NoPicAds blocks picture overlay, count down page and windows pop up ads - gHacks Tech News

NoPicAds blocks picture overlay, count down page and windows pop up ads

While regular advertisements are the most common form that you encounter on the Internet, for instance as banners on a website like this one, you may also encounter other forms of advertisement that are not quite as common, but often more distracting or annoying than the first kind.

A fairly new type are so called picture overlay ads that are offered by companies such as AdMedia and its overlay ads, GumGum or Linear Publishing to name a few companies. The ads are displayed on top of images on websites, usually in the lower half of the image.

They do take a quarter of a fifth of the image space effectively preventing the user from looking at the image in its complete form.

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Count down pages are another form of advertisement, usually implemented by image or file hosting websites. They are intermediary pages that are displayed to the user for some time before the actual page with the requested contents are displayed in the browser.

They too can be highly annoying as you are forced to wait before you can continue whenever you want to download or view files that are hosted by these services. Sometimes, links are subject to this as well. They are popular on forums and other file sharing sites on the Internet, as part of the revenue from those ads goes directly to the user who created the doorway page in first place. Adfly alone for instance tracks millions of link clicks per day.

The userscript NoPicAds provides you with three different features. It blocks popular overlay image ads so that you can view the image in all its glory without ads attached to it. It also takes care of select count down pages by bypassing the directly so that you are taken to the countdown immediately without wait time. Last but not least, it is also preventing some pop up windows from being spawned in the web browser.

You find the list of supported websites listed on the userscript's page. Included are popular services such as adf.ly, linkbucks, reklama, imgonion, adcrun, abload, imgchili or urlcash to name a few.  If you are looking for a solution for a particular service that you encounter over and over again, check out the list there to see if it is covered by it.

I have tested the userscript in Firefox with Greasemonkey, and in Google Chrome, and it worked in both web browsers without issues.

Note that other extensions may also block these types of ads. NoScript for instance takes care of image overlay ads by its own.

Verdict

If you encounter image overlay ads or count down pages regularly, you may want to give this a try to speed things up for you and remove contents from websites that block your access to the real content that you are interested in.

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Comments

  1. Leaving The G said on August 30, 2013 at 5:22 pm
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    I have never seen these image overlay adverts before, and it’s been years since I’ve seen a countdown page. Thanks for heads-up though, at least it’s good to be notified.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm
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      I agree, it is always good to know how to cope with a situation even if you have not encountered it before.

  2. beemeup2 said on August 31, 2013 at 11:08 am
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    I’ve been using NoPicAds in conjunction with AdsFight! for a while now. They both do a great job blocking ads and saving time.

    AdsFight!: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/89322

    However, recently many sites have been implementing various “anti-ad-blocker” routines which restrict usage of the site (or specific functions) unless you disable your ad-blocker.

    Fortunately this game of cat-and-mouse between the ad-blockers and the anti-ad-blockers has spawned a new entity: the Anti-AdBlock Killer!

    Anti-AdBlock Killer: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/155840

    Your move, anti-ad-blockers.

    1. Ahmad said on August 31, 2013 at 2:49 pm
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      Amazing work to share such an amazing stuff…

      Regards

  3. joebatch said on September 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm
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    Thank you Martin Brinkman for this info. I have have this happen to me more than once and it is beyond annoying. Another thing about them is the page skips around and if I try to click around it I click the ad instead!!!!!!!!!!! They will not be ignored. I will use NoPicsAds starting today because I know you do not recommend anything that does not work or will be dangerous from first hand knowledge. Please keep up the good work cause I have learned a lot from you and this site.

  4. David Parker said on May 6, 2014 at 11:11 am
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    I have suddenly been plagued with these overlay ads, so I installed Greasermonkey and NoPicsAds … they both claimed to have installed successfully. I then restarted my computer, but nothing has changed … the overlay ads continue. I am not knowledgeable about computers, so what did I not do to activate NpPicsAds? I assumed once they were installed there was nothing more to do. Is my Firefox bad and should I reload it?

    Thank you for any help you can give.

    David Parker

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 6, 2014 at 11:28 am
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      You may want to try other add-ons instead if the script does not block the image ads. Or, you could contact the author of the script and provide feedback so that the ads you are experiencing are blocked as well by it.

      If you need an ad blocker, check out this listing: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?q=ad+blocker&appver=31.0&platform=windows

      I have not tried any of those in regards to image overlay ads though.

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