An anonymous reader writes: Annoying banners plague almost every web page and can be a real hindrance when you work online or just browse the internet at your leisure. Humanity has been fighting this nuisance for years, creating various ad removal software.
Adlesse is another representative of this proud race. In a nutshell, it's a reliable browser add-on that removes ads and has a few other interesting tricks down its sleeve. Getting started with it seems fairly easy. Installation only takes one simple step followed by a single customization window. Customization interface is quite straightforward and intuitive. You only need to check a few boxes, prioritize widgets and... that's about it. After you reload your browser Adlesse automatically detects and replaces all ads on a page with widgets of the same size. These include local news boxes, weather forecast, fun facts, famous quotes, twitter or FB feeds, etc. You decide which widgets you want to see by tweaking the priority settings. This might be the most interesting feature of this add-on, when comparing it to its peers.
As if internet without ads was not a great achievement in its own right, Adlesse widgets can really boost your browsing experience in many ways. If you use this feature creatively you can come up with some really powerful widget combos. E.g., you can combine searching powers of Google, Bing and Wikipedia all within a single tab or tweet, check your Facebook feed and share links via the corresponding widgets seamlessly while browsing the internet. To mention other handy features – if you suddenly feel like checking out a hidden banner, Adlesse can easily make it happen. It hides ads, but doesn't prevent them from loading, so you can reveal a banner under any widget anytime with a single click. This way you won't lose access to important elements of the site (like flash games) by mistake.
It's also worth mentioning that Adlesse is completely free and supports most popular browsers, like Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, Safari and Chrome.