Disable Text Ads

By Grant Goodale Last update Dec 29, 2008 — Installed 96,710 times.

Script Summary: Disables inline text ads from Vibrant Media (IntelliTXT), AdBrite, Infolicious (lingoSpot), Kontera, Linkworth, EchoTopic, Targetpoint (defunct?), MediaText (defunct), ResultLinks, Chitika and Infolinks. Version 9.0, updated 12/28/2008.



This script does exactly what it says - it hides contextual ads within a page so you, the user, can once again safely mouse over your browser window. Currently, version 9 will block ads from Vibrant Media (IntelliTXT), AdBrite, Infolicious (lingoSpot), Kontera, Linkworth, EchoTopic, Targetpoint (defunct?), MediaText (defunct), ResultLinks, Chitika and Infolinks.

Version 9 adds support for blocking ads from Chitika, InfoLinks and ResultLinks.

Credit to Brian Donovan for the basic approach. his JS is clearly better than mine. Credit to Mike for the original code for blocking Linkworth ads, and Decriptor for additional Linkworth and Vibrant Media blocking code.

Since I can't write a review of my own script, I'll respond to the comments made in my sole review here: Vibrant Media doesn't use their own javascript tricks to insert the pop-up in their example page (http://www.vibrantmedia.com/whatisintellitxt.asp); they just embed the popup as part the page HTML. (Have a look at the source of the page, if you're so inclined.) If you want proof this works, I'd suggest testing on a real-world Vibrant Media customer. As of this writing, http://extremetech.com uses IntelliTXT in their article bodies.