I made the mistake of installing Flash for Mozilla a while back to view a few web sites that ...oh it hurts to say this... required it for access. Now I get all these dumb ass flash ads showing up on Yahoo and other sites.

Is there a way to enable or disable it on a per-domain basis (sorta like pop-up and ad blocking)? I'm using Mozilla Firebird 0.7 on Linux (if that matters). There's nothing in the UI that claims to do this, but I have to wonder if there isn't some hiding preferences file setting I can tweak to keep this crap out of my face for the 95% of times I don't want to see it.

Anyone know?

UPDATE: As the comments below note, the "Flash Click to View" plug-in kicks much ass in this regard. Bye-bye flash ads. :-)

Posted by jzawodn at January 19, 2004 01:23 PM

Reader Comments
# Justin D. Brown said:

I haven't used it myself, but I know of an extension for Firebird, called "Flash Click to View" that will at least prevent Flash widgets from loading unless you choose to allow them to.


on January 19, 2004 01:30 PM
# Bill said:

I use the "flash click to view" plugin. Love it - prevents downloading of bandwidth hogging flash files, plus keeps the more graphics-intensive ones from hogging the cpu.

I don't mind most flash, or even flash-only sites. I've seen some damn cool ones.

on January 19, 2004 01:36 PM
# Sérgio said:

I use "Flash to View" and it works fine..

on January 19, 2004 01:43 PM
# Matt Brubeck said:

I use Flash Click To View myself, but the Zap Plugins bookmarklet (remove all plugin content on a page), the Nuke Anything extension (right-click to remove a single image or object), and the AdBlock extension (block or allow content based on regular expressions) also provide different ways to do this.

on January 19, 2004 02:04 PM
# Matt Brubeck said:

Oops, here's the correct link for Flash Click To View.

on January 19, 2004 02:05 PM
# Bill said:

It's really lame how on-topic posts get deleted here..

on January 19, 2004 02:14 PM
# Jonas Galvez said:

Put this on your userContent.css:

*[type="application/x-shockwave-flash"][width="728"][height="105"] {
display: none;

I'm a Flash developer, but I feel your pain. Flash is great for developing applications. Too bad it's more widely used to these other purposes...

on January 19, 2004 02:58 PM
# Peter van Dijk said:

As many people noted the Click to View extension, allow me to elaborate on another point: try 'about:config', it shows a lot of stuff that's not otherwise clickable.

Some of those options are described in the excellent Firebird FAQ, several are mostly undocumented but possibly useful nonetheless.

on January 19, 2004 05:10 PM
# Srijith said:

If you haven't been using it, do try out Privoxy. If you have, just add:

{ +block }
#Blocks all swf files.. you might want to selectively allow specific sites later.

on January 19, 2004 05:29 PM
# Olivier said:

You can try this plugin for Mozilla/Firebird : http://adblock.mozdev.org/

on January 20, 2004 02:15 AM
# Stacy Mark said:

Flash does get used in bad ways... but is there really ANY application that doesn't get used in bad ways ???

Flash is an easy target because its in your face, but other app's are behind the scenes.

on January 20, 2004 06:20 AM
# Oscar Merida said:

I'll have to seocnd the recommendation for adblock, I use it with Firebird both on a Windows PC at work and a Debian PC at home without a problem. Blocking flash and ads is just one click and * away.

on January 20, 2004 10:29 AM
# Mike Mchacker said:

"No Script" has an option (not on by default) to disable flash. I also has an option to enable the outline of what would have been a flash banner/ad and then you can click on it to see the flash ad.

"No Script" is awesome. It allows you to control java script and a few other things too.

Get it at the official flash plugins/extensions page.

You won't ever look back.

I wish there was something for IE like "No Script".

on June 16, 2006 12:12 AM
# Aldo said:

I've tried to install Flash in my Mac Powerbook, but get a prompt that says I don't the application/x-shockwave-flash plugin. Where do I get it and how do I install it to make my Flash player work?

on June 6, 2007 06:06 PM
# Aldo said:

I install Flash on a system X Power PC Mac book but it does not install and I still get the message I don't have the application/x-shockwave-flash plugin. it sends me back to where I started to download the installer. Please help. Thanks.

on June 7, 2007 09:51 AM
# amy Amor said:

I am trying to install Flash 9 on my Macbook OSX and I am also getting the message that I don't have the application/x-shockwave-flash plugin. Did you find a fix to this problem? Please help!

on July 20, 2007 08:52 AM
# Brett said:

Me too, me too. Flash 9 on Macbook OSX 10.4.10- tells me I don't have the
app/x-shickwave, etc, and then sends me back to the beginning. And in
the meantime all video functions seem to have been disabled, which were
running fine just before this debacle

Any help appreciated

on July 24, 2007 03:33 AM
# Fil said:

I'm on Intel based Macbook Pro - mac os X 14.4.10 - Safari.

I lost my Flash plug-in after trying upgrading Flash Player 9

In my brouwser I get this message :

The page “De Gentenaar Online” has content of MIME type “application/x-shockwave-flash”, but you don’t have a plug-in installed for this MIME type. A plug-in should be available on this page:


Do you want to open the page?

When downloading FP 9 I get error message :

Error creating file.

1008:5,-5000 access denied error

Can someone help me ?


on October 5, 2007 03:41 AM
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