There is a reason why “ad” rhymes with “bad” and it’s not only because bad is synonymous with the words: `terrible,’ `awful,’ `distressing,’ `rude,’ it is also because ads could be similarly described as such.

If you’re like me who finds ads so annoying that they could be linked to everything that’s bad-worse-worst about the internet, this article is perfect reading for you especially if you have been victimized – in some type or form – by objectionable ads, ad images or pop up ads and so you want to get rid of them faster than you can say ad-ios.

1. If you are using Firefox and want to block ads, simply go to Tools, choose Options and click the Content tab. If you want ads blocked for all sites, uncheck the “Load Images Automatically” function. However, if you want to block specific website images, add its URL in the “Exceptions” button.

If you want to block images for a particular site, go to Tools, select Page Info and click Block Images under the Media tab.

After which, close Firefox and then re-click the Firefox icon and start again.

2. If you are using Internet Explorer, go to Tools, select Internet Options and choose the Advanced tab. Then, go to the Multimedia section and uncheck the “Show Pictures” box.

3. There are instances when installing a piece of software brings along with it harmful spyware and is signalled by pop-ups which show advertisements thru banners even when you are not online. To get rid of these online critters, you can download spyware removal programs such as Ad-aware and Spybot – both of which are free of charge.

4. Fortunately, plug-in toolbars are available for free from both Google and Yahoo. These toolbars are capable of blocking and stopping pop-ups.

Unfortunately, a lot of ad networks have modified their ad formats in order to make them appear as standard browser windows thereby escaping detection by such pop-up blockers. However, the pop-up blocker plug-in toolbars are 80% effective in halting them.

Also, these anti-pop-up toolbars allow you to choose sites where you want to see pop-ups. These include sites which use pop-up windows to offer graphs, shipping info, etc.

You may also check out for getting rid of ads on websites.

All in all, the best way to avoid annoying website ads is to prevent them. As much as possible, do not download or install files and software from sources you are not familiar with or trust. Similarly, it is highly advisable to not open email attachments from people or entities you do not know. Also, when installing file-sharing software, always read the fine print and be aware of any bundled ad-supported products which come with the software package.