Stop autoplaying videos on the Yahoo News home page
I see a lot of complaints about videos autoplaying when news articles are opened. That's annoying because it is unnessarily chewing up bandwidth. Recently when I first go to the Yahoo news home page, a video autoplays on the upper right side of the screen. I find this extremely annoying. I've used Yahoo News as my primary online news source for at least 12 years and now I think I need to look at less intrusive alternatives.
Which ads?! Are they joking? Okay everyone it's time to block ALL of their ads AS well as their automatically playing Yahoo preferred news videos.
1) Block all Yahoo non-moving ads that pose as real articles that say in hard to read light grey colored texted "sponsored" by using free plugin "Ad Block Plus" and tweaking it's preferences to block every got darn ad on Yahoo.
ABP also lets you block pictures that are offensive. Right click and block the "image" of any ad sponsored by light blue triangle logo "AdChoices".
2) And to further financially punish Yahoo for selling out to branded celebrities and products, stop Yahoo's preferred "Must Watch" automatic playing videos with free "Flash Block Plus." browser add-on/plugin. No more automatic play in the background. Bye-Bye.
Make Yahoo News a pleasurable experience again.
ISSUES?: If you are having issues installing browser plugins then you have a virus. This happened to me all of sudden my Yahoo turned into times square.
1) Make sure your system is up to date, Open Start menu search for "Windows Update". Expect 30-45 mins and a system restart.
2) Install and run anti-virus program. Expect 30-45mins for it to check all system files for viruses. MAKE SURE YOUR BROWSER IS CLOSED OR THE VIRUS CAN"T BE REMOVED and you'll have to blow another 30mins to run/remove again.
3) Quarantine or remove all viruses by checking boxes or some act other than "ignore".
4) Restart your computer.
5) Tweak your browser plugins. I had to right click on an ad to switch ABP back on.
Done and Gosh Darn You AdChoices.
I agree completely on this. It is extremely annoying. Not only that but the auto-playing of ads before you can watch a new story if you do decide to actually watch a video is INCREDIBLY frustrating. Making me sit through up to a half a minute worth of loud obnoxious commercials is not acceptable. I simply close the page and move on frustrated that I didn't get to watch or read the story that I wanted to.
ralph thornton commented
I have been using Yahoo! forever as my home page. But this new deal with the sound coming on suddenly is totally unacceptable. I play music from Sirius over the Inet and DON'T want to hear an ad. If this is not fixed, I will find a (quiet) new home page.
Mike Yazbek commented
No, we're not giving you that information. Just fix the stupid people who decided the old format wasn't good enough for you. The older format does not cause Firefox to crash because of all the running scripts. Why should we give you that feedback when you didn't ask us about whether we even wanted the new formats?
You're KIDDING right? What do you mean you have no idea which ads and "infomericals disguised as news videos" are automatically played? Just stop the damned things please... If I want to listen to an ad on an infomercial, I'll click on it.
Please stop ALL auto play videos. This includes ads and news videos. I can't even read an article (which I prefer) before a video starts up, then while trying to read comments the article moves to the next one. Some ads start playing and I can't even find them to try and shut them down. I also miss the old home page, liked the Dow report in plain view. I also hate having to click two or three times to read a whole article. I have tried to like your new format but I have lost my patience.
I concur. This needs to stop or I'll stop using Yahoo. I've been a Yahoo user since it's inception. It's the only search engine I use. Please stop the bandwidth chocking videos!!!
It does not matter what ads we are seeing.
All video ads are bad. ALL
Some of us pay for data and these worthless things eat up my data allowance and do nothing except aggravate me.
Doug Lerner commented
I used to love coming to read Yahoo News, but it's very disruptive to have videos with sound auto play ever time I visit the site. So I resist coming back now, and just drop in from time to time to see if that is still happening.
It's incredibly annoying and distracting.
Yahoo, please stop with the "WILL MAKE YOUR JAW DROP" ****. I realize you are all in the 7th grade there but the rest of us are over 13 and don't think someone's dress or bad photoshopping is going make our draw drop. It's bad enough you have to have one ad per article in this POS website now but do we have to be insulted on top?
Ava Garrison commented
dear Best Regards at yahoo product support...well Best, I am glad you took the time to think this through. Knowing which of the thousands upon thousands of ads you post would make it difficult for you to know which was the most annoying. So Best, let me spell it out for you; You know sometimes you just have to go with a hunch, like when someone asks to stop the ads and they pluralize the word, that tends to mean it's a lot and not just one. Like my response to you Best, people are probably not going to name their children, 'Best'. But after thinking about it, I suspect you are probably a computer and your creator thrilled as he/she was, named you, the Best! Where regards came from well you got me there Best.
ESAD U ****
which ads? hmmm let me see, carls jr, toyota, honda, chevy, ford, pepsi, mtn puke (er dew), cars.com, compare cards, the talk,peak life,, us solar, travelzoo...
question yahoo support, how do I flag YOU for inappropriate comments....'which ads?' WTF, I bet you get your news from Foxnews.....
Hey, support: ITS ALL OF THEM! What, you just work here but don't use the product, is that it?
First, the YAHOO.com home page has changed - and I hate it. Second, due to that change Anything you choose to click on requires a second (Read More) click or even third click to get the story/video. Third, as to the ANNOYING ADS that were mentioned, don't pretend you don''t know what we're talking about Marissa! You know exactly what you are doing. Here's example, click on 'woman stuck in car', that sounds interesting, whats the first things you see AN ANNOYING AD. Bam! - Drop the mic - walk out! In same example you have to initiate a third click to read the F-ing story (sorry for the cursing). Change is inevitable but why is it every time Yahoo changes something its worse not better.
This is the worst I-net experience...I understand you have for commercial reasons to post commercials but to have them popping up and start running while I read the main article is ridiculous. Be honest Yahoo, is this an idea of a brilliant Indian IT guy to collect clicks without clicks in fact?
I hope you will show your professionalism and you'll ban this practice.
Anyway, I made a pledge (and I am not the only one) to obsessively avoid all the services and products advertised aggressively.
Yes, please take away the video ads. It took me a few seconds to find which ad was playing in the 10+ ads on the right side. It would also be nice if you didn't auto play the article video. Most...maybe only some of us can actually read and don't want some news person to read us the story.