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Ad Blocker or No Ad Blocker - THAT is the Question

I write. I depend upon ads for a small (shall we say) pecuniary emolument. That emolument is provided by advertising. I get paid for "valid" (whatever that is) advertisement visitations. So I don't like ad blockers on that account. For the longest time, I resisted them.

But there are valuable sites that occasionally have intrusive ads. More and more is that the case. However, and this is worse, some ads do not allow you to proceed but utter a threatening message and lock up your browser! So I've gotten on the ad blocker bandwagon.

Still, it should be mentioned, better ad blockers allow the user to pick and choose which sites he or she will enable ads to pass through the blocker, untouched. That is a great thing. Sadly, probably many don't choose to fine tune their ad blocker for selectivity. And why should they?

Well, some sites offer valuable services and have only inoffensive advertising, not obtrusive advertising. It would be a courtesy to allow them the chance to make a modicum of income to pay their Internet costs. Don't you agree?

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Kasman wrote on January 28, 2019, 10:02 AM

I'd rather not be interrupted by any kind of advert but I realise they are a necessary evil so I will disable my Adblocker if the site interests me. However, If I visit a site which blocks me because I use Adblocker then I simply go somewhere else

MegL wrote on January 28, 2019, 11:01 AM

I don't use any adblockers at all.

VinceSummers wrote on January 28, 2019, 12:04 PM

The very same for me.

VinceSummers wrote on January 28, 2019, 12:06 PM

Neither did I. Perhaps there will come a time when you will feel differently. If you do get one of those invasive ads and know how to defuse it, you may choose to go on without a blocker. The first thing I used to do was to hit Alt-Ctrl-Del and shut the browser down for several minutes, choosing not to reload it, but to start fresh. But that can be a pain...

MegL wrote on January 28, 2019, 5:20 PM

Yes, ctrl-alt-del is a VERY useful combination.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 29, 2019, 8:28 PM

I wish we got paid for content of our articles and not even require any kind of ads but have a page that is totally devoted to ads so if a person is so inclined they can click on a link to any particular good internet site and look at ads all day and night.

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lookatdesktop wrote on January 29, 2019, 8:31 PM

I run Norton Utilities once or twice a week and it deletes lots of things that websites seem to try to plant in my browser that I don't even want or need or know about until they are found by running Norton Utilities. Sometimes I am very surprised by the amount of data that is removed that I do not even need that gets there just by going to websites and takes up space on my hard drive.

VinceSummers wrote on January 29, 2019, 10:17 PM

I once used Norton, but it was too resource-hungry, so I discontinued it. Now I use Spybot. I also use CCleaner. And Microsoft's own Disk Cleanup. I now, too, use AdBlocker, but selectively.

VinceSummers wrote on January 29, 2019, 10:19 PM

We get paid pitifully little as it is. If what you recommend, old chum, were enacted, we wouldn't even earn the tax we pay on our candybars! But I hear you...

lookatdesktop wrote on January 31, 2019, 3:36 PM

Ads are necessary of course, and I have seen pop-ups that prevent me from reading an article at sites that if I do not enter my Email address the window will not close and offers no X to click on so I have to pretty much not go to that site because already I have too many Email subscriptions that I can not realistically keep up with. I end up deleting thousands of SPAM email once a month to the tune of over 3,000 emails accumulated in my inbox.

VinceSummers wrote on January 31, 2019, 6:32 PM

I see you are familiar with that type of pop-up. Using AdBlocker on that site allows you to visit and not face that obstacle.