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post #46 of 81 (permalink) Old 08-27-2017, 08:16 PM
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post #47 of 81 (permalink) Old 08-27-2017, 08:20 PM
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This site performs fine for me usually. On rare occasion it bogs down. I've done 2 things that help block the ads. First, I've installed a special domain name lookup file called "Hosts" that resolves hundreds of undesirable web names to a "zero" address. This change alone improves the internet experience tremendously. The file is normally located in the folder: "c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc". You can only see this folder if you can view hidden and operating system files. You can read about this here: Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File


The second thing I've done is to install the free ad blocking software called: Adblock Plus. You can search for an ad blocker for the browser you use.
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Ad Block Plus is the only way to make VMF usable. Big improvement
since I started using it.
I'd stay away from anything Kaspersky makes. They plead innocent
but our DOD intel computer guys told me "don't do it" as recently as
2010 when I was still in. No reason to believe anything has changed,
as far as I'm concerned.....

As the drill sergeant said, "I taught you everything you know. I didn't teach you everything I know."

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Ad Block Plus is the only way to make VMF usable. Big improvement
since I started using it.
I'd stay away from anything Kaspersky makes. They plead innocent
but our DOD intel computer guys told me "don't do it" as recently as
2010 when I was still in. No reason to believe anything has changed,
as far as I'm concerned.....

This helped greatly, thanks!
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post #50 of 81 (permalink) Old 08-28-2017, 12:26 AM
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You can get VMF's pages to load faster by tweaking how you view the site.

In the red banner click on User CP.

Down the left side of the page under User Control Panel click on Edit Options.

Scroll down the page to Thread Display Options.

Under Visible Post Elements:

Uncheck "Show Signatures"

Uncheck "Show Avatars"

(Loading those pictures slows down the loading of page. Eliminating them speeds things up.)

Leave "Show Images" checked. That let's you see photos that members post.

Scroll further down to Miscellaneous Options.

Under Forum Skin click the dropdown arrow and select Vintage-Mustang.com (Classic).

Go to the bottom and click Save Changes.

Close your browser and restart VMF.com. You should see an improvement.

I did.

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At the beginning of August, or thereabouts, VMF was loading and running really slow for me. I didn't change anything on my end before, or since then. Don't know what the issue was, but not having those problems now. I'm using Chrome and AdBlock +



I've started a blog about my car and adventures: http://65mustangfun.blogspot.com/

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Do you happen to use an iPad or some other device that you can run Tapatalk HD on? I use the app on my iPad and have a pretty good experience with it. See the attached pic. Hope this helps.




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I am using "Classic" view Chrome with 125Mbps download speed (varified on Speedtest.com) so loading signature pics is not my problem. It's all the BS video ads.

I guess I need to take a look at AdBlock+

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Ad Block Plus is the only way to make VMF usable. Big improvement
since I started using it.
Not true there are other plug-ins that work well or better than AD Block I'm using Disconnect with Google Chrome site works like any other forum.
I also have Malwarbytes Premium & Mcafee site advisor installed. There is another thread on this started about 3 weeks ago.



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@arizonajack - thank you for your suggestion. I was going to mentioned about switching the skin/layout to Classic as there are a lot fewer ads there.

For anyone interested in trying this out, there are a couple ways to do this:

Within your User CP > Scroll all the way down to Miscellaneous Options > Under Forum Skin click the dropdown arrow and select Vintage-Mustang.com (Classic) > Go to the bottom and click Save Changes > Close your browser and restart VMF.com.

The other way is down to the bottom left corner of every page, there's a short drop down menu called Quick Style Chooser where you can change the site's skin/layout. Members who experience site slowness reported that switching over to Classic showed significant increase in speed

Give that a try and let us know how that goes.

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@LeeFred - on what device are you using Chrome on? Is it video ads that are bogging down the site for you? Do you notice any scripts/ads the browser is hanging on at the bottom left corner of your browser screen?

Like so:

ssrfanscriptloading.jpg

If they're zipping by quickly, then that's a good sign. That showing the ads/scripts are loading on that page. It's only if you see it stays loading on one (or a few) particular scripts/ads. If that's the case, take a screenshot and let us know what page you encountered that on (please provide the link to it - thank you).

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Another option is to try the site on Tapatalk. Thank you for that suggestion, @SacBill.

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@IndyFive - If you are experiencing video ads that automatically play while you are logged in, please provide the following details so we can get alert our techs to get rid of these at once:

1. Device/OS/browser you're using
2. Geo-location (city/state - we ask for this because often times these are region based)
3. Redirect URL - if you are getting redirect, please copy/paste the URL
4. Screenshot(s)
5. Ad call - this is the best piece of evidence to help locate the source: right click on the ad itself and select either "inspect element" or "view frame source" (whichever you see). A new tab should open and display a bunch of code - copy and paste this code and report it to us.

Thanks!

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@Bob & Sue - Hey Bob, can you see if any of the aforementioned suggestions apply and works for you?



We apologize for any inconvenience these ads and site slowness have caused you. Thank you for your patience and cooperation on this matter.


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The reply given ArizonaJack was helpful. I works like a dream now.
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Is it the ads that botch it up?
Yep, something to do with memory address not replying from your laptop, desktop etc (maybe).
I'm going to do some more testing for the admin later today or tomorrow.

Getting Disconnect from the google store will fix your problems if your'e using chrome.

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@LeeFred - on what device are you using Chrome on? Is it video ads that are bogging down the site for you? Do you notice any scripts/ads the browser is hanging on at the bottom left corner of your browser screen?

Like so:

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If they're zipping by quickly, then that's a good sign. That showing the ads/scripts are loading on that page. It's only if you see it stays loading on one (or a few) particular scripts/ads. If that's the case, take a screenshot and let us know what page you encountered that on (please provide the link to it - thank you).
I'm using Chrome on a desktop computer running Windows 7. I haven't had any slow issues for a couple of weeks now. It was at the end of July/beginning of August that there were issues. Could have been an update to Windows...who knows. Since then everything has been running fine.



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The reply given ArizonaJack was helpful. I works like a dream now.
Using classic view was posted earlier in this thread on post #15 for folks using google chrome & I.E.

These kind of threads need to be read from the beginning to help troubleshoot problems, there are too many variables for everyone to keep repeating problems without solutions.


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Using classic view was posted earlier in this thread on post #15 for folks using google chrome & I.E.These kind of threads need to be read from the beginning to help troubleshoot problems, there are too many variables for everyone to keep repeating problems without solutions.
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Seriously? What would you have me do, read 50+ posts just to determine that my tweaks haven't been duplicated? No thank you! Spend my time in contemplation of other posts in the distant past that indicate some or no success? No thank you! Conceal possible solutions from those who also did not deign to read 50+ posts before getting to a summary of possible solutions? No thank you! No, I thank you and again, I thank you!

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