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How do I stop irritating flashing adverts appearing within a web page e.g. my hotmail account has Virgin ads, cornflake ads flashing on right hand side of my emails.


I have used Firefox for a couple of years and then recently it was uninstalled by mistake. I have installed it but found that I am getting adverts flashing on the pages of websites which I know can be turned off. I have already turned them off via Tools, Options and Block Pop Up Windows and have not given any exceptions. When I go onto websites and also into my hotmail emails I find that now I have reinstalled firefox, like in IE, I am still getting adverts playing on the page. I know these can be stopped but the person who did this for me a couple of years ago is no longer around. Please can you advise? I would be really grateful for your help.

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  • Foxit Reader Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape
  • Winamp Application Detector
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  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.5
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  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_23 for Mozilla browsers
  • 4.0.51204.0
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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-GB; rv: Gecko/20101203 Firefox/3.6.13

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I have already ticked the Block Pop Up Windows under Tools and Options but adverts still flash next to what I am reading on various websites

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I use the Adblock Plus add-on to block ads. When you install it, you will be asked to add a filter set, the filter set is used to decide what is blocked. I use the EasyList filter set. You can get Adblock Plus from https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

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Tony - I just want to say thank you for helping me out with thad advert problem. I've gone in and out of my hotmail account a few times and no adverts beside my emails so far!! Phew, thank goodness!! Thanks again, really appreciate the help. Toni.