If you ever find yourself distracted or annoyed by ads in your web browser, there’s a way to fix the issue. OverApps is a handy little tool that will replace ads with interesting content.
The program works in a simple but creative way – it lets you cover up the ads you see on websites with an app of your choice. Want to keep up with your friends’ status updates on Facebook? Now you can no matter what webpage you’re on. The same goes for Twitter and Flickr. If you’re more news-oriented, there’s an app that will stream live headlines from CNN. On the other hand if you just want to look at something cute, there are apps that display pictures of puppies and kittens.
Those are just a few of the many app options you get with OverApps. The great news is that the service is currently free in beta version. For Windows XP or higher, OverApps supports Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome. For Macs, there’s currently support for Firefox.
Here’s how it works:
1. Whenever an ad appears on a website, you’ll initially see the ad itself (until you program OverApps to override it) and a top drop-down menu from OverApps.
2. Clicking on the drop-down menu will give you a list of app options that you can choose to cover up the pesky ad. Mousing over individual app choices gives you a short text description of what the app does.
3. Choose the app you want and enjoy! Depending on the size of the app, a scrollbar will either appear on the bottom or the right hand side of the OverApps app.
Pretty cool, right? At the very least, it definitely beats having your eyes wander toward distracting, blinking ads. At best, it gives you the option to multi-task while you browse the web by keeping up to date on status updates, tweets and breaking news. The puppy photos aren’t a bad choice either!