7 enhancements and add-ons to fix common internet surfing problems

As awesome as the internet is, surfing the internet can often be annoying. Here are a few enhancements and add-ons to help resolve common internet annoyances.

We’re talking about annoyances like autoplaying videos on websites, banners to accept cookies on a page, chat popups, and sticky headers that take up space. These distractions and repetitive tasks take up too much thought space and make surfing the fun. It’s time to get rid of these internet irritants once and for all.

You must have seen these annoying pop-ups since the EU passed the GDPR law. They take up a large part of the screen and indicate that the website is storing cookies and that you need to click the “I Agree” button to continue.

I am not interested in cookies recognizes the message on any website and automatically presses the button for you. You won’t see this annoying pop-up again. It works on all browsers except Safari. You can also install it on Firefox for Android. Of course, this means that you give websites permission to store cookies.

Before installing the extension, you may want to know how cookies affect your online privacy. However, if you still click “I Agree” every time, you’ll download the add-on for a less intrusive browsing experience.

Download: I am not interested in cookies Chrome | Firefox | Opera | Edge (For free)

2. Hello Goodbye (Chrome, Firefox): Hide live chat support pop-up windows

A new trend in websites is to add a small pop-up chat tool to entice customers. These are often bots, but even if it’s a real human, the chat bubble is annoying when all you want to do is browse. Hi, Goodbye is blocking these live chat support popups by default.

If a chat window is blocked, the extension will get a stop called “Help”. This means that it is actively working on the site you are on and you can turn it off with one click to bring up the chat window.

Hi Goodbye is open source for anyone to review the code claiming no trackers are being used to violate user privacy. If you don’t want to use the extension, you can add the list of chat and sales widgets to any ad blocker you use.

Download: Hello, goodbye for Chrome | Firefox | Edge (For free)

3. AutoplayStopper (Chrome): Stop autoplaying videos on websites

The automatic playback of videos is the most annoying internet trend of recent times. Far too many websites now start playing a video as soon as the page loads, and often it doesn’t even have anything to do with the article you are reading. AutoplayStopper is here to put an end to that.

The extension does exactly what it says it does, deleting any HTML5 video before it can run. You’ll see a thumbnail and you’ll have to hit the play button to start the video — just like it should always have been.

AutoplayStopper has some smart features that make it better than other ways to stop Flash and HTML5 videos from automatically playing. You can whitelist specific websites and allow an entire session on one website. So when you surf YouTube, only the first video will be blocked, but after that the rest will play automatically when you open it.

Download: AutoplayStopper for Chrome (For free)

4th Sticky duck and ZapFixed (Chrome, Firefox): Remove sticky items like headers, social sharing buttons

Many websites always show their headers, footers, social network share buttons, and other items no matter how much you scroll. It is distracting while surfing and is often completely unnecessary. When screen space is important to you, Sticky Ducky removes all of those redundant and unwanted objects.

Sticky Ducky retains the original formatting and design of the website so it is not like one of those “read mode” apps. Instead, it’s a simple script that temporarily changes the page’s CSS elements.

And of course, these elements have not completely disappeared. You can see these headers or buttons by hovering your mouse pointer over where they would normally appear, by scrolling up once (the best option on touchscreens), or by scrolling to the top of the page. You can also whitelist some websites or specific webpages that always allow these items.

Download: Sticky Ducky for Chrome | Firefox (For free)

ZapFixed is another similar tool that is only available to Chrome User. In our tests, it worked better than Sticky Ducky for media and news sites. It’s a little temperamental, however, and you sometimes have to do it twice or thrice before it works.

Download: ZapFixed for Chrome (For free)

5. Content blocker (Chrome): Remove items to customize favorite websites

There are some websites that you visit more often than others, right? Social media, shopping, some news outlets, a sports website, or your favorite tech blog like us. You like 90% of it, but you don’t care about 10%. The content blocker allows you to remove the 10% of items that you never use and don’t want to see.

Visit the website and click the content blocker icon in Chrome’s extension bar. The entire page is given a red overlay, and you can now interact with each element. ‘Close’ any item you don’t want to see, just like when you press X. close a window. Continue until you’ve customized the page to your liking.

If at any time you want to return to the original page, click the button to undo all changes. This is a fresh start every time so make sure you only use it when you really need it. If you just want to check the whole page once, open it in an incognito window that doesn’t turn on the content blocker.

Download: Content blocker for Chrome (For free)

6th NSFW filter (Chrome, Firefox): Block NSFW images anywhere on the web

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It’s happened to all of us before, hasn’t it? An inappropriate image appears on the screen, accidentally or not, at exactly the wrong time when someone else is looking at it. The internet doesn’t always warn you about Not Safe For Work (NSFW) images being served, so this filter will fix the problem for you.

The NSFW filter uses computer vision algorithms to scan all the images open in your browser tab and detect which are NSFW images. And it will just block them. After that, you or someone will no longer be able to see them. The extension is open source and runs in your browser without collecting any data from the user.

In our tests, the NSFW filter works quite well, although some images can still beat the system at times, especially when it comes to thumbnails. Even so, it’s a 90% success rate which is great.

Download: NSFW filters for Chrome | Firefox (For free)

7th No thank you (Chrome, Firefox): All-in-one stimulus blocker, but paid for

No, Thanks combines many of the above features in one browser extension and adds other ways to deal with hassle. Unlike the other free add-ons, it costs € 9.85 annually, but it might be worth it considering what it can do:

  • Blocking and auto-close all kinds of newsletter popups

  • Block chat, feedback and contact boxes in the corner

  • Block the ‘Install our app’ boxes and toolbars

  • Block “Allow Notifications” pop-ups

  • Block the “Allow us to know your location” request

  • Blocking and auto-close all kinds of polls and opinion pop-ups

  • Block website reviews, ‘Website Protected By …’ and similar boxes

  • Block toolbars that offer website translations

  • Block the Scroll Up Buttons

  • Block large ‘Login / Register’ popups

  • Block video boxes in the corner

  • Block the “Pay” and “Subscribe” boxes that offer premium services

  • Block pop-ups with suggestions for shopping, reading and similar

  • Automatically confirm that you are 18+ years old if necessary, if you really are

It might seem strange to pay for an extension like this, but if you think about it, you can earn much-needed security for yourself. And isn’t that worth 10 euros a year? You can also pay for the extension, download it, and request a refund within 14 days if you don’t like it.

Download: No thanks for Chrome | Firefox (For free)

More internet annoyances

The list of internet annoyances doesn’t end there. You have to deal with spoilers. You have to remember passwords. You need to remember which tab you liked this article on after you closed the tab. There is usually a way to get rid of any internet hassle through an extension, app, or browser settings. You just have to find it.

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