Are you new to using Mozilla Firefox, and looking to take advantage of some of its features that are unavailable with other browsers? Firefox has a large set of versatile tools called add-ons (or extensions). They allow you to personalise Firefox to suit your tastes and browsing habits. THE most popular of these Add-ons is Adblock Plus. Adblock Plus blocks many of the website ads and banners that fill your screen as you surf the 'net. This makes it easier to find the content you are looking for, and also makes the page load faster. Adblock Plus is easy to install and run, and is a relied-upon tool of most Firefox users. It's also easy to disable Adblock Plus if there's an ad you want to see.
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Things you need
- Mozilla Firefox
Open Firefox. Click on Tools, then Add-ons. This will open a small window in the corner of your browser. The bottom right corner has a blue link, "Get Extensions." Click on it. This will open up a new web page with links to numerous extensions. Adblock Plus will be easy to find. Find it and follow the steps to install it. Once you are done, restart Firefox.
Notice that many of the ads and other images you are accustomed to seeing are now gone. Others will have a small tab in one corner (like the one the red arrow is pointing to in our illustration). Right-click on that "Block" tab. For most items, you will get a menu that contains the choice "Adblock Object." It's generally the last choice on the menu. Click on it and your image should disappear, unless it is a Flash or Macromedia object or some other type of multimedia.
Find a page where you are seeing no advertising, and would like to check out what they're offering. Type CTRL+Shift+E to open the Adblock Plus window. Now click on "Enable Adblock Plus" to disable the extension. Make sure there is no check mark next to "Enable Adblock Plus." You will now see all the ads on the current page, or any page you navigate to after that.
Click on the URL to disable multimedia objects. Copy the URL, then open the Adblock Plus menu. Click on "Create Filter," then paste the URL into the box and save it.
Right-click on any remaining objects you'd rather not see. You'll get a menu, with the last choice again being "Adblock Image." Click on it, then back on the page. Your image will go away and leave you alone.
Tips and warnings
- If you're looking for ads on a page and you don't find them, remember to disable Adblock Plus by clicking on Tools, then Adblock Plus, then "Options."
- You can also right-click on the little red stop sign in the bottom right corner of your browser, then click on "Enable" or "Disable."
- Some Flash and Macromedia objects won't allow you to block them. You can disable some of them, however, by playing around with "Create Filter."
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