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Review: ClickToFlash stops automatic loading of Flash content in Safari

Keep Flash videos, pop-ups, and ads from starting automatically in Safari using comprehensive options included in ClickToFlash for Mac.

ClickToFlash for Mac successfully prevents Flash content from loading automatically in Safari during your Web browsing sessions, thus freeing you of annoying pop-ups, ads, and auto-play content that just slow down your Web browser.

ClickToFlash for Mac installs as an extension to the Safari Web browser and works with an additional plug-in blocker that the developer has available. After opening, it brings up a Web page where the preferences may be altered. This page includes five separate tabs, each controlling distinct features. The first contains a number of options for converting Flash to HTML5 format, actions likely too advanced for the casual user. You also can control which sites will use the extension, and any sites where this will be excluded. Other options include the media player selected, shortcut menus, and setting an extensive number of keyboard shortcuts. While the default options appear to be adequate for most users' needs, more explanation as to their functions would have been welcome. When surfing the Internet during testing, sites with Flash content did not start playing. Instead, a button appeared in the window on a gray background. Clicking this bypasses the program and plays the video. While this did not change the speed of page loading significantly on the test computer, those with slower machines and slower connections would likely notice a difference.

ClickToFlash for Mac performs well, and aside from a few of the more advanced settings, could benefit any user. If you want to have the option to decide which Flash content will be visible to you during your Web browsing sessions, then this extension is for you.

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