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    This topic contains 17 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  Fred 1 week, 1 day ago.

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    • #1933406 Reply

      areader
      AskWoody Plus

      I use Win 10 and the latest Firefox. I needed a popup blocker and chose Popup Blocker (strict) which is supposed to block all popups. It does this, but only on links I click: it blocks the new window and asks me what to do about the link. If I visit a website, however, it doesn’t block anything. Popups galore!

      Can someone suggest a different, free popup blocker? I’m mostly getting the popups that show up almost immediately after your arrival at a website; they block nearly the entire screen while asking you to sign up for their newsletter. These are legitimate business, some with brick and mortar stores, some only online.  I have no idea if signing up for the newsletter would stop the popup, but since I don’t want their newsletters, that’s neither here nor there.

      TIA

    • #1933481 Reply

      anonymous

      Firefox can natively block pop-up windows. Type this into the address bar about:preferences#privacy scroll down to the permissions section and you will see Block pop-up windows.

      • #1934506 Reply

        areader
        AskWoody Plus

        Actually, I am not offeredt that setting.

    • #1933482 Reply

      anonymous

      ? says:

      hi areader,

      have you read Microfix’s AKB3000003? i have FF on linux and after i applied the suggested settings websites now complain that i have a “pop-up blocker,” (which i do not have.) i,ve added many more ff tweaks but the passive pop-up blocking began after i set up the preferences and added the microfix tweaks:

      3000003: Firefox – additional security, telemetry and privacy tweaks

      • #1934518 Reply

        areader
        AskWoody Plus

        This is way beyond my knowledge and abilities. I haven’t a clue where to start!

    • #1933498 Reply

      anonymous

      uBlock Origin’s element zapper is perfect for practicing before banishment using the element picker tool.

      • #1934517 Reply

        areader
        AskWoody Plus

        uBlock Origin’s element zapper is perfect for practicing before banishment using the element picker tool.

        I’m sorry but most of your reply is simply gobble-de-gook. I found UBock Origin but I don’t know what elements are, I don’t know what an element picker tool does, etc. If my first try (Poper Blocker) doesn’t work, I’ll give this a try.

    • #1933818 Reply

      anonymous

      Search for “overlay” in the Firefox Add-on site there are several extensions which may help you.

      • #1934515 Reply

        areader
        AskWoody Plus

        Thank you. I chose Poper Blocker for my next go-round.

    • #1934532 Reply

      geekdom
      AskWoody Plus

      Firefox Settings

      — Select hamburger menu to far right
      — Select Options
      — Select Privacy and Security
      — Select Block pop-up windows
      mo04

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      • #1937303 Reply

        areader
        AskWoody Plus

        I already had that set. Little good it did me. I just finished downloading a YouTube video about bald eagles. By about 1/2 thru watching it, I’d had 6 popup ads and I chose to download it instead.  Very frustrating!

        • #1938486 Reply

          geekdom
          AskWoody Plus

          You may want to try running adwceaner, just as a check:
          https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/

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        • #1938491 Reply

          Microfix
          Da Boss

          I think these pop-ups you are seeing are actually from YouTube. They have recently (over the last couple of months that I have noticed) been introducing this annoyance. I still get a few on the latest firefox with ublock Origin and noscript. I don’t think it’s an issue with browsers, more google workaround tactics for current blockers. It’s only on some not all videos, as they are probably injecting more by each day..

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    • #1934584 Reply

      anonymous

      areader, I know what you are talking about and it bothers me too. I use AdBlock Plus and have added the “element blocker” but this is too much for many people. uBlock O is another GOOD program and it uses the same “subscriptions” as AdBlock Plus.

      Every tech has their own ideas. I would recommend looking at SpywareBlaster and Spybot Search and Destroy (version 1.6.2) as these are passive protections not active. Also consider AdBlock Plus. Many popups and malicious ads will be gone with ABP.

      Most of those popups asking you to join something are from the original website itself and are not 3rd party, so it is harder to stop them. If you are willing to learn about the element blocker of ABP or uBlock O that will help but it IS a learning curve.

      I hope this helps you somewhat.

      • #1937338 Reply

        areader
        AskWoody Plus

        Thank you for giving me more info. I didn’t know that the popups from the original website were treated differently than 3rd party ones! I am willing to learn, but where to start, when the programs assume you understand what they’re talking about and know how to do these things? My brain kept current all through the pre-DOS era, DOS, and Windows 1 through XP. After that there were too many changes to Windows and programs for this casual user to keep up.

        I used to use AdBlock Plus. I have a memory of Firefox telling me it didn’t work with the current version, so I removed it. Anyway, I added it back. Thanks for giving me back a program I know and like.

        • #1938587 Reply

          anonymous

          Hello areader, I use ABP and have for at least a decade. I do have Element Blocking Helper and use it occasionally. It does work. See the below for more information as tutorials/demos.

          Element Hiding Helper – General notes Installation Using Element Hiding Helper ABP
          https://adblockplus.org/elemhidehelper

          Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus youtube

          Tutorials – How to block ads in Firefox ABP
          https://adblockplus.org/tutorials

          You might also want to investigate adding some more subscriptions. EasyPrivacy, Malware Domains, etc. See ABP site:
          Known Adblock Plus subscriptions ABP
          https://adblockplus.org/subscriptions

          Hope this helps.

    • #1944398 Reply

      areader
      AskWoody Plus

      Thank you all. Returning to AdBlock Plus solved this problem.

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    • #1951670 Reply

      Fred
      AskWoody Plus

      Thank you all. Returning to AdBlock Plus solved this problem.

      perhaps the Malwarebytes browser plugin can give you adding assistance…

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