I get “Likes”, Send, Twitter, Google+1, Stumble Upon, Share, almost every
time I click on a news article in my Yahoo and other internet sites. The site
seems to come up fairly fast but then I have to wait for these things to load
before I can move the mouse pointer in the site. How can I stop these
irritating icons from loading?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #66, I look at all those “Like” and “Share” icons on web pages.
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Can you get rid of “Like”?
Ultimately, I don’t believe that you can.
The problem is that those icons are being placed there specifically by the
site that you are visiting. In other words, heck… if you take a look at an
Ask Leo! article, near the bottom of that article, you will see a couple of
things about sharing it via email, liking it on Facebook, that kind of thing.
Those things are there because I put them there.
Now, I’ve put them there in a way that I’ve tried to make as fast as is
possible – because, as you know, speed matters.
Designed into the page
But, other sites choose to use pre-packaged solutions that run using
minute (just after the page has been drawn… but there’s still this
last thing that has to happen), and that last thing is the creation of these
Those are there because the web page designer for the page that you are
visiting specifically put them there. And I know of no way to turn them
Now, I will give you one possible, low probability, possibility and that is:
they might be getting put there by a toolbar you’ve got installed.
I’ve never seen it but it could happen.
I’ve been trying to think of ways that those buttons would appear without
having been placed there specifically by the web page itself. The only two
things I can think of are:
- Malware, I’m going to assume that you’ve done full and up to date scans for
malware (I’ve never heard of malware that does this);
- Or some kind of a toolbar that you’ve got installed in your browser that
adds this, kind of, on top of the site.
So, excepting those two fairly unlikely possibilities, there really isn’t
that much that can be done. It’s the website that you’re visiting that’s
putting it there and there’s really no way for you to turn them off.
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