Yay for safari adblock

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  1. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    I have noticed from time to time Safari would go nuts and suck up 80-90% of the CPU and send the temps up and crank up the fan. I would then have to go on a witch hunt through the numerous tabs I had open and try and find the ad banner that's going nuts and close it (or just kill Safari). I started poking around and found http://burgersoftware.com/en/safariadblock to do a nice job in reducing Safari's CPU utilization.
     
  2. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    I find not using Flash solves this problem quite nicely too. :D
     
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  4. dudup macrumors regular

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    Click To Flash is also a wonderful addon that does the trick. It replaces all Flash embeds with a static image, and you just have to click to load that blocked embed:

    http://github.com/rentzsch/clicktoflash/tree/master

    works great with Safari 4 beta.
     
  5. dwsolberg macrumors 6502a

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    When I try to download the software, I get an XCode project. Does anyone know how to convert this into code and get Safari to use it?
     
  6. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Scroll down to
    "Download ClickToFlash 1.4fc6 here."

    (or whatever version is in the future).
     
  7. stoconnell thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool. I was hoping some other folks would chime in with alternate solutions. My brother has confirmed that the Safari Adblock worked with Safari 4.
     
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  9. dwsolberg macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for not calling me stupid... I sometimes don't pay enough attention.
     
  10. dudup macrumors regular

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    Adblock might work, but it's blocking just ads, not embeds -- i.e.: video embeds you may stumble in Google Reader, or other stuff that might start autoplaying and hogging your CPU.

    If the point is to block Flash, ClickToFlash is 100% guaranteed. It'll graceful block ANY Flash which you can easily activate again by clicking on its place holder. I really suggest you give it a try! :)
     
  11. dudup macrumors regular

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    Don't mind, I did that same wrong click. Twice.
     
  12. andreab35 macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/7A300g Safari/525.20)

    I was planning to consider AdBlock or ClicktoFlash. ClicktoFlash sounds more promising.
    Does ClicktoFlash free up the CPU, reduce heat, and improve the performance of Safari on the MBA? I have a Rev. B.
     
  13. dudup macrumors regular

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    All it does is block all kinds of Flash content, replacing it with a static image with the same size as the embed. If you click one of those images, it'll automatically switch to the original embed, without reloading the page.

    Simple as that.

    I have a Rev. A, which is way more sensitive to Flash than yours. I can assure you that it does help me a lot by unloading unnecessary stuff as I browse. It won't make any miracles, but I like it so much that I'm using it on my iMac at home, which never had a problem handling Flash.

    I don't mind the extra click to play a Youtube video, for example.
     
  14. stoconnell thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The Safari Adblocks removal of flash banner ads from the various sites I frequent has greatly reduced the load on the machine and dropped the temps and cut down on the number of times the fan kicks up above 2500 RPM. I suspect ClickToFlash would be even more effective. In my case, the Adblock achieved what I was after; however, I man play with layering them. Not sure if they are exclusive or not.
     

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