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How to selectively block ANY slide-in, pop-in, or other nuisance that comes on screen, by choice, without causing items such as video not to run

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There is a new kind of pop up nuisance. The slide or fade in. Some are set to mouse movement, others are timed. Need to be able to selectively block these - my choice of which - without sites becoming useless.

Tried NoScript but too complex and there is no succinct documentation from the producer. Tried AdBlocker but it does not work on most of these kinds of popups and the company is not about working with users to block these from many sites, suggesting the sites have paid AdBlock not to block their trash. Looked at other "solutions" but many are expensive and don't promise specifically to block these kinds of nuisances.

One of the main sites with these nuisances is CNN. Their pop-ins keep coming back even when you X them off. Some are on EVERY page, like the cookie agreement, while others are timed and block your reading altogether. You can't move your mouse in certain places on the page without something sliding in or popping up. There are pop-ins when one reaches the end of a page, gets near the edges. They are ALL intrusive! What this does is turn one off to what the ad is there to push. Lot of people have long been fed up with nags after the refusal to follow an ad. When a user says no, that needs to be it. There should be no further question.

Too many sites use this nuisance advertising, many of them because there is little to no way to block them. The internet is built on forced advertising. This needs to stop. If a product is worth its salt, it will sell without being pushed in a customer's face. If a customer says NO once, that should be enough. No site should be able to block access because of a user refusing to submit to some ad.

There is a new kind of pop up nuisance. The slide or fade in. Some are set to mouse movement, others are timed. Need to be able to selectively block these - my choice of which - without sites becoming useless. Tried NoScript but too complex and there is no succinct documentation from the producer. Tried AdBlocker but it does not work on most of these kinds of popups and the company is not about working with users to block these from many sites, suggesting the sites have paid AdBlock not to block their trash. Looked at other "solutions" but many are expensive and don't promise specifically to block these kinds of nuisances. One of the main sites with these nuisances is CNN. Their pop-ins keep coming back even when you X them off. Some are on EVERY page, like the cookie agreement, while others are timed and block your reading altogether. You can't move your mouse in certain places on the page without something sliding in or popping up. There are pop-ins when one reaches the end of a page, gets near the edges. They are ALL intrusive! What this does is turn one off to what the ad is there to push. Lot of people have long been fed up with nags after the refusal to follow an ad. When a user says no, that needs to be it. There should be no further question. Too many sites use this nuisance advertising, many of them because there is little to no way to block them. The internet is built on forced advertising. This needs to stop. If a product is worth its salt, it will sell without being pushed in a customer's face. If a customer says NO once, that should be enough. No site should be able to block access because of a user refusing to submit to some ad.

Modified by bbhank

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FredMcD
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Go to the Mozilla Add-ons Web Page {web Link} (There’s a lot of good stuff here) and search for a good ad / pop-up blocker.


Separate Security Issue: Update your Flash Player or remove it using these links; http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html Uninstall Flash Player | Windows http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html Uninstall Flash Player | Mac

Note: Windows users should download the ActiveX for Internet Explorer. and the plugin for Plugin-based browsers (like Firefox).

Note: Windows 8 and Windows 10 have built-in flash players and Adobe will cause a conflict. Install the plugin only. Not the ActiveX.

Flash Player Version: Version 31.0.0.122

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Direct link scans current system and browser Note: Other software is offered in the download. <Windows Only>

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/ Step 1: Select Operating System Step 2: Select A Version (Firefox, Win IE . . . .) Note: Other software is offered in the download. <Windows Only> +++++++++++++++++++ See if there are updates for your graphics drivers https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/upgrade-graphics-drivers-use-hardware-acceleration

Go to the [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ Mozilla Add-ons Web Page] {web Link} (There’s a lot of good stuff here) and search for a good ad / pop-up blocker. -------------- '''Separate Security Issue:''' Update your Flash Player or remove it using these links; http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html Uninstall Flash Player | Windows http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html Uninstall Flash Player | Mac '''Note: Windows users''' should download the '''ActiveX''' for ''Internet Explorer.'' '''and''' the '''plugin''' for ''Plugin-based browsers'' (like Firefox). '''Note: Windows 8 and Windows 10''' have built-in flash players and Adobe will cause a conflict. Install the plugin only. Not the ActiveX. Flash Player Version: '''Version 31.0.0.122 ''' https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Direct link scans current system and browser '''Note: Other software''' is offered in the download. <Windows Only> https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/ Step 1: Select Operating System Step 2: Select A Version (Firefox, Win IE . . . .) '''Note: Other software''' is offered in the download. <Windows Only> +++++++++++++++++++ See if there are updates for your graphics drivers https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/upgrade-graphics-drivers-use-hardware-acceleration
McCoy
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525 solutions 4913 answers

Hello bbhank,

Maybe it will help if you update Adblock Plus, cause your system details show that you're using an old version.

The latest version :

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

Hello bbhank, Maybe it will help if you update Adblock Plus, cause your system details show that you're using an old version. The latest version : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

Question owner

These types of ads are being used because they are not stopped by the regular ad blockers. None of the blockers listed on the ad block page work for these kinds of ads.

The ads in question are overlays. They are layers. To stop them the tool must stop the layering. None of these tools address that. There is no mention specifically of layer, overlay, blocking.

One of the more noxious of the group covers the whole page and is triggered by a timer. In order to continue reading an article this fade-in must be X-ed out of or agreed to.

These types of ads are being used because they are not stopped by the regular ad blockers. None of the blockers listed on the ad block page work for these kinds of ads. The ads in question are overlays. They are layers. To stop them the tool must stop the layering. None of these tools address that. There is no mention specifically of layer, overlay, blocking. One of the more noxious of the group covers the whole page and is triggered by a timer. In order to continue reading an article this fade-in must be X-ed out of or agreed to.

Modified by bbhank

Question owner

McCoy said

Hello bbhank, Maybe it will help if you update Adblock Plus, cause your system details show that you're using an old version. The latest version : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

I am using the latest versions of each and all the blockers. I have tried to contact the AdBlock company about this many times but they do not answer. Their software does not recognize most of these fade/pop/slide-ins.

''McCoy [[#answer-1168906|said]]'' <blockquote> Hello bbhank, Maybe it will help if you update Adblock Plus, cause your system details show that you're using an old version. The latest version : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/ </blockquote> I am using the latest versions of each and all the blockers. I have tried to contact the AdBlock company about this many times but they do not answer. Their software does not recognize most of these fade/pop/slide-ins.

Modified by bbhank

Question owner

Here is what Mozilla says: Certain events, such as clicking or pressing a key, can spawn pop-ups regardless of if the pop-up blocker is on. This is intentional, so that Firefox doesn't block pop-ups that websites need to work. Is it a true pop-up window? Sometimes ads are designed to look like windows, but really aren't. Firefox's pop-up blocker can't stop these ads.

These are the nuisances that need blocking.

Here is what Mozilla says: ''Certain events, such as clicking or pressing a key, can spawn pop-ups regardless of if the pop-up blocker is on. This is intentional, so that Firefox doesn't block pop-ups that websites need to work.'' ''Is it a true pop-up window?'' ''Sometimes ads are designed to look like windows, but really aren't. Firefox's pop-up blocker can't stop these ads.'' These are the nuisances that need blocking.

Modified by bbhank

McCoy
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bbhank said

I am using the latest versions of each and all the blockers.

According to your system details you are using this version :

Adblock Plus 3.0.2

That is an old version ......

''bbhank [[#answer-1168911|said]]'' <blockquote> I am using the latest versions of each and all the blockers. </blockquote> According to your system details you are using this version : Adblock Plus 3.0.2 That is an old version ......

Question owner

I have updated and have multiple machines.

I have updated and have multiple machines.
McCoy
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bbhank said

I have updated and have multiple machines.

Ahh, you posted this on a device that not only runs an old version of Firefox, but outdated Flash and Adblock Plus as well ......

''bbhank [[#answer-1168920|said]]'' <blockquote> I have updated and have multiple machines. </blockquote> Ahh, you posted this on a device that not only runs an old version of Firefox, but outdated Flash and Adblock Plus as well ......

Question owner

Yes. True. I accidentally hit the Share button instead of the Publish button. Disregard anything it sent.

I have multiple machines. This is an issue on all of them. Not relative to their age, platform, OS, software, or versions.

Yes. True. I accidentally hit the Share button instead of the Publish button. Disregard anything it sent. I have multiple machines. This is an issue on all of them. Not relative to their age, platform, OS, software, or versions.

Modified by bbhank

McCoy
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I found this extension that you might be interested in : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/behind-the-overlay-revival/ You may also want to read this : https://www.ghacks.net/2018/03/12/mozilla-wants-to-do-something-about-annoying-in-page-popups/ and : https://www.ghacks.net/2017/05/25/close-annoying-website-overlays-in-chrome-and-firefox/

Question owner

Thank you for the info.

Behind the Overlay only closes the ad after it has already blocked the page, or come up. It keeps no records of what is blocked and is not configurable.

Needed is a blocker that blocks overlays before they block your page. User needs to be able to configure.

Thank you for the info. Behind the Overlay only closes the ad after it has already blocked the page, or come up. It keeps no records of what is blocked and is not configurable. Needed is a blocker that blocks overlays ''before'' they block your page. User needs to be able to configure.

Modified by bbhank

McCoy
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bbhank said

Needed is a blocker that blocks overlays before they block your page. User needs to be able to configure.

Two things come to mind :

a) You could suggest that to the developer of the add-on.

b) You could submit your suggestions / ideas here :

Input page: https://qsurvey.mozilla.com/s3/FirefoxInput/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/firefox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Firefox

Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/

Unfortunatley there is nothing, that we contributors on the support forum, can do ......

''bbhank [[#answer-1168952|said]]'' <blockquote> Needed is a blocker that blocks overlays ''before'' they block your page. User needs to be able to configure. </blockquote> Two things come to mind : a) You could suggest that to the developer of the add-on. b) You could submit your suggestions / ideas here : Input page: https://qsurvey.mozilla.com/s3/FirefoxInput/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/firefox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Firefox Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/ Unfortunatley there is nothing, that we contributors on the support forum, can do ......
McCoy
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This is something you might like :

https://www.askvg.com/tip-how-to-block-all-unwanted-website-pop-ups-in-mozilla-firefox/

(especially changing the value of that preference on the 'about:config' page ..... )

This is something you might like : https://www.askvg.com/tip-how-to-block-all-unwanted-website-pop-ups-in-mozilla-firefox/ (especially changing the value of that preference on the 'about:config' page ..... )

Question owner

Tried that. Works for some popups but not for overlays and/or layers.

Tried that. Works for some popups but not for overlays and/or layers.

Modified by bbhank