When aggressive websites and advertisers hook into your browser, your online experience can slow to the point of frustration — even uselessness!
But the right software and settings, both built-in and add-on, put you back in control.
What to do when ads ruin your Net experience
Reader Gerry Lewis’s favorite sites are being swamped by seemingly unrelated background activity.
- “My favorite weather page is WeatherUnderground.com, but lately it’s been getting slower and slower to load. What I notice is that after the page appears, a stream of URLs starts flashing across the Status bar at the bottom of my IE 8 screen.
“I can’t write fast enough to list them all, but I see things flashing by such as: ligit, Facebook, pixel, pause, Google, admeld, Twitter, adserver, doubleclick, mookie, radblast, connectixity, tribalfusion, bluekai, … Well, you get the idea.
“Waiting for the page to finish loading across my 5Mb DSL connection, the weather has changed by the time I get to read the current forecast.
“I also used to go to the MSNBC page a lot, but the same thing was happening there, too. I eventually gave up on the site.”