How to automatically bypass link pages - gHacks Tech News

How to automatically bypass link pages is on first glance one of the many url shortening services available on the Internet. What makes the service different is that it combined url shortening with ad serving either on interstitial pages or using banners.

If you open a link shortened by the service you are often taken to a page full of ads where you have to wait 5 seconds on before you can click no the skip ad button to get to the actual page you want to visit.

You may encounter those links on forums and websites that use it to monetize their contents. Judging from the payout rates posted on the site this seems lucrative considering that you do not display the ads on your own site but on an interstitial page after a visitor clicks on a link on your website.

It you dislike being taken to these advertisement pages when you click on links you may be interested in a script that bypasses those pages automatically. Redir is a userscript that is compatible with Google Chrome Opera, Safari and the Firefox web browser if Greasemonkey or Scriptish are installed.  Once installed in the browser it will work automatically whenever you click on a shortened link. You may notice that it takes a second or two before you are automatically redirected from the ad page to the destination page but that is still better than having to wait for the countdown to run down before you can click on the skip ad button to go to the destination page manually.

The script offers several advantages over comparable scripts. What makes it special is that it won't break the browsing history so that you can use the back or forward buttons as if the page never existed. The redirection script is furthermore fully compatible with popular extensions such as NoScript, Adblock Plus or Ghostery.

If you encounter redirects regularly on the Internet, you may want to install the script to bypass them automatically on your system.

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    1. Shawn said on January 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Here’s the link to Redir

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

        Sorry for that, link has been added.

    2. Shawn said on January 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      No problem and thanks for the script info… I so badly hate ads from… you never know what to expect.

    3. Tblogger said on January 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      here is another Script i posted long time ago on my blog —>

    4. Richard Steven Hack said on January 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Actually the easiest way is just to do a “View Source” and pluck the target link out of the HTML source code and plug it into the address bar. It’s almost trivial. No doubt that’s what these scripts do.

    5. gee3hacker said on January 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      You should really take a look at Ads Skipper:

      It skips a ton of other sites too, not just

    6. Transcontinental said on January 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      I have included in my Hosts file, but should this shortening service be frequently called that I’d be bound to set as an exception in (that is to remove it from) my Hosts file and use this script whenever.
      Therefore I’m wondering if this shortening service is used frequently. Here I haven’t encountered it yet, as far as I can remember.
      The concept is slightly perverted.

    7. Transcontinental said on January 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Not sure it’s the easiest way, though :)

    8. Simon said on January 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Or just use instead:
      Enter url, it gives you an url that you can visit without seeing a single ad. Requires no addon either.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

        That’s great for situations where you can’t install scripts or add-ons, or when they stop working. Thanks for posting.

    9. Greg said on February 14, 2013 at 2:59 am

      Good evening Martin,

      Need some help!!!
      Since this past sunday I’m no longer to stream my fav tv show on via my PS3 internet browser.
      For some unknow reason the PS3 internet browser get stuck on adfly link no more countdown and I’m unable to access either stream or download link.
      I’ve look into the web but all the info I got didn’t involve PS3 internet browser.

      Any help would be appreciate,

    10. Taimoor said on March 27, 2013 at 9:18 am

      That great way to skip Adfly. Thank you

    11. Bob said on February 18, 2018 at 1:54 am

      Is there a current non-script version? I can’t install scripts, so I prefer to use online ones. Thanks.

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