Sep 21, 2012

Click Trap Remover Version 2: Copy & Shorten Facebook Requests

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Back in July, Facebook made some changes and players quickly learned that the text and links presented in news feed requests couldn’t be copied until after they were published. The solution was the Click Trap Remover [1]. Everything was working great until Facebook made another round of changes. The good news is these changes seemed to have fixed the white screen loading issues but the bad news is with the original Click Trap Remover installed, requests can only be copied if the game was loaded outside of Facebook (ie, mafiawars.com, zynga.com, spockon.me/u, etc) [1]. Team Spockholm created a new version of the Click Trap Remover and you will need to reinstall it. An extra feature in this version is that links can automatically be shortened. To get the new version up and running, follow the instructions below.
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Chrome
If you have version 21 of Chrome, the process of adding extensions isn’t as easy as it once was. There are several work arounds to bypass the Chrome Store problem. The simple drag and drop into the extension page doesn't always work [1]so I provided instructions for another method.
1. Click on the windows start button located at the bottom left of the screen.
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2. Right click on the Chrome icon.
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3. Select Properties.
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4. Locate the box that says Target. You are going to add a line of code to the text.
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5. The text in your target box will say something like this. Go inside the box with your cursor and scroll to the end.
C:\Users\Jennifer\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
6.  Add the following line of code to the end. It’s extremely important that you leave a space after .exe. I included a command that will also bypass any https issues. If your going to do this, you might as well add that too. The second line is what you need to install extensions that aren't in the Chrome Web Store.
--allow-running-insecure-content --enable-easy-off-store-extension-install
7. The final line should look like this. Once again, leave the space after .exe or it won’t work.
C:\Users\Jennifer\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --allow-running-insecure-content --enable-easy-off-store-extension-install
8. Once you have added the line of code, the “Apply” button should appear. Click on it.
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9. Click on “Ok”. If you get a pathway error, then try again. Most likely you forgot to leave the space mentioned above.
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10. Close out Chrome and reopen it. If you don’t do this step, it won’t work.
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11. Now things should go smoothly and you won’t get the Chrome Store block when you go to install. Click on the link below.

http://spocklet.com/bookmarklet/clicktrapremoveandshorten.user.js

12. Look for the download in the lower left corner of your screen. Click on it to proceed.
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13. Click the Add button from the confirmation window.
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14. Finally the new and improved Click Trap Remover will be added to your extension files.
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To manage it and disable the old one, click on the wrench icon in the upper right corner of your screen. Select Tools and then extensions.
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You will now see your extension list and Click Trap Remover And Shortlinker 1.1.3 will be there. To turn it on or off, click the Enabled or Disable boxes.
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FireFox

Installing this tool in FireFox is much easier. Simply click on the link below and follow the steps outlined in the original post here. You will need to have Greasemonkey or something similar installed first.
http://spocklet.com/bookmarklet/clicktrapremoveandshorten.user.js
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Now that the installation part is out of the way, lets take a look at what this tool offers. Without it, you can’t copy the link or text of you requests. This is very problematic for those who love to post their ices. With the Click Trap Remover, it’s no longer an issue and you don’t need to post it first.
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The shorten feature is especially useful for things like Level Up bonuses, Wars and Daily Takes. If you don’t want these requests posted in the news feeds, look for the “shorten” link below the title text and click on it.
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After a few moments, you will get a spockon.me short link.
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To keep these valuable requests away from the bots, just copy the link and paste it wherever you want.
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Many thanks to Team Spockholm for updating this very useful tool and to Brandon for explaining the command line switch pathway a million times once he realized I was a dud beta tester and couldn't get it to install. If you can't get past the Chrome issues the first time, keep trying. For a more technical explanation, read this note by Brandon.

76 comments:

  1. Worked on chrome and FF ty

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    1. just click on the link, then drag and drop the download from your downloads folder into your extensions

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    2. which link? when I click on "http://spocklet.com/bookmarklet/clicktrapremoveandshorten.user.js", I get the Chrome store block, not a download page.

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    3. Same with mine, get the store block.

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    4. had same problem. make sure you are adding to target on the shortcut you use to open chrome and second, i had to copy paste the install link instead of just clicking it. worked great!!! Thank you Jennifer and Brandon

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  3. The code in my target looks different...

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
    The code included the quotation marks

    I tried adding the end and did include a space but it didn't work. I left the quotes, not sure what to do with them or why my code looks different, not having "users/name" etc.

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    1. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --allow-running-insecure-content --enable-easy-off-store-extension-install

      yours should look like this ^^^ with the space being placed after the end "

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    2. this did not work for comodo dragon.
      "C:\Program Files (x86)\Comodo\Dragon\dragon.exe" --allow-running-insecure-content --enable-easy-off-store-extension-install

      when i go to install script it says can only be added from the dragon store.

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    3. Hi, I followed the steps and my target looks like this

      "C:\Documents and Settings\Owner.YOUR-DC3E0B8F38\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --allow-running-insecure-content" --enable-easy-off-store-extension-install

      apply then ok close chrome reopen and hit this link:http://spocklet.com/bookmarklet/clicktrapremoveandshorten.user.js a file appears in bottom left hand corner and I click and still get the web store unauthorized user number...I tried clicking, dragging and dropping into extension - tools and that does not work..Any ideas..I have a feeling it is a problem in my target area because does not look much like about thanks Tom

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    4. Any ideas on what I am doing wrong ^^

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    5. looks like I was able to add to chrome extensions now ty

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    6. Don't forget to remove the stuff you pasted into your target address in the properties of Chrome.. otherwise you will be giving everyone permission to run insecure content all the time.

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  4. Great post Jennifer, thank you and Brandon for this.
    Best regards from Vlatko and me

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  5. Did not work on my computer either....tells me to load from store...tried drag and drop also didn't work

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    1. Make sure you add the command to all of your chrome shortcuts. It won't work unless you do

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  6. tried and it didn't work on Chrome... told me to install from store... double checked your process still nothing..tried drag and drop..didn't work there either... have tamper monkey also...didn't work...

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  7. works perfect thanks all who helped crate this

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  8. Keep trying. If it didn't work, you forget a step. I forgot the space a few times and I also forgot to close chrome and reopen it once I changed the command line. It took me many tries to get it right.

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    1. I tired installing 4 times. Followed the steps to the letter, and still won't work. Question do I keep the original click trap? And yes it does install fine.

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    2. With tampermonkey there are no issues installing in chrome.

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    3. you need to find the (or all) shortcuts you launch Chrome from. (usually in your start menu or desktop), you right click on the shortcut and choose "properties".

      I was trying to do it from the START menu as outlined... but I actually launch Chrome from the taskbar (at the bottom of screen). Make sure you adjust properties there if that's where you launch from as well.

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  9. did not work for me either, even typed in the code letter by letter and still get same message that mike brien received. I have current version of chrome.

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  10. FF works fine. Chrome will not work for me. I put in the space after .exe and I closed and restarted Chrome. Is it possible you have to remove the quotation marks before and after the target name?

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  11. does this work with comodo dragon?

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  12. once i closed command line returned to old one :(

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  13. Looks very cool but didn't work for me either. Triple checked the steps...verified that i had the proper script...not only logged out of chrome but restarted my computer. And I can't even move the script to the extension like we had to before. :(

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  14. Unfortunately, I followed the instructions, keep an extra page open with them as I performed the task. Closed out Chrome, went back to click on the additional link and was blocked, with the Chrome Store block. :(

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  15. It won't work for me either. Will there be a Chrome Store version.

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  16. This update will not work on the white page that comes up when you post from a facebook framed game page.

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  17. stuck on this too for Chrome... Hoping Brandon/Jen can give an update on changing target. I have quotes... didn't work with a lot of things i tried.

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  18. Followed your step by step and it worked perfect! Thanks so much!

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  19. worked for me on chrome following steps above.
    rockmelt and coolnovo installed straight from step 11 script.
    could not get comodo dragon to install it.

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  20. Worked on FF, but will not work on chrome

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  21. This works great! I don't know if it's coincidence or not but I haven't had any white screens since I added the line of code and the extension.

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  22. If anyone uses Adblock Plus just add this filter:
    apps.facebook.com##DIV[class="unclickableMask"]

    Chrome: http://prntscr.com/fzo1m
    FF: http://prntscr.com/fzo5i

    In action: http://prntscr.com/fzo9k

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  23. Does not seem to work in FF 15.0.1 with Scriptish 0.1.7. I show it installed in the User Scripts page, but when things pop up (like ices) there is no Shorten link and I still get the white-out page and the pop up and nothing can be selected. :(

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  24. I am ok with getting to step 11 but the download box WILL not appear in the bottom left corner of chrome I have version 21, I got it working on firefox, any suggestions???

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  25. thx brandon and jen,

    ff 15, one click,and works

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  26. Workes great with one exception; unless you run it unframed you can't change the privacy setting of the post.

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  27. One thing to remember if you use the chrome install is that you need to repeat the steps mentioned in mafia loot lady's post to any desktop shortcuts or taskbar shortcuts as well if you use these also :)

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  28. tells me I have to be an administrator to run this on my laptop? Is there a simpler version. Can Spock and Brandon put one in the Chrome Store like they did the toolbar? Some of us are just no tech, I'm one of the worst.

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  29. What does it mean when you stay "use chrome install" and the shortcut on desktop and taskbar?

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  30. would this affect the box that comes up to buy RP's - I just tried to purchase RP's for he first time since installing and it won't complete the transaction - when u click on the "buy rewards points button" the box just sits there :/

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  31. Nope, both Chrome and Firefox did not work for me. I'm using Firefox 15.0.1 with Scriptish 0.1.7 and my Chrome 21.0.1180.89m can't even get pass the stage where I am to add the extension in the target link. It says --> http://prntscr.com/g0nv0 :o(

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  32. My Target field has "" at the start and end too. I left the space and copied the text as instructed. I clicked Apply and then OK. Shut down Chrome and opened it back up.
    It did not work for me either.

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  33. Worked perfectly after right-clicking on Chrome from the bottom of my screen to get Properties. The icon on my Start Menu didn't work.

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  34. I had problems getting this to work in Chrome. The thing that finally worked was opening Chrome from the start menu, instead of opening it from my quick launch bar.

    Thanks very much for the help!

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  35. cant even find the box that says target .. not there ..

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  36. Same here..does anyone know why we are getting a white screen for our posts? I installed the new version and it will not work while on the whitescreen I get whenever I click to post something

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  37. This works fine for me BUT I have found a bug
    When posting I cant limit the audience of my post using the 'Custom' option.

    If I disable it, I can use Custom option again

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  38. Works perfect thanks Jenn for the heads up and a BIG thankyou to spockholm for all the great work you do.... peaceout [MIG].

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  39. Stopped working on Chrome this morning.

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  40. how do i do it on windows XP as the instructions do not conform to this , Im using google chrome

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  41. my copy and paste was right, and there is a space after exe" and it let me apply and clicked ok, closed browser and then even rebooted as when I reopened chrome it froze, and it still isn't working, went back to check and its all in the properties like it should be but keeps telling me it can only be added thru the chrome web store but if I go to the store and do a search there is no click trap remover there, any suggestions, and thank you for all you do, you are a savior to the mafia wars community with all your tips and help!!!!!

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  42. n/m lol now it found it in the store, apparently you must your caps LOL ty!

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  43. You only have to paste the extension in every shortcut of Chrome,
    and it works out fine ;)
    ty for all the help!!!

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  45. I have a mac and these instructions do not work for me. How can I get the bypass to the chrome store configured?

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  46. it worked great up until today. i removed the one i had. i followed the instructions again, did so repeatedly, always double checking there is a space after the exe. but today the click trap remover will not install. i am on a pc.

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  47. installed and followed instructions. it works, but when i try to change my posts to post differently, it doesn't work. Any suggestions no how to fix it? thanks for all your great posts.

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  48. Me too, latest win 7 and latest chrome. It takes the add on but still comes up that you need to go to store. Worked great on old pc, no go on new one/

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  49. So, I have been using this script in Chrome on a mac, and every couple of days it has stopped working. Because the Greasemonkey version has been auto-updating, I've figured that that is the issue--that the Chrome version doesn't update by itself and that FB is changing things. So I've re-loaded the Chrome version several times and it works...until now. Instead of being able to drop the extension from my download folder, it now simply just shows a page of code. I love Spockholm, but my question is, why don't they just get the damn thing approved for use in the Chrome store?

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  50. It stopped working for me in Chrome so I deleted the old one and followed instructions to install the new one 1.1.3. It wouldn't let me bypass the Chrome Store but I found the new version in the Chrome Store, installed it, enabled it and rebooted. Still can't right click on posts. I have my posts set to Games only list but people who aren't on my Games list report seeing my posts once somebody else likes or comments on it. I need to keep my wall clean and my Mafia Wars posts out of the general newsfeed. So the ability to right click on certain posts in MW would be great as I could past them in groups set to secret.

    Any suggestions on how to get right click to work?

    Thanks!

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  51. What about Rockmelt? How can we fix this?

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  52. On Chrome running under Windows there is no problem at all. Running fine. But how do I do it, when Chrome is running under Ubunt? There is no right-click and properties and I am not a big expert of Ubuntu, but I have it installed on one of my PCs. Txs for any suggestions.

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  53. My Chrome is in German and I can't change it... HELP!!!
    Thank you

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  54. Works like a charm, but the shortener doesn't work for FarmVille. :(

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  55. ClickTrapRemover works great. Only problem is, the shortener doesn't work for FarmVille. I keep getting "undefined" after clicking "shorten"

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  56. Works a treat on Rockmelt. I had the insecure content already enabled so I was able to just download it. easy peasy.

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  57. Question, I have the old version on my comp, no problems. I use mff. Im on my bf's comp and it did not work, so I did the update, and now I have babylon as my browser and can not get rid of it. I uninstalled and rebooted but still there. Help?

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  58. I did the work around but it does not seem to work on Chrome 23 is there something else that needs to be done for Chrome 23?

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  59. The shorten feature hasn't been working for several weeks. Using Version 23.0.1271.101 of Chrome on a Macintosh. Any ideas on how to fix it?

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  60. Stopped working for me recently, I loved the shorten feature, is there a fix or newer version?

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