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I don't know about you, but I hate websites that automatically play sounds or music when I visit them. And for whatever reason, sweepstakes sites really, really love to automatically play sounds, which usually results in me being scared out of my skin a dozen times over when I enter my daily sweepstakes.

This is bad for me, but it's worse for people who enter sweepstakes at work, especially if they don't have the option of turning down their computer speakers (which is how I usually handle it).

To help solve this problem, I've created a new article, How to Turn Off Sounds in Your Internet Browser. This is a quick and easy guide to turning off those annoying boos, cheers, clacks, bangs, and whatever other noises that websites like to spring on you, while still letting you listen to music through iTunes or a music player. It should work for any internet browser on any computer running the Windows operating system.

I do sometimes like to listen to sound through my browser (for instance, if I'm watching a movie trailer), so I plan to use this method to turn off sounds while I'm entering sweepstakes, and turn them back on again afterwards. Let me know if this works for you.

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July 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm
(1) tkharmonic says:

I don’t care much for sound either. I play games, do pretty much everything with little or no volume.

HP (and I am sure other brands also) makes a great keyboard with a mute button. I just hit one button and the sound is off, then if I want it, I hit the button again and it reverts to my default sound setting.

July 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm
(2) Contests says:

Yep, I do that a lot, too. But I always get aggravated if I’m trying to listen to music and my browser starts playing all kinds of silly stuff. :) This fix allows other programs to play music, while still blocking the browser noises.

July 26, 2008 at 10:48 am
(3) Jude says:

I “won” a vacation from vacationfun.com last summer and they immediately asked me for money. Even if they were legitamate, I would have won about $11 off on a motel room. Please check into this.

September 15, 2008 at 2:17 pm
(4) Jeffrey says:

Not sure what exactly this thread is about, but I wanted to respond to Jude’s comment.

VacationFun.com will NEVER ask you for money! All of their travel information is free, and the sweepstakes they sponsor are all legal and cleared by the states from which the prizes are offered.

True, the prize probably didn’t include airfare because it wasn’t an all-expense-paid trip; probably a couple of nights (significantly more than $11) in a hotel, plus some dinner or show vouchers.

I can understand where Jude thinks he/she was asked for money, though… The winner of any sweepstakes in the United States are required to pay taxes on winnings if the prize is more than $600. So, what probably happened is Jude got that paperwork in the mail to confirm his/her winning –and assumed VacationFun.com was asking for money. Not true; it’s the Federal Government asking for your money, and VacationFun.com is complying with the law when it sends you these forms.

September 15, 2008 at 2:58 pm
(5) Contests says:

Thank you, Jeffrey, I appreciate the input!

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