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How can I prevent video ads from automatically playing?
I have been leaving the following site open during inclement weather while doing other things (spreadsheets, documents, financial programs, etc.) to periodically check weather quickly.
Lately, there have been video advertisements on this site that will automatically play with sound that are obnoxious and distracting. I would like to prevent these. The webmaster for the site claims that they do not allow these ads and yet, I get them. He says they cannot replicate the issue and suspect its a problem with my settings. I do not know if the same thing happens with advertisements on other sites or not.
On a related note, is there a way to prevent "roll over" ads from playing?
Thank you Phillip and Cor-el for your advice. Since the problem only bothers me on my work computer I cannot use your solutions so I am simply avoiding the website in question.Read this answer in context 👍 1
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hello, one way would be to set all plugin content (like flash which is likely used for those ads) to click-to-play, which means it will only be active once you explicitly enable it on each site. therefore you'd have to enter about:config into the firefox location bar (confirm the info message in case it shows up) & search for the preference named plugins.click_to_play. double-click it and change its value to true.
another way would be to make use of an addon like adblock plus with a good filter-list to generally block advertisements on the web: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/adblock-plus
Thank you Phillip and Cor-el for your advice. Since the problem only bothers me on my work computer I cannot use your solutions so I am simply avoiding the website in question.