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Thursday June 20, 2002
08:48 AM

Flash Rant

[ #5802 ]
I've de-installed Flash, because of some very annoying Web/banner ads (a soccer player cracking my screen at FIFAworldcup.com). So now everytime I go to Yahoo or some other site that uses Flash, I get an annoying pop-up from IE that says 'Security Warning' ... 'Do you want to install and run "Flash 5.0"...'. My only choices are Yes/No/More Info. I click No, only to be beseiged on the next Web page that has Flash content.

Why can't No mean No, not now, not ever?! Yes, I dug through the IE settings and turned off the 'Auto Install' feature, but that only switched the pop-up from the 'Auto Install' pop-up to the 'Security Warning' pop-up.

While I'm at it, why does IE always intrude in my Bookmarks with their own 'Links' folder with plugs for Hotmail and such?

Anyone know any hacks around this?

Jason

Update: I went into my Security Settings and disabled ActiveX, which got rid of the 'Security Warning' pop-up window, but now I get another pop-up that tells me 'You have disabled ActiveX ... this page may not display correctly.' Gee ... you think? Sheez ... Calgon, take me away!!

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  • Mozilla keeps bugging me about the fact that I don't have Flash since I uninstalled it. I can't find a way to tell Moz to forget about it... My current thought was to write a filtering proxy for myself that would kill those files.

    --

    -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

    • What's really annoying is being prompted in Mozilla to install the Java plugin -- on my PowerPC running Debian. Hint: it doesn't work. And I try to keep my home Linux machines proprietary free, anyway.

      Though I don't have Java or Flash, I'm not missing anything. Except the cumulative year of time I've spent clicking, "No, do not install the plugin."

      --
      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Filter it (Score:2, Informative)

      You could do what I did - run privoxy [privoxy.org], a really excellent filtering proxy. Runs on windows and linux, installs very cleanly and works as advertised.

      Easy... well, not too hard... to configure. Its out-of-the-box defaults are almost entirely suitable for most purposes. I just had to add a pass for cookies for a couple sites (use.perl and Yahoo).

      No more flash. Yay!

      As an interesting little side benefit, the proxy produces a much nicer "host not found" page than the browsers do.

      Also, the proxy is conf

  • Proxomitron (Score:2, Informative)

    Proxomitron [proxomitron.org] is a Windows proxy that you can use to filter or rewrite web -pages before they come to your browser. It can do all sorts of things like block banner graphics, stop pop-ups, and its extenisble. While I have o Flash specific recipies I'm sure you could block that sort of thing.
    • This is AWESOME!! Got it setup & running in no time flat and it's already saving me from the Flash pop-ups! (I guess it matches the Banner ad stuff, too) ... definitely a keeper and will be playing more with this!

      Thanks, anithri!

      Jason