Depending on what you do online, you may sometimes encounter websites that link to downloads or other pages indirectly with the help of services like adf.ly, linkbee, lnk.co or urlcash.
These intermediary pages display full screen advertisements and a timer that is running down. Once the timer has reached zero a button appears that you can click to be taken to the original site or download that you wanted to access in the first place.
Webmasters and users use these pages to earn money from the links they are posting on the Internet. The services share some of the ad revenue generated by these pages with users who create those links using their services.
Ad blockers often do not work very well with these kind of sites, which leaves specialized solutions as the best option to deal with them.
The userscript Redirection Helper helps you in a variety of situations:
The list of supported sites includes the following sites (sorted by type) at the time of writing:
Good news is that the script works automatically once activated, which means that you will for instance notice that pages that link to sites of the first type are automatically bypassed. This still takes a few seconds before that is happening, but it is automatic and faster than the regular way of handling these types of redirects.
I have tested the script on some of the supported services and it did work with all of the tested ones at the time of writing. Keep in mind though that the owners of these services tend to change their services frequently to render scripts like Redirection Helper invalid, at least for some time.
The script is compatible with Google Chrome and Firefox, with Greasemonkey or Scriptish installed.
The script is definitely useful for users who encounter intermediary ad pages frequently. If you only encounter them once or twice a year, it does not really make sense to install such a script unless you really want to automate the skipping process.
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