PCWolf

So are you a "Bing" Boy? Or do you just "Ask" Jeeves? Anything else would mean your a "Yahoo"!

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NavarWynn

"...interstitial that forces you to view an ad before being given a link to access your original destination."

Kind of like MPC's site, which randomly inserts these when switching between articles or clicking links...

...ironically, you guys have done it twice while I was posting this comment...

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Renegade Knight

Never had that problem. Some ISP's do though.

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Recidivist

ABP+ was always about stopping obtrusive ads. Some services need to make money through advertisement or they can't make money at all; how do you expect them to keep their service going if they can't monetize it? You expect people to go out of pocket to let you have the service for free? As others have said, you can still block unobtrusive ads, but this deal to allow those ads does not go against the idea of ABP+ at all.

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d3v

This isn't news. By default Adblock plus does not block google ads. You can change that by going to firefox menu > addons> adblockplus > preferences > filter preferences > uncheck allow some non-intrusive advertising at the bottom.

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DarkQuark

There is a giant misunderstanding when people think of Google. Many tend to think they are the good guy serving out free services left and right and doing things for the common man/woman. And with that thought tend to trust them and give them a pass on many things.

However, the entire thought process is flawed as it is based on the thought these services are free. They are not. You make a trade and that is you allow them to profile your habits and index your communications for their own use while you use the service.

Some are quick to think it is not a big deal who cares if they peek at what you do. Well this thought too is flawed. They don't peek they index or otherwise profile everything you do and once you use a couple of their services they know more about what you do online than you do.

And all it takes is for the Feds to look at all this and now they know it too.

Don't believe all this goes on? Do a packet capture on your network and watch what your tablet or phone does when you are not even using it. Do you use chrome? Download a SQLlite client and open up the database chrome keeps about what you do right on your own computer.

Trust'em if you want, I won't.

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misterz100

Paranoia and conpiracies, welcome to america!

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CaptainFabulous

Your tinfoil hat is crooked.

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fung0

Given recent revelations, a mere tinfoil hat probably isn't enough. A suit of lead armor inside a Faraday cage might be more appropriate.

It's not paranoia if people really ARE out to get you.

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gendoikari1

I miss Opera's adblock already, shame they canned it in Opera 15.

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AFDozerman

There's a lot missing in 15...

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AETAaAS

I don't mind too much... If it wasn't for Adblock, some websites will have so many pop-up and in-your-face ads that it nearly becomes unusable.

Google ads are among the least intrusive and if the Adblock guys can make some money, the deserve it, given they have never asked anything from the end user.

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John Pombrio

PC Magazine is terrible...

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AETAaAS

I was curious so I went over to have a look. More than half the pages are ads, and out of curiosity I looked a Top 100 list they had.

Whoever made that page should go straight to hell. 10 pages with 10 items each is acceptable but no, they had 100 different pages for each item, which can take a good long while to load and completely pointless. Set up purely for the purpose of serving more ads to your face. Glad I never go there.

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crimson49er

i feel the same way. i use a ton of google's services. plus, if there's an ad that makes it through that's intrusive (or annoying), it can always be manually blocked as well.

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firefox91

I can't say I am surprised by this. A lot of people go in to ventures with the best intentions. But if someone waves enough money in your face, most times that person will give in. So clearly this is a way for the AdBlock guys to make some money. I'm okay with it. I just don't allow those advertisements anyway.

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Mikey109105

And that, MPC, is PRECISELY why I stopped using AdBlock Plus!

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FatOldGuy

You do know you can easily disable this right?

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firefox91

So what do you use then? AdBlock is still better than nothing.

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Mikey109105

I don't use anything. I hate advertisements, but I've become accustomed to simply ignoring them instead of blocking them.

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SpecNode

This is what we call an idiot.

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Damnlogin

Try ignoring them on services like YouTube.

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Captain_Steve

I actually have a couple of different things. Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and NoScript work fairly well. Though I think I've actually gone through and disabled the whitelist in Adblock as well.

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Damnlogin

The ads that aren't blacklisted can still be blocked manually, so i don't really see this as a huge problem for me. It's good that you pointed this out though, because most people don't read the disclaimer when installing.