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Old 08-18-2004, 10:36 PM   #1
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firefox plugin popup remover?

is there a way to get firefox to stop throwing pop-ups at me telling me to install a "default plug-in" whenever i visit a web site (that web site just so happens to LOVE shock wave adds ... annoying adds, and then firefox pop-ups with this window wanting me to install the plug in so i can view these annoying adds

anyways .. anyone know of a way to get firefox to stop blinding me with adds while I'm trying to view the web ?
Old 08-18-2004, 10:54 PM   #2
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I don't know of any extension or plugin to do that, but you might be able to do something similar to my setup...

Check the web address for the shockwave advertisement. I've noticed many sites that have ads go through an "intermediate" marketing agency. In other words, the site contacts a middle-man server to receive the ad content. If this is the case, open your /etc/hosts file and make an entry for that site. Specifically, something like this:

Code: is the network equivalent of /dev/null. So, when your browser sees a url to, it simply won't even attempt to retrieve the content; essentially ignoring the link entirely.

Obviously, this won't work if the site is hosting its own advertisements. In that case, you might be forced to search for a plugin, or crack open the source code. Chances are good there's a single line that displays the dialog box. Commenting it out and recompiling might not be a huge task. Then again, I've never looked at the code and can't say with any certainty...
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thanks ....

ill might be looking into some of the code and config files when i have the chance (maybe its in one of the many java script like files it has?)


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