A Browser That Removes Ads

A couple of days ago my friend was very annoyed by an advertisement which produced some sounds when you mouseover it. And the ad was placed in such a way that he would go on it quite often.

I wonder if there is a Firefox add-on which simply removes the ads from a page. It would solve not only the problem that my friend had, but also a more generic one. Imagine it would be possible to browse ad-free, that should be really awsome.

The ad removal plug-in could be trained by users to detect ads, e.g. served by Google:). All the information about where the ads or banners are could be stored in some public database, and the plug-in could leverage the collective knowledge of all Web users. Considering that ads are normally served as:

  • external javascript
  • iframe
  • inline images or text

it should be rather easy for a browser to simply remove some pieces of HTML from the DOM or put them somewhere at the bottom of the page so that they don’t disturb the eye.

One Response to “A Browser That Removes Ads”

  1. Franz Says:

    great idea, thanks …

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