Replace Ads with Art in Mozilla Firefox
Article by George Norman
On 10 Feb 2009
Ads can prove to be very annoying, especially when they advertise something you will never ever need, or when those Flash animations eat up so much of your system’s resources that the Firefox browser starts to act sluggish (has happened to me on numerous occasions). We have already covered an efficient means of blocking ads in Firefox as well as Chrome, but the Add-Art add-on is something special.

Add-Art is a Mozilla Firefox add-on that at no cost whatsoever will considerably increase your user experience. Instead of blocking annoying ads altogether, it replaces them with images of contemporary art. In layman’s terms, instead of a blank space right in the middle of the web page, where the ad used to be, you are randomly presented an image from the Add-Art database. Even is sometimes you will not particularly like what you see (contemporary art can be confusing), you should not blame the add-on. After all, it is doing what you requested: removing ads.

Advertising

“Add-Art provides the millions of AdBlockPlus users with an alternative to blank space. Art shows are hand selected by curators of contemporary artists to bring the museum onto your screen and into your everyday activities. We'll bring new art shows to your browser every 2 weeks. Add-Art is partially supported by the New Museum/Rhizome in New York City and provides small stipends for artists and curators for their participation,” says the Add-Art team.

Add-Art works with Firefox version 2.0 through 3.0. If you are still using Firefox 2.X, then you should upgrade immediately. Mozilla has pulled support for this software product and continuing to use it poses a security risk to you and other people using your machine. The latest stable version of Mozilla’s take on the browser is Firefox 3.0.6.

If you would like to get Add-Art, a download location is available here.



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