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How do I disable Vibrant advertising?

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You may have seen this on Neowin and other sites. Colored text with a double underline that, when hovered over, pops up a description or ad. Clicking on the question mark takes you to a site where the ad describes itself at Vibrant In-test Advertising.

Question; is this the choice of Neowin and other sites to have this Vibrant crap? Or is it my Firefox that's cheating on me?

I hate these vibrant ads. Half the time 'software' or 'games' is a Vibrant ad line when I check the Software headlines. So rather than seeing the headlines, an ad gets in my way.

Can I turn off these Vibrant In-text Ads ? If so, how?

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Well, for Neowin they go away when you sign in. Don't know if there's anything you can do besides that.

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Well, for Neowin they go away when you sign in. Don't know if there's anything you can do besides that.

That may be so for Subscribers, for us "unwashed & unblessed" we still get that annoying crap when we sign-in - and it gets worse if your cursor happens to travel over one of them on it's way to clicking on something that you actually WANTED to click on to get information from when you click on it.

--ScottKin

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You cant "turn them off", they are part of the site you visit. not all sites have them, only some. theyre not browser based, i think they appear in every browser that supports them.

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I don't know if this is against the rules. Assuming that the Mods will delete this if required, here we go.

There are different options based on the browser you use.

Global Alternatives:

Proxomitron (free)

AdMuncher (paid)

Browser Specific

IE explorer (get Admuncher or Proxomitron)

Opera (built in Ad blocker)

Firefox (extension called Ad Block)

Block these sites:

*.kontera.*

*.vibrantmedia.*

cheers.

cs

you can also use the hosts file, not recommended though.

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On Firefox, use Adblock Plus (http://adblockplus.org/en/) and subscribe to the "EasyList" adblock list (abp://subscribe/?location=http%3A%2F%2Feasylist.adblockplus.org%2Fadblock_rick752.txt&title=EasyList)

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we really should be talking on how to filter ads in all honesty doing some research can help you do what youre wanting to do

i find if i login the ads are not as bad sometimes i get those intellitext ads and the vibrant but i can usually spot them and avoid setting them off

if i had the money id subscribe but since i dont ill live with the ads :)

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Side note: This is the most annoying form of advertising since pop-up blockers. If your mouse just brushes the edge of some text the massive block appears and blocks what you were trying to read, then you have to wait a good few seconds for it to nick off.

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i dunno what ads your talking about, the only ones i see is at the very bottom of the page, and near the very top, both of which state: ads by google. That is all. Maybe you have some spyware?

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i dunno what ads your talking about, the only ones i see is at the very bottom of the page, and near the very top, both of which state: ads by google. That is all. Maybe you have some spyware?

No spyware there mate. Its clever programming.

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i dunno what ads your talking about, the only ones i see is at the very bottom of the page, and near the very top, both of which state: ads by google. That is all. Maybe you have some spyware?

Well there is intellitext on the front page, and on random forum pages.

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Side note: This is the most annoying form of advertising since pop-up blockers. If your mouse just brushes the edge of some text the massive block appears and blocks what you were trying to read, then you have to wait a good few seconds for it to nick off.

Agreed. And they don?t go away when you log in, at least not on the front page.

I really don?t know what the admins here were thinking when they put them up. They know that people here are tech savvy, and if they put up such annoying ads, most users will begin to bock ads indiscriminately of which type they are(thus costing neowin revenue from all ads). All I can imagine is that these ads pay far more than normal ads.

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For us non-subscribers, they definitely stay even when logged in.

Edited by bmaher

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They've started appearing for me as well. Guess we all get them now.

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Guys, please don't go down the usual adblocker thread route. For more info, please see the Adblockers thread in the Site Announcements forum.

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it's keyword advertising, adblock in firefox gets rid fo it for me :)

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They've started appearing for me as well. Guess we all get them now.

I don't seem to get them :D

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As a "Guest" they don't show up either in Internet Explorer 7. :blink: Guess the ad server's down for now.

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I suppose it's just a bit random. I, for one have never seen these advertisements whilst logged in.

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You cant "turn them off", they are part of the site you visit. not all sites have them, only some. theyre not browser based, i think they appear in every browser that supports them.

Actually, you can, at least in the case of Vibrant. When the popup is active, click on the question mark in the upper right. It will take you to a web page, where you can find an option to disable Vibrant popups. It doesn't prevent the ugly doubly underlined items from appearing on your web pages, but at least you don't get the popups any more.

Unfortunately, there are other such annoying popup vendors (one of which appears on this web page!) where they don't appear to be quite so civilized.

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you can also use the hosts file, not recommended though.

Why not? I use it to block ads/popups on every site I visit.

The Vibrant ones are the worst I swear!

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Guys, please don't go down the usual adblocker thread route. For more info, please see the Adblockers thread in the Site Announcements forum.

I generally agree with not adblocking, for intellitxt and friends though.

firstly injecting code into webpages, doens't strike me as safe to begin with, then there's the speed issues. and the fact it's worse than any popup and deceptive as hell.

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Side note: This is the most annoying form of advertising since pop-up blockers. If your mouse just brushes the edge of some text the massive block appears and blocks what you were trying to read, then you have to wait a good few seconds for it to nick off.

no way. for me the most annoying is when im on some site and it transitions into another site. or loads a different site quickly so i have to hit back then hit stop repeatedly until it gives up.

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