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Has anyone found a solution to the insidious ads that keep popping up on some web sites practically demanding that one install "Macromedia", or "Shockwave" or Flash Player"?

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.

1 posted on 07/12/2002 4:25:31 AM PDT by JimVT
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To: JimVT
She's right. If you want the gfx and animations on the site(s) you visit, download the plug. If not, don't. Your choice.

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.

2 posted on 07/12/2002 4:40:51 AM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: JimVT
Do you suppose George Orwell is involved here?

Why all the fuss? Are you on a 2400 baud dial up?

3 posted on 07/12/2002 4:42:16 AM PDT by Glenn
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To: JimVT
AFAIK, Flash and Shockwave have not been hacked yet, unlike Java and Javascript. So installing the plug-in is relatively low risk.
4 posted on 07/12/2002 4:43:51 AM PDT by tictoc
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To: JimVT
Try a browser that allows you to reject ALL pop up windows. You can reject all pop-ups if this option is checked, whether they involve Flash, or complaints about Flash not being present. Mozilla, Netscape, and Opera all offer this as a "Preference." I haven't used Explorer in a while, although it works OK, and I don't remember if this is an available option for it--I tend to think not, at least as far as versions up to 5.5.

I can't think of an easy solution to specifically reject Flash oriented material. Disabling popups gets everything.
5 posted on 07/12/2002 4:43:57 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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It can be a little time consuming, but I can tell you what I've done to kiss the pops-ups good bye.

In IE internet zone I've disabled javascript, ActiveX, and cookies. Those sites I frequent that need javascript, like for e-mail, I've put them in another zone with it turned on. For the ones that need cookies, (like FR), they've been placed in a zone with cookies on (javascript off). Some sites like hotmail and radio require cookies and javascript and those few are in a zone with both features turned on.

Bottom line is 99% of the web sites I visit are in the internet zone and I have completely eliminated the problem.

6 posted on 07/12/2002 4:44:06 AM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: JimVT
If you are using a late version of IE, you can disable "Install On Demand".

Tools:Internet Options:Advanced:Browser:Enable Install On Demand (IE/Other).

7 posted on 07/12/2002 4:44:34 AM PDT by Glenn
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To: JimVT
Do you suppose George Orwell is involved here?

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.

8 posted on 07/12/2002 4:44:55 AM PDT by danzaroni
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To: JimVT
It's true, your machine has a brian. Kill it now. Before it can organize all the other computers in your community and they take over and launch the nukes!

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.

9 posted on 07/12/2002 4:45:16 AM PDT by woofer
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To: JimVT
Try Nemo's Ad Zapper

http://ca.geocities.com/iamnemo2001/AdZapper.html

10 posted on 07/12/2002 4:54:16 AM PDT by Mean Daddy
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I've been using a free Pop-Up Stopper and it gets 95% of all pop-pages. Click HERE
11 posted on 07/12/2002 4:59:30 AM PDT by Texas Jack
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To: JimVT
Get the plugin and be done with it.
It works...it will NOT harm your computer.
It's fast, too.
13 posted on 07/12/2002 5:36:26 AM PDT by Still Using Air
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"...(Note: I didn't know my system had a brain.) ..."
- - -
DOH !
29 posted on 03/08/2003 9:37:33 AM PST by error99 ("I believe stupidity should hurt."...used by permission from null and void all copyrights apply...)
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To: JimVT
You can also uninstall the Macromedia plugin. For PC's, go to Start, choose Settings, choose Add/Remove Programs, find the Macromedia entry and uninstall it.
31 posted on 03/08/2003 9:40:36 AM PST by Lazamataz (I have learned, over the years, to NEVER assume ANYTHING..)
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To: JimVT
Has anyone found a solution to the insidious ads that keep popping up on some web sites practically demanding that one install "Macromedia", or "Shockwave" or Flash Player"?

Just say "yes" to the download and stop whining about it.

34 posted on 03/08/2003 9:44:49 AM PST by montag813
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To: JimVT
use mozilla ... best browser around ... no popups ... http://www.mozilla.org/

snooker
36 posted on 03/08/2003 9:47:02 AM PST by snooker
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< Has anyone found a solution to the insidious ads that keep popping up on some web sites practically demanding that one install "Macromedia", or "Shockwave" or Flash Player"? >

I found freerepublic.com because I was doing a web search on 'stop macromedia'. I was amazed at the apathy of most of the replies to this thread. 'Just install it, quit whining, you'll miss out on all the cool advertisments flying all over the screen!'

You see, I too absolutely hate being constantly harassed about it. Those that say to just quit going to those sites are the most dim whitted of all. Which hyperlinks say what is going to try to autoinstall a program on your machine? And the guy that said to disable the install on demand in IE settings, do you test out your answers before you show your ignorance? That doesn't work, dude...And the other reply that said to uninstall flash in the 'add remove programs', how is that going to keep it from harassing you 2 or 3 times per page?

JimVT, you are a good man for putting up with all this abuse! And to show my appreciation, I'm going to cut loose with my 'not so great but answers your question at least' personal workaround for this asinine program called flash. Find out where your host file lives on your system, (it's different on different OSs), and add the line:

127.0.0.1 download.macromedia.com

Save the host file, then restart IE. Pages will take longer to load if they call for flash, but you won't get harassed about installing a piece of crap software so you can watch flying commercials, or even someones idiotic Inaugeral Ball presentation...And you don't have to get hit with a pie in the face, or even someone's thoughtless reply.

And yes the freeware popup stopper from panicware.com is worth it's bytes in gold!

Hold the flamejobs for a sec, I gotta get my fireproof shorts on...OK, go to it! Flame on!

Dan
43 posted on 05/30/2003 7:14:21 PM PDT by danim
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