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Purdy (2383)

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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 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?


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 []

    • 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 [], 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 [] 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!