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Felicia's HomeI really must have been living under a rock. I just discovered ad-less browsing. If it were not for a Firefox update that caused issues with uploading homework assignments, I never would have ventured down this path. The workaround for uploading my homework assignment was, “Use a different browser.” Not the answer I was looking for, but a gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do.

Browsers and Add-Ons

I didn’t want to use Internet Explorer nor Chrome, so after a quick Internet search I opted for Opera. I’m glad I did. It’s super fast. I can’t believe how quickly web pages load.

Anyway, while playing around with Opera, I opted to install a couple of their add-ons. The first one I installed was one to handle all of my bookmarks. I’m not too crazy about the way Opera handles bookmarks, but it wasn’t a deal breaker.Opera Browser

Next I downloaded AdBlock Plus. This wonderful little add-on blocks all web page ads from displaying. Being that I earn money from displaying ads on several of my websites, I probably shouldn’t spread the word about this add-on too much, but I love it (it even blocked the annoying ads from YouTube videos). It wasn’t until after I sang the praises of AdBlock to my brother did he very matter of factly mention that FireFox had a plugin that did the same thing (duh – palm to head moment). Like I said, I must have been living under a rock.Adblock Plus

The third extension I downloaded was Disconnect. The tagline for Disconnect is “Make the web faster, more private and more secure.” It blocks invisible websites from tracking your browsing history. Again, being one who uses Statcounter to count visits to my sites, this most probably blocks such tracking.

Plethora of Choices

I’m sure all of the various browsers offer similar add-ons and more. I guess it’s all about personal preferences. Every so often it’s good to shop around to see what’s out there. I’m kind of glad that Firefox’s update caused problems with my homework. It forced me to try something new and, in my opinion, better.Add ons

Opera and the add-ons have improved my web surfing experience. Fast-loading, advertisement-free websites, does it get any better than that?

On a Totally Different Note:

Remember the surge in traffic I saw on one of my blogs after I switched to the Thesis theme? Well, it was a fluke (rats). I have noticed positive changes in traffic patterns, but not as dramatic as the results shown in my last post. Just wanted to clear that up.

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  • Crystal July 7, 2013, 2:59 pm

    Maybe a FireFox update is what screwed up my class, too. I switched to FireFox from IE months ago but lately have to revert back to IE to download the course videos. This is a new problem and I couldn’t figure out what I’d done wrong. Maybe it wasn’t me after all! And maybe I’ll give Opera a try.

    As for blocking ads, sounds great but probably unnecessary for me. From years and years of stepping over toys, I have highly developed ignore capabilities and never even notice ads. But I do like the sound of Disconnect.

    • Felicia July 8, 2013, 7:03 am

      Ignore capabilities…I like that!

      I thought I was rather blind to ads too, but now that I’m surfing ad-less, I realize just how annoying they were.

  • Joni July 15, 2013, 9:38 pm

    Thank you for bringing up other browers. When I wrote for DS they made me use FireFox but it never worked well for me. I’ve never heard of Opera (could be cause i’ve been computerless for a year and been borrowing) so I think I will try it. I’ve heard that Bing is fast…anyone know?
    It is so reassuring to come online and see you are still here. Esp since I can’t get on much. I hope to get me a lil netbook or find an inexpensive laptop in the next month or so…anyone have any advice on that?
    Take care,

    • Felicia July 18, 2013, 6:08 am

      Hey Joni,

      Netbooks are small and convenient but pretty slow. At least the one I purchased a couple of years ago is slow. Things might have improved since then.

      What I do like about my netbook is that it’s small enough to fit in my pocketbook (I carry a rather large pocketbook), but large enough for me to read the screen comfortably and type on the smaller than regulation size keyboard.

  • Michael January 8, 2014, 6:05 am

    I started surfing in the 90’s (Long time ago anyway) using W98, and very slow connection speeds. After getting a faster PC and fast broadband I thought I was in heaven. Now however, as the system I’m using struggles a bit, I think it is the intensity of ‘heavyweight’ web pages. The websites throw so many intrusive ads at you and the reading part is so restricted and to read one article you have to click through endless pages – which are similarly loaded with ads – that I feel I am back to the W98 era.

    I just loaded Ebay.co.uk and am amazed at the number of ads on the page (All targeted at me) so I did a search on surfing ad free and found your article. I’m using the ‘Chrome’ browser and have Adblock enabled, but I think there was an issue with allowing videos you want to see and I had to enable that, so I’ll have to find out why I’m getting these ads still.

    Nice article!

    Tick to ‘Confirm you are NOT a spammer’. Nice one! Easier than reading those awful thingy’s!

    • Felicia January 8, 2014, 9:39 am

      I use Firefox and haven’t run into the video problem. Maybe you could give Firefox a try.

      • Michael January 8, 2014, 3:03 pm

        O.K. Thanks!

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