August 1, 2013 by thesoapalchemist
Just a heads up: This isn’t a soap related post.
It’s a post about getting rid of annoying Adware such as AdChoice popups that seem to have invaded my computer recently, and eliminating the accompanying link-style highlighted words in online text that have nothing to do with the text.
I’m a fan of Mozilla’s Firefox browser, and that’s been my choice for all of my computers since abandoning Internet Explorer two years ago. Unfortunately, the coincidence of contracting Trojans, Hijackers and Worms while using Internet Explorer was enough to make me jump ship and try Firefox. While I can’t prove IE actually caused any of them, I haven’t had any issues since switching to Firefox.
If you’re using Firefox, and have experienced Adware issues, it can be really frustrating. The ads pop up from the bottom of my monitor, or throughout the text of whatever I’m reading. Sometimes, when I click on a legitimate link, TWO windows open; one for the site I wanted to visit, and another for an unrelated ad site. My first thought was that I had a virus. So, I used MalwareBytes to scan my computer for infections… and it found nothing. Totally clean. I went to my favorite self-help site for computer viruses, BleepingComputer.com, and followed the instructions on one of their forums for getting rid of adware, but each scan they suggested kept coming up clean.
While I’m not thrilled that Firefox allowed this, I guess I understand. It’s a legitimate advertising thing, and a money maker. Thankfully, Firefox was nice enough to give users a way to totally disable it in one easy step.
Use Firefox’s Adblocker add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/
ALL Adware is gone! No more windows popping up trying to sell me something or direct me to unrelated sites. No more “collecting” of my browsing information.
Kontera’s own site allows you to opt out of their scripts, but this won’t save you from all adware. Addtionally, Kontera’s site states that “When you opt out, an opt-out cookie will be placed onto your computer. Please note that if you block cookies, the opt-out process may not function properly.” So for folks like me, who block cookies and have our browsers ask our permission before sharing cookies, Kontera’s convenient “opt out” may not “function properly.”
By disabling adware completely, I don’t have to worry about that. Thanks for the adblocker add on, Firefox!