Adblock Plus has been the most popular advertisement blocking extension for the Firefox web browser ever since its first version got released for the browser. With the rise of Google Chrome can the idea to port the official version of Adblock Plus to Google's browser to give Chrome users the same ad-free browsing experience that the Firefox version offered. The developers of Adblock Plus at the end of 2011 decided to allow acceptable ads in the Firefox version of the extension.
Acceptable ads, as defined by the developers of the extension, are unobtrusive ads that do not bombard you with sound, blinking objects and other annoying distracting elements. The idea behind the move was to "fix the web" for both webmasters and Internet users. Back then I admitted that I liked the move. As a user, I can understand the need to disable annoying advertisement on the Internet. It is distracting and plain awful to deal with. As a webmaster, I earn 100% of my living from the website which is powered by ads. If all Internet users would disable ads, I would not be able to operate the site any longer.
Firefox users still had an option to disable non-intrusive advertising in the extension's options to block all ads on all websites again.
Yesterday's Adblock Plus for Google Chrome update brings the same change to the web browser. The developers of the extension have moved it out of beta and enabled some acceptable ads by default. If you are running Chrome with the Adblock Plus extension installed you may have noticed that some ads, like Google Adsense, has started to appear in the browser.
Chrome users can disable the acceptable ads option easily if they prefer to block all advertisement on the Internet. To do that you need to open the options of the extension.
A click on view list displays advertisers, companies and websites that won't be blocked by the extension. On the list are Google, Adsense, Amazon and GMX for instance.
If you do not want non-intrusive ads to be enabled on all sites but still want to "reward" webmasters who run sites that you like, you can add those domains to a whitelist to disable Adblock Plus on those sites.
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