disable animated ads in Firefox?

Dell Dim 4550
March 8, 2007 at 12:28:41
Specs: Win XP SP2 Home, P4/256MB

I am using Firefox 1.5.0.10 under WinXP. Otherwise good sites like CNN are being ruined by garish animated ads (e.g., mortgage company with 6 silhouetted dancers having synchronized epileptic seizures). Some may be animated GIFs, others are Flash. How can I disable animated stuff by default? I don't want these ads to play -- I don't care if I see a frozen ad or nothing at all, but I want to be able to click on something to see animation if that's part of a feature story. So, I don't want necessarily to permanently kill animated GIFs or remove Flash. Any ideas? I like Firefox and don't really want to switch to another browser. I am willing to upgrade to Firefox 2, if it has this feature. Thanks much for any guidance!


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#1
March 8, 2007 at 12:37:28

A follow-on: if I can't freeze animations, is there any way to, say, right-click on an annoying ad and tell Firefox to either shut down this animation or permanently block this particular URL? At least, I won't have to see it a second time. Is there some place to submit such suggestions to the Firefox developers?

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#2
March 8, 2007 at 14:26:52

Adblock is widely used by most


There's another, Adblock Plus

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter.


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#3
March 8, 2007 at 14:54:32

Along with Adblock plus I use
Mvp host file
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hos...
No Script
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/722/

for a better online experience.


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#4
March 8, 2007 at 16:27:39

Thanks for the pointer. Now, this Adblock is something that looks at the URL of everything coming into a page and blocks stuff on a blacklist (or allows stuff on a whitelist)? So if an annoying ad were on, say, cnn.com's own servers (which they are), I couldn't block it (cnn.com) without killing everything else? I would be able to block stuff on ads.cnn.com without killing other content, for example? I guess it wouldn't hurt to try this thing, so long as I can uninstall it if needed.

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#5
March 8, 2007 at 16:49:57


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#6
March 8, 2007 at 16:58:19

Sure - reading is preferable to asking questions (that's just what those FAQs are for)

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter.


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#7
March 10, 2007 at 05:54:21

Adblock works beautifully! Thanks again! No more annoying dancing cowboys or Santas or other distracting animations. Take THAT, advertisers!

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