A detailed explanation on how to surf the internet with Adblockers, Imageblockers and Flashblockers; and which of these are the best, most user friendly and safe to use



Introduction

Please read the following information carefully since it will explain in detail why one ad blocker, image blocker or flash/html5 blocker is better than another and what one must to in order to use them as best and safe as possible. You may think that what you have at present is already good and safe, but as will be shown, this might not be the case since there might be much easier, better and more convenient addons to use than what you are currently using.

It will also give instructions on how to make all ads (or as much as possible) to be removed. I have been noted by some adblock users that not all ads are removed even though they use adblockers. I will try to explain why this might be the case and what they need to do in order to fix this. (See uBlock Origin for Chrome, Opera, Edge; AdBlock for Chrome, Opera, Safari, Edge; Adblock Plus for Chrome, Opera, Safari, Edge; and uBlock Origin for Firefox; Adblock Plus for Firefox.)

The information will also explain why Google Chrome or Opera (or any other Chromium based webbrowser that can install extensions from Chrome Web Store) are currently the best and safest webbrowsers to use and why most people will need to use these webbrowsers since the extensions that will be recommended works best with them and hence makes them easier to use and hence will increase the likelihood of people continuing using extensions in order to block images, flash and video content.

The best and safest image blockers for Google Chrome and Opera webbrowser and detailed instructions on how to use them

Note: Since these links will show some images we advice you to disable images temporarily in Chrome/Opera browser settings first (click on the three dots on the right upper side of Google Chrome or on the menu tab in Opera, then enter “settings”, in settings search “images”, go to “content settings”, click “do not show any images”, press “done”. Now all images are disabled. To activate the images again in order to use an extension instead for blocking images, follow the same steps.

Wizmage Image Blocker

Generally and for most users I will first recommend “Wizmage Image Blocker” since it is the most convenient and user friendly image blocker that I know of which means that more people will likely be encouraged to continue using this image blocker and not give up.

Direct download link for Google Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wizmage-image-blocker/ifoggbfaoakkojipahnplnbfnhhhnmlp/

Note: Most browsers that are based on the Chromium source code, such as the Vivaldi browser, should be able to install extensions directly from the Google Chrome Web Store.

In order to install this for Opera, you must first install this extension below which allows you to install Chrome extensions on your Opera webbrowser:

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/download-chrome-extension-9/

After having installed the above extension for Opera, visit this link and you will now be able to add it into your Opera webbrowser:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wizmage-image-blocker/ifoggbfaoakkojipahnplnbfnhhhnmlp/

Note: You will have to enter your extensions after having added to Opera in order to manually install it. Opera should notify you about this and if you click on the notice, it will take you automatically to the extension.

The benefit with Wizmage Image Blocker before all others is that it gives the user an option to easily enable and show any or all images on a webpage. To do this, simply hover the mouse over any blocked image and when you are doing this an “eye” icon will appear and if you click it, you can make the image that was blocked appear in a convenient and easy way (you can also hover with the mouse over any blocked image and press alt + a in order to unhide the image).

Note: You can hide the image again by clicking on the back icon appearing in the same place (or just hover with the mouse over the image and press alt + z in order to hide it again):

Similarly, if you press the extension’s palm icon there is a large button on the menu which says “show images”, and if you press it all the images will be shown temporarily on the site until you leave it or update the site (this is not recommended to do on any site you are unfamiliar with).

Also, if you click the palm icon and check the “pause” box as is seen in the image above, the image blocker will become paused or disabled for all webpages until you unpause it again (not recommended). A more safe pause option is “pause for this tab only”, which means that only that tab will show images but no one else and when you close it, images will be blocked again.

But the program can also add exceptions for entire websites and all its pages. To do this, click on the image blocker icon and then check the box “exclude website” as seen in the image above. Now the program will show all the images on this website every time you enter it.

But the program can also add a specific exception for a single page only, such as a mail inbox:

https://example.com/?realm=hotmail.com&path=/mail/inbox

If this direct link is added as an exception, it means that this exact link only will show images and everything else on example.com will continue to be blocked.

To enable this feature, click the extension’s palm icon, click “options” (see image above), then add the direct url link you want it not to block images on, then click “Add Exception”. It will now not block any images on that exact url but block images everywhere else on the same website.

Note: If you need to remove an exception you made, click on the (X) button seen in the image before the url. If you want to add several domains or delete or change the address manually, click the box “Free Text”.

In order to make this program block as many images as possible, it is important that you change the “Maximum Safe pixels” from the standard “32” to “1” as seen in the image above.

If you don’t change this setting to 1, every image with a pixel width of 32 and below will be shown and not hidden, such as youtube comment thumbnails, and many other similar small images.

Note: If you don’t want Wizmage to show colorful patterns for hidden images and instead use the default white overlay, press the box which says “Don’t show pattern for hidden images” in settings as shown in the image above.

Note: If you don’t want Wizmage to show the eye icon when you hover over a hidden image with your mouse, click the box which says “Don’t show the Eye in hidden images” in settings as shown in the image above.

Fast Image Blocker

Important: It is highly recommended that you install Fast Image Blocker for Google Chrome and Opera and have it activated on Google Chrome and Opera webbrowser at the same time as “Wizmage Image Blocker” since wizmage does not always block all images on certain sites nor does the programs always block all the images immediately, which means that on some websites that you enter, you will occasionally see the image content for half a second or less before they disappear when you move back and forward in your webbrowser. Also, the advantage of having “Fast Image Blocker” installed at the same time with “Wizmage” is that the wizmage features (of easily displaying the images) will still work in most cases!

Note: You must use this extra image blocker in addition to Wizmage if you care about your salvation and about avoiding the occasion of sinning since you will loose nothing from doing so!

Here is the direct download link to Fast Image Blocker for Google Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fast-image-blocker/khgnndhdnkpmlflndgobodbhgheaegon/

Here is the direct download link to Fast Image Blocker for Opera (it is recommended to use the native addons for Opera rather than the Chrome versions when they are available):

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/image-blocker-plus/

Note: After installing it, click on the camera icon and remove every single site already put into the “exceptions list”. This image below is my own example I did so you can understand what to do (I would not put these sites in exception otherwise):

Note: Press the X icons in the circle in order to remove a website. There are a lot of websites put into this list as exceptions as you will see after having installed the program (not a smart move, since it makes people think the program doesn’t even work!).

Only add exceptions (the + icon with the address already inserted) that are absolutely necessary or needed, since it won’t block images on that site if you have it added.

Note: The right arrow is pointed to where the exception button is located.

Also, when clicking the camera icon, if the camera icon in the menu is colored, this means the image blocker is activated; if it is grey, it means it is disabled for all websites.

Note: The down arrow is pointing towards the activated and colored camera icon, which means that it is activated. If you press on the colored icon, it will become grey and disabled.

Remember to remove exceptions if you need to avoid seeing images on a site if you added an exception you should not have added.

Solutions to some known problems when using the extensions

Problem: When I enter a PDF file with Google Chrome or Opera the PDF file won’t open or load and the screen remains black.

Solution: Temporarily disable Fast Image Blocker, reload the page and the PDF file will load and show itself (don’t forget to enable the image blocker again afterwards!). This problem happens because Fast Image Blocker apparently blocks Chrome’s and Opera’s internet images of the PDF file when looking at it from the webbrowser. This problem does not happen in Firefox since Firefox uses another approach in showing their PDF files.

Problem: Youtube videos won’t play with Fast Image blocker enabled at all.

Answer: You must do the following fixes mentioned below for Google Chrome and Opera if you want to surf youtube safely, since it is not safe to put Fast Image Blocker as an exception on youtube (or almost anywhere else for that matter), since youtube’s comment avatars don’t get blocked unless one changes the Wizmage’s default “Maximum Safe pixels” from 32 to 1 (see information above), and Wizmage in general don’t block as many images as Fast Image Blocker does; also the bug of the thumbnail images not being blocked immediately by Wizmage also happens occasionally (Wizmage is just not safe enough to use by itself!). YouTube, of course, is known for its notorious immoral thumbnails and hence no one is allowed to surf this website (or the internet generally) with images enabled, or with an unsafe image blocker.

Solution 1: You may have an extension forcing youtube to play their videos in flash format rather then in html5 format. Fast Image Blocker blocks all flash content and hence that must be the reason why youtube videos won’t play.

Look through your addons and delete the following kinds of extensions:

YouTube In Flash [and those with similar names]

Disable YouTube HTML5 [and those with similar names]

This should solve the problem.

Solution 2: Install the following extension which you can activate in order to force youtube to play their videos in html5 format:

Here is the direct download link for Google Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-flash-html5/omimccinlhlkpjaeaocglgmkbelejlhj/

Here is the direct download link for Opera (it is recommended to use the native addons for Opera rather than the Chrome versions when they are available):

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/youtubetm-flash-html5/

Note: The above extension can force youtube to play videos either in html5 or flash format. After you have installed it, flash is on by default. Click on the icon, then select the html5 icon on the right side and change it to the html5 format. The program should now say in the text below the flash and html5 icons: “YouTube HTML5 Player is Active”. You can now right click on the extension and click “hide in Chrome menu”, or enter Opera extension and check “hide” so that you don’t have to think about it anymore.

Solution 3: If it still don’t work then you must have more addons causing problems. Delete one after another of those you think are suspect until it starts working. If nothing works, delete all addons and start over, there must have been some conflict. If nothing works, then contact us and we will try to help you, since it is important to surf the internet and youtube with a complete image blocker and flash blocker enabled.

Solution 4: Surf youtube and other video sites with Firefox, since this is also totally safe if you follow the instructions as detailed in the “Firefox Image Blocker” section.

Note: The reason I mention these solutions when it comes to watching or playing youtube videos is because I don’t want people to stop using the extensions completely if they don’t work as intended; otherwise I would prefer that no person watch youtube videos and only download them as mp3 or only listens to the audio. Watching motion picture media is an occasion of sin when we do not know what the video or film contains, and this shows us that God requires us to only listen to the audio of a video if we want to please Our Lord, since one may not risk one’s soul just because one wants some entertainment or fun in watching motion picture media. It is easy to just scroll down and see nothing of the screen while listening to the audio, or downloading the audio, or following our instructions.

Problem and Warning: If some websites show images despite that Fast Image Blocker is activated, it may be because you have added a subdomain of that site into the exception rule, and the latest version has a bug that shows images on google.com if mail.google.com or translate.google.com is put into the exceptions list. It is the same with the yahoo.com subdomains such as se.yahoo.com and perhaps other websites as well.

Solution: Always use Fast Image Blocker at the same time with Wizmage Image Blocker and add the subdomain (for example: mail.google.com) that you want to see images on into the exception list in both image blockers. Wizmage will then only show images in mail.google.com but block on all other google.com websites.

I have emailed the developers about this problem and feel confident that it will be fixed shortly (or so I hope). So hopefully this will not be a problem for most people reading this and it is not good to put exceptions into Fast Image Blocker if the main domain becomes unblocked as well since this is not safe to do, and if this is the case and if this problem persists and sites shows you images, you must have to use one more additional image blocker since God’s law of avoiding occasions of sinning demands this of you.

Another easy solution until they have fixed this problem would be to just not put any exceptions in Fast Image Blocker on dangerous sites and that you just disable the program temporarily for a site if images are needed or necessary (just do not forget to activate it again!). You could also add an exception temporarily (just do not forget to remove it afterwards!).

Note: Facebook is not a safe site and people who think they can surf this website with images on are blind and crazy since this website is filled with immodestly clothed and sensual looking women.

There is also another more advanced solution but that works very well that has to do with blocking all google, yahoo, bing etc. images and thumbnails with an adblocker. Please see the section “Codes for manually blocking google, yahoo and bing content with adblock filtering rules” further down for more information on that.

Pros with using both blockers at the same time:

  • It will block close to 100% of all images on every website.

  • The Wizmage feature to manually enable the image by hovering with the mouse and clicking the eye icon is still working, and the program will show the image.

  • When clicking on the palm icon and pressing the “show images” button, the images on the site will be shown even if the other image blocker is enabled.

Cons with using both blockers at the same time:

  • In some cases some images may not be displayed properly when clicking the eye icon when Fast Image Blocker enabled.

  • In some cases not all images will be shown when checking the “pause” box or pressing the “show images” button in Wizmage when Fast Image Blocker is enabled.

  • In some cases, not all images will show the Wizmage feature when Fast Image Blocker is enabled or even be visible at all.

Solution: In order to fix these problems, it is enough in most cases just to put that specific webpage or website into the exceptions list in Fast Image Blocker. But this is not recommended to do at all unless the website is perfectly safe since Wizmage blocker by itself is not safe to use. It is better to pause Fast Image Blocker temporarily and then put it back on again. Exceptions must only be added rarely and when absolutely needed.

Note: Even with only Wizmage installed, not all features of how images are displayed will be working properly as long as the program is activated. To my knowledge, this mostly affects a website’s image zooming ability (mostly purchasing sites use this feature). But that is not a problem, since if you right click on the image instead and press “Open image in a new tab”, this might lead you directly to the larger image instead. In order to make this zooming feature work, one would have to pause the image blocker temporarily for that site or tab (not recommended).

Note: This feature does not seem to work with Wizmage enabled. If you use a normal image blocker, however, this feature will work.

I have tried to give as much details and solutions to every known possible problem with these image blockers in order to encourage people to continue using both of them at the same time since this is so much more safe to do.

Also see: Why you should completely disable images in Internet Explorer even if you never use it.

The best and safest flash and html5 blockers for Google Chrome and Opera webbrowser and detailed instructions on how to use them

Note: Since these links will show some images we advice you to disable images temporarily in Chrome/Opera browser settings first (click on the three dots on the right upper side of Google Chrome or on the menu tab in Opera, then enter “settings”, in settings search “images”, go to “content settings”, click “do not show any images”, press “done”. Now all images are disabled. To activate the images again in order to use an extension instead for blocking images, follow the same steps.

Flashcontrol

Flashcontrol for Chrome and Opera is the only flash blocker we currently recommend since it blocks more flash content than any other flash blocker we know of:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/flashcontrol/mfidmkgnfgnkihnjeklbekckimkipmoe/

Note: Most browsers that are based on the Chromium source code, such as the Vivaldi browser, should be able to install extensions directly from the Google Chrome Web Store.

In order to install this for Opera, you must first install this extension below which allows you to install Chrome extensions on your Opera webbrowser:

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/download-chrome-extension-9/

After having installed the above extension for Opera, visit this link and you will now be able to add it into your Opera webbrowser:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/flashcontrol/mfidmkgnfgnkihnjeklbekckimkipmoe/

Note: You will have to enter your extensions after having added to Opera in order to manually install it. Opera should notify you about this and if you click on the notice, it will take you automatically to the extension.

This flash blocker will block every website from automatically playing or displaying flash content (such as youtube flash videos or other websites’ videos), which means that you cannot see movies or things that are flash related playing or showing their content automatically without you first having given your authorization.

If you use other flash blockers than those we recommend, you might encounter various problems, such as that pdf files won’t show themselves without disabling the flash blocker etc., and other possible conflicts with other extensions.

Note: You need to install and use Wizmage also in order to hide the youtube screen since in Chrome it is Wizmage that hides the video screen while the content is playing. In Firefox it is the Flash blocker itself that hides the video screen, but not so in Chrome/Opera.

Disable HTML5 Autoplay

But in order for the above flash blocker to work properly, you need also to download and install an extension that blocks html5 content from automatically playing on youtube and on other websites that you are browsing, such as this one:

Here is the direct download link for Google Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/disable-html5-autoplay/efdhoaajjjgckpbkoglidkeendpkolai/

Here is the direct download link for Opera (it is recommended to use the native addons for Opera rather than the Chrome versions when they are available):

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/disable-html5-autoplay/

Note: Since html5 is becoming the new standard online, is not enough with just a flash blocker anymore; and most youtube videos are also automatically played with the new html5 format when available.

I know of no flash blocker in Google Chrome or Opera that automatically also blocks html5. But with both of these addons activated at the same time, however, there won’t be a problem.

The only problem with this html5 blocker is that it does not hide the still frame of the paused video but with Wizmage activated at the same time, you won’t see the image anyway unless you click on it (see the info on Wizmage Image Blockers for Google Chrome and Opera above).

Note: You need to install and use Wizmage also in order to hide the youtube screen since in Chrome it is Wizmage that hides the video screen while the content is playing. In Firefox it is the Flash blocker itself that hides the video screen, but not so in Chrome/Opera.

If you want youtube to autoplay, go to a youtube video, then click on the “Disable HTML5 Autoplay” icon, and press “Disable nothing”.

Now youtube will be on autoplay, with the additional plus that you won’t see the film screen unless you unhide it with Wizmage*, and you will also get the additional plus that the youtube captions or subtitles will still work and show itself even though the film screen is hidden. This is great for those who do not want to see the videos and only listen to the audio!

This is how I watch youtube my self unless I take the youtube link and download the video in mp3 instead through “youtube to mp3” websites or programs (enter the link without images on, of course, since I have no idea of what it may show!).

* Since there is an issue of the video screen “continuing to be shown” after you have unhidden it with Wizmage and you go to a new video, it is highly important that you refresh your browser BEFORE going to the next video (or, if it works, you can manually hide the video screen again before going to the next video by clicking alt + z (alt + a shows the image, alt + z blocks it)).

Note: If you use an extension that forces youtube to play videos in flash rather than html5 format, then the video won’t play at all as long as Fast Image Blocker is activated. And this is obviously a problem, because if you disable Fast Image Blocker or add youtube as an exception in Fast Image Blocker and only use Wizmage Image Blocker, then the youtube comment thumbnails won’t get blocked at all (Wizmage is just not good enough in blocking all images), and the additional problem of not all images being disabled immediately will occasionally occur.

In order to avoid this problem on youtube, it could be advisable to install an extension that forces youtube to always play their videos in html5 format instead:

Here is the direct download link for Google Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-flash-html5/omimccinlhlkpjaeaocglgmkbelejlhj/

Here is the direct download link for Opera (it is recommended to use the native addons for Opera rather than the Chrome versions when they are available):

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/youtubetm-flash-html5/

But I’m not sure if this is really necessary, since youtube already should play all videos in html5 format if this is available. But if you have the problem that videos won’t play on youtube with Fast Image Blocker enabled, you may have to install the above addon or uninstall other addons or flash blockers that we have not recommended.

Note: The above extension can force youtube to play videos either in html5 or flash format. After you have installed it, flash is on by default. Click on the icon, then select the html5 icon on the right side and change it to the html5 format. The program should now say in the text below the flash and html5 icons: “YouTube HTML5 Player is Active”. You can now right click on the extension and click “hide in Chrome menu”, or enter the extensions in Opera en check “hide”, so that you don’t have to think about it anymore.

If you still can’t watch youtube videos with Fast Image Blocker enabled, delete all your addons and reinstall them again or remove those you think are suspect. Also read this section for more information that can be helpful in solving this problem.

The best and safest ad-blockers for Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge webbrowser and detailed instructions on how to use them

Why use uBlock Origin, AdBlock or Adblock Plus and not any other adblocker for Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge?

Answer: Because uBlock Origin, AdBlock or Adblock Plus gives you the possibility to easily and manually block things you never want to see (other adblockers I have tried doesn’t give you these options).

Note: Since these links will show some images we advice you to disable images temporarily in Chrome browser settings first or install an image blocker (click on the three dots on the right upper side of Google Chrome, or on the menu tab in Opera, then enter “settings”, in settings search “images”, go to “content settings”, click “do not show any images”, press “done”. Now all images are disabled. To activate the images again in order to use an extension instead for blocking images, follow the same steps.

uBlock Origin for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge

Important: To my knowledge, this adblock should work in the same way in Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi and Microsoft Edge, so even though this information was specifically written for Chrome, I know the same information also applies to Opera, Firefox, Vivaldi, and presumably the rest of them as well.

This adblocker is the perhaps the best of them all but more advanced and comes with the additional plus that it has no “acceptable” advertising built into the program, which means there is no need to disable anything as with the other adblockers. It also helps you keep your Ad-Blocker active and the webpage working, when you visit a website and it asks you to disable.

The other adblockers can’t visit certain sites without having to disable the adblocker completely for it to work, which of course is unacceptable unless one have an image blocker activated; but these problems won’t occur with this adblocker.

This adblocker is also more lightweight and takes less resources on your browser and hence speed up internet surfing. I have noticed some improvement my self since I started to use it. It’s manual blocking abilities is also great but not to be compared with Adblock Plus.

If people want to use uBlock Origin I would recommend that they have some other adblocker installed alongside as well in order to benefit from their additional blocking abilities, such as Adblock Plus which has superior manual blocking abilities. Please read the manual blocking abilities of AdBlock and Adblock Plus for Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge in order to learn how to use a second adblocker alongside the main one.

uBlock Origin for Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm/

Note: Most browsers that are based on the Chromium* source code, such as the Vivaldi browser, should be able to install extensions directly from the Google Chrome Web Store.

uBlock Origin for Firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/

uBlock Origin for Opera*:

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/ublock/

uBlock Origin for Edge:

https://github.com/nikrolls/uBlock-Edge/releases

Note: “uBlock Origin” is not to be confused with the older and obsolete “uBlock” adblocker still around; nor must the user think ublock.org links to the “uBlock Origin” adblockers (it does not).

* I recommend no one to use uBlock Origin for Google Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi etc. unless they use it with Wizmage Image Blocker for Chrome since uBlock makes conflicts with Fast Image Blocker and hence does not block all images because of that, such as youtube embed images and others. But with Wizmage Image Blocker activated it won’t be a problem. If you don’t use Wizmage, or if the Chrome compatibility stop working eventually so you can’t use Wizmage and provided the uBlock Origin/Fast Image Blocker problem persists, then you must use AdBlock instead since it makes no conflicts with this image blocker and all images gets blocked, and it is also a very good adblocker when configured correctly.

Important: In order to make this adblocker work properly as the other adblockers, you need to enter settings and select additional blocking elements.

To enter settings, click on the icon and press the small gear icon on the top or anywhere on the black color, or right click the adblock icon and press “options”.

After you have enter settings, go to “3rd-party filters”, and select the following filter lists in addition to those already selected:

  • Adblock Warning Removal List‎

  • Anti-Adblock Killer | Reek‎

  • Anti-ThirdpartySocial

  • Fanboy’s Annoyance List

  • [also select all the languages you frequently surf the internet with further down in the list]

Note: Remember to press “Apply changes”.

Remember to scroll down and select all the languages you commonly surf the internet with also.

Note: With “Fanboy Annoyances List” and Fanboy “Anti-Thirdparty Social” enabled, you won’t need any other “Fanboy-Social Lists” or “Anti-Cookie Filters” since they are already included.

You can of course select many more filter lists if you want too.

As you can see, there are lots of filters to choose from and that one can add manually in this adblocker. But be aware though, the more filters you add (especially unselected malware domains), the more likely it is that websites will start to become broken.

For a lot more blocking lists that you can add manually, visit this website:

https://filterlists.com/

How to manually block things with uBlock Origin for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge

Important: To my knowledge, this information should apply to Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge, so even though this information was specifically written for Chrome, I know the same information also applies to Opera and Firefox, and presumably the rest of them as well.

uBlock Origin is the most advanced and hence most complicated of all the adblockers, and has similar manual blocking abilities as Adblock Plus.

One way to block something with uBlock Origin is to right click on the adblock icon and press “block element”. However, since doing so is highly buggy and often results in elements being selected by itself randomly, it is best to avoid doing this and instead click on the adblock icon, and then clicking on the pipette icon.

This will enter the advanced blocking mode where you can manually select anything on the website, as you will notice when you move around on the page and it highlight things that you can block.

If you right click on something and press “block element”, this only allows you to block that specific item.

Note: In order to get the box visible where you are supposed to choose blocking rules (at least in the version as of this writing) you need to move the mouse to the lower right corner of the screen. This will enable or make visible the box.

Important: Another hassle with this program (at least in the version as of this writing) is that it is simply not enough (most of the time) to simply press on the code you want to generate. For example, when I clicked normally on an ##.avatar code on another website, the following code was generated:

Wrong:

###msg_342199_extra_info > .avatar > a[href^="http://www.example.com/forum/index.php"] > .avatar

Right:

##.avatar

This wrong code is completely useless (at least for our purposes) since it will only block the single avatar in question selected and only on that specific page. (Sometimes the code it gives from normal click does the trick, so you will have to test what works in different cases.)

What you need to do in order to make the program give you the right and exact code you want is to hold down the ctrl key (on the keyboard) while clicking on the code. This will generate the proper and exact code that you can see displayed in the box picture above, such as:

##article

Note: The website’s name will be added automatically to the code when you press “Create”.

If you press the “Preview” button while having selected an element, you will see what happens to the site. If it does as you intended, press “Create”. If you want to cancel the whole blocking process, just press the “esc” button on your keyboard or press “Quit”. If you want to pick something else, press “Pick”.

Note: The video box is completely removed in “Preview” mode and if I “Create” this rule it won’t be visible anymore on any page on this whole website unless they change the code.

If you want to remove a filter you made or add several of your own, right click the adblock icon and press “options”, then go to “my filters”. Here you can immediately edit, delete or add whatever you want (just remember to press “Apply changes” afterwards).

Note: In order to avoid having to shift unnecessarily between browsers just in order to generate a blocking rule and then have to copy the rule and manually add it into another webbrowser/adblocker afterwards, it would be easier to just have Adblock Plus installed alongside uBlock Origin on the same webbrowser that you use (as I do). If you do so, unsubscribe from all filter blocking lists in Adblock Plus for Chrome, Opera etc. so that there won’t occur any conflicts between the two programs, and whenever you want to block something that uBlock Origin can’t block, just use Adblock Plus instead since it certainly or most probably will get the work done, and let it be activated at the same time for provided the program is activated on the same webbrowser with your other adblocker, then you won’t have to move the blocking rule from one adblocker to another.

How to use Adblock Plus alongside another main Adblocker of your choice without any filter subscriptions activated:

You can also delete (x) the adblocking lists if you want.

I use both webbrowsers/adblockers when needed to generate different blocking rules that I can later also manually add into any other adblocker or webbrowser (not all webbrowsers support the same adblockers).

AdBlock for Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge

Important: To my knowledge, this adblock should work in the same way in Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge, so even though this information was specifically written for Chrome, I know the same information also applies to Opera, and presumably the rest of them as well.

This adblocker is the most popular for Google Chrome and is perhaps the most easy to use and is good and serves all the purposes for most users.

Enter this link with the webbrowser you are currently using and it will give you the download link for that specific version:

https://getadblock.com/

Note: This adblock allows non-intrusive ads (usually text ads only) which they call “Acceptable Ads” by default but this option can be disabled in settings.

To go to AdBlock settings, click on the adblock icon, then click “options”.

When in “options”, go to “filter preferences”, then check and uncheck the same things as is shown in the list and image below in order to make it block as much ads as possible:

  • AdBlock custom filters

  • EasyList

  • Check and Add filters for another language or languages you are using and surfing the internet with -- Select Language -- (note: you can select several languages)

  • Adblock Warning Removal list (removes warnings about using ad blockers)

  • EasyPrivacy (privacy protection)

  • Fanboy’s Annoyances (blocks in-page pop-ups, social media and related widgets, and other annoyances, such as cookie warnings and notices)

  • Malware protection

Also add “AakList (Anti-Adblock Killer)” into your adblocker in order to remove additional websites’ adblock warnings against you using an adblocker by clicking this link:

abp:subscribe?location=https://raw.github.com/reek/anti-adblock-killer/master/anti-adblock-killer-filters.txt&title=AakList (Anti-Adblock Killer)

Also add “Fanboy Anti-Facebook Filters” in order to remove all kinds of social media buttons and annoyances that does not get removed with the above mentioned filters by clicking this link:

abp:subscribe?location=https://secure.fanboy.co.nz/fanboy-antifacebook.txt&title=Anti-facebook

Now your AdBlock lists should look similar to this:

Remember to uncheck “Acceptable Ads” at the top for otherwise the program will show you some advertisements.

Also add a filter for every language you commonly surf the internet with (you can add several languages).

Note: With “Fanboy Annoyances List” and “Fanboy Anti-Facebook Filters” enabled, you won’t need any other “Fanboy Social Blocking Lists” or “Anti-Cookie Filters” since they are already included.

How to manually block things with AdBlock for Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge

Important: To my knowledge, this information should apply to Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge, so even though this information was specifically written for Chrome, I know the same information also applies to Opera, and presumably the rest of them as well.

Don’t like some site “nagging about you using an adblock?”, or taking up space with things you don’t want to be in the way? Well, in AdBlock, click on the adblock icon and press “Hide an ad on this page” (or right click on something you want to block) and follow the instructions. In fact, with this option you can block anything (yes anything!) that you don’t want to be shown.

For example, if you wish to block all avatars, images, videos, frames, columns etc. on a website or forum, you can click “Hide an ad on this page” and then click on an avatar, image, columns or whatever else is possible to manually select, and the program will give you an option that disables the specific html code for all those avatars, images, videos, frames, columns etc. You will notice, when clicking on the different options the program gives you, if all or only one of the avatars, images, videos, frames, columns etc. disappears or gets affected when scrolling and looking around the page, or if the whole page or parts of the page gets removed. Choose what you think fits your needs. Similarly, if you want to block only a certain image or images, that is also possible.

Note: I made the program selected this entire column in order to make the adblocker program remove this frame. You will of course need to move around into different positions of the page with your mouse pointer in order to make it select everything or only parts of a column etc., and when you have what you want, click on what it has selected for you in order to proceed to the next step. (You will understand better if you try to select an element to hide yourself.)

Note: After having clicked on the selected column in the previous image, now the steps to remove it appears. You can click on the grey slider in order to move the black square to different positions as well as dragging the square itself in order to make the program select different elements—if the starting position did not do what you want. You will see what happens to the page when you move the slider to different positions and you can scroll up and down and take a look and the result.

Since the starting point did the job immediately in our example, the right column is now gone as can be seen in the image, and if you block it like this the right column will be removed from every single page on this website (until they change the code).

If this is what you wanted do to, press on the “Looks good” button as seen in the above picture and proceed to the next step.

Note: If you don’t want to think more about it, just press “Block it!” After pressing “Block it!” one time, you will have to wait for some seconds before the browser responds. Clicking several times will only add the code several times into the list and is therefore unnecessary.

If you want to manually edit the code, press “Edit”. You can also remove the check box which says “Type will be DIV”. Although when both are checked the blocking will work, the code would be more correct and more universal as example.com##[class="column--secondary"] instead of example.com##DIV[class="column--secondary"].

If you want to go back and select something else, press “Back”. If you want to cancel the whole process, press “Cancel”.

If you blocked something wrong and the site don’t work as it should, click the AdBlock icon and press “options”, then go to “customize”. There you will see a header called “Manually edit your filters:” and under it in the box you will see the rule that you generated. Press “edit” and remove the rule, then press “save” and try to generate a new rule again and see if that one works.

Note: After removing the code from the list, press the “Save” button, and “Don’t forget to save!”

With practice you will learn how the manual blocking works and will thus be able to make websites appear more after your liking by hiding stuff, entire columns, videos, all images or specific images or avatar etc. If AdBlock can’t block something in the way you want, “Adblock Plus” for Firefox or Chrome will in all likelihood be able to do it. If you want to use AdBlock as your main AdBlocker, generate a rule then in Adblock Plus in Firefox or Chrome if it works better and then manually add it into your AdBlock filter list on any webbrowser.

Please see the information on Adblock Plus for Firefox or Adblock Plus for Chrome, Opera, Safari and Edge in order to learn how to use it also.

Note: In order to avoid having to shift unnecessarily between browsers just in order to generate a blocking rule and then have to copy the rule and manually add it into another webbrowser/adblocker afterwards, it would be easier to just have Adblock Plus installed alongside the other adblocker of your choice on the same webbrowser that you use. If you choose to do so, unsubscribe from all filter blocking lists in Adblock Plus for Chrome so that there won’t occur any conflicts between the two programs, and whenever you want to block something that the other program can’t block, just generate a rule in Adblock Plus and let it be activated at the same time for provided the program is activated on the same webbrowser with your other adblocker, then you won’t have to move the blocking rule from one adblocker to another.

How to use Adblock Plus alongside another main Adblocker of your choice without any filter subscriptions activated:

You can also delete (x) the adblocking lists if you want.

I use both webbrowsers/adblockers when needed to generate different blocking rules that I can later also manually add into any other adblocker or webbrowser (not all webbrowsers support the same adblockers).

Adblock Plus for Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge

Important: To my knowledge, this adblock should work in the same way in Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge, so even though this information was specifically written for Chrome, I know the same information also applies to Opera, and presumably the rest of them as well.

This adblocker has good manual blocking abilities (more on this later). But I would not recommend this as anyone’s main adblocker (unless they have experience in manually blocking things) since AdBlock is much easier to use when manually blocking non-ad related content that you don’t want to see, and uBlock Origin is better generally if one configure it correctly.

Enter this link with the webbrowser you are currently using and it will give you the download link for that specific version:

https://adblockplus.org/

Note: Remember to to disable “Allow some non-intrusive advertising” in settings.

To go to Adblock Plus settings, click on the adblock icon, then click “options”, go to the section “Filter lists”, then check and uncheck the same things as is shown in the list and image below in order to make it block as much ads as possible.

  • Adblock Warning Removal List

  • EasyList

  • Malware Domains

  • EasyPrivacy

  • Fanboy’s Annoyance List

  • AakList (Anti-Adblock Killer)

  • Anti-Facebook List

I will attach an image so that you can better see what you need to do:

Remember to uncheck “Allow some non-intrusive advertising” as seen at the bottom of the image.

Problem: I don’t have any of those boxes to check or have only EasyList and Adblock Warning Removal List or some other.

Solution: I will give you the direct links so that you can add the filters you need manually (if the links don’t work, just search the name listed).

Note: Click the “open this dialogue” to automatically add and install the filter into your Adblock Plus program (or any Adblocker for that matter that is activated on any webbrowser).

Note: These links won’t work as a direct url, or if opened from a pdf or word document, but needs to be opened with a webbrowser that has an adblocker installed.

  • Fanboy Annoyances List

    Hide and block social content, social widgets, social scripts and social icons.

    Hides in page Pop-Ups and other annoyances; thereby substantially decreasing web page loading times and uncluttering them (this list also includes the popular Fanboy-Social List.)

    Removes cookie and privacy warnings (this list also includes the popular Fanboy-Anti-Cookie Filters)

    Disable social media buttons used to share content on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and others are placed on almost every website that you visit. Even if you don’t click them, these buttons send requests to the social network’s servers which then uses the information to create a profile based on your browsing habits.

    Adblock Plus can disable social media buttons from websites, ensuring that social networks cannot create a profile based on the websites you visit.

    To enable this feature, open this dialogue and click Add.

  • EasyPrivacy - Disable Tracking

    With every browsing session, there are multiple firms tracking your online activity and browsing history. Hundreds of ad agencies are tracking your every move. With Adblock Plus, you can easily disable most tracking and browse the web more anonymously.

    According to Stanford University research, the EasyPrivacy tracking protection filters are the most efficient of all available tracking protection solutions.

    To enable this feature, open this dialogue and click Add.

  • Disable Malware Domains

    If your computer is slow at startup or riddled with pop-ups, it may be infected with malware. Computers infected with malware are vulnerable to all types of cyber attacks, including stolen identity. Infected computers can also be used to send spam emails or attack other computers or servers, stealing passwords, social security numbers, personal documents and credit card information.

    Adblock Plus can be configured to block domains known to spread malware, protecting your computer against viruses, Trojan horses, worms, adware and spyware.

    To enable this feature, open this dialogue and click Add.

Also add “AakList (Anti-Adblock Killer)” into your adblocker in order to remove additional websites’ adblock warnings against you using an adblocker by clicking this link:

abp:subscribe?location=https://raw.github.com/reek/anti-adblock-killer/master/anti-adblock-killer-filters.txt&title=AakList (Anti-Adblock Killer)

Also add “Fanboy Anti-Facebook Filters” in order to remove all kinds of social media buttons and annoyances that does not get removed with the above mentioned filters by clicking this link:

abp:subscribe?location=https://secure.fanboy.co.nz/fanboy-antifacebook.txt&title=Anti-facebook

Note: With “Fanboy Annoyances List” and “Fanboy Anti-Facebook Filters” enabled, you won’t need any other “Fanboy Social Blocking Lists” or “Anti-Cookie Filters” since they are already included.

As one can see in the above image of Adblock Plus for Chrome, there is an option to press a button at the bottom called “Add filter subscription” in order to manually add more filters for additional languages, but this list is not complete and missing many languages.

Please visit this link for more complete ad-blocking lists of all kinds and in various languages:

https://filterlists.com/

I don’t recall having much problems with ads showing themselves with Adblock Plus installed when I used it frequently even without additional language lists, but that might be because I surfed the internet with images off also.

How to manually block things with Adblock Plus for Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge

Important: To my knowledge, this information should apply to Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge, so even though this information was specifically written for Chrome, I know the same information also applies to Opera, and presumably the rest of them as well.

Adblock Plus might be a better choice for more advanced users provided one understands how and where to click on the page in order to block something, and for these reasons it could preferred to AdBlock, although AdBlock is much easier and sometimes even better than Adblock Plus in blocking things.

In order to block something with basic blocking abilities in Adblock Plus, right click on an image or frame you want to block and press “block element” and follow the instructions (this is not generally recommended to do unless you only want to block one specific image or images).

Note: If you have uBlock Origin and Adblock Plus activated at the same time, you will see two exactly the same “Block element” buttons under one another when right clicking image elements, and only the uBlock Origin “Block element” button when clicking everything else.

If no “block element” shows itself from right clicking an element, you need to click adblock icon, then press the “block element” button (if it doesn’t show, refresh the page).

This enables the more advanced blocking feature, as you will see when you move around on the page in order to highlight things to block (you can block anything it highlights from pictures, videos, frames, boxes, entire columns, video holders, avatar holders, all the videos etc.).

Note: The yellow is the entire element Adblock Plus gives me as an option to block when I move around with my mouse in a certain way (you will understand how it works if you click on “Block element” and move around on the page with the mouse and see what kind of things it highlights that you can block). If I choose to click on this with my mouse, it will take me to the next step.

If I want to cancel, I either press the “esc” button on my keyboard or click on the AdBlock Plus icon again and click on “Cancel”, as shown in the image.

Press on what you want to block and the program will show you the generated rules. In this case, it gave me two different codes. If you are uncertain what to choose, just “Add” both.

Note: After adding the above codes, this is what happened to youtube’s startpage! So now I will never have to see anything on this page at all unless they change the code. You can do the same on any site of your choice.

After you have generated a rule, it will be added into the Adblock Plus “options”, the section “add your own filters”. Here you can delete the rules you generated if they don’t work as they should, or add many others you already have. For simpler handling of the rules and in order to paste and copy, press “Edit filters as raw text”.

Note: In order to block all avatars or images on a specific website, it may not be enough to right click on the avatar or image and press “Block element” (although it could be, as is explained in Adblock Plus for Firefox section below), since this will only generate a url rule in order to block that specific image. You will need to click on the Adblock Plus icon, then press “Block element” in order to get it to do more advanced blocking. But even with this, it might not be enough to press on the image itself as in the Firefox version (with AdBlock, however, it would be enough to press on the image and for this reason it is a little easier to use) since in Chrome it would only generate a url to block for that specific image or images.

Wrong (in Adblock Plus for Chrome etc.):

The above example would only generate the following kind of code:

||example.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;attach=2107;type=avatar

This code only applies to that specific avatar, image or folder and/or only that specific page or pages.

Right (in Adblock Plus for Chrome etc.):

If you click right like in this example, the following kind of blocking rule will appear:

example.com##.avatar

This is the code that will block all the image/avatar holders on the entire website and hence removes all the avatars.

The best and safest image blockers for Firefox webbrowser and detailed instructions on how to use them

Note: There is no way of blocking images in Firefox without extensions. Enter any of the links below with caution.

Note: Since “Wizmage Image Blocker” for Google Chrome is so much more easier and convenient to use but is not available in Firefox, I would simply recommend everyone to just download Google Chrome and Wizmage Image Blocker with Fast Image Blocker instead as described above since I fear the more “trouble” people will have to deal with while using an image blocker could make them neglect or stop using it partly or even completely.

Fast Image Blocker

Direct download link to Fast Image Blocker for Firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/image-blocker-plus/

Note: After installing it, click on the camera icon and remove every single site already put into the “exceptions list”. This image below is my own example I did so you can understand what to do (I would not put these sites in exception otherwise):

Note: Press the X icons in the circle in order to remove a website. There are a lot of websites put into this list as exceptions as you will see after having installed the program (not a smart move, since it makes people think the program doesn’t even work!).

Only add exceptions (the + icon with the address already inserted) that are absolutely necessary or needed, since it won’t block images on that site if you have it added.

Note: The right arrow is pointed to where the exception button is located.

Also, when clicking the camera icon, if the camera icon in the menu is colored, this means the image blocker is activated; if it is grey, it means it is disabled for all websites.

Note: The down arrow is pointing towards the activated and colored camera icon, which means that it is activated. If you press on the colored icon, it will become grey and disabled.

Remember to remove exceptions if you need to avoid seeing images on a site if you added an exception you should not have added.

Pros: The advantage with this image blocker before all others is that it blocks every single image on all websites (except for addons mozilla) which no other image blocker does as far as I know.

Cons: One great problem is that in current version if one puts mail.google.com, or translate.google.com etc. in the exception list, all of google.com will become an exception and hence show images (it is the same with yahoo and perhaps other websites as well). There is an easy solution for this explained a little below (if you know what you are doing) that has to do with blocking those images with an adblock (see the header “Codes for manually blocking google content with adblock filtering rules” further down). But this solution is unsafe if you have added a lot of subdomains into the exceptions list and you often visit those domains unless you manually block them all (which is highly inconvenient and not easily done by inexperienced users). So the only real solution in that case would be to have another image blocker activated at the same time. But doing this will complicate everything considerably and is not recommended lest people grow tired and give up; which is why we recommend that the reader simply use Google Chrome instead as described above, since it is so much more convenient and user friendly.

I have emailed the developers about this problem and feel confident that it will be fixed shortly (or so I hope). So hopefully this will not be a problem for most people reading this and it is not good to put exceptions into Fast Image Blocker if the main domain becomes unblocked as well since this is not safe to do, and if this is the case and if this problem persists and sites shows you images, you must have to use one more additional image blocker since God’s law of avoiding occasions of sinning demands this of you.

Another easy solution until they have fixed this problem would be to just not put any exceptions in Fast Image Blocker on dangerous sites and that you just disable the program temporarily for a site if images are needed or necessary (just do not forget to activate it again!). You could also add an exception temporarily (just do not forget to remove it afterwards!).

Note and Problem 2: In order to not have to disable the Fast Image Block extension all the time in order to see an image in Firefox, you can just right click on the hidden image and then press with the scroll mouse button on the “View image” option. This will lead you directly to the image in a new tab so that you can see it and so that you don’t have to disable the image blocker completely and hence enable all images (which is unsafe to do on most sites). So this feature would be a little similar to Wizmage, although, not quite, since Wizmage works much better, and in fact all the time, in displaying the images. But the problem with doing this in Firefox, which makes Firefox inconvenient and unsafe to use (unless one is determined to essentially never enable any images at all), is that the image blockers in Firefox collapses or removes the images and image place holders, which means that on a lot of the images it will not be possible to right click and view them unless one disables the image blockers completely. This is the greatest problem with using Firefox (or any other webbrowser) compared to using Chrome/Opera where one can almost always have an easy option to display any or all images in a safer way.

Note: Facebook is not a safe site and people who think they can surf this website with images on are blind and crazy since this website is filled with immodestly clothed and sensual looking women.

Solutions to some known problems when using Fast Image Blocker

Problem: When I enter a PDF file with Firefox, Opera or Google Chrome the PDF file won’t open or load and remains black.

Solution: Temporarily disable Fast Image Blocker, reload the page and the PDF file will load and show itself (don’t forget to enable the image blocker again afterwards!). This problem happens because Fast Image Blocker apparently blocks Opera’s and Chrome’s generated images of the PDF file when looking at it from the webbrowser. This problem does not seem to happen in Firefox with the default settings since Firefox uses another approach in showing PDF files. But it could happen depending on how users decide to show PDF files in their browser.

Problem: When I enter a youtube video the video won’t play and the screen remains black.

Solution 1: You may have an extension forcing youtube to play their videos in flash format rather then in html5 format. If youtube play their videos in flash format rather then the html5 format, it won’t work.

Look through your addons and delete the following kinds of extensions:

YouTube In Flash [and those with similar names]

Disable YouTube HTML5 [and those with similar names]

This should solve the problem.

Solution 2: Install the following extension which you can activate in order to force youtube to play their videos in html5 format:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/youtube-flash-html5/

Note: The above extension can force youtube to play videos either in html5 or flash format. After you have installed it, flash is on by default. Click on the icon, then select the html5 icon on the right side and change it to the html5 format. The program should now say in the text below the flash and html5 icons: “YouTube HTML5 Player is Active”. You can now hide the program from the extension bar so that you don’t have to think about it anymore.

Solution 3: You may have Fast Image Blocker enabled on youtube. Fast Image Blocker won’t work on youtube, even if you play video a in html5 format, when you have certain flash/html5 blockers enabled. If you use any of these Flash and HTML5 Blockers for Firefox, you need to disable this image blocker and instead use this Image Block extension when surfing youtube.

Please see the Best and Safest Flash and HTML5 Blockers for Firefox for all the details on how to make youtube work with flash and html5 blockers enabled.

Solution 4: If it still don’t work then you must have more addons causing problems. Delete one after another of those you think are suspect until it starts working. If nothing works, delete all addons and start over, there must have been some conflict. If nothing works, then contact us and we will try to help you, since it is important to surf the internet and youtube with a complete image blocker and flash blocker enabled.

Solution 5: Surf youtube and other video sites with Google Chrome, since this is also totally safe if you follow the instructions as detailed in the “Google Chrome Image Blocker” section.

The reason I mention these solutions when it comes to watching or playing youtube videos is because I don’t want people to stop using the extensions completely if they don’t work as intended; otherwise I would prefer that no person watch youtube videos and only download them as mp3 or only listens to the audio. Watching motion picture media is an occasion of sin when we do not know what the video or film contains, and this shows us that God requires us to only listen to the audio of a video if we want to please Our Lord, since one may not risk one’s soul just because one wants some entertainment or fun in watching motion picture media. It is easy to just scroll down and see nothing of the screen while listening to the audio, or downloading the audio, or following our instructions.

Important: Since the image block addon recommended above for youtube does not block every image, and cannot add exceptions, it is not recommended to use that image blocker by itself except when surfing on youtube with Firefox.

Image Block

Another image blocker we recommend that you install (for reasons we will get to later in addition to those mentioned above) is this one:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/image-block/

Note: When this image blocker is displaying a red circle over the icon, it means that it is activated and hence not showing any images. When it is showing itself like a normal icon, it means that it is unactivated and hence showing images.

Activated (not showing images):

Unactivated (showing images):

Pros with using this image blocker: It does block all image on the addons.mozilla.org domain which Fast Image Blocker for some reason does not.

Cons with using this image blocker: It does not block as many images as Fast Image Blocker for Firefox and is therefore not completely safe to use. It also does not show the image place holders and removes them (unless the website displays such holders itself) which is a little irritating if one wanted to right click on the image and press “view image” since doing so would show the image content in a new tab if one pressed the scroll mouse button (but this is impossible to do if the program removes the image holders*, which in turn will tempt people to enable the images instead in order to see them). The program also cannot add exceptions which makes it burdensome to use since one would have to enable and disable it all the time in order to see any blocked or hidden images.

* Fast Image Blocker also seems to remove image place holders in Firefox. This makes me suspect it is a Firefox issue rather than an issue with the extension. Even though some extension do remove image place holders, Fast Image Blocker certainly does not do this in the other webbrowsers.

Also see: Why you should completely disable images in Internet Explorer even if you never use it.

The best and safest flash and html5 blockers for Firefox webbrowser and detailed instructions on how to use them

Note: Since the urls below will show some images we advice you to install an image blocker first before entering the sites.

Flashblock

Flashblock for Firefox is the first of the three flash/html5 blockers we recommend that you install in order to surf the internet and especially video sites safely (and I will explain why and it is a little complicated, which is why we advice everyone to just use Google Chrome instead since everything would be so much easier).

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashblock/

Important: Do not put youtube or any other video site as an exception in this flash blocker (I will explain why further down).

Note: Even though it blocks flash content completely from playing automatically on all websites and disables it on youtube, it does not, however, disable html5 audio and video on youtube from playing automatically while Fast Image Blocker is enabled, nor does it disable html5 audio and video from playing automatically on news sites and similar sites while Fast Image Blocker is enabled (although it blocks the visual content if another image blocker is used). This is obviously a problem that must be fixed since Fast Image Blocker must be used since it is so much safer; but the fix, in order for youtube also to work as it should, requires three different Flashblockers in addition to having one other image blockers installed (for youtube), one being activated, the other not, and if this is not so, it won’t work! (Don’t worry, my fix needs only one click for the audio to be played on youtube, and another one for the video.)

FlashStopper

FlashStopper is the second flash/html5 blocker you need to install in order to be able to see the visual content on youtube (it won’t work without it if you have the two other flash blockers installed):

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashstopper/

Note: Unless you need to put something into the exception list in this flash blocker (along with the other two), you don’t have to do anything with this one in order for youtube and other sites to work safely as they should.

Important: Do not put youtube as an exception in this flash blocker while the other flash blockers are activated unless you don’t care about the visual content, for if you do, youtube won’t play at all when clicking on the video screen (even though the audio is running if you don’t click on anything), as you will notice if you try to do so when this error message is displayed. Don’t ask me why it happens, it just does.

I have no problem with the visual content not working at all and only the audio playing though since I avoid watching the videos my self, but I know most people won’t accept this and hence would stop using a flash blocker or use some other flash blocker which is not as good, unless I told them how to fix it.

Flash Control

Flash Control is the third flash/html5 blocker you need to install:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flash-control/

Note: In order to be spared one extra click and in order to avoid conflicts when on youtube, put youtube as an exception in this flash blocker, and no problems should be occurring as sometimes happens (see image below).

To put youtube as an exception in Flash Control, click on the flash icon of this program and press the text: “Allow: "www.youtube.com"”

Also press on this flash icon and click “Open Config”. When the config box has opened, see to it that the following contents is checked and activated (they should already be checked):

  • Block Adobe Flash

  • Block HTML5 Video

  • Block HTML5 Audio

  • Block Hidden HTML5 Audio

Note: I imposed the “Open Config” dialogue in this image. When you click on it, this information is displayed.

This is the only flash/html5 blocker in Firefox that I know of that actually completely disables html5 video and audio content on youtube and outside of youtube.

Why using all three flash blockers is recommended

So why do you need all three? Well, firstly without Flash Control html5 video and audio content won’t be blocked while using Fast Image Blocker. Secondly, without FlashStopper youtube videos won’t play when having the Flash Control blocker installed! And thirdly without Flashblock you will loose the possibility of watching youtube videos without having to see the visual content.

There is one great advantage with using Flashblock and in doing everything to make it work on youtube, and that is when it comes to playing videos on youtube or other websites (which is why I always have Flashblock activated in Firefox when listening to youtube videos—unless I take the youtube link and download the video in mp3 instead through “youtube to mp3” websites or programs).

Now when using this image blocker in Firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/image-block/

With this flash blocker (with both flash and html5 block enabled in settings):

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashblock/

With both of these activated at the same time (with Fast Image Blocker disabled) one can actually enter a youtube video in Firefox and the film will start to play and you will hear the audio but the video screen does not show itself and it is a black screen although the audio is playing, and unless you click on the screen one time for flashblock to unhide itself, it will remain black all the time. But even though the video screen is black, youtube captions or subtitles will still work!

This is great for those who do not want to see the videos and only listen to the audio!

And this is also the reason why youtube must not be put into the exceptions list in this flash blocker, for if one actually cares about avoiding sinful occasions, one will obviously avoid being exposed to youtube videos since youtube is so filled with evil and lascivious videos and thumbnails.

However, since html5 content outside of youtube remained unblocked and visible with only Flashblock installed while using Fast Image Blocker (no other image blocker exists in Firefox that I know of that blocks all images which is why people must use this one), the other extensions are also needed in order to make Firefox safe to use, but when they are installed, one will lose the autoplay feature*. But this is not a problem really since it only requires one click to hear the audio, and one more click to see the video; but if this is a problem for you, by all means, use Google Chrome instead since autoplay can be enabled there!

* Unless one is fine with the video content not working. If you don’t care about the visual content not working on youtube even if you would want to see it, put youtube.com as an exception in FlashStopper. To do so, click on the FlashStopper icon and press “Allow autoplay for https://www.youtube.com”. When you do so, the audio content will autoplay but you will get an error message when you try to see the visual content, as an image further above showed.

Note: These features will only work if you disable Fast Image Blocker for youtube since otherwise the other Flashblock extensions won’t work and the video screen will be seen when you enter and click on the video.

This is why you need to use the Image Block extension as noted above at the same time with Fast Image Blocker for Firefox which is much better in blocking images, and disable Fast Image Blocker when going to youtube after having activated the Image Block extension. If you do so the video screen will remain black when you enter youtube and click on a video.

It is not recommended to put youtube as an exception in Fast Image Blocker because if it is put as an exception, most people will probably enter youtube with images enabled since I believe most people will simply not think or care about enabling the other image blocker first (but if you surf with both images blockers enabled at the same time in order to be more safe, then it is better and safer to put youtube as an exception in Fast Image Blocker, since you don’t have to disable it in that case and hence risk making it not to block images outside of youtube if you don’t activate it again). Also, if youtube is put as an exception and no other image blocker is used, some youtube embed video thumbnails embedded on various websites won’t get blocked and hence you will see some video thumbnails, and this is obviously a problem; but these problems are easily fixed by always surfing with both image blockers activated at the same time.

Because of this, I am a little unsure what is the better advice to give. If people don’t disable or put youtube as an exception in Fast Image Blocker, then the video screen won’t get hidden when they enter a youtube video. But if they do put youtube as an exception in Fast Image Blocker and don’t surf with the other image blocker enabled, then all youtube images and videos will be seen, in addition that youtube thumbnails outside of youtube will show itself! But again, these problems are easily fixed by having both image blockers activated and always surfing with them on, and having youtube as an exception. But most people will simply not to this, since most people just don’t care about being perfectly safe and about always avoiding dangerous occasions. And this is also the reason why most are damned and why few are saved (Matthew 7:13); but than again, most people don’t care about that either. “The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools [and damned people] is infinite” (Ecclesiastes 1:15).

Solutions to some known problems when using the extensions

Problem: It just doesn’t work to get the video screen to show itself on some videos by following these procedures. And when it does work as intended, then when I go to another video afterwards, the video screen continues to be shown unless I refresh my browser. Then it gets blocked again, but if I try to see the video screen again, it may not work, even after I refresh the page. So I can essentially only listen to the audio on random youtube videos because of this!

Answer: Yes, I have noticed that my recommendations does not work as intended always for all users and on all videos (why it works on some youtube videos but not others I don’t know). That is why I simply recommend you to use Google Chrome instead if you must see the video content sometimes. Otherwise, get used to only listening to the audio, since this is much more safe.

Note: Since the issue of the video screen “continuing to be shown” after you have enabling it when going to a new video (it is the same in Chrome/Opera), it is highly important that you refresh your browser BEFORE going to the next video.

Most videos, films, tv-series, news, youtube clips etc. contains immodest scenes, and especially immodest dress. That’s a fact. To knowingly expose oneself to this is a sin, and will lead to mortal sin. Doubt it not. “‘Can a man,’ says the Holy Spirit, ‘hide fire in his bosom, and his garments not burn? or can he walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be burnt?’ (Prov. 6.27, 28) Not to be burnt in such circumstances would be a miracle. St. Bernard teaches that to preserve chastity, and, at the same time, to expose oneself to the proximate occasion of sin, ‘is a greater miracle than to raise a dead man to life.’” (Hell’s Widest Gate: Impurity, by St. Alphonsus Liguori, Sermons 2-4)

That is why I have no problem with only the audio content working in Firefox for some videos. If you use Chrome, however, it will always work as intended and the youtube captions or subtitles also work despite that the video screen is hidden. So everything is just better when using Google Chrome/Opera for watching video clips, as we can see.

Problem: The recommendations given above on the three flash blockers doesn’t work and the youtube videos won’t play with the screen remaining black or the video just starts playing automatically without being hidden. And on other sites the video can’t even be seen at all and just seem to disappear when clicking on it to be shown.

Solution 1: You may have Fast Image Blocker enabled on youtube. You need to disable this image blocker for youtube.com to work and instead use this Image Block extension on youtube instead.

Solution 2: You may have an extension forcing youtube to play their videos in flash format rather then in html5 format. If youtube play their videos in flash format rather then the html5 format, it won’t work. Similarly, if other sites play their videos in flash format, it won’t work and Fast Image Blocker may even collapse the film player.

Look through your addons and delete the following kinds of extensions:

YouTube In Flash [and those with similar names]

Disable YouTube HTML5 [and those with similar names]

This should solve the problem for youtube.

On other websites showing videos in flash format, you will have to disable Fast Image Blocker temporarily while having the other Image Block extension enabled.

Solution 3: Install the following extension which you can activate in order to force youtube to play their videos in html5 format:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/youtube-flash-html5/

Note: The above extension can force youtube to play videos either in html5 or flash format. After you have installed it, flash is on by default. Click on the icon, then select the html5 icon on the right side and change it to the html5 format. The program should now say in the text below the flash and html5 icons: “YouTube HTML5 Player is Active”. You can now hide the program from the extension bar so that you don’t have to think about it anymore.

Solution 4: If it still don’t work then you must have more addons causing problems. Delete one after another of those you think are suspect until it starts working. If nothing works, delete all addons and start over, there must have been some conflict. If nothing works, then contact us and we will try to help you, since it is important to surf the internet and youtube with a complete image blocker and flash blocker enabled.

Solution 5: Surf youtube and other video sites with Google Chrome, since this is also totally safe if you follow the instructions as detailed in the “Google Chrome Image Blocker” section.

The reason I mention these solutions when it comes to watching or playing youtube videos is because I don’t want people to stop using the extensions completely if they don’t work as intended; otherwise I would prefer that no person watch youtube videos and only download them as mp3 or only listens to the audio. Watching motion picture media is an occasion of sin when we do not know what the video or film contains, and this shows us that God requires us to only listen to the audio of a video if we want to please Our Lord, since one may not risk one’s soul just because one wants some entertainment or fun in watching motion picture media. It is easy to just scroll down and see nothing of the screen while listening to the audio, or downloading the audio, or following our instructions.

Important: Since the image block addon recommended above for youtube does not block every image, and cannot add exceptions, it is not recommended to use that image blocker by itself except when surfing on youtube with Firefox.

Tips: If you want to make the Flashblock extension icon visible in Firefox among your other extensions, click “View” in Firefox, then go to “Toolbars”, click on “Customize”. Or you could just click the three stripes and press “Customize”.

When in customize, you can rearrange almost every button in Firefox after your liking, in addition to removing those buttons and icons you don’t want by dragging them to the place among the other icons. If you want to make the flash icon visible, click on it and drag it to where you want it placed in your Firefox webbrowser. If you want to add the menu bar at the top of your webbrowser, click on “Show / Hide Toolbars” and click “Menu Bar”. When finished, click “Exit Customize”.

The best and safest ad-blockers for Firefox webbrowser and detailed instructions on how to use them

Why use uBlock Origin or Adblock Plus and not any other adblocker for Firefox?

Answer: Because uBlock Origin and Adblock Plus with the extension Element Hiding Helper gives you the possibility to manually block things you never want to see (other adblockers I have tried on Firefox doesn’t give you these options).

Note: Since these websites will show some images, we advice you to install an image blocker first (there is no way to disable images in Firefox without an image blocker).

uBlock Origin for Firefox

This adblocker is the perhaps the best of them all but more advanced and comes with the additional plus that it has no “acceptable” advertising built into the program, which means there is no need to disable anything as with the other adblockers. It also helps you keep your Ad-Blocker active and the webpage working, when you visit a website and it asks you to disable.

The other adblockers can’t visit certain sites without having to disable the adblocker for it to work, which of course is unacceptable unless one have an image blocker activated; but these problem largely won’t happen with this adblocker.

This adblocker is also more lightweight and takes less resources on your browser and hence speed up internet surfing. I have noticed some improvement my self since I started to use it. It’s manual blocking abilities is also great but not to be compared with Adblock Plus.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/

Note: “uBlock Origin” is not to be confused with the older and obsolete “uBlock” adblocker still around.

If people want to use uBlock Origin I would recommend that they have some other adblocker installed alongside as well in order to benefit from their additional blocking abilities, such as Adblock Plus which has superior manual blocking abilities. Please read the manual blocking abilities of Adblock Plus for Firefox in order to learn how to use a second adblocker alongside the main one.

Important: In order to make this adblocker work properly as the other adblockers, you need to enter settings and select additional blocking elements.

To enter settings, click on the icon and press the small gear icon on the top or anywhere on the black color seen in the box.

After you have enter settings, go to “3rd-party filters”, and select the following filter lists in addition to those already selected:

  • Adblock Warning Removal List‎

  • Anti-Adblock Killer | Reek‎

  • Anti-ThirdpartySocial

  • Fanboy’s Annoyance List

  • [also select all the languages you frequently surf the internet with further down in the list]

Note: Remember to press “Apply changes”.

Remember to scroll down and select all the languages you commonly surf the internet with also.

Note: With “Fanboy Annoyances List” and Fanboy “Anti-Thirdparty Social” enabled, you won’t need any other “Fanboy-Social Lists” or “Anti-Cookie Filters” since they are already included.

You can of course select many more filter lists if you want too.

As you can see, there are lots of filters to choose from and that one can add manually in this adblocker. But be aware though, the more filters you add (especially unselected malware domains), the more likely it is that websites will start to become broken.

For a lot more blocking lists that you can add manually, visit this website:

https://filterlists.com/

How to manually block things with uBlock Origin for Firefox

Read the uBlock Origin entry for Google Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Edge above since exactly the same information applies to the Firefox version. It is highly important that you read it since it gives you all the information on how to block anything (yes anything) that you don’t want see or be in the way on any website.

AdBlock for Firefox

AdBlock is not available for Firefox.

Read the AdBlock entry for Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

Adblock Plus for Firefox

This adblocker is the most popular for Firefox and has superb manual blocking abilities:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

However, this adblock allows non-intrusive ads (usually text ads only) by default but this option can be disabled in settings.

To go to Adblock Plus settings, press the adblock icon, then click “Filter preference”.

After having entered “Filter preferences”, go to “filter subscriptions” (it should be opened by default). Now if you look down to the left corner almost at the bottom, you will see a box that says: “Allow some non-intrusive advertising”, uncheck this box. Also check and uncheck the same things as is shown on the left side of the image below in order to make it block as much ads as possible.

Remember to uncheck “Allow some non-intrusive advertising” as seen at the bottom of the image.

Problem: I don’t have the same filter lists available as you do in the image!

Solution: Yes I noticed when I installed Adblock Plus for Firefox from scratch that it does not give the user additional blocking abilities as in the Chrome or Opera version. But this is easily fixed, and I will give you direct links to great filters so you don’t have to worry about ads, cookies, warnings, tracking, etc.!

Note: Click the “open this dialogue” to automatically add and install the filter into your Adblock Plus program (or any Adblocker for that matter that is activated on any webbrowser).

Note: These links won’t work as a direct url, or if opened from a pdf or word document, but needs to be opened with a webbrowser that has an adblocker installed.

  • Fanboy Annoyances List

    Hide and block social content, social widgets, social scripts and social icons.

    Hides in page Pop-Ups and other annoyances; thereby substantially decreasing web page loading times and uncluttering them (this list also includes the popular Fanboy-Social List.)

    Removes cookie and privacy warnings (this list also includes the popular Fanboy-Anti-Cookie Filters.)

    Disable social media buttons used to share content on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and others are placed on almost every website that you visit. Even if you don’t click them, these buttons send requests to the social network’s servers which then uses the information to create a profile based on your browsing habits.

    Adblock Plus can disable social media buttons from websites, ensuring that social networks cannot create a profile based on the websites you visit.

    To enable this feature, open this dialogue and click Add.

  • EasyPrivacy - Disable Tracking

    With every browsing session, there are multiple firms tracking your online activity and browsing history. Hundreds of ad agencies are tracking your every move. With Adblock Plus, you can easily disable most tracking and browse the web more anonymously.

    According to Stanford University research, the EasyPrivacy tracking protection filters are the most efficient of all available tracking protection solutions.

    To enable this feature, open this dialogue and click Add.

  • Disable Malware Domains

    If your computer is slow at startup or riddled with pop-ups, it may be infected with malware. Computers infected with malware are vulnerable to all types of cyber attacks, including stolen identity. Infected computers can also be used to send spam emails or attack other computers or servers, stealing passwords, social security numbers, personal documents and credit card information.

    Adblock Plus can be configured to block domains known to spread malware, protecting your computer against viruses, Trojan horses, worms, adware and spyware.

    To enable this feature, open this dialogue and click Add.

Also add “AakList (Anti-Adblock Killer)” into your adblocker in order to remove additional websites’ adblock warnings against you using an adblocker by clicking this link:

abp:subscribe?location=https://raw.github.com/reek/anti-adblock-killer/master/anti-adblock-killer-filters.txt&title=AakList (Anti-Adblock Killer)

Also add “Fanboy Anti-Facebook Filters” in order to remove all kinds of social media buttons and annoyances that does not get removed with the above mentioned filters by clicking this link:

abp:subscribe?location=https://secure.fanboy.co.nz/fanboy-antifacebook.txt&title=Anti-facebook

Note: With “Fanboy Annoyances List” and “Fanboy Anti-Facebook Filters” enabled, you won’t need any other “Fanboy Social Blocking Lists” or “Anti-Cookie Filters” since they are already included.

Now your Adblock Plus lists should look similar to this:

As one can see in the above image of Adblock Plus for Firefox, there is an option to press a button at the top called “Add filter subscription” in order to manually add more filters for additional languages; and there is also an additional link button to press if what you wanted was not available in the list shown, but none of those lists are complete. Please visit this link for more complete Adblock blocking lists of all kinds and in various languages:

https://filterlists.com/

I don’t recall having much problems with ads showing themselves in Firefox webbrowser with Adblock Plus installed when I used it frequently even without additional language lists, but that might be because I surfed the internet with images off also most of the time.

Important: Also download and install “Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus” (we will explain why below in addition to the info already made available in the link):

https://adblockplus.org/en/elemhidehelper#installation (this links also contain some instructions on how to use the extension)

Alternative download link:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/elemhidehelper/

If you don’t install the above extension, you won’t be able to activate the more advanced Adblock Plus blocking abilities.

How to manually block things with Adblock Plus for Firefox

Don’t like some site “nagging about you using an adblock?”, or taking up space with things you don’t want to be in the way? Well, in Adblock Plus, click the adblock icon and press “Select an element to hide” (or right click on anything you want to block and click “block image”, “block frame” etc.) and follow the instructions. In fact, by doing this you can block anything (yes anything!) you don’t want to be shown.

Basic Blocking

If you want to use the basic blocking to block all specific images on a forum or website, you can right click an image you want to block and press “block image” (as seen in the basic blocking image above), and the program will give you different options of what to block, such as blocking the specific folder where all the images are located. You can also use the custom url the program gives you in order to block and choose what part of the site you want to block all specific images from yourself (see examples below).

This example in Adblock Plus is something you commonly will see after having clicked “block image”:

https://www.google.com/images/branding/googlelogo/2x/*

If you choose to block this, all images streamed from the last “2x” folder will be blocked.

If you block this in custom instead:

https://www.google.com/images/branding/*

Then all the images and folders inside the “branding” folder will be blocked, which includes the “/googlelogo/2x/” folders in the example above.

If you block like this:

https://www.google.com/images/branding/googlelogo/2x/googlelogo_color_272x92dp.png

Then will only the googlelogo_color_272x92dp.png get blocked.

If you blocked something wrong and the site don’t work as it should, click the adblock icon and press “Filter preferences”, then go to “Custom filters”. Here you will see all your custom filters. You can click on the filter making the problem and delete it (right click and delete) and try again.

Tips: If there are many custom filters sorting by hits usually shows the culprit since those that destroy sites tend to block too much.

Note: Pressing ctrl + a will mark every filter in the list, which then can be copied or deleted easily. Pressing ctrl + v will add many filters immediately into the custom filter list.

Advanced Blocking

In order to block something with advanced blocking in Adblock Plus, click the adblock icon, then press “select an element to hide”. This enables the more advanced blocking feature, as you will see when you move around on the page in order to highlight things to block (you can block anything it highlights from pictures, videos, frames, boxes, entire columns, video holders, avatar/image holders, etc.).

Can you guess what is missing in this picture?

For example, lets say I don’t like Facebook and want to remove the login screen completely? That can be done easily:

Note: It might be hard to see, but the red square is in fact surrounding the whole Facebook page from top to bottom.

If this is what you wanted to do, click with the mouse on what the program has selected for you. This brings us to the next step:

After having clicked on “Add element hiding rule”, this is what facebook in our example will look like:

Remember: In order to block all avatars, images or videos on a specific website, it is not enough to right click on the avatar or image and press “Block element” (as was explained above), since this only will generate a url rule in order to block that specific image or image folders on that website (but images can be streamed from all over the internet). What you need to do is to click on the Adblock Plus icon and press “Select an element to hide” in order to get it to do more advanced blocking so that the website’s code for displaying the images gets blocked instead.

Right:

Wrong:

In the Firefox version, when “Selecting an element to hide” you can click on anything directly as well as on elements close to it in order to generate a complete blocking rule. If a complete blocking rule appears, the following code will show itself:

Right:

example.com##.avatar

example.com##IMG[class="avatar"]

example.com##[class="avatar"]

This is the code that will block all the image/avatar holders on the entire website and hence removes all the avatars.

Wrong:

example.com/avatars/Adoration_of_the_Child.jpg

||example.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;attach=2107;type=avatar

example.com##[class="avatar"][src="example.com/avatars/Adoration_of_the_Child.jpg"]

This code only applies to that specific avatar, image or folder and/or only that specific page or pages.

Extensions for other webbrowsers

I have not tried every other webbrowser, so I cannot tell how good they are or how well they work with every extension. But in all likelihood though, none of them will be as convenient or user friendly or safe as Google Chrome or Opera, provided one follows the instructions and installs the same extensions as described in their detailed instruction, and for these reasons, I cannot recommend any other webbrowser to be used except for Chrome or Opera.

Opera

The only other webbrowser I frequently use is Opera. Opera is a great webbrowser by itself and with the extensions available on addons.opera.com/extensions/ it is safe to use when following our instructions, but not as good or convenient as Google Chrome is, but this is not really a problem anymore since with this extension for Opera you will be able to download and install extensions from Google Chrome Web Store directly in your Opera browser!

Here is the direct download link to the extension for Opera that allows you to install Google Chrome extension in your Opera webbrowser:

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/download-chrome-extension-9/

Best and safest Image Blocker for Opera

Wizmage Image Blocker

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wizmage-image-blocker/ifoggbfaoakkojipahnplnbfnhhhnmlp/

Note: Most browsers that are based on the Chromium source code, such as Opera and Vivaldi, should be able to install extensions directly from the Google Chrome Web Store. Some browsers, should as Vivaldi, can install Opera Extensions as well.

For all the instructions on how to install and use Wizmage Image Blocker for Opera, read the information on Wizmage Image Blocker for Chrome and Opera that covers this information.

You need to read the above information in order to understand certain things about this image blocker and also in order to learn how to solve some minor problems that will occur when using this image blocker.

Fast Image Blocker

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/image-blocker-plus/

For all the instructions on how to use Fast Image Blocker for Opera, read the information on Fast Image Blocker for Chrome and Opera that covers this information.

You need to read the above information in order to understand certain things about this image blocker and also in order to learn how to solve some minor problems that will occur when using this image blocker.

Best and safest Flash and HTML5 Blockers for Opera

Flashcontrol

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/flashcontrol/mfidmkgnfgnkihnjeklbekckimkipmoe/

Flashcontrol for Chrome and Opera is the only flash blocker we currently recommend since it blocks more flash content than any other flash blocker we know of.

For all the instructions on how to install and use Flashcontrol for Opera, read the information on Flashcontrol for Chrome and Opera that covers this information.

Note: If you use other flash blockers than those we recommend, you might encounter various problems, such as that pdf files won’t show themselves without disabling the flash blocker etc., and other possible conflicts.

Disable HTML5 Autoplay

But in order for the above flash blocker to work properly, you need also to download and install an extension that blocks html5 content from automatically playing on youtube and on other websites that you are browsing, such as this one:

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/disable-html5-autoplay/

Note: Since html5 is becoming the new standard online, is not enough with just a flash blocker anymore; and most youtube videos are also automatically played with the new html5 format when available.

For all the instructions on how to use Disable HTML5 Autoplay for Opera, read the information on Disable HTML5 Autoplay for Chrome and Opera that covers this information.

Flash Blocker Plus

Note: This information about Flash Blocker Plus is only saved in case the current Chrome/Opera compatibility will stop working.

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/noflash/

Note: Although this one blocks flash content (and pdf files!), it does not block html5, which is why an additional blocker is need.

This extension after installation should be activated by default. If you need to enter an exception so that flash can be activated automatically, you do so by clicking on the flash blocker icon, then press the + button to add the address already present into the exception list.

Note: I don’t have google.com as an exception. I only added it in order to make an example.

Press the X icon in the circle in order to remove the website. There are a lot of websites put into this list as exceptions as you will see after having installed the program (not a smart move, since it makes people think the program doesn’t even work!).

Only add exceptions (the + icon with the address already inserted) that are absolutely necessary or needed, since it won’t block flash content on that site if you have it added.

Note: The right arrow is pointed to where the exception button is located.

Also, when clicking the red f icon, if the f icon in the menu is red, this means the flash blocker is activated; if the f icon is grey, it means it is disabled for all websites.

Note: The down arrow is pointing towards the activated and red colored f icon, which means that it is activated. If you press on the red f icon, it will become grey and disabled.

Remember to remove exceptions if you need to avoid seeing flash content on a site if you added an exception you should not have added.

Note: If pdf files don’t load properly, disable the flash blocker temporarily and refresh the page and it will load (don’t forget to enable the flash blocker again afterwards!). If it still don’t work, you may need to disable Fast Image Blocker also, since this image blocker also blocks pdf files from loading.

Since Flashcontrol is so much easier and better to use for Opera and since it is compatible with Opera, I simply recommend that you install Flashcontrol for Chrome in Opera instead.

HTML Content Blocker

Note: This information about HTML Content Blocker is only saved in case the current Chrome/Opera compatibility will stop working.

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/html-content-blocker/

Note: This extension not only blocks html5, but also images, videos, frames, objects, css and java. In other words, it can block everything, but it cannot add exceptions, and so it is not so handy. Also, to block css and java is not recommended, unless you like to destroy sites and not be able to use them.

Use this extension only in order to block video contents from automatically playing, such as html5. To do this, press the HTML Content Blocker icon, then click on the “media” button to the far right. When you have activated it, a blue underlining will appear under the icon, and the text under the icon will read: “HTML Content Blocker | media”.

Tips: As one can see in the images of websites displayed below, how Opera decides to show a website’s thumbnail is another advantage with using this browser over the others since the others instead shows their actual content (but if one always surfed websites with images off anyway the mini thumbnails in Chrome, Firefox etc. that always pops up would also be shown without images, and so it wouldn’t be a problem).

This page can be edited to show either suggestions, or only those sites you visit or choose to put there (“Add a site” button). I always have it completely disabled though with no suggestions or any sites of my own.

Important: This is the only html5 blocker I know of in Opera that does not show the video thumbnail when disabling html5 autoplay. All others stop the video from playing but shows the thumbnail. This one completely blocks the video so that you can’t even press play even if you wanted to, and hence you would need to disable it in order to do this. But allowing oneself to see video content playing when one do not even know what it is is obviously dangerous, and for this reason and many others, we cannot recommend anyone using Opera as their main webbrowser for watching or listening to videos. You must use Google Chrome or Firefox for that since it is much safer, as is described here.

Note: After having written this above information, I later came across an extension for Opera that, if you install it, allows you to install Chrome extensions in the Opera webbrowser! This means that these problems as described above can be avoided, if you use and install Wizmage Image Blocker in Opera while having the Disable HTML5 Autoplay extension activated in Opera. Read the information on Disable HTML5 Autoplay for Chrome and Opera and Wizmage Image Blocker for Chrome and Opera that covers this information.

Best and safest Adblockers for Opera

Note: We recommend no one to use Opera’s built in adblocker since it gives the user no abilities to manually block ads or other contents of their choosing.

uBlock Origin

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/ublock/

AdBlock

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/adblockforopera/

Adblock Plus

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/opera-adblock/

I have already explained in detail why we recommend no other adblockers at present besides these; and why uBlock Origin* is to be preferred over the others with Adblock Plus preferably used alongside because of its superior manual blocking abilities.

All the information on how to configure these adblockers in order to remove all ads and add additional security and useful features, as well as all the necessary information and explanations on how to manually block all possible things, have already been addressed in detail in the Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge Adblock section. Please read it carefully.

* uBlock Origin is only to be preferred in Opera provided the user uses Wizmage Image Blocker and have it activated in Opera at the same time. The reason for this is because for some reason, in both Chrome and Opera, when uBlock Origin is activated, not all images gets blocked by Fast Image Blocker, most notably youtube embed video thumbnails (and perhaps other video sites thumbnails), among other images! I don’t know why this happens, but it does! It doesn’t happen in Firefox though, so this makes me believe it is a Chrome/Opera issue.

If you don’t use Wizmage Image Blocker for Opera (not recommended), or if the Opera/Chrome extension compatibility is removed in the future—and provided the issue remains that not all images gets blocked when using uBlock Origin for Opera—then you will have to use AdBlock for Opera instead before all others, since this adblocker in my tests did not suffer from these problems. Adblock Plus was generally safe to use also, but it did display images sometimes, and was therefore not as safe. AdBlock was close to, if not 100%, in the tests I did. For this reason, I cannot recommend any other adblocker than AdBlock if Wizmage is not used, or cannot be used, for Opera.

Internet Explorer

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Comment: “Thank you so much for the information [below]. I will implement the blockers soon for my explorer. Internet Explorer is my main web browser.”

Answer: You must not use Internet Explorer as your main webbrowser. It is complete and utter rubbish. Have you ever tried Google Chrome? (Download Google Chrome for Desktop Computer/Laptop; or Google Chrome for Mobile.)

Use Google Chrome/Opera. It is more safe, and much better.

You commit mortal sin if you obstinately continue to use Internet Explorer as your main webbrowser after having been told not to do so. It can’t block images conveniently (which means almost all people probably won’t block images on most websites because of that, since they would have to enter settings every time to enable/disable the images), it also can’t block flash conveniently (which means almost all people probably won’t block flash on most websites because of that, since they would have to enter settings every time to enable/disable flash content), and it can’t block html5 content at all.

Because of these reasons, no one must use Internet Explorer as their main webbrowser in obedience to God’s law which requires us to avid occasions of sinning when it is possible to do so, under pain of mortal sin. Using Internet Explorer is an occasion of sinning since it is not convenient to easily enable/disable images and flash content in this webbrowser, and hence most people will probably not disable images and flash all the time (and only enable it when necessary) as they must be doing. It also can’t block html5, as already mentioned, which means that people will get exposed to automatically playing videos on youtube, news sites, and who knows what else from other websites and pop up screens etc.

And there is also the specific problem that will happen when people want to see images or watch a video on a certain website with the Internet Explorer browser. And that is that they would have to enable all images and flash content completely for the whole website and for every other website (at least temporarily) in order to see the content, which is unacceptable.

In Google Chrome, on the other hand, you can just click on a button and you can enable any specific video or audio that is blocked on any website and make it play, and you could just click on a button in order to make any specific image (or all images) on any website show itself (without necessarily enabling all of them).

See this section on Google Chrome image blockers and follow the instructions:

Best image blockers for Chrome and Opera

Read the whole section above and all information about all the image blockers for Google Chrome that you must be using in order to make this browser perfectly safe.

Then read the flash/html5 section that starts afterwards and do as it says:

Best flash and html5 blockers for Chrome and Opera

Install all the same addons as explained above, then start reading the information about the Adblockers:

Best ad blockers for Chrome Opera Safari and Edge

You don’t have to read all the information about every adblocker for Google Chrome. It is enough if you read the uBlock Origin entries if you decide to use that adblocker (which we recommend you to do).

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Internet Explorer is almost completely useless and is not recommended to be used by anyone, not only because it has almost zero support for extensions, but also because it is so bad, as anyone would know who have ever tried another webbrowser.

If people don’t use a webbrowser that can use extensions to full capacity (or if they don’t have an Adblock, Flash block or Image block installed) they must change internet browser and install the extensions by virtue of obedience to God’s law that demands modesty and the avoidance of occasions of falling into sin when it is possible to do so.

See the entry on Google Chrome webbrowser which is the best and safest webbrowser to use of them all.

But it sometimes happens that people have no other webbrowser to use, such after a clean install of Windows. No problem, it can be made safe and can block images even without extensions.

Internet Explorer 11 is also available for Windows 10, although it is not easily found.

Just search “Internet Explorer” in the Windows 10 search and you will find it.

Why you should completely disable images in Internet Explorer even if you never use it

Note: Because many desktop programs uses Internet Explorer’s desktop functionality in their pop up screens or other ad-related content, this means that if you completely disabled images in the Internet Explorer settings, you will never see their ads, their images or whatever else they want to impose on you.

If you have no other webbrowser at hand or want to block images manually in Internet Explorer options, go to “tools”, “internet alternatives” or “options”, then go to “advanced”. In the multimedia section, you will see a text which says, “show images”, uncheck this and press ok. No images will now be shown. To make images appear again, follow the same steps. You can also disable java and flash and other related objects on the same advanced option page in Internet Explorer.

How to disable flash in Internet Explorer

Note: To my knowledge, this fix works only for flash related content and does not block html5 from automatically playing.

If you want to block flash manually in Internet Explorer, click on the “gear” tools icon, and then select “Manage add-ons”.

After having selected “Manage add-ons”, look for an object called “Shockwave Flash”, and then click on it and “Disable” it.

After disabling it, all flash content will get blocked automatically.

Best ad blocker for Internet Explorer

For those who want to use it occasionally for various reasons, such as website builders or htlm editors, there is also an adblock extension available:

https://adblockplus.org/en/

After installing the Adblock Plus program, in order to make the Adblock Plus icon appear in Internet Explorer 11 (for Windows 10), right click anywhere on the white column at the top of the webbrowser, and select “status bar”. The status bar will now show itself at the bottom of the webbrowser. Now enter Adblock Plus options and uncheck “show non-intrusive ads”.

Note: The Adblock Plus icon is now visible in the status bar at the bottom right side of the image.

How to change homepage in Internet Explorer

We also advice everyone to change the default homepage in Internet Explorer to www.google.com (or www.google.com/ncr if it redirects you to some other language) in order to avoid seeing immodest material on Microsoft’s own default homepage. You do this by clicking “tools” (the gear icon), then “internet alternatives” or “options”.

When finished, press ok.

Microsoft Edge, Safari, and others

I have not tried every other webbrowser, so I cannot tell how good they are or how well they work with every extension. But in all likelihood though, none of them will be as convenient or user friendly or safe as Google Chrome or Opera, provided one follows the instructions and installs the same extensions as described in their detailed instruction, and for these reasons, I cannot recommend any other webbrowser to be used except for Chrome or Opera.

If you still want to use any other webbrowsers (which we do not recommend since they may not be safe), the recommendations and detailed descriptions already mentioned above will probably apply to the same extensions for any other webbrowser. For instance, AdBlock is the same in Opera as in Chrome (and I presume in Microsoft Edge and Safari); AdBlock Plus is the same in Google Chrome and Opera and almost the same in the Firefox version (and I presume in Microsoft Edge and Safari); uBlock Origin is the same in Chrome, Opera and Firefox (and I presume in Microsoft Edge); and Fast Image Blocker is the same in Opera, Firefox and Chrome (this image blocker does not seem to be available in other browsers at present).

Note: If Microsoft Edge or Safari do not have Flash blockers, html5 blockers, and image blockers, no one must use these webbrowsers as their main webbrowser since they would be unsafe to use.

However, it sometimes happens that people have no other webbrowser to use besides from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer (and I presume Safari for Mac users), such after a clean install of Windows 10. No problem. Internet Explorer can still be be found and used in Windows 10. Just search Internet Explorer and it will show itself.

See the Internet Explorer section above for information on how to block images manually and change homepage in this browser.

Explorer is much more safe to use temporarily than Edge since Edge can’t block any images manually at all as far as I know. Edge’s start page is also more dangerous since it shows large pictures that I fear can be immodest.

Open this browser with caution if you have not changed its start page yet. Try to avoid looking at the screen or only looking at the address bar with your head tilted upwards (this works well if one has glasses and has poor near sight), and just type anything into the address bar and press enter in order to escape their site. When you have done so, you can safely enter options and change the start page. To do so, click the three dots “…”, go to “Settings”, then go to “Advanced settings”. Here you can change the homepage to www.google.com or www.google.com/ncr if it redirects you to some other language.

Note: Remember to press the save icon just to the right where you are typing when finished (shown in the red circle).

Also change “Open new tabs with” to “A blank page” in order not to be exposed to any lascivious material from Microsoft. To do so, click the three dots “…”, then go to “Settings”, here you will find “Open new tabs with”. Change it to “A blank page”.

Any other extensions that are different for various webbrowsers, such as different flash/html5 blockers, or other image blocker extensions should work in the same way as already explained in the Chrome or Firefox sections. But then again, it is highly likely that the same problems as described on the Firefox section applies to every other webbrowser on the net, since none of them probably have the same kind of convenient and easy to use Image Block extension as Google Chrome has, which means that more people may grow tired and disable the Image/Flash Block extensions frequently unless they use Google Chrome.

Again, read the information about why Google Chrome is so much more recommended and why we want everyone use it as their main webbrowser before any other.

Codes for manually blocking google, yahoo and bing content with adblock filtering rules

uBlock Origin

The following codes below applies only to uBlock Origin (see the codes below for AdBlock and Adblock Plus) and blocks the image content on all different google languages sites:

google.*##.th

google.*##[id^="apthumb"]

google.*##[id^="vidthumb"]

google.*##[id^="imgthumb"]

google.*##[id="uid_0"]

google.*##[src^="data:image/jpeg"]

google.*##[class="rg_l"]

google.*##[class="rg_di rg_bx rg_fr"]

google.*##[class="rg_di rg_bx rg_el ivg-i"]

google.*##.rg_di.rg_bx.rg_el.ivg-i

google.*##.rg_fbl

google.*###rg_s

google.*##.y.yf

google.*##[class="_ekh"]

google.*##[class="_ygd"]

google.*##[class="_Cjf"]

google.*##[class="th _lub"]

google.*##[class="th _lyb _Yqd"]

google.*##[class="iuth"]

google.*##[class="sidebarcover"]

google.*##.top._vQb._mnc

google.*##.bia.uh_rl

google.*##._zyj

google.*##._Udi.vk_c

google.*##._PBj._uyj

google.*##._lyb.th

google.*##.rg_i.rg_ic

google.*###rg_hi

google.*##.rg_i

google.*##._ygd

google.*##._bgi

google.*##._tek

google.*##._lub.th

google.*##._X6c

google.*##._tLg

google.*##._WCg

google.*##._NJb

google.*###\5f xQd

google.*###uid_8

google.*##.abspos

google.*##.iuth

google.*###uid_0

google.*##G-IMG

google.*##.sidebarcover

google.*###summary-frontcover

AdBlock, Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin

Since the above codes with the asterisk * character does not work on AdBlock and Adblock Plus, the block code needs to be changed. Although the below codes can be used in uBlock Origin, this is not recommended.

Note: Since I removed “google.com” from the codes below (otherwise it would be “google.com##.th” and the same for the rest), this means that these blocking rules now applies to all the websites on the internet and hence includes every google language website in the world that different people may use. It is highly doubtful that any other website uses the exact same code as google so there shouldn’t be any problems. I have not encounter any problems on any site so far, but you could always pause the adblocker temporarily if some problem would occur on some website while still having an image blocker enabled. That would show if it is the custom filter list that is causing the problem, or if it is just the site that did not load properly or having some temporarily problem.

##.th

##[id^="apthumb"]

##[id^="vidthumb"]

##[id^="imgthumb"]

##[id="uid_0"]

##[src^="data:image/jpeg"]

##[class="rg_l"]

##[class="rg_di rg_bx rg_fr"]

##[class="rg_di rg_bx rg_el ivg-i"]

##.rg_di.rg_bx.rg_el.ivg-i

##.rg_fbl

###rg_s

##.y.yf

##[class="_ekh"]

##[class="_ygd"]

##[class="_Cjf"]

##[class="th _lub"]

##[class="th _lyb _Yqd"]

##[class="iuth"]

##[class="sidebarcover"]

##.top._vQb._mnc

##.bia.uh_rl

##._zyj

##._Udi.vk_c

##._PBj._uyj

##._lyb.th

##.rg_i.rg_ic

###rg_hi

##.rg_i

##._ygd

##._bgi

##._tek

##._lub.th

##._X6c

##._tLg

##._WCg

##._NJb

###\5f xQd

###uid_8

##.abspos

##.iuth

###uid_0

##G-IMG

##.sidebarcover

###summary-frontcover

Note: If you have these codes enabled in your adblocker, this means that all unnecessary google images and thumbnails will not work at all, and you will need to completely disable or pause your adblocker in order to make any image content show itself again (icons in mail.google.com and similar things etc. will still work).

These codes should block every single image and every single video thumbnail appearing on google (as of 2016) in addition to block every single summary book-frontcover in google books but still allowing you to read the content. But if there are still image elements that does not get blocked in google, or if they make changes in the future that will require new blocking codes, please let me know and I will look into it.

I can also make rules for other search engines if needed (or any site for that matter), but in that case you will have to contact me about it, but as it is now, I would prefer people using google since I believe it is the better search engine anyway.

The only other search engines I have manually generated some total block codes for is bing and yahoo:

bing.com##IMG

bing.com##[id^="emb"]

yahoo.com##IMG

search.yahoo.com##IMG

search.yahoo.com##IMG[class="s-img"]

search.yahoo.com##IMG[class="s-img d-b"]

images.search.yahoo.com##UL[id="sres"]

images.search.yahoo.com##IMG

Note: These block codes are recommended to be used even if you use an image blocker installed since (1) it will make google, bing and yahoo more safe to use, (2) not all image blockers blocks search engine images and thumbnails, (3) future updates of the addons that currently block those images may change and start to show them. One can just never know what will happen.

A lot of sites like Breitbart have any number of advertising disguised as news articles and oft times herald by a grotty little picture. Those sponsored links don’t seem to get blocked by basic adblocking tools. Now one thing that annoys me a bit where there are ads for a fortune teller on Cath-info who is dressed as a priest. A person can right-click and say the ad is offensive or just change adblock settings.”

There is a solution to the problem of ads being shown despite having an Adblock installed and activated. Please read the following instructions carefully all you who need to start using an adblocker or need help to get rid of all the ads.

Also remember not to disable your adblocker for any website ever, for just because some website tells you to do so does not mean that you should do it, or that you need to do it. Why? Because it is not lawful for you to expose yourself to potential bad and lascivious commercials or advertisements just because some website is after a profit!

Optional but may be necessary for some: Search for and download “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware” and do a scan, you might have malware giving you ads. This link should work for direct download (I hope): https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/thankyou/

Also uninstall your adblock and reinstall it. Then click one or several of the links below for the Adblock and webbrowser you want to use (we recommend uBlock Origin before all others):

uBlock Origin for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge

AdBlock for Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge

Adblock Plus for Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge

uBlock Origin for Firefox

Adblock Plus for Firefox

Note: You need to use Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari (mac only) for the above adblockers. Microsoft Edge do support extensions now with the new anniversary update of Windows 10 and AdBlock and Adblock Plus is available in their store, but I can’t tell you if they are any good. Internet Explorer is almost completely useless and has poor support for addons and no one must use this webbrowser as their main webbrowser since God’s holy law demands that we must do what we can in order to avoid exposing ourselves to occasions of sinning; and this obviously includes surfing the internet with Adblockers, Flashblockers and Imageblockers.

You are right that some websites like daily mail are chock full of provocative images and it would be in everybody’s good interest to block sites like this using a web browser blocker or something.”

Blocking websites is good for those who have an evil habit of falling into porn etc. or that simply refuse to surf with images off or use flash blockers, but if people “only” block bad sites and still continue surfing with images on, then they will still expose themselves to the danger of falling into sin. If a person doesn’t want to start surfing the internet with images off, as I fear most won’t do, then there is a problem.

Pope Leo XIII, Exeunte iam anno (# 10), Dec. 25, 1888: “Now the whole essence of a Christian life is to reject the corruption of the world and to oppose constantly any indulgence in it…”

How to disable Windows 10 advertisements

Note: I believe most if not all advertisements in Windows 10 is related to the Windows Store application and Cortana. So if you do not create a Windows Store account, and even uninstall Windows Store completely, and have Cortana disabled, this should lessen or remove the risk of encountering any unwanted advertising on your system.

Note: Windows 10 will/may reinstall uninstalled applications after mayor updates, such as happened after the Anniversary update, when the following programs (among many others) was re-installed into my system: Windows Store, Twitter, Xbox, Office 360, Skype, News, Movies/TV, Music, various Games etc.

How to disable Windows 10 Lock screen ads

To disable Windows 10’s lock screen ads, click on your “Start” menu, and open up the “Settings” app by clicking on the gear icon on the left side of the start menu (you can also search “settings” and press enter).

From here, choose the “Personalization” setting, and then navigate to the “Lock Screen” tab.

Once this is open, find the field that reads “Windows Spotlight”, and click on the box. You can switch this to display either a “Picture” or a “Slideshow”, depending on your personal preference.

Choosing a “Picture” or a “Slideshow” will disable Microsoft from automatically pushing ads to your login screen without your permission through the “Spotlight” feature.

Lastly, once you’ve selected the new style of login screen, be sure to un-check the option for “Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen”.

This will disable Microsoft from automatically pushing ads to your login screen without your permission.

How to disable Windows 10 Start menu ads

The ads, which are labeled “suggested”, are for apps in the Windows Store, and are prominently featured in the “Most Used” section.

To make these “suggestions” go away, go to “Settings”, then click on “Personalization”, go to “Start” and then flip the “Occasionally show suggestions in Start” switch to the “off” position.

How to disable Windows 10 Start menu live tiles and pictures

Live tiles might seem cool, but they are mostly just irritating, flashy, real or animated distractions. You can turn off live tiles pictures, which will convert them to a static tile. You just need to right-click on a tile, and select “Turn live tile off”.

After installing Windows 10, the start menu is filled pre-installed programs that automatically displays live tiles. I would recommend everyone to simply remove (right-click and click “Unpin from start) and turn off all the live tiles (right-click and select “Turn live tile off”) from start and completely uninstall those useless applications (i.e., xbox, office 360, skype, news, movies/tv, music, twitter etc.).

How to uninstall Windows 10 pre-installed bloatware programs

Many of Windows 10 pre-installed bloatware programs cannot be uninstalled by Windows 10 uninstaller. But there is an easy fix for this. What you need to do it search for and download CCleaner.

Direct download link:

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard

With this program installed, you can easily uninstall every single application in Windows 10 that you don’t want or need. I would recommend that you uninstall every single application that you will never use or that are just useless distractions (i.e., xbox, office 360*, skype*, news, movies/tv, music, twitter, etc.). To do this, open CCleaner, click on “tools”, then “uninstall”. Here, go through the list of programs and uninstall what you want.

* By uninstalling the Office 360 and Skype bloatware programs you won’t “Get Office” or “Get Skype” notifications on your system. These notifications come even if you already have the programs! (Notifications can also be turned off.)

Also see: Why you should completely disable images in Internet Explorer even if you never use it.

How to Get Rid of Nagging Tips in Windows 10

Windows 10 also has helpful “tips” that often serve to push Microsoft apps and services. Tips have included recommendations to use Microsoft Edge for better battery life, and an encouragement to use Microsoft Edge so you can earn Microsoft rewards points.

If you’d like to just use your own preferred applications without Microsoft nagging you, you’ll need to disable these tips. To do so, head to Settings > System > Notifications & Actions and disable the “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows” option.

Note: If you don’t want to receive any notifications by Windows 10’s Action Center at all, disable the “Get notifications from apps and other senders” option as seen in the image above (I have all the notification options disabled).

How to Disable or Restrict Cortana in Windows 10

If you are lucky, you may live in a country where Cortana is not even supported yet so this won’t be necessary!

Microsoft doesn’t want you to disable Cortana. You used to be able to turn Cortana off in Windows 10, but Microsoft removed that easy toggle switch in the Anniversary Update. But you can still disable Cortana via a registry hack or group policy setting. This transforms the Cortana box into a “Search Windows” tool for local application and file searches.

Cortana has become increasingly restrictive since Windows 10’s release. It was previously updated to ignore your default web browser. Cortana now always launches the Microsoft Edge browser and only uses Bing when you search. If that sounds like something you wouldn’t want to use, here’s how to turn it off.

Disable Cortana via the Registry

Rather than editing the registry yourself, you can download howtogeek’s Disable Cortana registry hack. Just open the downloaded .zip file, double-click the “Disable Cortana.reg” file, and agree to add the information to your registry. They’ve also included an “Enable Cortana.reg” file if you’d like to undo the change and re-enable Cortana later.

You’ll have to sign out and sign back in–or restart your computer–before the change will take effect.

Stop Cortana From Bouncing on the Taskbar

Cortana doesn’t just sit on your taskbar and wait for you to start talking to it. Cortana will regularly bounce in place, encouraging you to try using it.

If you don’t want Cortana nagging you, click the Cortana search bar, click the Settings icon, scroll down, and disable the “Taskbar Tidbits” option. From then on, Cortana will sit quietly until you want to use it.

If you don’t want Cortana running at all, you can choose to disable Cortana with a registry or group policy setting. Microsoft removed the old, easy toggle that lets you disable Cortana with the Anniversary Update, but the registry and group policy tricks still work.

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