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May 20, 2014 08:10 PM

Ads That Play Automatically

So, this evening, when reading threads, video ads have been playing automatically at the right, without apparent buttons for stopping them.

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  1. All day. A new annoyance.

      1. re: c oliver

        That's it, c. I had ABP turned off for just a second...

        1. re: c oliver

          I'm using a work supplied laptop. Anything like that has to be downloaded at the home office. 600 miles away & the last time I showed up there was over two years ago.(great trick if you can get away with it)
          My simple solution? As soon as the ad fires up, I go to another site.

          1. re: zippypinhead

            That's how I deal with it too. Like my Mom always said, if that's the worst of your problems be grateful.

            1. re: zippypinhead

              Happened twice today. Second time I went to this post to register the complaint; first time I exited CH entirely.

          2. To my knowledge we don't generally permit ads like this, but our ad team doesn't always catch them for various reasons. Can you take a screen shot of the offending player when next you see it? That should give the ad team a lead with which to track it down. Thank you, and our apologies for the unpleasantness.

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            1. re: Engineering

              I was having this problem too, but today it's this pleasing image instead.

                1. re: EM23

                  Spoke too soon. The Greenies ad. It kept playing on repeat but the audio comes on only when my curser hovers over it.

                  1. re: EM23

                    I'm careful not to hover! It still happens...

                      1. re: sandylc

                        I have to say, this thread is reading to me like this:

                        OP: "My faucet is running non-stop!"
                        > "Have you tried turning it off?"
                        OP: "It just keeps running!"
                        > "If you turn it off, the water will stop running."
                        OP: "Even when I walk in the other room, it still runs! Why don't you fix it?"
                        > "BUT, have you tried *turning it off*?

                        Ad. Block. Plus.

                        Mr Taster

                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          bahahaha, all of our posts in this thread are probably gonna get axed.

                          1. re: Mr Taster

                            Sorry I don't sit by my computer waiting for your posts.

                            1. re: Mr Taster

                              Downloaded it twice recently, due to this site, but it doesn't take.

                              1. re: coll

                                Which browser? Some ad blockers run better on different browsers.

                                1. re: MplsM ary

                                  I'm almost always on IE although I have other browsers I use occasionally. I know it's a crumby browser but I'm just used to it.

                                  1. re: coll

                                    Well then Mr Taster is right, Adblock Plus is what you want:

                                    I am running IE 10 and use it without problem.

                                    If you are paying Geek Squad for monitoring, and it won't cost you anything, I'd call them.

                                    1. re: MplsM ary

                                      I will, probably today, there is something else I wanted them to check out too.....when I remember what it was ;-)

                                      Just looked at my programs and all I see is Simple Adblock, so I got rid of that and left feedback for them, supposedly they will be in touch. Now I will try to install again, to see if that helped. Thanks for your advice and encouragement!

                                      PS Oh well I installed again but I still have ads. Back to the drawing board.

                      2. re: Engineering

                        I'm glad to hear that you don't usually allow these ads. I've had a Nellie's Cage Free Eggs ad start autoplaying a few times. Please get rid of it! I don't use ad blockers, because I want to support sites that give me great content for free. But I'll just stop coming to the site if it startles me with autoplay ads too many times.


                        1. re: maillard

                          "Startles" is a perfect description.

                          1. re: maillard

                            I see the Nellie's Cage Free Eggs ads at the top of the site when I use my Kindle - but there's no auto-play ad. It just usually scrolls through a couple of screens, but no audio.

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              I've been tending to keep my speakers turned off, getting used to it at this point. If something elsewhere looks fascinating, I remember to turn them up now.

                        2. I can't catch it. The ads are shuffling like a deck of cards. Today's auto-play ad is the Minnesota one about wearing seatbelts.

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