Are you bothered by online advertising?

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Most websites nowadays feature adverts, some are simple banners while others are ‘trackers’ that follow people around the internet and appear on different websites.

Many people using desktops have downloaded ‘Ad Blockers’ which is software designed to block adverts coming up on websites. It’s estimated that 40% of Britons and 200 million people world-wide have installed this software.

Apple stunned the online community this week by allowing iPhone users to download mobile anti-advertising software onto their mobile phones. The ad blocking software scans web pages to detect advertisements and prevents them from loading. There has been a huge rush to download the new software which suggests that many consumers are fed up with internet adverts.

What’s your view? Have you downloaded software to stop adverts showing on your desktop? Have you done this with your iPhone? Or don’t adverts bother you and sometimes you see a product you would like to buy and click? 

Are you bothered by online advertising?

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major red
22nd Aug 2016
0
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lizfid3
29th Oct 2015
1
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Think advertising on the whole has lost the plot. It's very annoying on the internet but the telly ads are even worse. I have RSI in my finger from pressing the mute button. Most are not even relevant to the product they are trying to promote, e.g. the cat in the spacesuit telling us it's a dog??????????????? Bring back the tin aliens in the Smash adverts!!!!
silverminx
12th Oct 2015
1
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I appreciate free sites have to make money somehow. It is annoying when they pop up and get in the way of what you are doing, when they're down the side top or bottom they're fine.
jc1
11th Oct 2015
1
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I don't like them poping up so annoying.
mack4th
28th Sep 2015
1
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I do not like unwanted adverts popping up so being new to surfers I am hoping I do not get any.
frances steward
27th Sep 2015
1
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they are very annoying.if I want to buy something ,idont need them to tell what to get I like to make my own mind up.
vee
27th Sep 2015
2
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Yes it does bother me. Whilst I appreciate it probably pays for the site I find it invasive and distracting.
kenc7478
26th Sep 2015
4
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we had Tivo in the states which had an option on TV to skip adverts. it would pause the live show then pickup when the live show started. recorded shows would not have adverts. at some point this feature was removed :-(. There was promise of an ad blocker for IE and Chrome but every version I have seen failed miserable. I did see one for the Apple products that worked but has since been pulled off ITunes due to some complaints by advertisers that they pay for the right to put these adverts on web sites and it is unethical to remove them especially when Apple itself does it
wanderoam
26th Sep 2015
2
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If you have sky, pause the adverts for a while then fast forward. Misses out all adverts. The main ones I hate are the debt ones!! People can be desperate and don't realise how much they have to pay back. Shouldn't be allowed. And the gambling ones.many more I suppose, bit full on some of them
proudie55
25th Sep 2015
2
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It's annoying when they are in the middle of the text as sometimes, when you're scrolling down, they activate + take you to the adverts website. Once there you can't go back so I end up closing Facebook instead.
Hereward
25th Sep 2015
0
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They are easy to delete
Fruitcake13
25th Sep 2015
3
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I don't mind the more unobtrusive ones that are at the edges or top/bottom of a webpage, but I detest the ones that suddenly open up and obliterate what you're reading on the webpage, especially if you click them away and they keep returning.
sixtieschic
25th Sep 2015
3
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Sometimes the pop-ups block what I'm doing and the server momentarily cuts out - or, throws me out of the page I'm looking at; find this most annoying. Some however do keep you informed but predominately they just irritate. Sorry!
Trampas1955
25th Sep 2015
0
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What do you expect in a capitalist society?
JohnHerb
22nd Oct 2015
0
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What would you like though a communist society? I went to China a few years ago and they even beam adverts onto the walls of their underground tunnels as the train is going through! There seems to be more advertising there than in the UK generally
colval
25th Sep 2015
4
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They are so very irritating, pop up when not needed and obliterate what I am reading.
jeang48
25th Sep 2015
3
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A bit annoying but if there were no adverts we would have to pay to view so maybe we should have an option to pay with no adverts (BBC) or free with adverts (ITV)!
snuffles
25th Sep 2015
0
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Do not get much junk mail - not a problem
Gerdy
25th Sep 2015
3
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Download and install Adblock Plus, it's free and blocks nearly all ads. I've used it for many years without any problem.
thefoz
25th Sep 2015
2
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The worst is Yahoo when I am trying to log in to my mail I get film clips, moving adverts or gaming clips, always fast and probably noisy but I have the sound off ! All of which are incredibly annoying.
knottyjune
25th Sep 2015
3
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I get fed up with companies just emailing me with a lot of rubbish, and just because I have looked at something previously, well I looked, I did not like or buy, so leave me alone, it really should not be this easy to get people's email addresses.
Laurelie
26th Sep 2015
0
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You can delete your cookies, that will stop the emails after you have looked at something online!
north star
25th Sep 2015
1
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it can be very annoying when adverts pop up on computor when you are busy looking or information
JohnHerb
24th Sep 2015
2
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Adverts are ok and have always been part of newspapers, magazines and the internet. the only adverts on the internet I find very annoying are those that popup or play music or videos and I have a hard time trying to get rid of them. There are a lot of adverts on youtube now in fact all videos I see on there have an advert before them either about 5 seconds or sometimes a lot longer which is boring when all you want to do is see the video but I suppose that youtube needs running and that's have they make their money.
Baxi
23rd Sep 2015
3
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I can't stand getting ads. I just want to see what I want to see. The really annoying ones are when you've just done a search and looked at a product and then it pops up every time you look at Facebook!
BirdofParadise
23rd Sep 2015
2
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any Advertising drives me nuts but especially gmail and you tube on my android. Then there is facebook with pages and games. I do not play games so they are especially annoying.
Jo Kingham
23rd Sep 2015
2
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I get it that people want to advertise but the ones that drive me bonkers are the ones that just follow you everywhere. You look at something once and then get served up an advert again and again no matter what site you are on. These shouldn't be allowed - it's like being stalked! I don't get any ads on my phone but it's probably because it's an antique.
bobd
23rd Sep 2015
0
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Don't know about ads website for senior rail card is useless
0
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I have just checked it again, and so have two other people and it seems to be working … are you logged in, and can you see the discount code you need to use? The link for the Senior Railcard website is: http://www.senior-railcard.co.uk/ and you need to copy the Discount Code from this page: https://www.silversurfers.com/silvercard-plus-offers/get-15-discount-senior-railcard/ Let me know how you get on or if you are still having difficulty as I am only too happy to help you? Sally
Wilf
23rd Sep 2015
2
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The only adverts I like are TV adverts. The oldest are the best...Cadburys smash with the Robots although I do like the Meerkat ones they are very very clever
Munsterlander
22nd Sep 2015
2
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Adverts don't really bother me. Occasionally I see something I want to buy and this applies in newspapers and magasines as well as on the internet. I do not like the type of internet advert that pops up and takes over your screen-that does annoy me. I don't seem to get adverts on my iphone so maybe it already has some device to stop adverts showing?

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