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roll over ads that make sound (SOLVED)

Peter PrinciplePeter Principle Registered User regular
edited March 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
There are stupid-ass banners on PoF that generate noise when you mouse over them. They must be silenced. How can I do this? I use Windows XP and IE 7.0.

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    IrohIroh Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    There are stupid-ass banners on PoF that generate noise when you mouse over them. They must be silenced. How can I do this? I use Windows XP and IE 7.0.
    I don't know what PoF is, but if you migrate to Firefox and install the Adblock Plus add-on, you won't have to worry about them anymore.

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    Peter PrinciplePeter Principle Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I'd prefer a way to do it that didn't require moving to firefox.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    You could move to Opera.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Mute your computer?

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    ApexMirageApexMirage Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Google Chrome even.

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    Peter PrinciplePeter Principle Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Let me clarify: Is there a way to do this while still using IE that doesn't involve disabling sound on my computer?

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    starlanceriistarlancerii Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Yes - go into options, and just disable everything. Disable images, disable javascript, disable everything (but sound), put all sections of the web on the restricted list.

    That is what I had to do to get stupid applications (like garena) to stop displaying those ads, since they apparently use some kinda IE-like interface for ads. No big loss, since I use firefox for everything.

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    TrentusTrentus Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    You could block the ads with your hosts file. I believe there's a ready made file that blocks a lot of advertising too, if you wanna have a crack at finding it (hell, it might even be mentioned in the wikipedia article... just skimmed over it).

    Ninja edit: Just curious, why the IE love? Or is it more that you aren't in a position to dictate what software you use? It's just that this is really where something like the firefox and ad block+ combo shines. Whenever you want to block an ad, or even any image you like, you can just right click it and add it to the block list. It's very convenient.

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    KakodaimonosKakodaimonos Code fondler Helping the 1% get richerRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I find just disabling flash in IE gets all of those annoying animated and sound ads. Go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Programs tab -> Manage Add-ons. Find "Shockwave Flash", select it and click the "Disable" radio button. That should do it. This does turn off all flash based programs, so Youtube and other stuff won't work.

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2009
    You could also check to see if your firewall has an ad-blocking feature.

    Advice followed up with a pre-emptive - You're not using a firewall? And you're using IE? Noisy ads are the least of your problems.

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    acidlacedpenguinacidlacedpenguin Institutionalized Safe in jail.Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    hey cool, internet counter-culture has come full circle! Now its edgy and leet to use IE!


    now as for advice. . . switch to Vista so that you can choose to mute individual applications. I use it when I'm playing flash games that don't allow me to mute their terribad 30-second-loop music. . .

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    Peter PrinciplePeter Principle Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    switch to Vista

    I won't switch from IE to firefox for free from a download, but I should go to a store and spend ~$100 which will then require me to install a new operating system? You = dumb.
    Trentus wrote:
    You could block the ads with your hosts file.

    Excellent, I'll be looking into this further.
    Trentus wrote:
    Just curious, why the IE love?

    I tried firefox at home, there was something about it that annoyed me. I don't remember what it was. Work requires the use of IE, but I don't know if I can modify the host file at work or not.

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    seasleepyseasleepy Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Hosts is probably the easiest way to go if you just want to block that particular ad.

    There's also a flashblock-like plugin for IE. (There don't seem to be many adblock plugins for IE directly -- they are in some of the IE-based browsers like Maxthon or Avant.)

    If you want to block most/all ads, you could go the hosts route, or you could try something like Privoxy, which is probably slightly more complicated but is supposed to be pretty well-configured out of the box.

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    DaenrisDaenris Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Trentus wrote:
    Just curious, why the IE love?

    I tried firefox at home, there was something about it that annoyed me. I don't remember what it was. Work requires the use of IE, but I don't know if I can modify the host file at work or not.

    Well, if you just don't like Firefox that's one thing, though I honestly don't know what would make IE seem better.

    But just so you know, Firefox will not require administrator privileges to install as long as you change it from the default install location (Program Files) to some other place that you can actually create files. My job uses IE and we don't have admin access, but I use firefox anyway.

    I believe you will need administrator (or at least power user, maybe) access to change the hosts file in Windows since it defaults to a system directory (and to change it I think you need to edit the registry).

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    ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    IE7Pro

    All in one plugin for IE.

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    Peter PrinciplePeter Principle Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Modifying my host file worked like a charm. Thanks!

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