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I, like most people, use ad-blockers (ABP) but ad providers are always discovering new ways to annoy; is there a way to prevent Firefox from creating new tabs and windows, or ask for user confirmation whenever such event happens?

I, like most people, use ad-blockers (ABP) but ad providers are always discovering new ways to annoy; is there a way to prevent Firefox from creating new tabs and windows, or ask for user confirmation whenever such event happens?
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FredMcD
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Contact AdBlockPlus support and explain the problem. Or try a different blocker.

Contact AdBlockPlus support and explain the problem. Or try a different blocker.
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FredMcD said

Contact AdBlockPlus support and explain the problem. Or try a different blocker.

that would only delay the problem, ad providers are always looking to outsmart ad blockers, that's why i asked here, for a definitive solution, or a feature request if there isn't any

''FredMcD [[#answer-1285362|said]]'' <blockquote> Contact AdBlockPlus support and explain the problem. Or try a different blocker. </blockquote> that would only delay the problem, ad providers are always looking to outsmart ad blockers, that's why i asked here, for a definitive solution, or a feature request if there isn't any
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McCoy
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germimonte said

I, like most people, use ad-blockers (ABP) but ad providers are always discovering new ways to annoy

Firefox is a browser, and not an adblocker; if ABP isn't working well, then you'd best follow FredMcD's advice.

is there a way to prevent Firefox from creating new tabs and windows, or ask for user confirmation whenever such event happens?

Could you please explain what you mean by the above ?

''germimonte [[#question-1278482|said]]'' <blockquote> I, like most people, use ad-blockers (ABP) but ad providers are always discovering new ways to annoy </blockquote> Firefox is a browser, and not an adblocker; if ABP isn't working well, then you'd best follow FredMcD's advice. <blockquote> is there a way to prevent Firefox from creating new tabs and windows, or ask for user confirmation whenever such event happens? </blockquote> Could you please explain what you mean by the above ?
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well, it was worth a shot

McCoy said

Could you please explain what you mean by the above ?

just a simple "are you sure you want to open a new tab" confirmation whenever document.open of something like that gets called

well, it was worth a shot ''McCoy [[#answer-1285380|said]]'' <blockquote> Could you please explain what you mean by the above ? </blockquote> just a simple "are you sure you want to open a new tab" confirmation whenever document.open of something like that gets called
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McCoy
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germimonte said

is there a way to prevent Firefox from creating new tabs and windows, or ask for user confirmation whenever such event happens?

    What kind of new tabs and windows are you referring to, though ?     Tabs and windows should never open without action from you .....

''germimonte [[#question-1278482|said]]'' <blockquote> is there a way to prevent Firefox from creating new tabs and windows, or ask for user confirmation whenever such event happens? </blockquote> &nbsp; &nbsp; What kind of new tabs and windows are you referring to, though ? &nbsp; &nbsp; Tabs and windows should never open without action from you .....
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McCoy said

germimonte said
is there a way to prevent Firefox from creating new tabs and windows, or ask for user confirmation whenever such event happens?

    What kind of new tabs and windows are you referring to, though ?     Tabs and windows should never open without action from you .....

they never do, only onClick events, but things like transparent overlays are always used to harvest clicks

''McCoy [[#answer-1285395|said]]'' <blockquote> ''germimonte [[#question-1278482|said]]'' <blockquote> is there a way to prevent Firefox from creating new tabs and windows, or ask for user confirmation whenever such event happens? </blockquote> &nbsp; &nbsp; What kind of new tabs and windows are you referring to, though ? &nbsp; &nbsp; Tabs and windows should never open without action from you ..... </blockquote> they never do, only onClick events, but things like transparent overlays are always used to harvest clicks
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ineuw 2 solutions 34 answers

Check and evaluate each option of the Privacy & Security of the Preferences and set the Enhanced tracking protections to strict.

I allow pop-ups because of my choice to see search results of DuckDuckGo in a separate tab, and this is considered by Firefox a pop-up.

The FF Preferences settings might be a bit different between Windows and Linux or MacOS versions.

I no longer use blockers and have no security problems.

Check and evaluate each option of the Privacy & Security of the Preferences and set the Enhanced tracking protections to '''strict.''' I allow pop-ups because of my choice to see search results of DuckDuckGo in a separate tab, and this is considered by Firefox a pop-up. The FF Preferences settings might be a bit different between Windows and Linux or MacOS versions. I no longer use blockers and have no security problems.
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ineuw said

Check and evaluate each option of the Privacy & Security of the Preferences and set the Enhanced tracking protections to strict.

already have block all, but at least on windows that's not enough never had problems with DuckDuckGo being blocked

since this post seems to be going nowhere I'll ask, is it possible for an add-on to intersect the "create window" and "create tab" calls or are those too low level to be affected?

''ineuw [[#answer-1285482|said]]'' <blockquote> Check and evaluate each option of the Privacy & Security of the Preferences and set the Enhanced tracking protections to '''strict.''' </blockquote> already have block all, but at least on windows that's not enough never had problems with DuckDuckGo being blocked since this post seems to be going nowhere I'll ask, is it possible for an add-on to intersect the "create window" and "create tab" calls or are those too low level to be affected?
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RobertJ
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You might also be interested in an extension like: Skip Redirect https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/skip-redirect/

You might also be interested in an extension like: Skip Redirect https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/skip-redirect/
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RobertJ said

You might also be interested in an extension like: Skip Redirect https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/skip-redirect/

I'll try it, but i doubt it will solve anything, since the problem is seemingly unrelated to redirects

''RobertJ [[#answer-1285484|said]]'' <blockquote> You might also be interested in an extension like: Skip Redirect https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/skip-redirect/ </blockquote> I'll try it, but i doubt it will solve anything, since the problem is seemingly unrelated to redirects
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Akash 1 solutions 11 answers

You can try to block pop-up windows by going under: Options > Privacy & Security> Permissions and then check the box saying Block pop-up windows.

You might also be interested in looking into and turning on Deceptive Content and Dangerous Software Protection under Security Options: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-does-phishing-and-malware-protection-work?as=u&utm_source=inproduct

You can try to block pop-up windows by going under: Options > Privacy & Security> Permissions and then check the box saying Block pop-up windows. You might also be interested in looking into and turning on Deceptive Content and Dangerous Software Protection under Security Options: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-does-phishing-and-malware-protection-work?as=u&utm_source=inproduct

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Akash said

You can try to block pop-up windows by going under: Options > Privacy & Security> Permissions and then check the box saying Block pop-up windows. You might also be interested in looking into and turning on Deceptive Content and Dangerous Software Protection under Security Options: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-does-phishing-and-malware-protection-work?as=u&utm_source=inproduct

both those settings are already on. The problem is not about settings, it's about intrusive content ignoring them and adblocks

''Akash [[#answer-1285501|said]]'' <blockquote> You can try to block pop-up windows by going under: Options > Privacy & Security> Permissions and then check the box saying Block pop-up windows. You might also be interested in looking into and turning on Deceptive Content and Dangerous Software Protection under Security Options: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-does-phishing-and-malware-protection-work?as=u&utm_source=inproduct </blockquote> both those settings are already on. The problem is not about settings, it's about intrusive content ignoring them and adblocks
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McCoy
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Going over this thread again I'm still not sure what exactly it is that you are talking about, but I think that you will find the best advice in the first (FredMcD's) post.

Unless maybe you can provide a link to one of these "tabs or windows with explicit or intrusive content" (?)

In case you are talking about (e.g.) so-called "adult sites": there are quite a few add-ons to block those :

See these search results .....

Going over this thread again I'm still not sure what exactly it is that you are talking about, but I think that you will find the best advice in the first (FredMcD's) post. Unless maybe you can provide a link to one of these "tabs or windows with explicit or intrusive content" (?) In case you are talking about (e.g.) so-called "adult sites": there are quite a few add-ons to block those : See [https://www.google.nl/search?authuser=1&sxsrf=ACYBGNRjcjkGcPeHsgOdpUNS51rGEdXc_A%3A1580284648984&ei=6DoxXsHgO7L5sAfn4rTICg&q=firefox%3B+add-ons+to+block+adult+sites&oq=firefox%3B+add-ons+to+block+adult+sites&gs_l=psy-ab.3...88198.100032..100508...1.2..1.114.3051.44j1......0....1..gws-wiz.....10..0i71j35i39j0i67j0j35i362i39j0i273j0i20i263j0i10j0i22i30j0i22i10i30j33i160.Cbw0AM-LxXw&ved=0ahUKEwjB9JWJq6jnAhWyPOwKHWcxDakQ4dUDCAo&uact=5 these search results ..... ]
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