The World of Annoying Ads

Published On February 25, 2008
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Annoying Advertisements

In the modern Internet World, the increasing number of advertisements and the never ending list of ad-networks are making the Internet users’ experience worse than ever. How to get rid of them? Is there a way? I am sure people are using a lot of ad blockers, but today I am not sharing any ad blocking techniques but will share the types of annoying ads present on the Internet.

Audible Ads

The most offensive ad ever made is the one that plays audio on your personal computer without warning. The one thing I hate is when I open a website and it bursts my speakers when I am working in the night. Both the advertiser and the website publisher should be totally blamed for this. Most of the online advertising companies say that one out of ten video advertisers want audio when you roll your pointer over the ads.

Flash Animated Ads

I know that the revenue brought in by the advertisers is important but what about the irritating Flash based ads? Is there anything that can be done to remove these ads? The worst thing is that the advertisers make it really difficult to close these floating ads until they are completely animated. They always float into what we read and you also have to wait until they stop animating before you can close them.

Page Takeover Ads

How much more annoying can online advertising be? You just cannot escape from popular page takeover ads like the banner ads that stretch into full- page screens when you point the cursor at them and they would not stop until you move your mouse away.

Minesweeper Ads

Sometimes pointing over the content on a website can be like a game of Minesweeper. You make a one wrong move and then ads frustrate the heck out of you. Reading the article or content becomes an exercise in frustration and futility as these ads pop up every time you mistakenly allow your cursor to move.

Distracting Ads

Have you ever come across those dancing, blinking, irritating and mesmerizing ads? Well, you will find them all over the internet by Normally, Internet users love to hate such ads. LowerMyBills dancing ads are the most annoying ads ever made. The dancing ads that you see are a celebration of saving money.

Scary Ads

There are some online ads that redirect the user to a page that start installing a scareware program that reports false security threats on the user’s computer. Malicious banner ads on websites like are pushing down some of the most difficult to remove adware or spyware around. The main aspect of these ads is that they do not need interaction from you and websites deliver them very innocently. It will be your bad luck if you come across one of these scary ads.

Infected Ads

This pop-up ad can redirect you to a booby-trapped website where you will find free software which can harm your computer. Always check your security settings when you face such a situation.

Video Ads

These kinds of ads are getting a lot of popularity nowadays. Imagine yourself browsing a website with an online ad about cars and suddenly you see a little fellow walking into the ad and starts selling cars to you. Such ads are bound to distract you and they also hog unnecessary bandwidth.

Tailored Ads

Some ads are tailor made by companies who want to know about your surfing habits so that they can send related advertisements in the form of marketing material to your e-mail addresses. Privacy activists are strictly against these ads and are urging the Federal Trade Commission to create a “Do not Track” policy to avoid the online marketers.

Misguiding Ads

Often you will see advertisements which will display a cross button which you will naturally click to close the ad, but you will immediately find out that it is just an image that takes you to advertisers’ website after you click on it. There are other examples of such ads which will never point out what their actual hidden motive is.

So if you want, you can also add to this annoying list of ads or just leave some comments.

21 replies on “The World of Annoying Ads”

Sharda Ramachandran Reply

Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads
up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why
but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

Dvdrip Reply

yes, this is a very useful article & thankx for showing up the ad’s format. I’m a Publisher but i never go beyond the Text & image banner ad’s. I too hate Pop-up’s.

Bob Jerkins Reply

I like the ads that advertise for their competitors. eg: You’re at and you see AT&T ads. Love it.

Lati@s 666 Reply

Once, I was (trying) to listen to Evanescence Eternal (I’m depressed, okay?), and the video played just fine, but then this retarded ass ad interrupted the video. Okay, no problem. I closed the ad. About 10 seconds later, the same goddamn ad popped back up. I closed that one, too. After that, the video wouldn’t play anymore, because those piece of shit ads made the video buffer so bad! (You know, waiting for, like, 20 seconds for half a second of video, and then it starts buffering again DX) FUCK YOU ADS!!! WHY?!?

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Joe Reply

The worst is when the audible ad (usually launched from a video player, such as on a site featuring a news story) starts playing uncontrollably. You can’t pause or mute the video, and it blares at volume 50X louder than the actual video itself. The worst ones though are the stupid banner ads (usually with some animated image) that say:


There’s usually some picture of a random person staring at me. One has this creepy old guy who nods his head every time you mouse over. The advertisers also recycle the same image and change the message.

george michael Reply

What i really hate are the adds that look like they’re part of the content but then play a flash video, and the adds that have images travel across the actual screen of what your viewing. As if im going to listen to a guy trying to sell me something when he’s walking all over my page.

I also hate the Page Redirect adds, especially the one that says you have security alerts. The minute long adds before videos on video players are a pain, too.

larry Reply

you can shrink the page so it can be moved, and move the Advertisement part to beyond the screen. that’s what I always do, very effective.

orion Reply

The websites wtih redirect pages that hijack your BACK button, so clicking on it doesn’t return you to the previous page but redirects you usually right back to that page. I hate that.

zain Reply

and the “you have just won 10000 dollars!” ads!! “click here to claim ur prize!”
hello.. u think we’re that mad??

Rudolf Reply

Amen on the sound adds. Espesially because I like to have my headset on max and tune all my programs’ sound to match. BAM!! ear crit.

Funked Reply

Flash Animated Ads

Yes, you can block flash ads. I use Firefox and I’ve installed a great plugin called flashblock. It wont delete the ad, but it stops the ad from playing. If you want to run the ad, you click the play button that’s displayed inside where the ad would be.

soleh Reply

Yeah, some ads are annoying. I think Google adsense is the best ads as they are simple and informative to website owner.

SteeL Reply

yes, this is a very useful article & thankx for showing up the ad’s format. I’m a Publisher but i never go beyond the Text & image banner ad’s. I too hate Pop-up’s.

Infected ad’s is the Worst thing that is a sham thing for the Publishers. I would suggest users to use Firefox cus Firefox prevents cross site Scripting & never use any JAVA scripts while u r logged in on any sitethey may Steal ur cookies.

– SteeL

kiro Reply

oh… don’t be too upset. I’m sure somehow or rather they will get a consequence to their deeds.

If we all ignore or boycott these ads. It will soon disappeared.

Michael Aulia Reply

I totally agree with your Audible Ads comment.

I was putting the code on my blog for the audio ads (it pay 5 cent per visit), and then decided not to.

I respect my readers more than some cents into my pocket!

Talking Website Reply

Thanks for the list. I especially appreciated you bringing to mind infected ads. I think so many people are careless and end up wrecking their computer systems because of it.

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