Monday 26 April 2010

Get Rid of Embarrassing Ads

There's nothing worse than sending your students to or showing your students a website only to discover it is covered in embarrassing or unsuitable advertisements.

Most of you who use any websites with students will probably have seen these IMVU ones which seem to appear even on very respectable websites.

Well here's a really easy way to get rid of them. Just go to Enter the URL of the site you want to remove the ads from and click on 'Go'.

Now you have the site without the ads.

If you want to make sure the ads don't appear next time you go there or when you send your students to the site, just copy the URL from the top of the page and use that as your link. That's what I've done here, so if you click the link now you should be able to see the page with or without ads.

This won't work with every ad from every sites, but it can get rid of quite a few on most innocent sites.
  • You should also check to see if you can navigate around the site and make sure it has blocked any legitimate features of the site.

Adout isn't perfect but it's a free and easy way to get rid a few potential embarrassments particularly if you work with younger learners or students from more sensitive cultures.
There's even a browser button that you can add to your browser.
Just click on it if anything unexpected appears and it should help you to get rid of it.

I hope you find this useful.

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Nik Peachey


Buthaina Alothman said...

Nik, thanks so much for this post that came just in time for me :) is just what I needed for my a wikipage created for my Science English classes where I have a link to! I feel much better now :)

Thank you, Nik for your time and great effort helping ESL/EFL teachers everywhere...

Nik Peachey said...

Hi Buthaina

It's always a pleasure to be able to share something useful.




jenniferdobson said...

Many thanks Nick
As always extremely useful. Thanks for protecting the kids.