Flashblock

Flashblock

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 12 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.5.17
File Size:
106.78KB
Date Added:
September 17, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
38,923
Downloads Last Week:
38
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Firefox: 2.0 - 4.0b8pre.

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

Editors' review

Flash adds multimedia effects to Web sites, but not everyone wants that. Some people find Flash animations annoying or distracting, or they're concerned about privacy and security. And for some, it's all of the above. Developers have responded with a variety of tools designed to block all or some Flash animations from loading. We took a look at Flashblock, a free Flash blocker for Firefox and other Mozilla browsers as well as related browsers such as Netscape. It blocks Flash, Shockwave, and Authorware in both Macromedia and Adobe versions.

After we installed Flashblock and restarted Firefox, the first thing we noticed was the "F" logo placeholder instead of blocked content in our animated weather gadget. Browsing to several other major Web sites that use Flash technology confirmed that Flashblocker was preventing Flash content from loading. Moving the cursor into the blocked content's placeholder frame changed the F logo to a Play button. When we clicked it, the blocked content played normally. Flashblocker didn't block non-Flash content like images and other forms of animation, nor did it keep pages from loading quickly and completely (except for blocked content). We accessed Flashblocker's tabbed options via Firefox's add-ons manager. These options are minimal, chiefly consisting of a check box to also block Microsoft's Silverlight and a whitelist for adding sites allowed to run Flash.

Even if you've got lots of bandwidth and PC power, there are Web sites so choked with animations that they never seem to stop loading. Try throwing Flashblock at them. It proved an effective tool for blocking animated ads and other Flash-powered nuisances, yet we could view any blocked content we wished just as easily as playing a video.

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  • 5 stars

    "Never leave home without it."

    January 19, 2012   |   By jandsm5321

    Version: Flashblock 1.5.15.1

    Pros

    Easy to use, great features, and is very effective.

    Cons

    Some websites (like online survey websites) don't let you use the right click in your browser so you can't permanently enable flash for those websites.

    Don't see a way to manually add sites to the allow list either.

    Summary

    I hate unnecessary flash adds and such loading while I'm using the internet, and I hate pornographic garbage that is frequently used in ads online. I use Flashblock to get rid of the flash, then use Firefox's built in image block feature to get rid of the rest that I don't want to see.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent!"

    September 18, 2008   |   By morgaine101

    Version: Flashblock 1.5.4.1

    Pros

    I absolutely LOVE this Firefox extension. I use dial-up and embedded flash items would severely slow my download times. Now I can decide when I want to see the flash item or not. Thanks Lorenzo Colitti and Philip Chee.

    Cons

    I have no cons whatsoever to discuss about this product.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great Addition"

    June 03, 2008   |   By gettinoriginal

    Version: Flashblock 1.5.4.1

    Pros

    Blocks all flash, no more waiting for unwanted Video to load before page completes. Able to initiate flash when wanted.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very good!"

    January 22, 2008   |   By JoyceNgo

    Version: Flashblock 1.5.4.1

    Pros

    FlashBlock is one of the first extensions I got ever since I downloaded Firefox. This tool helps you block unwanted or wanted flash movies and objects and has a play button asking if you would want to play the flash movie or not. I find this very useful because I hate advertisements with flashy and annoying animations. This add-on saves you the annoyance, and is very useful.

    Cons

    Although it blocks ads, on certain websites or objects (myspace music player), after clicking the play button, it would just block the entire flash object instead of playing it. Only flaw so far..

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  • 5 stars

    "Thank you for this Add-On!"

    April 18, 2007   |   By BlueFeathers

    Version: Flashblock 1.5.2

    Pros

    Works seamlessly for me. I abhor those flashing, blinking annoying Flash banner ads, and this add-on does the trick in banishing them. Nice programming!

    Cons

    None.

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  • 5 stars

    "a way to block those anoying flash Ads"

    February 05, 2007   |   By manmur

    Version: Flashblock 1.5.1

    Pros

    Finally a way to block all of the flash ads or any other type of flash you do not want to be playing on your PC. All of the flash being blocked form the site are replaced with place holders with a "play" button so you are able to see the flash if you want to see it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Fantastic"

    October 19, 2006   |   By BlitzkriegBullet

    Version: Flashblock 1.5.1

    Pros

    One word. Fantastic! It blocks those annoying color changing ads all over myspace and stops peoples profiles that have around 1o videos on their pages. It stops the ads with the smileys that make faces and noises and buzzing bug ones as well on photobucket.com. It also helps websites load faster.

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  • 5 stars

    "Block unwanted flash, see wanted flash."

    September 30, 2006   |   By Brent_Cox

    Version: Flashblock 1.5.1

    Pros

    Automatically blocks all flash ads and replaces them with a Flashblock icon. To see the flash, just click the icon. It's very simple and solves the huge problem of unwanted flash ads. This is today's equivalent of a pop-up blocker. Take back your internet viewing and never have to see an obnoxious flash ad again.

    Cons

    None.

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  • 3 stars

    "Good"

    May 01, 2006   |   By PC_Techie

    Version: Flashblock 1.5.1

    Pros

    Effective way of choosing what flash movies to play, also saves brandwidth.

    Cons

    Useless if you use NoScript and javascript is disabled for that site.

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  • 5 stars

    "Wow"

    April 12, 2006   |   By SonicAdvDX

    Version: Flashblock 1.5.1

    Pros

    Just, wow. This is an amazing extension. It speeds up the loading time of countless sites (even Download.com) and replaces all Flash applets with a nice little Macromedia "f", and it even keeps the original proportions of the applet, so the page isn't distorted at all. A simple click and it loads just as fast as it normally would, and in the exact same way. (Plus, it's another great way to cripple those annoying talking ads.)

    Cons

    None. Not a performance hit in sight. (But, of course, how many resources does it take to not load something?)

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