Flashblock extension automatically blocks flash content on webpages.
This is not for everyone, but I greatly appreciate it. Download it here for Chrome:
Why on earth would you want to do that? You might want to do this for a few reasons:
- You don’t like advertisements to SCREAM AT YOU when you visit the page or accidentally mouse over it.
- You don’t necessarily want videos to play as soon as you visit a web page with embedded flash media
- You want to save battery life (some laptops gained as much as 2 hours of extra battery life with flash disabled).
- You want to make your computer and your web surfing faster, because flash uses a considerable amount of resources.
Each flash element is replaced with a placeholder that allows you to load only selected elements on a given page. If you don’t click it, it doesn’t play.
You can also manage a whitelist of allowed websites via a configuration panel.