New Tool Blocks Nickelback From The Web

A special plugin has been developed to stop your browser shoing any mention of the Canadian band in your web browser.

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For some people, even a single mention of Nickelback is one too many.

Now a browser plugin can ensure this is never a concern for web surfers, which blocks every mention of the band automatically.

Users of the Firefox of Google Chrome browsers can download the plugin from Aux, who adapted the "Shaved Bieber" project which blocks all mentions of the teenage pop sensation.

Although it may be a joke rather than essential browsing tool, it seems there may actually be a demand for the app.

According to SDB, a survey by a music dating site proved Nickelback to be the biggest turnoff on the site. Similarly, a petition to block the band from playing at half-time during a thanksgiving football match in Detroit gained over 50,000 signatures earlier this month.

"This game is nationally televised. Do we really want the rest of the U.S. to associate Detroit with Nickelback?" asked Dennis Guttman, the 22 year old student who started the petition.

"This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs," he added.

Nickelback responded to the petition in good humour with their own parody video for Funny or Die, embedded below (via Billboard). The band considers whether it could fit in to Detroit better by changing its name to the Motown-ready "The Four Nickels," or by dressing as Robocop.

Despite an apparent widespread dislike for the band, it continues to be a commercial success. Their 7th album "Here And Now" was released this week, following 2008's "Dark Horse" which had sold more than 3 million copies.

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    Pagan_Poetry
    It looks like this tool was made *puts on sunglasses* for all the right reasons. YEAAAAA-
    CronoMagus
    This was hilarious. At least they have a sense of humor about the hate towards them. I understand why people don't like them but I don't understand why people outright hate them as much as they do. I could care less either way lol
    MonsterOfRock
    I just envisioned Maynard James Keenan -covered in blue paint, smashing Chad Kroeger's laptop.
    nailsarecruel
    I really don't mind Nickleback's brand of cheese, but I would be interested in a mod that blocks Rihanna, Courtney Love and Adam Lambert.
    JimBonJovi
    This is just getting absolutely ridiculous. Obviously the band doesn't give a sh*t about the people whom dislike them. With all this backlash I'm starting to get sympathetic for the band. The video alone shows they have a good sense of humour about it all. Some of their songs aren't very good but that's just scratching the surface. If you dig deep underground you'll see there's plenty of riff fossil's laying around from previous records.
    drummerjmp
    Please, never start another article with the words "New Tool", unless it some way involves the band Tool. You really got my hopes up for a second. lol.
    Omnisyn
    Soldier Poet wrote: That video was funny. Hating these guys seems to be just a new craze.
    LOL I think people have been hating on Nickelback since their conception.
    j-e-f-f-e-r-s
    "New Tool-" Fuck yes! Maybe we'll finally get to hear the new album!" "-blocks Nickelback from the internet!" ...oh. Fuck! I feel like this should be a victory, yet I feel so cheated.
    Ranmanbassist18
    This is awesome that these guys did this. It shows the people who signed the petition that they dont give a shit ! and that's pretty much what they have to do at this point. Ill say it right now, I kind of want to see them play this show now. There was no backlash or petitions like this when the BLACK EYED PEAS for **** sakes played the Superbowl and i will argue anyone who tells me they are better then Nickelback.
    kennedys1
    Mike: I'm the brains of the group Dude in chair: not anymore, your the sex appeal Mike: done! Lol, that's awesome. Good to see the guys can take this with a sense of humor. God only knows what kind of bomb would explode if this whole thing was Metallica or KISS related.
    kylealex09
    Would Detroit rather have one of thier "own" acts perform during the Half Time Show? Like, I don't know.. Kid Rock? or ICP? Those are better than Nickelback right?!
    gArre7X
    It looks like this tool was made *puts on sunglasses* for all the right reasons. YEAAAAA-
    This. This made my day.
    HarrySound
    FFS , peopel need to get a life. I like Nickelbacks sense of humor in the video. Seriously though there is worse bands to hate on, black vail brides?
    deletedacct123
    This is hilarious. Nickleback = "Domestic Violence Rock" Kudos for the sense of humour on it though
    ElvenLord
    But I don't understand all their hate, seriously. Yes, it's formulaic and formatted, but compared to all the mainstream pop shit these days, I'd take Nickleback any day.
    demonsheep
    I enjoyed watching the video. Nickelback aren't the most original or interesting band in the world but they have some good riffs and some catchy songs.. They're not all made of Satan like most of UG seem to believe..
    HordesOfKailas
    j-e-f-f-e-r-s wrote: "New Tool-" Fuck yes! Maybe we'll finally get to hear the new album!" "-blocks Nickelback from the internet!" ...oh. Fuck! I feel like this should be a victory, yet I feel so cheated.
    This was EXACTLY what I thought.
    Basti95
    LOL i actually really respect these guys now. Would never listen to them TBH, but they obviously don't even care, as they have huge commercial success either way
    hardrocker64
    These guys are making $$$$ doing what they want and have earned it. Why so many haters? They are not some American Idol crap that was handed everything. Nickelback music has its place and time like Testament in my book.
    x_hud
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: It looks like this tool was made *puts on sunglasses* for all the right reasons. YEAAAAA-
    Jesus christ. You are my favorite person on this site.
    slaveskinJACKET
    kinslayerSOA wrote: I don't want to be 'that guy', but is it just me who thinks this is incredibly childish? I've always thought one of the main things that separates musicians to just listeners is that musicians appreciate all forms of music... That might just be a very stereotypical view, but I've always thought guitarists from this website (and rockers in general) have quite a wide scope of music, and are willing to appreciate any style within reason. But hey, I guess I was wrong.
    You (bops you on the nose) must not have heard their last two albums.
    korbhag
    This video alone makes me want to buy a Nickelback album to support them.
    cory_i
    On the contrary, I believe this will be THE essential browsing tool of the modern age. Also, where can I get the "shaved beiber" version?
    kinslayerSOA
    I don't want to be 'that guy', but is it just me who thinks this is incredibly childish? I've always thought one of the main things that separates musicians to just listeners is that musicians appreciate all forms of music... That might just be a very stereotypical view, but I've always thought guitarists from this website (and rockers in general) have quite a wide scope of music, and are willing to appreciate any style within reason. But hey, I guess I was wrong.
    angusfan16
    Swear to god i came in here because i thought there was a new tool song. I am dissapoint.
    Itsooz
    Alright, taking a mick out of them was fun at first, but now it just seems to me like all those anti-fans are a bunch of insecure kids who try to deal with their own inadequacies by hating on others. Get a ****ing life already cause right now your obsessive hatred makes me feel sympathetic for the band.
    SweepSDMF
    ne14t wrote: FACT: Nickelback started here in Vancouver as what is known as a FOX seeds band. These are bands that are locally plugged and sponsored by 99.3 The FOX which is the "alternative" radio station here in Vancouver. I have never really been a fan of the majority of the bands that come from this just because they are so "radio friendly" shall we say. Some other previous winners include: Bif Naked Daniel Wesley Default Matt Good Incura Faber Yuca You get where I am going with this right? It's all like Top 40 "alternative" poo!
    Bif Naked redeemed any bad thing she ever did by working with Devin Townsend.
    carnifax666
    If you dont like them, dont listen to them. It's that simple you pretentious *****s.
    Cpt Doodles
    This is getting out of hand... Like them or not, they're still people. Doing far better than all of you... give them a break -_-
    M3AK
    What is so wrong with Nickelback? Seriously? I don't choose to listen to them but if someone put them on i wont complain until they turned it off? They are just a band that are there and by the looks of this video good spirited guys. Leave them alone, seriously.
    Tone Deaf
    It's cool to hate nickelback, so people hate them. Simple as that. Not to say I love anything they've done the last couple albums. It's catchy, but not deep. Music isn't terrible, but the themes are getting stale. Then again, music really only feels right usually if you sing about what you know... And drinking is probably high on that list recently. So there ya go. Anyways. I nearly died laughing at the emphasis on "internet petition." They know the internet is full of haters, and they care as much as the rest of the intelligent world does.
    Iliekgitaz
    This title made me laugh.. Even the web can't stand nickelback! Just kidding of course.. I'm not a hater of them.. I think they have some great songs.
    belavista man
    I'd like to see this new tool. I thought everything had been created, after the screwdriver and monkey wrench...
    Bobbyz94
    do people even know why they hate nickelback? or are they too stupid and think they can only fit in if they hate nickelback like the thousands of other people who don't know why?
    MH400
    Its funny. UG blocks its users from mentioning 'Ad Block' as it can harm it's revenue. Yet UG advertises something that blocks Nickelback - potentially harming the band's revenue. Double standards, UG. Double standards.
    TheAmenCorner89
    ne14t wrote: FACT: Nickelback started here in Vancouver as what is known as a FOX seeds band. These are bands that are locally plugged and sponsored by 99.3 The FOX which is the "alternative" radio station here in Vancouver. I have never really been a fan of the majority of the bands that come from this just because they are so "radio friendly" shall we say. Some other previous winners include: Bif Naked Daniel Wesley Default Matt Good Incura Faber Yuca You get where I am going with this right? It's all like Top 40 "alternative" poo!
    I have never heard of any one of those bands here in the UK, can't be that popular!
    neandramathal
    I don't mind Nickelback, but I also don't own any because I don't see them as anything amazing. However they're more to my tastes than say, the Foo's or Kaiser Chiefs or anything like that. I can understand and accept that everyone has different tastes, VERY different tastes - and to some they may not be what they enjoy to hear. But there is 'dislike' and there is downright childish hate.
    TheHawkdaddy wrote: But don't go judging me as someone who just mindlessly does what some people he will never meet on the internet says just because I disagree with you. I could care less if the internet loved or hated Nickelback, they don't have my ears. And for the people who know Nickelback are generic garbage made solely to sell records to certain people, and just give in too it, shame on you.
    You sound very much like you DO care if people love or hate them. Your comment really doesn't come across as 'I don't enjoy their music and thats my opinion', it comes across as 'I loathe them but I do it for myself not cos the internet tells me to, and anyone who likes them is an idiot'. Particularly with that last sentence, afterall, what is "giving in to it"?
    CasualSex
    It's okay to dislike or hate a band, but do we have to be this childish? Really?
    tom-the-lawn
    JimBonJovi wrote: This is just getting absolutely ridiculous. Obviously the band doesn't give a sh*t about the people whom dislike them. With all this backlash I'm starting to get sympathetic for the band. The video alone shows they have a good sense of humour about it all. Some of their songs aren't very good but that's just scratching the surface. If you dig deep underground you'll see there's plenty of riff fossil's laying around from previous records.
    lol riff fossil's, you just coined an awesome term