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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:

  1. You don’t like advertisements to SCREAM AT YOU when you visit the page or accidentally mouse over it.
  2. You don’t necessarily want videos to play as soon as you visit a web page with embedded flash media
  3. You want to save battery life (some laptops gained as much as 2 hours of extra battery life with flash disabled).
  4. 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.