FlashBlock

FlashBlock

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 3 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.2.11.12
File Size:
23.75KB
Date Added:
December 17, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
6,106
Downloads Last Week:
6
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will prompt a local download of the Google Chrome extension. To install the extension directly, open the file using your Chrome browser.

Editors' review

Flash technology has been both a blessing and a curse for Internet users. It's brought us wonderful Web sites like YouTube, but it's also been responsible for annoying, slow-loading advertisements, cumbersome Web site splash pages, and those much-despised autoplaying videos. Fortunately for all of us, there's FlashBlock. This simple Chrome extension lets users control how they interact with Flash elements online.

FlashBlock installs easily and performs its magic with little user input. Once it's installed, anything that's Flash-based--ads, videos, whatever--will be replaced by a circular button with the Flash logo on it. If you decide that you want to view the Flash item, simply click the button, and it will appear and function normally. The extension can be disabled for entire Web sites--a helpful feature for sites like YouTube--and users can optionally hide the placeholder images. FlashBlock blocks not only Flash but Shockwave, Silverlight, and Authorware as well. That's pretty much the extent of FlashBlock's features, but as far as we're concerned, it's enough. We think Flash is great, but when it's misused it can be a serious online irritant. FlashBlock lets you choose how Flash functions in your online environment, and we love having that choice.

FlashBlock is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this extension to all users.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.3

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current Version:

    3.3

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "Great but causes issues"

    August 07, 2012   |   By face_palm

    Version: FlashBlock 1.2.11.12

    Pros

    Works fine on simple sites

    Cons

    On some sites, like e-cards.com, it completely hides flash without replacing it with a placeholder.

    The developer of FlashBlock was also caught by Google spreading malware on his website, ruzanow.ru.

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  • 5 stars

    "FlashBlock works great"

    June 05, 2011   |   By leadfoot1000

    Version: FlashBlock 1.2.11.12

    Pros

    It blocks all of the flash I get in my emails and when I go to a site and it has flash. It's gone and all I have to do if I want to see the flash video or whatever.Just left click if I want to see it. Not having shoved down my throat everytime.

    Cons

    None whatsoever

    Summary

    Can't live without it. I need it so band width won't get to big. So far with flashblock I have saved a lot of band width. If you don't use it and cry about all the overage in band width. Suck it up and move on and install flashblock.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very good to have it"

    March 18, 2010   |   By Carlos Poblete

    Version: FlashBlock 1.2.11.12

    Pros

    You can stop the many flashes that show up when your read an article in a newspaper using your browser

    Cons

    It is too early to say

    Summary

    Later

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