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Using the Sparky Web Site - Ad-Free (Here's How)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tempting the Sparky Gods with this short blog, but here are are two simple you can do:

1. Use Mozilla Firefox as your browser.

2. Download, use and enable the free Firefox ad-ons "ad-blocker plus" and "flash-blocker."

Over 95% of the ads inundation are gone, once you do this.


Go to the tool bar at the top.
Click on Tools. You will get a pull down menu
Select Add-Ons
A new tab opens for the Add-ons Manager
In the upper right is a search box
Enter "Ad Blocker Plus" and hit Enter
On of your choices should be "Ad Block Plus 2.2.3"
Go to the right and click on Install

Ads gone!

If you need it, you will do the same with "Flash Blocker" and select "Flash Block 4.20.13"


That is all.

PS - And if this blog survives even 24 hours without censorship in terms of a violation of terms of service, you are welcome.

PPS - This is no Firefox ad (which is free, anyway). Other ways to accomplish this doubtlessly exist. This is the one that has worked for me.

PPPS - And if my account is deleted, you did not need me anyway. Did you?
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  • LAURAG65
    Thank You. I was about to abandon Spark People because I could not take the ad annoyance. They should thank you as you are helping them to retain customers !
    866 days ago
    Done. (And this blog is still around after 5+ months, so I think you're good.)
    1459 days ago
    Thanks. I'll try this later.
    1460 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    1628 days ago
    I am a huge fan of Firefox!!!!
    1631 days ago
    It's still here? You're still here? Tick Tock.

    Have you been bitched out yet by some SparkEmployee for violating SparkTermsOfService?
    1631 days ago
    I've seen this message posted before and those people are still here.
    1631 days ago
  • KATHRYN1955
    Due to a well trained ability to block out anything undesirable, I have to confess I don't even see them anymore. But if they get on my nerves, I now know what to do!!
    1632 days ago
    Woo hoo! Thanks for letting people know! I have been running a similar set up for a while because they were really bugging me. I think I posted a blog or two about the ads and how twisted they were compared to the site they were on. I know we want to keep this free for ourselves, but seriously Sparkpeople... seriously.
    1632 days ago
    Yeah, the ads SP allows are sometimes questionable, especially in the e-mails. Daily I see ads included for the fringe type of weight loss scams that SP slams in the Daily Blogs and health why does SP accept money from them and spread their lies?
    1632 days ago
    1632 days ago
    I hope you get dozens and dozens of people thanking you for this advice, and dozens of people saying that Spark's ads aren't well chosen for the site. (Come on, SparkPeople... surely you can have healthy lifestyle ads rather than the sort of ads one would expect in an online version of the National Enquirer!)

    1632 days ago
    Mark, this is wonderful!

    And emoticon to TIMOTHYNOHE who shared the "how to's".

    Another unpaid endorsement for FIREFOX from me. FIREFOX is the browser suggested by Tech Support for posting my on-line classes. It works for all of us Mac users.

    The downside? Where can I find royal blue 6" spiked heels with black lacing decorating the back? I should have bookmarked the site before blocking those ads!!!
    1632 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/1/2013 12:26:14 AM
    Not an ad, an endorsement. I'll endorse it too. (I was able to find Firefox on the computers at this internet cafe, and can say it works at twice the speed of Explorer, if not faster! Doesn't stall out. Few ads. What's not to love?)
    1632 days ago
    Sweet! And I didn't use flash blocker. I will wait that off and see if it is necessary.

    But how will I know what product I have looked at one and only one time? How will I know where to buy dresses that fit my larger frame? Or my mother of the bride dress?

    Ad some of those ads have scripts that lock up my Firefox.
    1632 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/30/2013 10:28:10 PM
    Dude, you are more paranoid than my son-in-law: "Boston was a black bag job to practice martial law operations in large city." Yeah more paranoid than that.

    But doesn't flash blocker block some desired features?
    1632 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/30/2013 10:22:24 PM
    For those of us living in a past century, where do you find "ad-blocker plus" and "flash-blocker"?

    I use Firefox currently. That's one hurdle that I don't need to figure out!!!

    Technology!!! Digital or analog --- I like sand.
    1632 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    Sounds great to me! But, me being totally computer illiterate, emoticon I dare not tempt fate and try to change ANY settings. The professor was good, but not good enough to create a computer from coconuts. And, seeing as I have no children in the house below the age of 10 (mu husband doesn't count) I have had to be self taught. Good luck on the 24 hr survival chances. My money is on you. emoticon
    1632 days ago
    I switched to Firefox and added Ad Blocker Plus eons ago, the latter at the suggestion of an unknown SP member who rescued me from my misery of suffocating ads.
    1632 days ago
    Oh my gosh! I am going ot do just as you've outlined! I have found some of the ads to be offensive (I won't go into detail, but whatever I can do to NOT get them, I'll do!)

    YES you are needed!!!!!!!!!!
    1632 days ago
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    1632 days ago
  • KAB7801
    Thanks and good luck
    I do like some of the ads
    1632 days ago
    I'd responded to your message before I saw this blog -- and I'll be interested to see if it survives or not!!

    I've seen a few very terrific SP members "run off the site" for infractions and would not like that to happen to you!!
    1632 days ago
    This seems like an advertisement for Firefox.
    1632 days ago
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