Auto-block Adobe Flash Invitations?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by CWLee, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. CWLee

    CWLee Guest

    I don't have Adobe Flash Reader installed, and I don't want
    to install it. Lately, on more and more websites I visit
    I'm being invited to download this free Adobe Flash Reader
    software, sometimes 4 or more times. Each of those
    invitations takes over a minute to appear, and during that
    time nothing else is available at that URL.

    Is there a way to automatically block these Adobe Flash
    Reader invitations?

    I'm using Windows 2000/Pro, and OE/IE.

    Many thanks.

    CWLee, Oct 30, 2006
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  2. CWLee

    xfile Guest


    From the perspective of a (any) web browser, it is to inform or alert you
    that such plug-in has been required by the web site so that you could either
    to accept and install it or refuse it. It is a legitimate alert and will be
    done by almost all browsers.

    It is the developer(s) of the web site that has to consider if using those
    plug-ins are needed and would cause confusions and/or annoyance for
    visitors. Of course, there is no standard answer for it. It is for this
    reason that our sites do not require any third-party plug-in including Flash

    Hope this helps.
    xfile, Oct 30, 2006
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  3. CWLee

    CWLee Guest

    (See my comments/questions inserted below, preceded by +++)

    +++ With respect to the Adobe Flash Reader/player in
    question, it has never been required in order to view the
    website. It has been REQUESTED so that, I'm told by others,
    the website can contain more distracting ads, obnoxious
    sounds, and other features I consider negative. That's why
    I don't want to download it.

    .... by the web site so that you could either
    +++ Yes, I realize it is a legitimate alert, just like the
    alerts that tell me the website wants to install a cookie,
    and gives me a choice to allow a cookie or not - and even to
    say NO automatically to all future cookie requests if I
    want, or to all future cookie requests from that particular
    website. I was hoping there was a similar way to say no to
    all future requests to download the Adobe software
    +++ I don't recognize your email address, so I don't know
    your reference for "our sites". Are you speaking for
    +++ Yes, and I thank you for what you wrote and for any
    further clarification to my response.

    +++ Thank you.

    CWLee, Oct 30, 2006
  4. CWLee

    xfile Guest


    No, I'm not with MS and have no association with it in any way (thank God,
    I'm happy for that), except using its products.

    It's just an example of design considerations for our company web sites.

    Finally, I don't know if you can turn off the alert without installing
    player, most likely not.

    Sorry can't be of more helpful.
    xfile, Oct 30, 2006
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    onclejon Guest

    I have shared your experience.
    Simplest thing is to install Flash and then disable it if the messages you
    are getting are because the site does not see the file, not because the
    tool is not working. If the problem is that you have an old version of Flash
    you need to get the uninstaller from Adobe and uninstall, reinstall the
    latest version and then disable it.
    I found Flash was troublesome but nonetheless useful in some places, like
    sites for Tennis tournaments, Wimbledon had it going really well. So having
    it nut only turning it on when you want it is a good compromise
    onclejon, Oct 30, 2006
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