Get rid of social crap in your browser
Friday, June 24, 2011 7:18:34 AM
There are even some extensions created for blocking all this garbage, but there's no need in them thanks to mighty content blocker in Opera.
So let's begin.
- Read this article completely
- Copy the address list provided below to clipboard
- Find where's your Opera profile is located (Help -> About Opera, entry "Opera directory")
- Close your Opera
- Open file <Opera profile>\urlfilter.ini
- Paste to the end of it previously copied url list
- Save file
- Start Opera
There's the list of blocked addresses learnt by experience and SmSniff software. Fortunately external social net scripts are usually located in specific places so the social nets themselves won't be blocked. Let me know if something goes wrong.
You may select only those social nets which you need to block. For example if you use to tweet some stuff deselect Twitter addresses or deselect (RU) social nets if you're not Russian. Remove blocking of AddThis/AddToAny/etc if you use at least one of its share capabilities.
Important note for VKontakte.ru. URL http://vkontakte.ru/js/api/* is used for embedded audio/video players and applications so it couldn't be blocked without function loss. So this address is commented out for now.
I'll try to keep this list up-to-date. Feel free to notify me if something's unexpectedly broken on social nets' sites or if there are some other non-blockable social net buttons.
WARNING! This method WON'T remove the "Like"/"Share" buttons themselves on each site! Many sites load these buttons locally from the same domain so it's nothing to do with them. But the external scripts would be blocked anyway.