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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.

***** DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS****** (courtesy of TIMOTHYNOHE)

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

BOOM!
Ads gone!

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

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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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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PHEBESS 10/20/2013 6:37PM

    Done. (And this blog is still around after 5+ months, so I think you're good.)

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/20/2013 8:29AM

    Thanks. I'll try this later.

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JIBBIE49 5/5/2013 7:14AM

    Thanks!

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CHOCOHIPPO 5/1/2013 11:03PM

    I am a huge fan of Firefox!!!!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 5/1/2013 10:58PM

    It's still here? You're still here? Tick Tock.

Have you been bitched out yet by some SparkEmployee for violating SparkTermsOfService?

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/1/2013 10:07PM

    I've seen this message posted before and those people are still here.

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KATHRYN1955 5/1/2013 11:32AM

    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!!
Thanks,
Kathy

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BONOLICIOUS2 5/1/2013 8:51AM

    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.

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FANGFACEKITTY 5/1/2013 4:28AM

    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 articles...so why does SP accept money from them and spread their lies?

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ILOVEMALI 5/1/2013 2:47AM

  Thanks!

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/1/2013 2:09AM

    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!)


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ECOAGE 5/1/2013 12:22AM

    emoticon
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!!!
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Comment edited on: 5/1/2013 12:26:14 AM

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PHEBESS 5/1/2013 12:15AM

    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?)

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TIMOTHYNOHE 4/30/2013 10:26PM

    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.

Comment edited on: 4/30/2013 10:28:10 PM

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TIMOTHYNOHE 4/30/2013 10:21PM

    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.
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But doesn't flash blocker block some desired features?

Comment edited on: 4/30/2013 10:22:24 PM

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ECOAGE 4/30/2013 10:06PM

    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.
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MARYANN2323 4/30/2013 9:21PM

    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

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 4/30/2013 9:20PM

    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.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/30/2013 9:02PM

    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!!!!!!!!!!

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MYBULLDOGS 4/30/2013 8:03PM

    emoticon emoticon

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KAB7801 4/30/2013 7:58PM

    Thanks and good luck
I do like some of the ads

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WATERMELLEN 4/30/2013 7:54PM

    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!!

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COLLING6 4/30/2013 7:52PM

  This seems like an advertisement for Firefox.

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