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I was reading a thread on Food Media and News a moment ago and suddenly a very obnoxious and loud commercial took over the screen. I had to close the program and restart to get away from the thing. If Chowhound is going to permit this type of thing then I am out of here and shame on them. We get enough ads on the right hand side of the page and yes, I know CH has to have the adverts to make money to keep the site going, I used to send J. Leff some money to keep it going. I do understand that, but the screaming car ad is just too much.

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    1. re: linguafood

      This needs to be it's own thread. Install AdBlock Plus (period).

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        I agree, but a simple search on this board brings up a bizzilion topics regarding ad block, blocking ads, pop ups, annoying adds.............................................seriously a bizzilion I counted.

        After the adblock thread, can there be a "how to search" thread??

        1. re: jrvedivici

          I stopped searching on CH years ago. Unless it's something I really know what to call it, I Google and it's far more effective. But, then again, CH isn't supposed to be a search site so it really doesn't both me.

          1. re: c oliver

            I have never used the search. Google search terms followed by "site:chowhound.chow.com" works like a charm.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              I do something like "chowhound zuni chicken" :)

        2. re: fldhkybnva

          Except that like most sites, this one is ad supported. If I were running things I'd lock that thread posthaste.

          1. re: MplsM ary

            Well, I think that was probably tongue in cheek. I don't think running Ad Block is any different than my TiVo'ing EVERYTHING on TV cause the ads are so annoying. If they want to keep their audience, it's a problem worth looking into.

      2. Candy, listen to linguafood. I finally paid attention and my Chow-life is MUCH better. NO ads! And it's about one or two clicks to install.

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            1. re: c oliver

              Unfortunately it loaded some other programs I did not want and I'm having quite a time trying to get them off.

                1. re: Candy

                  That doesn't sound right. I've downloaded it several times and there is never anything else associated with the download. I think you might have clicked something else? I would uninstall the entire thing if you could and start over.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    I also include "Ghostery" but that was separate from ABP.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Sometimes apps come bundled with browser and search choices or toolbars. If you're clicking your way through too quickly, you can miss that they're being downloaded. Sometimes you don't even know what you've added until it's too late. VERY ANNOYING!

                      I see no ads with ABP on my PC, but I've posted that it doesn't seem to work on Safari for iPhone. I still get screen jumps as the animated ad loads at the top, but so far no sound-filled ads. Maybe ABP is working at some level there?

                      Actually, the default search engine on my Windows 7 Firefox browser just changed itself to something called "Inbox". I have NO idea where that came from,except maybe from some automatic update I allow. &%$#@! Esy to switch back to Google, but still.......

                      1. re: Midlife

                        You may not have installed the correct version. Depends on your browser.

                        FYI - You can install Adblock on Android devices but it's a huge PITA.

                        Meant to reply to Candy - whoops.

          1. If ALL chowhound users subscribe to adblock will Chow/chowhound be able to continue, user-fee free?

            Just curious about the business model.

            Had my first "objectionable" banner ad today. A large spider. Nothing wrong with that, but slightly "ugh" while cooking dinner.