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Having trouble with the ad blockers

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It seems the latest version of Firefox has sort of screwed up the ad blockers? I thought I remedied the problem, but the ad blockers still don't work properly. It seems they only work partially? Anyone have good suggestions as to how and solve this ongoing recent problem? Thank you.

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Greetings, sorry about that, went full programmer for a moment. API = Set of functions or code parts that allow you to interact with other programs or code. In a sense, extension/plugin/add-on (However people name it on their platforms) uses set of rules to access browser functions.

I haven't done this myself, but if I find the instructions for it, I will gladly share it (Sorry for not helping extensively). (Related to Legacy plugins for new firefox versions)

It is a very viable solution to use an older version of Firefox.

Update: Apparently uBlock has been rewritten on the new WebExtensions API so it should work. Make sure you remove the plugin entirely, update Firefox to the newest version and add uBlock afterward. That should pretty much work.

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Hi   !

Could you be a bit more specific please, like :

Which adblockers do you have installed  ? (running more than one is not a good idea)

What are the problems you are experiencing  ?

In case you have a problem with uBlock Origin, please see : https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/tag/1.13.10

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Hello. I had the same impression as you about the ads blockers and looking for a bit I could see that Firefox will use another way to manage modules, from version 57 onwards. It seems that some modules are already adapted while others are still in validation phase with Mozilla. I invite you to read the documentation of Firefox on the add-ons where you will find all useful information. Greetings.

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Happy 112, I have tried UBlock and Adblock, and both are not working fully. By that I mean, some ads are blocked while others are not. When I access UBlock, which was the ad blocker I was using, there is a link that says legacy, which from what I understand should be the version of the ad blocker I should be trying if the current version is not working. But, when I try and access the legacy version of UBlock, I get the message "this version will not work with your current version of Firefox". So, I'm sort of left hanging and wondering what to do with the UBlock add-on, if the alleged fix will not work. As a consequence, I am currently using Adblocker. But that also has ads that are appearing when I use it, where as before it didn't. Any suggestions, Happy112? Thank you.

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As for uBlock Origin : did you follow the instructions that are mentioned in the link I gave you earlier :

https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/tag/1.13.10

AdBlock Plus not blocking all ads : a lot of advertisers are 'whitelisted':

https://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/14/adblock-plus-defends-new-whitelisting-ad-platform.html

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Hi Happy 112, Yes, I did read the article you mentioned earlier. But, the article was so confusing and seemingly unproductive. The article seemed to say, either don't use Firefox at all, or try to uninstall UBlock and then install it again. Which I did, to no avail. I initially thought when I did, it worked. But the action proved to NOT work, unfortunately. So, I am left where I'm at now. Just how do I install a ad blocker that NOW works with Firefox? Why is it now it appears no ad blockers work with Firefox? Can you help me figure out which ad blockers can or will work with Firefox? Hopefully, you can help. Thank you, Happy112.

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The point is that all of the plugins are turning or are Legacy and it doesn't fully function with current Firefox's architecture. New API and general changes make it hard for developers to update it that fast. You can try looking into options of making legacy plugins work properly, but until they are written to the new API, the issues will keep happening.

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Hi Josh, thank you for your reply. What is meant by API? Understand the situation about plug-ins not working with new Firefox architecture. Your comment, "You can try looking into options of making legacy plugins work properly". Can you please let me know how do so? Or, point me in the right direction as to a link that I can possibly do so, Josh? Also, is the possible solution to just use a older version of Firefox? I would appreciate your input , Josh. Thank you.

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الحل المُختار

Greetings, sorry about that, went full programmer for a moment. API = Set of functions or code parts that allow you to interact with other programs or code. In a sense, extension/plugin/add-on (However people name it on their platforms) uses set of rules to access browser functions.

I haven't done this myself, but if I find the instructions for it, I will gladly share it (Sorry for not helping extensively). (Related to Legacy plugins for new firefox versions)

It is a very viable solution to use an older version of Firefox.

Update: Apparently uBlock has been rewritten on the new WebExtensions API so it should work. Make sure you remove the plugin entirely, update Firefox to the newest version and add uBlock afterward. That should pretty much work.

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@ sciencemagic :

If you don't want to use uBlock Origin (just yet) and rather use AdBlock Plus, but don't want to be annoyed by these 'whitelisted' ads, here's what you can do :

Click on the ABP icon => Filter Preferences and uncheck: 'Allow some non-intrusive advertising' Then click 'Close'.

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Josh, thank you for your reply. I will try the new uBlock add-on and see how it works. Hopefully, it will work as before. If not, maybe an older version of Firefox may be the answer. I will let you know. Thank you, Josh.

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Happy 112, thank you for your reply once again. I will try the new uBlock and see how that works. If I encounter problems, then maybe your suggestion might be an option. I will let you know if using the updated uBlock works. Thank you, Happy 112.

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There now is the latest version of uBlock Origin :

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/

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Thanks Happy for linking the plugin. For anyone else reading this (that might be curious or have a similar problem), if you had uBlock previously, remove it completely and install the new version.

If you need any more help Sciencemagic, let us know, and keep us posted if everything works fine!

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Hi Josh, every thing is working fine so far with uBlock. I uninstalled Adblocker, and installed uBlock. Thank you and every one for the help. If something should go haywire with the ad blocker I will let you know. Thanks.

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Sweet, glad you got everything working! If you need any more help, I will gladly help you. Oh and on the side note, if any other plugins malfunction, make sure you check developers website or try to remove it and re-add it. Right now, there are going to be a lot of concerns related to it.

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Hi Josh, thank you for your help. So far, so good with uBlock, ad blocker. I will heed your words of wisdom about possible future plug-in issues. Thank you, Josh.

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Make sure you mark the post that you think is a solution! Best of luck and stay safe browsing!

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Another limitation! FireFox 56.0 with: Webmail Ad Blocker 5.0.5.2 by Jason Savared Sept 29 2017 Popper Blocker 4.0.6 Dingo Solutions Oct 05, 2017 Neither works completely!

Yesterday, October 09, 2017, I had Two virus nuisances on my Yahoo email page! My Avast A/V kept alerting "Link: edge-quantserve.com is infected with: JS:Miner-C[Trj]". Since it was alerting when the email page was open, and I was just letting the cursor sit there, I am guessing that it was alerting on one of the advertisements that was being blocked! The ad was consuming bandwidth and computer resources, while being blocked.

The other was the Scareware discussed in:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1173699

It popped up! I guess the whitelisting doesn't work so well. I also note that some ads keep popping up!

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@ EdHampton :

Would you please be so kind as to start your own thread  ? You can do so by clicking on 'Ask a question' at the top of this page and then copy and paste your question.

Thank you in advance  !

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My Ad Blocker Plus seems to have Stopped Working October Thursday 19, 2017. What Happen?