windows 8.1 can't live with so many ads can i block them,help me

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  1. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    Hi

    i own a Lenovo Z510 laptop ,with w8.1

    well first this latop has several werid partitions , worried to resieze them o_O o_O

    about w8.1 i start to hate it ,there are so many advertising

    is there a way to block them ?

    for example , start page, if i click on wheather ,i got ads about cars and so on

    i have only legit softwares , w8.1 came pre-installed

    can i get rid of this advertising?

    would really appreciate it

    and another weird thing ,it's the local account name , i changed it (i rename it in short i set my name) but under task manager users there is 1 local account with the previous nameo_O o_O

    thanks
     
  2. DoctorPC

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    Sounds like a pre-owned system that wasn't properly cleaned/formatted.

    Windows 8.1 has no advertisements, so you may have PUPs running on it. I haven't seen an advertisement, ever, in Windows 8/8.1 running on a dozen machines.

    I'd say a reformat or recovery would be in order.
     
  3. Brian K

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    mantra,

    Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management?

    Also run TBOSDT as an administrator and enter...

    list hd 0 /f /u /a=2048

    What is the output? A screenshot with the Snipping Tool would be nice.
     
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    What I was meaning was; Windows 8.1 installed properly doesn't offer ads. Whatever you failed to click, or whatever apps went on after that, is a different subject. Similar to how any device has ads depending on what happens later. (toolbars, coupon pups, etc) Sounds like the problem is mostly third party apps.

    But don't blame Windows 8.1, it's just a platform. Whatever happens after that platform, is a different subject. I generally uninstall all of the MS Store apps, and third party apps anyway. I find them to be pretty useless overall, like that stupid app-calculator.. First to go!
     
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    I only keep 2 apps. Weather and Maps. Weather has an ad.

    Edit.... In Win8, my Weather app has a field showing maps of Temperature, Precipitation, Cloud Cover and Satellite. In Win8.1 this field is replaced by an Insurance ad.
     
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  7. WSFuser

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    Try using a HOSTS file to block the ads.
     
  8. DoctorPC

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    I have the weather one, and don't see any ads.. Maybe Admuncher is blocking them? No clue, but I cannot find a single ad.. So possibly.
     
  9. Banzi

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    Some of the metro apps do show ads, I have seen them in weather & news.

    Using MVPS hosts file does block them but you still end up with a big place holder where the ad was.
     
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    Would using HostsServer allow you to replace the placeholder? Also depending on what the placeholder looks like, I think I'd still prefer that over an ad.
     
  11. Kirk Reynolds

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    I wonder if Adblock Plus Metro Edition is under development. :D
     
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    Not sure if it would as I have never used HostsServer.
     
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    Did you buy a refurbished Z510 from Lenovo? Friends and family can purchase these at their website. Seems to me that if there is an account name already there it was previously owned. I would strongly suggest that you post your concern on the Lenovo forum if you bought the unit new. Lenovo W8 systems do come with some weird partitioning ... their website has tons of posts on this and there are solutions there that are safe for you to follow if you want to re-partition your system.
     
  14. mantra

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    no , i did not
    when i bought , i asked to the seller to install 2 softwares

    but in w7 i can change the localuser name ,even in vista and xp
    can't understand why i can't do it with w8.1

    today i got nissan , and opel (cars) ads
     
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    This is pretty much what everyone should see.

    1 crummy static ad at the very end of the weather app should not be bothersome. It's not like it's loaded with popups or something. I don't see a static ad as any worse than the placeholder if you block it. The weather people don't work for free and you have to scroll all the way to the right end of the app to see it. Windows itself doesn't have any ads and if you don't like the included weather app I'm sure there are others without any. Try going to weather.com and see how many ads are there. o_O
     
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    Normal to get ads in apps. Its not system/OS ads but apps ads. They don't bother much (here), they are not pop-ups or invasive. I guess they help financing the service (news, weather, etc). If you are bothered you should search for alternative apps and probably pay for them (!) and I am sure they will not show ads ;)
     
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    Well considering how much MS charges for Windows it a bit out of order to include ads in it.

    I would say they are OS ads as the metro apps come with Win8x & are installed by default.
     
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    By that logic if I buy a new smartphone and it comes preloaded with the weather channel app, or accuweather app (loaded with ads) then they are OS ads because they came with the phone? You can remove any app you want and replace it with any other. Or use none of them if you wish. The OS comes with a browser too. Is the OS responsible for all of the ads on the internet? Seriously, is this the perception people have?
     
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    I've deployed 8.1 on a dozen machines this week alone, and have never seen a pre-installed app dishing out advertisements on any of those machines. Ever. So this guy likely bought a refurb/used laptop, and someone has third party stuff installed on it.

    Perhaps the difference is during the installations? Windows 8.1 has a wealth of configuration options on installation if you choose customize. Many of the settings appear to be with sharing data, and accepting data. Maybe some of those impact the ads that are being served?

    Check out the options during a clean Windows8.1 installation;

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2299-clean-install-windows-8-a.html
     

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    @xxJackxx The difference there is you are talking about 3rd party apps on your phone that have ads, I was saying that MS are baking ads into the OS using the metro platform.

    @DoctorPC I have always used the custom options during any windows install, I have no reason to lie but some of the metro apps in Win 8.1 from MS do have ads in them.
     
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    Yeah I cannot see why people are making such a fuss about this, when we are really discussing third party products. Your examples are very fitting..

    Nobody complains about smart phones dishing up ads the moment you first turn them on. What about Kindles firing off ads everytime you turn them on - fresh from Amazon? How about some cars coming with GPS enabled ads when you drive them off the lot? How about your cable TV showing ads, even though you pay for it? TIVO, ROKU, and most DVR's show ads in some form.

    Just because you pay for something doesn't mean you are opting out of advertisements. NOT that I agree with ads, but WIndows 8.1 ads are either non-existent on a proper installation, or very innocuous, so why the complaints? I think some people hate on MS just to hate. They release the most bug free, fastest, and secure OS they've ever released, and half the world conspires against them. I find this remarkable.
     
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    You can fully customize the apps and remove them if you want. SO, you don't like the weather app that have ads in it... just removing it. You paid for an OS helping you to manage apps not an insurance for ads free applications. Its like pretending that any application that run on MS Windows should not contain ads as you purchased the Operating System LOL :)
     
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  24. TheWindBringeth

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    Most users won't ever stop and think about the potential consequences of that, and how those potential consequences could relate to having established a Microsoft Account, having acquired software through the Microsoft store, etc.
     
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    .. and its time now to welcome the FUD ... :D
     
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