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How can I stop videos on websites from automatically playing?

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On many sites like Forbes and Accuweather, videos automatically start playing when I load the site. Not only is this annoying, the video also draws unnecessary bandwidth when I tether from my Verizon smartphone. Is there any way through Firefox to prevent autoplay of videos on websites? There used to be a plugin available, but no longer. http://just-ask-kim.com/stop-auto-play-videos-audios-firefox/

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Installed Plug-ins

  • Google Update
  • Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator version:0.1.44.28
  • Version 3.19.1.13088
  • Shockwave Flash 11.7 r700
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.17.2 for Mozilla browsers
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • GEPlugin
  • LogMeIn, Inc. Remote Access Components
  • 5.1.20125.0
  • Foxit Reader Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape
  • VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.2
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • Unity Player 3.5.0f6
  • Yahoo Application State Plugin version 1.0.0.7
  • Windows Activation Technologies Plugin for Mozilla
  • BrowserPlus -- Improve your browser! -- http://browserplus.yahoo.com/
  • The plug-in allows you to open and edit files using Microsoft Office applications
  • Office Authorization plug-in for NPAPI browsers
  • 1.9.0042.0
  • np-mswmp
  • Yahoo! activeX Plug-in Bridge
  • Macromedia Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 10.1

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:20.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/20.0

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jscher2000
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FlashBlock will stop the ones that use Flash... https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/flashblock/

ivanovnegro 1 solutions 12 answers

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Adblock Plus can also block some of them if you never want to see them again.

But you could also use this option from Firefox:

Type in the address bar:

about:config

Then search for:

plugins.click_to_play

Double click and it will be set to true.