Firefox users have Flashblock and other extensions to cut down on memory-hogging, browser-destabilising Flash animations thrown haphazardly around the web. If you're a Google Chrome convert, BlockFlash2 can offer much the same protection against random moving objects.
At the How-To Geek's home away from Lifehacker, Lifehacker intern alumnus Asian Angel details how to install, activate and use the BlockFlash2 user script to replace Adobe Flash elements on a page with yellowed links. Those links can be clicked if the Flash element turns out to be important—like on a YouTube page—or left to sit and never auto-play for faster, less crash-y browsing.
Got another Chrome-friendly script (besides the previously mentioned AdSweep) that streamlines the web? Tell us about it in the comments.
Hide Flash Animations in Google Chrome [the How-To Geek]