How to remove Daily Mail’s column of sleaze

The Daily Mail is a rather idiotic newspaper but it does seem to have scoops on a lot of news – often posted hours before the American papers (which is rather strange, isn’t it??). It would be better never to read the stupid site at all – there are so many better things to do than read the news. Yet if you do visit it, unfortunately it also pushes side adverts that are risqué and perverted – the so-called “column of sleaze” – a miserable distraction to avoid.

Here’s a primer on how to delete them all:

Step 1

Download and install Adblock Plus on your browser. It’s 100% free but accepts donations.

Step 2

Upgrade Adblock by installing the Adblock Element Hiding feature – also free.

Step 3

Open “filter preferences” page and uncheck the box that says “allow some non-intrusive advertising”

Step 4

Subscribe to a pre-made filter list such as “Easy List” (you will be glad you did, this blocks tons of ads).

Step 5

Go to ‘Custom Filters’ tab then and add filters one at a time as follows:

(Adblock rules)

dailymail.co.uk##.editors-choice.ccox.link-ccox.linkro-darkred
||dailymail.co.uk^*/promoboxes/

(Element hiding rules)

dailymail.co.uk###.puff.cleared
dailymail.co.uk##.femail.item.video_player_ad_module
dailymail.co.uk##.home.item.html_snippet_module
dailymail.co.uk##.femail.item
dailymail.co.uk##.home.item.button_style_module
dailymail.co.uk##.tvshowbiz.item
dailymail.co.uk##.item.automated_tabbed_headlines_thumbs_wrapper

= = =

Done ! no more distracting side column adverts.

However, if the Daily Mail ever changes their format and renames these sleazy elements then the ad-blocking will have to be edited again. By using “inspect element” you can find the new names and re-block them if need be.


One Comment on “How to remove Daily Mail’s column of sleaze”

  1. Mark says:

    Thanks for your useful tip on getting rid of the Daily Mail’s “sidebar of shame”

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