Buzz Byte; March.

Have you ever heard of a software programme called Adblocker (sometimes referred to as Adblock or Poper blocker)? What is Adblocker? It’s exactly what it sounds like, ‘a piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page.’

According to research Adblock Plus is the world’s most popular ad blocker, being used on over 100 million devices. As individual requirements and preferences differ you need to look at the pros and cons of each package to determine which one best suits your needs. Most of these programmes are general adblockers, but you can get specific software designed for use with YouTube or Facebook. Again, according to personal preference if you like seeing on-line ads then don’t install it, but if you like to use the internet without being swamped with offers and enticements to buy products or services then install one of the many software solutions on the market. Packages should allow you to disable the functions on websites of your choice. However some sites use pop-up technology on their websites and you won’t be able to view them unless you disable it on that page. Companies are getting wise and you will encounter some sites that identify that you have an adblocker installed and ask for it to be turned off; you have to decide if you want to by reading the accompanying message from the

business/charity/individual. Having an adblocker installed should help your browsing speed as the software will prevent unwanted plug-ins or advertising tags.

In the past we have experienced compatibility issues with some internet browsers such as Internet Explorer or Edge but find that Mozilla Firefox or Chrome don’t provide too many problems. If you are having trouble accessing some or all of the features on a website, try changing the browser you are opening it in. If that still doesn’t work give your local independent computer company a call. If you use your phone to stream data and browse the internet some packages have dedicated mobile ad blocking, which would be different from the PC version.

Nickie Baglow.


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