Skip to comments.Can't get rid of Macromedia, Shockwave, Flash Player popups.
Posted on 07/12/2002 4:25:31 AM PDT by JimVT
How do we kill Macromedia popup ads?
I have e-mail correspondence with one Charmaine Ramirez at Macromedia Customer Service MM who continues to tell me that it's all someone else's fault.
Says Ms. Ramirez: "...if you are trying to access a certain website other than Macromedia that contains certain graphics or animation, it will continuously pop up on your screen as long as you don't download the plug-in.
Macromedia did not give you that message. It is your system that is prompting you to download. (Note: I didn't know my system had a brain.) Certain websites use our product to create animations or requires web players in it (sic). If you do not have the proper plug-in it will prompt you to download the Shockwave or Flash Player. (Note: She doesn't say that it 'prompts' you three or four times before giving up.)
We understand your situation regarding this matter.
Once you download the free plug-in, this warning message will stop appearing"
So if I understand Macromedia and Ms. Ramirez correctly, the way to get my Internet Explorer to stop asking me to install Macromedia is to INSTALL Macromedia.
Do you suppose George Orwell is involved here?
Any help appreciated.
But when you visit a page that has these features, and you don't have the plug, the site is going to keep telling you to choose between getting the plug or not seeing the gfx.
Why all the fuss? Are you on a 2400 baud dial up?
Bottom line is 99% of the web sites I visit are in the internet zone and I have completely eliminated the problem.
Tools:Internet Options:Advanced:Browser:Enable Install On Demand (IE/Other).
Although I have a relatively limited knowledge on the life of George Orwell, I do not believe he was involved in anything related to computers.
Seriously? OK. If a webpage is designed to be viewed with Shockwave or Flash, it is assumed that when you try to access the page in question you'd probably would like to see the page and all it has to offer. That would then be only possible if the proper plug-ins were installed on your computer so that your browser could display the page as intended and designed on your monitor. Yes, the server where the offending page is held has software that will query your computer to see if the proper plug-ins are installed and if not, offer to upload and install them for you. If you don't want them installed on your machine, then reply NO. But if you really want to see the animated website, I'm afraid you'll have to swallow hard and let the software be installed on your machine.
At least they ask, as opposed to "Gator", that insidious spyware that many commercial site let loose on the viewing public. Only way to stop it from getting on your harddrive is to block access with firewall software.
Well designed Flash pages include flash detection that asks you politely if you would like to download the plugin or would you like to see the non-flash content. That being said...why not go ahead and download it? There is a lot of cool stuff being done in Flash.
Thanks for your response
Here's my perspective.
Yesterday, I went to 5 or more sites in a row with each one asking me ("politely") if I wanted to dl Macromedia or Flash Player or whatever.
Each time I clicked "NO".......only to go to the next page on the SAME site and be asked the same question again....TWICE!!
After 5x2 annoying questions I asked Macromedia (see above) how to get rid of the requests. They, in effect, said it's my problem.
As you can see from the (very good) responses to my post, I have received some excellent methods of solving the problem.
But it is not because of any help from Microsoft or Macromedia.
Internet users should not have to go to all this trouble to rid themselves of unwanted intrusions.
If you knocked on the door of a house in your neighborhood because you wanted to look inside, would you consider it intrusive if the homeowner asked you a question first?
I asked a simple question about solving a problem that I shouldn't have in the first place and every other response tells me to just bite the bullet and be a good soldier.
Am I on Free Republic here or did I take a wrong turn somewhere?
Like what? (NB, I use lynx for a lot of my browsing)