|Test Your PC for Content Blocking Software|
Some ad-blocking software can remove text from a web page.
Note: Norton Internet Security 2007 is a massive improvement on previous versions and a pleasure to use. It, apparently, does not have an ad blocking feature. This is great news.
Open Norton's main menu > Click Norton Anti-Spam > Click Ad Blocking > Click the 'Turn Off' button (if it is showing). After doing this you may need to remove any cached pages from your internet cache to ensure that you are viewing 'fresh pages' (that are being displayed as intended).
Open Norton's main window > Double Click on "Ad Blocking" > Uncheck "Ad Blocking". (Leave "Pop up Window Blocking" checked or unchecked as you wish). After doing this you may need to remove any cached pages from your internet cache to ensure that you are viewing 'fresh pages' (that are being displayed as intended).
Check the software's documentation for instructions on how to turn it off. If you are struggling to find out how to do this, search its help files and online FAQ's for phrases like: ad, blocking, ad-blocking, ad blocking (without the hyphen), advert blocking, content blocking, etc.
As a computer owner, you have the right to choose what you see on your computer screen.
But, please don't forget that 'content blocking software' or 'ad blocking software' can alter the appearance and meaning of the content of a website. Some 'content blocking software' (such as Norton) has even been known to reverse or nullify the meaning of the information that a website provides. Also, the terms 'advert blocking' and 'pop-up blocking' are often, and wrongly, interchanged on many web-forums causing (or reflecting) confusion amongst internet surfers. Furthermore, 'adware' is another thing that confuses the issue even more, as explained below.
The following, lighthearted, example shows how ad blockers can radically alter
the meaning of a web page's content:
So, if content / advert blocking software is installed on your computer, please:
The following screen grabs were taken from this page: http://www.startinbusiness.co.uk/flowchart/4flowchart_equipment.htm
The first screen shows a web page with 'content blocking software' disabled on the user's computer. The second screen shows the same page with Norton Internet Security 2005 running on the user's computer.
Note that, in the unblocked page, we mention 'PC World' (retailers of Norton Software).
Then, in the second screen, if you look carefully, you can see that the software that PC World sells is purging the retailer's name from the web. What an ironic twist!
Screen 1 : Norton's blocking feature disabled. Content is displayed as authors intended.
Screen 2: PC World's name blocked by Norton Internet Security 2005
We don't mind the fact that the Norton Software is helping to rid the World of the most annoying examples of dastardly, evil, online advertising - some advertising tactics can be a burden to the users in terms of time and data transfer costs. Webmasters will just have to 'tone down' their advertising methods and consider charging subscription fees to heavy users of information, services and support.
We do mind, however, about the fact that the software makes us sound like we are writing with, like, a gert lush Bristolian accent, like.
More importantly we, now, have the added responsibility of conspicuously informing ALL our users about these issues because a FEW may have forgotten that they have ad blocking software running on their computer.
If you are a home user you can download some FREE* anti-virus software called "AVG":
Go to: http://www.grisoft.com
On that page > Click "AVG PRODUCTS" > "AVG Free Edition".
*The AVG software is free for non-business use; see their terms and conditions for details. AVG Free Edition is for private, non-commercial, single home computer use only. Use of AVG Free Edition within any organization or for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. Your use of AVG Free Edition shall be in accordance with and is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the AVG Free Edition License Agreement which accompanies AVG Free Edition.