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How to block annoying facebook and other social network widgets

A great many pages have these "Like", "Tweet", "G+1", "share" row of buttons all over the place and in each post in threads.

I do not use any of these services, am not interested, and find it distracting. I want to treat these elements the same as unsolicited web advertisements or Google text ads, i.e. remove them.

Is there a way to do this?

I am using firefox 14.0.1. and AdBlock Lite.

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I believe there is an Adblock subscription available here at the bottom of the page named Antisocial (not affiliated) which should remove most social media elements (buttons etc.) from browsing.

There is another called the Fanboy Annoyance Block List (available here) which might also do the job and removes some social popups etc too.

There's finally something called Ghostery, mentioned in a previous question, although I have no idea if it works for social media elements (link here).

Hopefully one of these solutions should do the job.

Thanks!

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I prefer the Fanboy Annoyances block list to the Antisocial list, as it blocks more than just social media content (also in-page popups, newsletters, unnecessary links, self promos and other content that clutters sites unnecessarily). See a comparison between the two here (link). –  galacticninja Sep 23 '12 at 8:49
    
I can confirm that Ghostery is able to block social media elements. See these screenshots of Ghostery's options page: i.imgur.com/PxxRl.png and i.imgur.com/yOEbj.png. –  galacticninja Oct 1 '12 at 4:03

You can use the Anti Social list of Adblock to remove the annoying social buttons.

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You may try Adblock Plus with Element Hiding Helper. Once the elements are blocked, there is a less chance for them to apear again.

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I don't use AdBlock PLUS I use AdBlock LITE! because AdBlock Plus allows so-called "acceptable ads" against cash. –  gojira Jul 28 '12 at 14:40
    
@gojira You can easily disable that feature in ABP. Just uncheck the "Allow non-intrusive advertising" checkbox. –  galacticninja Sep 23 '12 at 8:36

In addition to what everyone else has suggested, Disconnect.me can be another layer added for blocking these services (it's an extension for your browser).

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