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   Mildred  It's Saturday morning so there must be more ads. This morning I had a series of vertical photos under 'A Message from Lucianne' and then beneath that an ad from Blue Host. In all, 6 errors (ads ). I did the usual right click, then click on inspect element and clicked on the 'x' next to the six. I exited Lucianne and then loaded it again. No ads. I have no idea why ABP does this but it only takes a few seconds and the ads are gone--until next Saturday.
Tulsa: I continue to heal and can now stand with the boot for short periods of time. I even 'walked' (sort of a shuffle with the walker ) about 10 feet twice with the P.T. guy. Boy, did that feel good. Lots of pain but I should be out of the boot in about 3 more weeks and walking wearing a tennis shoe. The x-rays show my bones are healing very well so I am finally optimistic. Thanks for your all support.
August 13 at 11:13 EST .

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   Tulsa  Thank you for the update. You are doing great. This has been a long, difficult time for you. Wonderful the x-rays confirm healing and I do hate you're in pain. I will ask the Lord to deliver you from it.

I know you're looking forward to those tennis shoes! You'll be in 6" heels before you know it!!! Me..never...flats only

Ok...time for the broken record...If you'd use Firefox, you'd never have ads zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I give up and I'm laughing.
August 14 at 09:42 EST .

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   GO3  I've tried several times to update my avatar and it's always a no go. Any tips?
August 1 at 00:39 EST .

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   Tulsa  After logging in to reply to you, I see 'Avatar Update' above 'Logout' to the left.

Yep, GO3..that's the spot. That page even has 3 +/- links for avatars. Hope that helps. If not, go to the home page and click contact us, at the top. Luis will email you with help.
August 2 at 17:29 EST .

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   Tulsa  Yep...You must be logged in to see 'avatar update'. Those words to not appear otherwise.
August 2 at 17:32 EST .

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   GO3  Did all of that. Logged in , selected browse, clicked the submit, and then nothing. I did this several time from two different systems.
August 2 at 22:50 EST .

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   Tulsa  I'd email Luis, Lucianne's tech, and ask him or perhaps someone else will see your question and help.

Very sorry I can't do more.
August 2 at 23:16 EST .

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   GO3  Thanks for your help; I'll get with tech support.
August 3 at 01:08 EST .

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   MeiDei  Ha same problem, gave up - share any solution.
August 13 at 20:38 EST .

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   GO3  I'll let you know as soon as I find out. I can only email certain times of the day and just haven't made it a priority. I'll email tech support later today.
August 15 at 01:12 EST .

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   GO3  Follow up. I've emailed Luis twice on this matter and no response. Maybe way down on the priority list.
September 11 at 07:40 EST .

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   Tulsa  First of all, I am using Firefox and Win. 7, not a Mac.

If you have ABP(AdBlockPlus ) and followed directions during installation, ie. Easy List, just place your cursor on any ad at Luciannne and right click. When the box comes up click Adblock 'image'. Then another box comes up that is pre checked, click 'add' to lists and the ad should be gone. Repeat on each add. If you have bars left from under ads, click the bar, then click bottom line that says 'adblock bar', pre checked screen comes up, click 'add' to list.

I'm posting this comment and going to look for directions to remove ads in IE, using Win. I'll be back.
July 17 at 10:42 EST .

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   Tulsa  How poster Mildred removed ads In IE in Windows: right click on ad and you get a long drop down list. Near the bottom click 'Inspect Element'. You should get a large panel at the bottom of the panel. Click on 'debugger' and then a number with an 'X'. You may need to click on the number next to debugger and then the number under that near the gibberish. Experiment. All the gibberish should disappear. X out of the panel and close Lucianne, any other sites you have open and finally IE. Reload IE and go to Lucianne

Mildred also said she has to do this each time she comes to Lucianne. And she said 'In IE I only right click on one ad and then click on the x that deletes all the other ads too. It's really funny because Lucianne is the only site with this problem. Anyone know why?
July 17 at 10:48 EST .

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   Tulsa  I don't have ads on any site and I only had to block ads on Lucianne once. I use Firefox. It's by far the safest browser, imo.

I also surf with sound off.

Forgive typos. In a hurry and not fully awake.
July 17 at 10:51 EST .

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   Mildred  I'm finally home from the hospital and rehab but still in a wheelchair for another 2 weeks until I get a boot for my ankle. Bummer. Anyway, just a brief correction to Tulsa's excellent post above. I've been able to use Lucianne most days without removing ads. Sometimes the ads return after I clear the cookies and temp files and sometimes about once a week for no apparent reason. I'll see if I can backtrack and see what I did to get the ads. I may have gone to a website that can somehow bypass ABP and that extends to Lucianne. So it is not every time. I am using Win 7 and IE 11.
July 26 at 11:31 EST .

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   Tulsa  Delighted to hear you are home!... but pls don't say rehab. Say PT (physical therapy ).

I once drove the Suit to pick up his bike (motorcycle ) and the manager mentioned X, the owner, was in rehab. I said 'Oh I'm so sorry. I'll pray for him. Is it drugs or alcohol?' ...and the guys says 'no it's his hand.' And I explained that is PT, not Rehab!!! I was relieved the guy was ok and we all laughed about it.

Those boots are amazing. I can't believe it's possible to walk with a broken or very badly sprained foot or ankle in a boot. What a blessing that is. Get a rilly kewl cane.

That's very good news that not clearing cookies, history, files does work. I hoped it would, but I know you must clear them at some point.

Pls keep us posted on your recovery and the ads.
July 26 at 23:49 EST .

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   Mildred  Tulsa: We say rehab here in Arizona because it is more than P.T. I had O.T. (occupational therapy ) also. Have much less pain but am still perambulating in a wheelchair hopefully for only another 10 days and then the boot. If I need a cane it will be 'rilly kewl.'

It's Saturday and I had to remove the ads again. This time I had to click on two ads instead of the usual one, but I got rid of them. Wonder what changed? I didn't clear the cookies first so I must have clicked on one of the articles that had been posted on Lucianne.
July 30 at 14:55 EST .

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   Tulsa  Roger that on the rehab and O.T.

And if you must have a cane...rilly kewl is imperative!

The wheelchair is absolutely necessary or they would have you in a boot already. So pls be good and follow orders. You've been through too much to undo it.

Those ads reappearing are the strangest thing. I have no idea what to tell you, other than forget IE and use Firefox.

There's a post on main page by ? Lonestar Jack? about using Aviator (browser ). Poster also uses DuckDuckGo as the main search engine, as I do. Poster added links. Take a look and see if it appeals to you. It's in the thread where I tried to help Lucky 4 with ads....and may have gone to page 2 by the time you read this.

Seriously. Firefox so safe. Surf in private. No sites track. Will not let you open any unsafe site or allow any malicious downloads. Easy setting instructions.

IE is way behind security wise.

Keep healing. I insist!
July 30 at 23:36 EST .

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   Jofel  Did anyone log onto Lucianne on Sunday morning and find a posting on the Must Reads about computer issues? I saw it and it was concerning Firefox and perhaps other computer issues, issues that I was having I went back later to read it and it was removed I'm still having problems with Firefox and also Google Chrome. Would you please inform me as to what that was all about! Thanks
June 22 at 15:51 EST .

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   Tulsa  I searched archives for Sunday and found no articles.

I also used 'search' for Google, Chrome, Firefox and found no results.

I stay away from google and chrome. Firefox has many safety features. It's possible yours are set too high or it's possible the programs are fighting.

Do a web search for your pc problem and read each hit in your spare time. Make your search a question with a question mark. Be tenacious and you'll find an answer. Also try the 'help' icon for each search engine. If that fails, call a tech.

Best wishes.
June 23 at 09:49 EST .

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   StormCnter  On the main forum, L-Dotters sometimes run into a paywall or a limited access wall for a posted article. This can usually be avoided if you have more than one browser (just switch browsers if you get a paywall/limited access ), In addition, setting your browsers to clear tracks/cookies each time the browser is closed pretty much eliminates the problem.

Note: Neither of these fixes will work with the Wall Street Journal, but the WaPo, Weekly Standard, Commentary Magazine, NY Times, etc., are more successful.
June 20 at 07:36 EST .

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   Alice  For those whose eyes do not glaze over when 'search engine' is used in a sentence :- )
The video at the link includes both Google's skewing and a psychologist's analysis:
Dr. Robert Epstein is a psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research ( ) who conducted a study to quantify the possibility of changing political opinion through search engine results. Results varied, but he found he could 'swing' voters up to 48% benefiting the side/candidate for which the search engine gave more positive results!
June 10 at 12:45 EST .

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   StormCnter  Fellow L-Dotter and Connection regular, Gram77, is having an ongoing sign-in problem. She can sign into the main forum, but cannot get into the Connection. She gets a message that she has exceeded login attempts. Apparently, her Connection login history needs to be cleared. Does anyone know anything about this? I think Luis must be swamped with L-Dotters and our problems. He hasn't responded to Gram yet, but she is trying to be patient. I'll pass on any tips left here to Gram.
April 23 at 12:58 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram is once again able to log into The Connection. So, thanks to the Staff.
April 25 at 12:30 EST .

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   Alice  Lonestar Jack recommended trying the Aviator browser of below, and so far my reaction is Wow!! The first thing I did after installing it (from ) was go to Washington Times, and Aviator prevented the thicket of ads that prevents easy reading. The pages stay blank a few seconds longer, then wham, load up and done, ready to read!

Aviator has low memory use -- around 55% even after an hour on That being said, I have not tried to add Adobe Flash player to it and may just view videos on other browsers. Flash uses significant memory and I'm not sure whether it causes browsers to use more. Still in an Aviator learning curve, but so far it's great!
March 26 at 15:50 EST .

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   Alice  Extra trouble reading Washington Times with Aviator now. You have to click to allow Adobe now to read the articles. This allows an ad window to start, but you can then read the articles. You don't have to leave the ad window up, and I don't know if it/Adobe continues to eat memory like it does on other browsers, because I close the ad window.

Anyway, the ad techs are clearly on the warpath against ad-blocking stuff, and of course that's their job, to make you look at their marketing. Kind of like mosquitoes.
June 6 at 13:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  Reposted from The Lobby. Video shows how easy it is for someone to get into your phone and then into your computer & if evil, take over from you.
Go to Episode #8 Phone being hacked.... From Hackers Convention in Las Vegas - phones, internet, email, infrastructure ... click on video. Security is uppermost on minds today.
March 5 at 20:39 EST .

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   Philipsonh  To Tulsa: regarding CC Cleaner- the utility does not issue a new version every week - they offer an updated set of definitions frequently - much like your anti virus programs do - to keep up with malicious content - also, the utility does much more than just perform the tasks you have set your browser to do each time you close it - I use it , but each to his own, of course - one free utility that will clear an infected browser is called ADWcleaner- When things really go haywire, give it a try - thanks.
March 26 at 13:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Malwarebytes is good, too. Another L-Dotter recommended them when I had something weird going on in my computer and couldn't locate the cause. Malwarebytes located the intruder and eliminated it. The program is free, but you can upgrade to a more sophisticated program for purchase if you want. I use the free version.
However, I agree with Philipsonh that CC Cleaner is an excellent tool.
March 30 at 05:32 EST .

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   Surfhut  I've been thinking about cutting cable TV for some time (tired of sending Cox Cable $81 per month for basic service but STILL paying for a bunch of junk I never watch ), but the process of doing that and still watching what I want intimidates me. My son gave me a Kindle Fire HD8 for Christmas (such a good boy! ) I will spend the rest of the weekend trying to understand it all. Any tips from the techies here will be appreciated. As far as TV goes, I only watch local news during bad weather seasons, HGTV, Food Network, CSI on CBS, and Major Crimes on TNT. I have a home high-speed wireless system and Amazon Prime membership. Help, please! I don't know were to start!
December 24 at 09:41 EST .

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   Tulsa  We have DirecTV and would not change for anything. It's now owned by ATT.

The cable franchise here is comcast and it's just awful and twice as expensive.

Only a sheeting rain interferes with the signal but DirecTV offers 72 hr rewind on 'most' stations, so we can get any program we missed.

The best part is having an HD DVR. We record, CSI, House, and other shows. We have 4 straight days of rain forecast. The rain does not interfere with recorded shows and we have bunches of those, so let it rain.

Sorry I can't help with a Kindle.
December 24 at 23:29 EST .

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   Bettijo  I have Direct TV. The only station I watch is FOX News. Does anyone know of any other way I can view FOX. I can get it on my iPad, but I think I have to subscribe to some service first as it asks me who my provider is. Any suggestions? Thanks.
January 11 at 10:17 EST .

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   Mildred  Anyone having trouble loading Lucianne this afternoon? It is very slow and sometimes doesn't load at all. I'm also having problems with Drudge Report and Yahoo Mail simply won't load. I am using Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 7 Professional. I did not do anything unusual but this afternoon those 3 sites stopped working. I've cleared cookies, temp files and registry. It's still a mess. Any suggestions? Thanks.
December 21 at 19:10 EST .

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   Mildred  I shut down the computer (not restart ) and now everything is working as it should. Actually it's faster than usual. I've decided to install Firefox as a backup to IE. Something must have happened out there in the cloud or someone is messing with the internet. My Microsoft Surface tablet was able to work properly and it uses Bing. Bing is a terrible program but at least I have a back up if needed. I'm out here in Arizona and my daughter in NJ has been having the same problem off and on for the past 3 days. I always thought that the tech companies caused problems near Christmas so they could sell more computers. Who knows, maybe that was it. Anyway everything is up and running for the moment.
December 22 at 12:39 EST .

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   Tulsa  When school is out, the web is overloaded. Sometimes websites are down for maintenance, sometimes they are simply overloaded and our ISP's have technical problems.
December 24 at 23:19 EST .

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   Lonestar Jack  Check out I have been using their Aviator browser for some time. Especially for Drudge which is loaded with javascript ads etc. If I need to look at images I reload the site in a conventional browser and wait.
February 29 at 21:56 EST .

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   Alice  Thanks Lonestar Jack! What an improvement! I am adding more about Aviator above.
March 26 at 15:48 EST .

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