Ads are a necessary evil. In the offline world, they inform, entertain, and let the producers make money so that they can continue producing ‘great’ content for us. In the online world, they are meant to do the same job, but personally speaking, I can say that I have developed ‘ad-blindness’. I really don’t pay attention to the volley of ads around us on the web except when they really start to irritate.
Thankfully when it comes to all browsers, you can stay away from the ad-war by using the available ways to block ads. Firefox has its add-ons. Tina wrote about how to block annoying ads in Firefox. She mentioned Adblock Plus, the top of the line tool for the job.
Adblock Plus cannot do anything for the streaming video ads that usually play like commercials in between. That’s why we turn to another add-on called AdBlockVideo to do the job for us. We will also take a look at three more extensions that help us out in Chrome.
How Does AdBlockVideo Work?
AdBlockVideo is for Firefox only. It blocks ads that play in streaming videos on networks like YouTube, Hulu, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, and others. It works by allowing the first introductory ad to play. After that it goes to work and blocks all remaining ads for the same browsing session.
The video below illustrates how to block ads
Options to Control Video Ads for Chrome
AdBlockVideo has no version for Chrome. Chrome users have to rely on the ever dependable Adblock Plus and the ScrewAds browser extensions to block YouTube ads at least.
Adblock Plus (beta)
This Chrome extensions uses advertisement lists to filter out undesirable banner ads, popups, and layer advertisements. It also disables inline video ads on YouTube though the same functionality for other video sites is absent. Going into its Options, you can choose to selectively enable the many advert lists the extension uses.
ScrewAds is a simple solution because it uses just a switch on-switch off switch to block or replace ads. This extension didn’t work for all videos I threw it up against.
TO KNOW THE OPTIONS FOR THE OTHER BROWSERS SEE THE VIDEO