Remove Elements Permanently From A Website

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 14, 2008
Updated • Apr 1, 2014
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

RIP - Remove It Permanently - is a Firefox add-on that adds options to the web browser to remove elements on websites permanently. Elements can be pretty much anything from headers, images, advertisement, or forms to flash content. Want Google without the Google logo? Digg without advertisement and user comments? The Firefox ad-on RIP can do that for you and much more.

Two new right-click entries appear after you install the add-on for Firefox which currently does not support Firefox 3.01 but can be forced to be compatible . The first entry, Remove This Permanently, removes the selected element from the current page.

If you remove the Google logo from a search results page it will still appear on all different search results pages. This method is pretty good for quickly removing elements on a website that you visit regularly and that does not have changing addresses.

The second entry Rip Advanced offers advanced features that enable you to remove elements from a single page, all similar pages, the website and the full domain. That's not all however. You can also remove all similar items in one go, remove the parent element, all parent elements, all frames or Google Adsense for example.

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A few remarks about the process: It's pretty difficult to remove Flash elements from a website because you cannot right-click those elements as they display a different menu. This means you have to click close to them and hope that Rip picks them as the default element that should be removed. A red border appears around the element that gets removed which is a good visual aid.

Elements that are removed do still get downloaded and appear in the cache. This is therefore no method to save bandwidth. It appears that the extension is modifying the page on the fly while it is being downloaded.

The primary use for Rip would be to remove nerve wrecking elements from websites that you visit regularly. It can also be useful to remove contents from pages before you print them. It may save paper and printer ink and remove contents from the print out that you are not interested in (like a side menu).

Before you start now and remove advertisements from my website I ask you to consider this before you do it. They pay my bills. If everyone would remove them I would not be able to maintain that blog. And they pay for every pageview. This is also a tip for every Adblock user who is visiting my site. If you want to support me disable Adblock on my website. I do not have popups, layer ads or any other disturbing ads of that kind on my pages. It would help me tremendously on the other hand and ensure that I can keep the website up and running.

Closing Words

The extension can be mighty useful. You can use it to remove annoying items on websites that you visit regularly. While it won't save you any bandwidth in the process, you can use it to remove annoying elements on web sites. This includes advertisement of course, but also other elements such as videos that play automatically, Flash banners, or social media icons that a website may display.


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  1. Serguei said on August 2, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Dear Friends,
    Please, help me to remove Elements Browser.

  2. NoDaddy said on December 26, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    years later.. and still the RIP editor sucks… the context menu often causes the page to wildly scroll to the bottom

    but otherwise very useful where adblock plus is lacking xpath support

  3. darkkosmos said on August 14, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I agree with ben

  4. -=Ben=- said on August 14, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I just use Adblock Plus. It supports flash and tons others.
    With the Adblock Plus Element Hiding Helper you can immediately select what to block.

  5. archer said on August 14, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    thanks, martin. i used to use this constantly, then they stopped updating to keep up with firefox updates and i dropped it and forgot it. i’m so glad this one is back. love it.

  6. ^-^ said on August 14, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    looks to be just like the content blocker in opera

  7. Transcontinental said on August 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I have always used another “permanent” cleaner, extension called ‘Web Personal Cleaner’ (, which is called from its status bar icon and works by catching frames, thus enabling removal of flash elements. Excellent.

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