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Old 09-20-2003, 05:36 PM   #1
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[How Can I] - Selectivly Block Flash / Shockwave Content?

Greetings Folks!

I cannot praise Mozilla ( /Netscape etc) enough for the cookie, image and popup blocker/management currently available!

But the is allways a question =P

As usefull as Macromedia Flash Plug In is ..... more and more sites seem to be checking one of these two conditions;

1- I have the flash plugin installed and therefore any any sites that were blocked by the "Block images from this server" decide to use the flash version on the adverts.

2 - Or the advertising sites check for a Flash enabled browser and send a flash advertisement - thus trashing the Mozilla "Block images from the server rule"

As the flash player is closed source I see very few ways around this problem - besides my current solution of adding the site to my IPTables block list. ( After using the Menu / Edit / View Source Option) to find the source of the page, then find the server location, /YAWN =)

However ..... you guessed it! =) OFMG ..... I read a manual! Not that it helped tho,

To quote ..... http://www.telematik.informatik.uni-...s-HOWTO-3.html

"I use Netscape to access the Dilbert archives. There are advertisements from on the page, and Netscape wastes my time by cheerfully downloading them. Telling the packet filter not to allow any packets to or from the addresses owned by solves that problem (there are better ways of doing this though)"


This is what I have been doing until now, dropping rules in IPTables for any advertising SWF servers.


Any clues on a better way to block these Flash sites or / *.swf files selectivly?

My thoughts ......

Adding *.swf to the "Block Images Form This Server" menu option would be nice! ( I know its open source but it would take me 10 weeks to figure out how and recompile the source! =/ )

Uninstall the Flash plugin? ( I did this once in protest but its back now, so thats not an option)


Any thoughts / Ideas appreciated

Cheers Folks! ..... Svha


RedHat 9 / Kernel 2.4.18
Old 09-20-2003, 05:51 PM   #2
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Well, I use Mozilla firebird, and I get this "Extension" called "Flash-click-to-play".

What it does is whenever there is a flash movie/ad on a website, it doesnt play it, but If I click the movie, it will start to play.

So I never have to see the ads, but I can just click on the movies I actually want to see.
Old 09-20-2003, 06:04 PM   #3
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Never really played with Firebird as Mozilla / Netscape have done all I have needed.

I did however over look firebird once and picked Mozilla. (Java support seemed a little more documented at the time)

If the plugin does'nt like Mozilla then I will try Firebird!

No doubt I will have some more questions when I do! =P

Cheers Chap ..... Svha
Old 09-20-2003, 06:14 PM   #4
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Looks like the Firebird plugins dont work with Mozilla .....

Gives me a "Browser is not supported" type message

Lemme have a play with Firebird ......

Thread Closed ..... Thanks Contrasutra!


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