Solved How many Marketers....?

June 23, 2011 at 23:02:37
Specs: Windows 7/XP Dual, ?/3gig
My connection to Computing.net in recent times has become slower and slower and while waiting for the "connect" I notice in the bottom left-hand corner the number of "Connecting/Transferring" messages that appear ie:
Adsense
DoubleClick
Valuclick
Bizo
Ad-Doubleclick
... and more

and these that I have just noticed:

www.bizographics.com
api.bizographics.com

... are these organisations the culprits and what is the information that is being passed on?


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June 24, 2011 at 20:00:28
@Othehill:
With Ad-Blocker on mine, I don't see any. There are extra banner ad extensions for the Ad-Blocker you can get to block those too. Here are all of the add-ons I have for Ad-Blocking:

1. Ad-Block Plus
2. Ad-Block Plus Pop-Up Addon
3. Element Hiding Helper For Ad-Block Plus

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#1
June 24, 2011 at 06:07:43
Hey,

It is possible that ads are slowing down your experience somewhat. One thing you can do is go into My Computing.Net Settings and check "Disable In-Text links and Sidebar Ads on the site." That will disable quite a few ads, and is an option for all logged in users.

As for what information they are collecting. That varies by company. If you go to each company's website, I'm sure they'll have a privacy policy that outlines what they do.

Thanks,
Justin


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#2
June 24, 2011 at 08:48:45
With Firefox, you should get the Ad-Blocker add-on. It is an amazing add-on that has blocked all of the ads on this site, and many others. Then if an ad is not in the software's definitions, then you can right-click the ad and choose to add it to the block list. Its pretty amazing how many ads it does block. Right now, it says that 20 ad related things are blocked on this very page.

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June 24, 2011 at 15:51:57
Justin, I already had that box ticked and I have noticed the same thing as Ewen. Sometimes I can't even log on. Need to exit FF and try again.

I am running FF4 and do have popups blocked. Still see a crap load of that stuff in the lower left on this site.


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#4
June 24, 2011 at 16:06:01
RMT2 that is handy advice... I'm about to do just that and thank you Justin I wasn't aware of that utility in Settings and that's another one I'll follow up.

Regards.


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June 24, 2011 at 20:00:28
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@Othehill:
With Ad-Blocker on mine, I don't see any. There are extra banner ad extensions for the Ad-Blocker you can get to block those too. Here are all of the add-ons I have for Ad-Blocking:

1. Ad-Block Plus
2. Ad-Block Plus Pop-Up Addon
3. Element Hiding Helper For Ad-Block Plus

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Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200


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#6
June 25, 2011 at 01:55:10
Hi OtheHill

Could this not necessarily be a only C.N problem.

I have noticed that since the recent Firefox upgrade, much slowing and even jamming has occured, such that on occasions FF has to be reloaded. I had not experienced this before.

Often to remove FF, require Taskmanager as it will not delete by normal means.

Although I do not recall it happening on C.N, for me it happens most on yahoo mail, which is my most used application.

I suspect webpages sometimes contain so much, older computers cannot handle them that well.

Googling 'firefox jamming' shows other experiencing same.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#7
June 25, 2011 at 07:13:02
OtheHill,

Yeah, the box only blocks some ads. Unfortunately, I don't really have the power to take down anymore. They all should be loading after the page is loaded anyway. If it is a problem for you, maybe you should try some of the other suggestions on this post. Of course, I can't condone doing that :)

Justin


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#8
June 25, 2011 at 12:15:09
I also have it checked and have tried many browsers, FF, Opera,Orca, IE9 and they are all about the same. Tons of progs loading while computing.net is loading up...I actually thought it was just me at the time or my connection.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#9
June 25, 2011 at 14:56:21
The Ad-Block has a list of random sites that are trying to advertise here on this page:

www.adsense.com
www.bizographics.com
www.doubleclick.net
b.scorecardresearch.com

Note that there are 20 blocked, just I don't want to list them all.

What are some of these things anyway?!?

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June 25, 2011 at 20:37:04
RMT2,

There are various types of ads running on the site. In order to see specifically what each one does, you can always check out the homepage of the specific company.

Justin


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