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Web sites that drive you nuts

Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:19 am

I'm finding that more and more all the internet is, is one huge advertisement. I know it was inevitable, but it still sucks.

I'm researching a topic of interest on the internet, and almost without fail every time I click a link to go to a site, I get there and start reading and then it starts. Popup ad after popup ad. They pop up and block the content, or they pop into the content forcing you to scroll to ignore it and keep reading then a few seconds later, it disappears and you have to scroll back the other way. Some of them are almost as bad as a porn malware - they pop up so many and so quickly you have to just close the page to get back control of your browser.

And of course the jag-offs play a video with the volume cranked to levels Metallica would be proud of, out of the blue rattling your walls and startling the hell out of you.

They are getting sneakier and sneakier so that even conventional popup blockers don't protect you from this garbage.

I find this trend disturbing. It's really turning me off to do research this way. I can envision that at some point it will be just like TV - mostly ads with a little content. We seem to be getting closer to this every day. And the ads are getting more obnoxious.

Personally I don't outright watch TV shows live anymore - I simply DVR them and that way I can skip the ads and it saves me a hell of a lot of time this way as well since so much of the show is ads. (Currently 20 minutes out of an hour is advertisements).

Whenever I view content on the net I now mute my speakers and prepare to get thoroughly annoyed. The ads have become a bigger PITA than the potential of malware.

The "funniest" part is where they throw another popup at you wanting your email address (can you imagine all the low lifes they will sell that to if you are dumb enough to give that to them? Expect to be flooded with even more Viagra emails....). They try to make giving them that information sound like a GOOD thing; for example "YES I want to sign up so I can stay abreast of what's happening in the world" and "No, I'm a worthless hick who wants to remain an ignorant hillbilly missing half his teeth I don't care about what's going on". I mean please, what a pathetic attempt to manipulate, in order to profit off people.

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Re: Web sites that drive you nuts

Postby Vermonster » Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:39 am

I've installed adblock plus on every computer I touch, even if it isn't mine. It blocks 90% of adds through a continually updated blacklist.

Personally I find that HBO is one of the only TV channels that understands the internet. I wanted to watch Breaking Bad with my wife for the first time, and the only way was to watch it through an illegal streaming site. I would have contemplated paying to watch it, but there wasn't even that option. Fox is another one that pisses me off with stuff like that.

This all goes back to the idea that DRM only makes it more difficult for legitimate customers to get their content.
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Re: Web sites that drive you nuts

Postby MB131174 » Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:04 pm

There are so many ads in all types of media, and it's getting outright ridiculous. We're bombarded with so many advertisements that I don't even know what's being advertised to me anymore. Advertising is just clutter. Even Netflix is streaming previews of their own shows now before showing what you chose to watch. When I saw that last night for the first time I about came unglued. If it continues I will certainly be canceling Netflix.

I hate to admit it, but, I'm almost to the point I'd pay a premium for an ad-free life - no ads on tv or the internet nor in apps I download.... granted there's nothing I can do about all the billboards I see or the in-house marketing in shops.
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Re: Web sites that drive you nuts

Postby takeshi » Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:11 am

Vermonster wrote:I've installed adblock plus on every computer I touch, even if it isn't mine. It blocks 90% of adds through a continually updated blacklist.

Same here. I highly recommend using it. If the blacklist doesn't catch something you can configure it to block an ad. Had to disable it for a couple of sites like Chase and PenFed though because it interfered with some functionality. Something like ScriptSafe can also be useful.

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