How to Stop Audio Ads on Web Pages

By Christina Hadley

Audio ads are distracting and annoying. Web pages with random sounds are especially cumbersome to the blind that depend on screen reader voices. To overcome the burden, there are some solutions built into browsers. Safari users should follow Apple's latest releases; they may someday integrate a sound panel into the interface of their browser. Fortunately, Safari blocks audio ad pop-ups by default, which is helpful. Internet Explorer users can escape hearing pesky ads by turning off the browser's sound. If viewing Web pages without sound is inconvenient, then your best option is to install Mozilla Firefox. Firefox's advanced pop-up blocker features, combined with a five-star add-on, AdBlock Plus, stops the intruding audio ads in their tracks.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac OSX 10.4+ or Windows

Install Mozilla Firefox on a Mac OS X

Step 1

Visit www.mozilla.com.

Step 2

Verify if the recommended version of Firefox is compatible with your operating system. If necessary, click the "Other Systems and Languages" link to find a suitable version.

Step 3

Click on the "Download Firefox" button. If the first version offered was incorrect, click "Download" in the category of your preferred operating system and language.

Step 4

Wait for the file to download. A window containing the application will open.

Step 5

Drag the "Firefox" icon from the open window to the "Applications" folder.

Step 6

Drag the "Firefox" icon into your dock.

Install Mozilla Firefox on a Computer with Windows

Step 1

Exit all running programs except your current browser.

Step 2

Visit www.mozilla.com.

Step 3

Verify if the recommended version of Firefox is compatible with your system. If it’s incorrect, click the "Other Systems and Languages" link and find a suitable version.

Step 4

Click on the "Download Firefox" button. If the first version offered was incorrect, click "Download" in the category of your preferred operating system and language.

Step 5

Wait for the file to download.

Step 6

Run the Firefox installation. Note that Windows Vista and Windows 7 users may suddenly see a "User Account Control" message. Click "Yes" if the "User Account Control" message appears. Doing so will cause the software's welcome screen to appear and allow you to proceed with the installation.

Step 7

Click "Next" on the welcome screen. A "Setup Type" box becomes visible.

Step 8

Select "Standard" to install Firefox's recommended configuration.

Step 9

Check "Use Firefox as My Default Browser," if it's preferred.

Step 10

Click "Next" to continue the installation.

Step 11

Check the "Launch Firefox Now" box.

Step 12

Select "Finish."

Step 13

When the browser launches, leave Firefox open to adjust its pop-up settings and install the AdBlocker Plus add-on.

Disable Pop-up Ads in Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

If the Firefox browser is not open, launch it.

Step 2

Click on "Firefox."

Step 3

Select "Preferences."

Step 4

Open the "Content" panel.

Step 5

Check "Block Pop-Up Windows."

Step 6

Click on "Exceptions."

Step 7

Add or remove Web page addresses to control the source of acceptable and unacceptable pop-up windows.

Step 8

Exit the "Exceptions" window by clicking on the red exit dot.

Step 9

Close the "Preferences" panel.

Install the Mozilla Firefox AdBlock Plus Add-On

Step 1

Launch Firefox.

Step 2

Visit adblockplus.org.

Step 3

Click on the "Install Adblock Plus" link. It's on the add-on's homepage.

Step 4

On the Installation Web page, press the underlined "Install Adblock Plus" text. A pop-up window appears.

Step 5

Select "Install Now." An "Add-Ons" window appears.

Step 6

Click "Restart Firefox" when the installation is complete.

Turn Off the Sound in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Choose "Tools."

Step 3

Click on "Internet Options."

Step 4

Select the "Advanced" tab.

Step 5

Find the "Multimedia" section in the settings box.

Step 6

Deactivate the "Play Sounds in WebPages" box.

Step 7

"Apply" the change.

Step 8

Click on "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • Audio ads disguised as Web page windows can circumvent Firefox's pop-up blocking feature. AdBlock Plus increases your control over audio ads.
  • Do not install Firefox from a limited Windows XP account.