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Unwanted speed dial entries - again

  • @deestonic said in Unwanted speed dial entries - again:

    @leocg Oh, please, don't play that game. It shows ads, it's intrusive - so, i'm paying with my attention. And that's just what they want.
    So yes - it's not free. ....

    There is no "game" involved in what he said. In this world, there are no true 'free' lunches... somebody, somehow must pay in some way for creating and offering them. In the conventional marketplace, payment for something is normally made by handing over 'money'; when money is not handed over, then the term "free" is often applied to the transaction. Use of that term in ads normally conveys that the product is available without the user paying money for it.

    However, there still remains a real cost that exists for the product, and either the maker must cover that cost 'out of the goodness of his heart' (and incur the losses) or he must attempt to recover 'value' (to him) from the user so as to defray his true costs. There are only three main mechanisms available for a maker to recover value from a "free" product: sell the user's personal data and/or browsing details into the data-marketing arena, sell access to the user's eyeballs (ads and favored placements within the product), or cover/underwrite the cost of the 'free' product from the maker's profit from a different for-pay product in hopes of interesting the user in buying that for-pay product. There is only one end-point for companies that don't somehow recover their continuing costs for 'free' products they provide: bankruptcy.

    I don't particularly like ads and such, but in an Internet world dominated by the revenue model of "free" software and websites, I realize that either eyeballs or data about me are the payment for such. I don't, however, feel outraged and entitled to continue using such "free" products without paying for them in some way, since I'm nowhere entitled to a life full of free lunches in the real world.

  • Funny, because I have 2 laptops running Windows 7 Pro, and I haven't had ANY advertising Speed Dial icons in many an Opera update, for months now.

  • @leocg said in Unwanted speed dial entries - again:

    If Opera no longer fits your needs, why don't you just go use something else? There are lots of browsers around there.

    I am using something else, of course.
    Installed Opera after not using it for sooo long just to check on it, is it any good again.
    Guess we all know the answer to that. 😞

  • Yep, Opera is still the best browser.

  • @leocg

    Your right Opera is really under rated, I really am giving it all the word-of-mouth support I can give. ☝

  • Ads in speed dial is okay when they are only appear after update, but i cannot delete some dials, they re-appear after sometime...reset will help ?

  • After you delete them, go to Bookmarks and make sure you empty the trash. Sync has been known to restore deleted items if you haven't emptied them from the trash,

  • @sgunhouse 👍 🤝

  • Opened an Opera (54.0, Mac) Speed Dial page just now to find newly added shortcuts to Target and a travel site mixed into the middle of my usual bookmarks. They didn't show up as "Suggestions" (which are turned off) - they were just tucked away in the mix of my thumbnails.

    I haven't visited Target's website in years, and hadn't shopped there for months until this past weekend - now suddenly it shows up as a "suggestion"? Creepy.

    I used the travel site a month ago, in Private Browsing mode w/VPN. Why would it suddenly show up on my Speed Dial?

    I certainly didn't add either shortcut, and I have "Show Speed Dial Suggestions" turned off in both "Easy Setup" and "Preferences." I have plenty of other "bookmarks", but these aren't among them.

    So what the hell!?!?
    What else can I expect might randomly appear w/o warning or consent?
    This has apparently been a recurring problem for years.
    Do you really want to dick around w/the tiny market share of users you still have? Those who already left Chrome, FF & IE for pulling this kind of crap?

  • Opera will add new speed dials from partners from time to time - I just got speed dials from Target and Groupon (an online coupon site). If you don't want them, delete them (and don't forget to go to Bookmarks and empty them from the Trash) and forget about them.

  • @nobiznis,

    you may want to note that, probably from (stable) Opera version 56, it should be possible to prevent these unwanted additions.

    Please stop ads via speed dial entries

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  • @deestonic I quite agree. Opera has gone down the sewer drain with all the problems I've been having with it 1)Sync working only when it feels like, 2) Connecting pages slowly or not at all due to Windows 10 Creators Update and now 3) Sync screwing flash up to a point where I need an addon to have flash working even though it is installed and should work.

  • I notice every time that Opera for Mac updates, I get the default speed dial links (as if installing for the first time) inserted into my existing (and detailed) speed dial.

    Could we please stop that? 🙂

  • I just experienced having quite a few unsolicited speed dials added to my browser from retailers like Target,, and Groupons as well as an eBay speed dial just suddenly appear. How could this happen and is there a way to stop this from happening in the future? Thanks for any help with this.

  • Why are new tabs being added to my home page without my consent? I know all I have to do is delete them,but thats not the point...If I wanted them there I will put them there so will you people who cause this make it go away please and thank you

  • Every other time I upgrade Opera, the upgrade adds bookmarks to the SpeedDial page without asking.

    I personally find this behaviour very intrusive.

    Please refrain from doing that.

    This applies to Opera on all platforms, BTW.

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