Friday, September 14, 2012

Yoghurt, Tractors, and Irritation

I understand pop-up ads.  I don't like them, but I understand them.  For the most part, they are fairly easy to dispose of, although the nerds who create them are getting trickier.  Starting with sneaking past the pop-up blockers.  Then there is the trick whereby clicking the traditional "x" in the upper right hand corner to close, or get rid of it, actually opens it instead.  Bad, but right-clicking on the face of the ad would then open the "Close" option which would work.

Now, though, they have come up with the co-opting of the desired web page by plastering the offending ad across the middle of the page.  And you can't get rid of it.  There is no "x" to click, right-clicking will not provide a "Close" option, and clicking on the page away from the ad does nothing by way of "disappearing" the offensive garbage.  The only way I have discovered to remove it is to close the entire page and start over.


Meanwhile, I am going to start a list of offenders, a "garbage list" if you will, and boycott the products advertised.  Like that's a big deal.  Chances are 99.99996% that I would never purchase the product anyway.  I mean, Yoplait, or Massey-Ferguson tractors?  Not likely.

And what I truly don't get is this:  Are there really people who buy stuff because of these ads?  Unbelievable.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm...which pop-up blocker are you using? Are you using Firefox as your browser - if so just add "Ad Block Plus" (find it HERE). They now have a version for all browsers. there are times when a web site needs to use a pop-up window (like my bank) and every time I have to enable it...So between Firefox and ABP I never see ads at all...Not even on Facebook. Yay!

vanilla said...

Grace, thanks for the tip.

Secondary Roads said...

Yes Grace, thanks for the tip.

Sharkbytes said...

Popups are a plague.

vanilla said...

Chuck, I appreciate guidance.

Sharkey, right. Enough is enough.

Lin said...

They are right up there with telephone solicitors. And no, the "do not call list" doesn't eliminate them. They still get around it and are impossible to stop.