Ad Blocker Question

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Dear Computer Lady,

I have been a subscriber for several years, and have learned a lot from you. This is the first time I am submitting a question.

I have a Lenovo ideapad 110S, with Windows 10. I use Firefox as my browser, and have uBlock Origin as my ad blocker. I have been entering sweepstakes at a particular website for several years, with the ad blocker on. Recently, a popup appeared, telling me it appears that I am using an ad blocker, and to please turn it off, since they provide their content for free, etc. With the ad blocker on, I can submit about 6 entries per minute. With the ad blocker off, the ads slow down the computer, so that it takes up to two minutes to submit one entry. Quite a difference! I resent the waste of my time, and I don’t have time to enter all the giveaways under these conditions.

Is there any way I can use the ad blocker without the other party detecting it? Or, is there another ad blocker I can use that they can’t detect?

I also don’t think they should have the right to prevent me from accessing their website if I’m using an ad blocker.

Thanks for any help you can give, Rose

Dear Rose,

If you think of every website on the internet as a place of business, kind of like a small shop, it might help.

The reason this particular sweepstakes website was created is so that the owner can pay his or her bills. They offer a service to you (a convenient place to enter multiple sweepstakes) and instead of charging you for this service, they get paid by displaying ads.

I know that some game sites (like pogo) offer a paid subscription to their site that removes the ads, perhaps the site you are using has an option like that.

I don’t have much experience with ad blocking software, so I can’t help with that part of your question. Perhaps other readers will be able to help you in the comments section below.



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