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Temporarily freeze moving web ads on certain laptops Internet
I sometimes find the moving web page ads annoying when trying to read an article. With the arrival of Mac OS X 10.4.7, you can easily put a temporary stop to the motion while reading a page on your MacBook or MacBook Pro.

Simply set your trackpad to "Tap trackpad with two fingers for secondary click" (in the Trackpad tab of the Keyboard & Mouse System Preferences panel). Then, to stop a motion ad, click on an unused portion of the page with two fingers to bring up a contextual menu. This freezes all web page motion. Read your page in peace, and then tap with one finger to release the menu and resume normal display of the page.
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Temporarily freeze moving web ads on certain laptops
Authored by: Mikey-San on Jul 24, '06 07:51:38AM
Icky workaround. Can't scroll with it.

http://www.everythingisnt.com/hosts.html

That's step one. This will take care of 70% of the ads on sites you visit.

Step two is to use a browser with ad blocking, like Camino or Firefox. If ads are a concern, Safari is not the browser you should be using.

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Temporarily freeze moving web ads on certain laptops
Authored by: club60.org on Jul 24, '06 08:32:35AM

When you need to scroll, just press and hold on the scroller. While you hold the scroller, the ads are static.



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Temporarily freeze moving web ads on certain laptops
Authored by: baba on Jul 24, '06 08:51:32AM

Actually, I use Safari with PithHelmet primarliy because it's filtering ability is vastly better than that of Firefox. That and the fact that it's well integrated with the Apple interface. FF has great functionality but is still a little kludgy.



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Temporarily freeze moving web ads on certain laptops
Authored by: zojas on Jul 24, '06 09:50:30PM

I agree, why stop ads from moving when you can prevent them from being loaded in the first place?! :)

my solution (using only Free Software) is to run the "squid" caching proxy on my linux box, and use in the adzapper plugin for squid. I'm quite shocked when I surf on someone else's computer and see all the ads.



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Temporarily freeze moving web ads on certain laptops
Authored by: Dave Andrews on Jul 24, '06 07:54:20AM

Of course this works on laptops that don't support two finger track pad input. Just hold <control> and click to bring up the contextual menu. Appears contextual menu stops those annoying animated ad's.

Thanks for the tip!



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Temporarily freeze moving web ads on certain laptops
Authored by: michaelj on Jul 24, '06 08:27:12AM

actually, this works on any Mac. Easiest of course if you have a 2 button mouse, but Control clicking works as well.



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Block all (or any) ads to start with in Safari
Authored by: dbs on Jul 24, '06 08:46:27AM
Just install PithHelmet for Safari. This $10 utility will block all those ads from loading in the first place. (Or only block whatever you want. It has very flexible its rule sets.) If you really want to see them just type command-shift-R to reload the original page. I only allow ads to load on sites where I want to support the site itself. At this point I never see them anywhere else. Utterly worth the $10 price.

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Block all (or any) ads to start with in Safari
Authored by: sjk on Jul 24, '06 01:42:42PM

Re: Utterly worth the $10 price.

Couldn't agree more with that. PH does an impressive job just using the default rules, which OmniWeb's miserly defaults can't compete with.



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Temporarily freeze moving web ads on certain laptops
Authored by: johnrchang on Jul 24, '06 09:07:37AM
http://web.mac.com/jrc/SafariPlus/
freezes animated GIFs and blocks Flash ads.

and it's free.

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OmniWeb
Authored by: twalkabout on Jul 24, '06 11:32:39AM
Also, OmniWeb has had the ability to set the animation for images (forever, 20 seconds, thrice, never) built in since at least 5.0 (5.5 beta 1 just came out which is universal and wicked fast - see this recent browser test. It's also got some other cool ad blocking abilities ('matching known ad sizes', 'from third party sites', and 'from blocked URLs').

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Temporarily freeze moving web ads on certain laptops
Authored by: justicart on Jul 24, '06 04:22:32PM

Just click on the scroll bar. Then you stop animations and you can still scroll.



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I found out Saft can block those "audio pop-ups" too!
Authored by: Baby Bloc on Jul 24, '06 10:04:27PM

This hint inspired me to try to block my least favorite inovation in web browsing, the audio pop-up. Yesterday my browser got repeatedly locked up when I went to a site with a MySpace music player thing. Playing this dumb song, it wouldn't let me close the page until it finished loading. Ugh.

Today I found out that the Saft plugin will "block images and plugins," and the music blessedly stops! Yea. I'd be my own dj thanks.



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Bug, not feature
Authored by: styrafome on Jul 25, '06 01:02:36AM

Ugh...this is a bug, not a feature. Why should anything on the computer stop when you do a mousedown? It's like a haunting throwback to OS9, where you could starve the CPU simply by leaving a menu open. I would have thought that by now, modern, true-multitasking, Unix-based OS X would not stoop to halting some processes just because a context menu's gone up. This seems wrong.



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Temporarily freeze moving web ads on certain laptops
Authored by: styrafome on Jul 25, '06 01:05:38AM

You can also block moving web ads with Privoxy. It's harder to set up than PithHelmet, but it has two advantages: It's free, and it works with all browsers so you don't have to rebuild your block list in every browser.



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Safari Stand
Authored by: zo219 on Jul 25, '06 03:10:17PM
"Load plug-in Manually."

So easy to toggle from the menubar, this has got to be one of the most effortless fixes ever. Reload the page, and voila!

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Nuke Anything Enhanced
Authored by: kholburn on Jul 25, '06 04:20:39PM
I use Firefox and adblock plus but still occsionally get these animated adds. The best answer for the unblocked ones is a Firefox extension called: Nuke Anything Enhanced It creates a context menu when you right click on an animation. Sometimes when the animation is flash it has 2 context menus and the second one is tricky to get to but you can do it by right clicking several times.

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Flashblock
Authored by: tirerim on Jul 28, '06 12:40:19AM

Or just use the Flashblock plug-in to block all Flash content except what you want to see -- the combination of that and setting gifs to loop exactly once (image.animation_mode = once in about:config) pretty well takes care of annoying animations for me in Firefox.



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Adblock Plus
Authored by: endlessecho74 on Sep 08, '07 08:14:25AM

If you have firefox and adblock, download the adblock filterset.g updater. Once you do that, adblock will automatically block the majority of the worst ad servers.



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