Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Blocking Gmail ads with CustomizeGoogle

As some of you might have noticed, CustomizeGoogle has been updated a lot recently. The reason is that when Google update their source code - sometimes CustomizeGoogle needs to be updated as well.

The last three CustomizeGoogle updates has been focused at blocking Gmail ads. I've been trying to remove the ads for a while, with different results for different users. A lot of CustomizeGoogle users has reported that Gmail ads are still visible. So my guess is that this is a popular CustomizeGoogle feature.

As a result, I've now released CustomizeGoogle 0.44 that should remove all Gmail ads/related pages. I hope that this update will work for everyone and that Gmail doesn't change their code in a while.

In any case, I'll try to keep up with future Google updates!

15 Comments:

Blogger Aqua said...

The gmail ad blocking works fine, thanks. However, the froogle ad-blocking has been broken for me for a while.

5:17 PM  
Blogger thä Dýna§ý said...

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5:28 PM  
Blogger thä Dýna§ý said...

cool thanks!
and keep up the good work!

5:29 PM  
Blogger zmanzero said...

hi. love your extension, thanks for making it. have an observation about the ad blocking on gmail. i run win98 and when i block the ads then check my previous mail i get a dialog box saying *warning: unresponsive script*. i can click on the *continue* button and it disappears and everything is normal, just wondering if there's anyway to make it so that dialog box doesn't show up. thanks again, your extension really kicks ass. i'm a member of mozillazine, you can contact me there if you need more info.

5:32 PM  
Blogger bookworm said...

Works beautifully, I love it.
But I was wondering, is there away to get rid of that irritating graphic ad at the bottom of the Google search page next to the prev/next page links?

8:40 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I am having multiple crashes with gmail and customizegoogle. It happens when opening up gmail in a new tab in Firefox v1.5

5:43 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Hi. I like Customize Google alot. It has lots of good features already, but it's missing one that I would like:

I would like to turn off the "CustomizeGoogle Options..." item in the "Tools" menu.

It's easy to click "Extensions" and then click "options" in the Extensions dialog box. It's an aesthetic issue.

Here's another compliment: Good work! Really, this extension is on my short list. I'm glad you made it.

4:04 AM  
Blogger survector100 said...

CustomizeGoogle versions 0.39 and above crash my Firefox browser (1.5.0.1), but 0.38 doesn't.

I've noticed other users with the same problem as me when I did Googling about this.

This is a great extension and I hope the bugs can be worked out. Thanks and keep up the good work! :)

7:31 PM  
Blogger survector100 said...

CustomizeGoogle versions 0.39 and above crash my Firefox browser (1.5.0.1), but 0.38 doesn't.

I've noticed other users with the same problem as me when I did Googling about this.

This is a great extension and I hope the bugs can be worked out. Thanks and keep up the good work! :)

7:33 PM  
Blogger fiend said...

Customize Google is great, at least for me it always worked great, a feature you could add is the ability to remove googles yellow bars saying you should/can use search history (for people that don't care about personalized search)

12:55 PM  
Blogger Family Guy Transcript Editor said...

Hello,
Long time user...Great work.
Noticed as of Mar 31 2006 that the GMAIL ads are back....grrrrr.

Colin

3:33 AM  
Blogger diffdrummer said...

Love it! Absolutely great extension.

I was looking at info on how you accomplish the 'anonymoize uuid' function. Any pointers would be appreciated.

If I may request a feature.. my cookies are set to die as soon as I close the browser, so it is hard for me to save google preferences. Mainly turn safesearch off -> Do not filter my search results. This can be accomplished by adding &safe=off to the URL, but it is a pain in the left nut to do it for every individual search. An option to achieve the same effect would be nice.

Thanks again for writing this great extension. And more for maintaining it.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

I like the CG extension, but I really feal like its unfair to block googles ads. I never minded the ads on the search page or in my Gmail window. Isn't google loosing money because we remove their ads and use they're service for free?

3:24 AM  
Blogger Sheikh Pervez Hameed said...

This extension is very useful. But I want google ads displayed on the right side of the search page. Can you provide a toggle for it. I really miss the ads, as they are very useful for searching information.

Otherwise, this is a very well thought and useful utility.

Viewing ads is a must. Just a toggle please.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Hong Xiaowan said...

If share the money, ads on gmail also ok. Give freedom to user is good.
The Google Applications of Sitebases Protocol

9:39 AM  

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