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Hours and hours wasted trying to stop floating videos, pop-unders and overlays. DO NOT tell me to do about:config ! I did it all through exhaustive research. No effect. The solutions are all over the place and VERY repetitious. Every permutation of suggested FF fixes have been tried. Am a very savvy Windows user... It goes round and round and round and round and round in circles...

Daily I am plagued by floating videos, pop-unders and overlays. It never ends. Once again -- DO NOT tell me to do any more about:config -- it has all been tied an tested. All the settings are as suggested...

Hours and hours wasted trying to stop floating videos, pop-unders and overlays. DO NOT tell me to do about:config ! I did it all through exhaustive research. No effect. The solutions are all over the place and VERY repetitious. Every permutation of suggested FF fixes have been tried. Am a very savvy Windows user... It goes round and round and round and round and round in circles... Daily I am plagued by floating videos, pop-unders and overlays. It never ends. Once again -- DO NOT tell me to do any more about:config -- it has all been tied an tested. All the settings are as suggested...
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Wesley Branton
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The about:config section really doesn't have anything to do with why you are getting popups.

Have you tried simply scanning your computer for malware? That's a pretty common cause of popups and the other stuff that you have described. Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of.

You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software:

Microsoft Security Essentials is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista if you don't already have one. Windows 8/10 have antivirus protection built-in.

Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.

Hope this helps.

The about:config section really doesn't have anything to do with why you are getting popups. Have you tried simply scanning your computer for malware? That's a pretty common cause of popups and the other stuff that you have described. Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of. You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software: * [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/products/scanner Microsoft Safety Scanner] * [http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware] * [http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/disinfection/5350 Anti-Rootkit Utility - TDSSKiller] (for more info, see this [https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/tdsskiller/ alternate TDSSKiller download page]) * [https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/ AdwCleaner] (for more info, see this [http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/ alternate AdwCleaner download page]) * [http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro/ Hitman Pro] * [http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/ ESET Online Scanner] [https://support.microsoft.com/help/14210/security-essentials-download Microsoft Security Essentials] is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista if you don't already have one. Windows 8/10 have antivirus protection [https://www.microsoft.com/windows/comprehensive-security built-in]. Further information can be found in the [[Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware]] article. Hope this helps.
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Wesley Branton said

The about:config section really doesn't have anything to do with why you are getting popups. Have you tried simply scanning your computer for malware? That's a pretty common cause of popups and the other stuff that you have described. Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of. You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software: Microsoft Security Essentials is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista if you don't already have one. Windows 8/10 have antivirus protection built-in. Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article. Hope this helps.

No malware on my computer friend ! Funny -- most of the solutions I find involve about:config. I already have every app you cited. You're on the wrong trail, hound dog...

''Wesley Branton [[#answer-1236087|said]]'' <blockquote> The about:config section really doesn't have anything to do with why you are getting popups. Have you tried simply scanning your computer for malware? That's a pretty common cause of popups and the other stuff that you have described. Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of. You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software: * [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/products/scanner Microsoft Safety Scanner] * [http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware] * [http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/disinfection/5350 Anti-Rootkit Utility - TDSSKiller] (for more info, see this [https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/tdsskiller/ alternate TDSSKiller download page]) * [https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/ AdwCleaner] (for more info, see this [http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/ alternate AdwCleaner download page]) * [http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro/ Hitman Pro] * [http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/ ESET Online Scanner] [https://support.microsoft.com/help/14210/security-essentials-download Microsoft Security Essentials] is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista if you don't already have one. Windows 8/10 have antivirus protection [https://www.microsoft.com/windows/comprehensive-security built-in]. Further information can be found in the [[Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware]] article. Hope this helps. </blockquote> No malware on my computer friend ! Funny -- most of the solutions I find involve about:config. I already have every app you cited. You're on the wrong trail, hound dog...
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jscher2000
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Hi Chrislongski, Firefox doesn't have any built-in features related to floating videos and overlays in pages unless they are covered by Content Blocking/Tracking Protection. I think uBlock Origin might be able to hide some of them. You could look for help with filters over here: https://www.reddit.com/r/uBlockOrigin/

Pop-unders are basically pop-up windows. If you click something, a page is allowed to open a popup/pop-under. While there is a way to reduce exceptions to the built-in popup blocker, you may need to be able to open popups, so an extension would allow more flexibility. I'm not familiar with any specific to that problem.

You listed an extension called "Flash Blocker". What is that, can you provide a link to the source? As you probably know, Flash can't run on a page without your approval, so I suspect that extension is not needed. More info: Why do I have to click to activate plugins?

Hi Chrislongski, Firefox doesn't have any built-in features related to floating videos and overlays in pages unless they are covered by Content Blocking/Tracking Protection. I think uBlock Origin might be able to hide some of them. You could look for help with filters over here: https://www.reddit.com/r/uBlockOrigin/ Pop-unders are basically pop-up windows. If you click something, a page is allowed to open a popup/pop-under. While there is a way to reduce exceptions to the built-in popup blocker, you may need to be able to open popups, so an extension would allow more flexibility. I'm not familiar with any specific to that problem. You listed an extension called "Flash Blocker". What is that, can you provide a link to the source? As you probably know, Flash can't run on a page without your approval, so I suspect that extension is not needed. More info: [[Why do I have to click to activate plugins?]]
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I have UBlock Origin -- no effect. Yes -- Firefox has no features or extensions related to floating videos -- a wonderful reason to mistrust the browser. You can go round and round and round and round and round and round trying to get rid of annoying floating videos in FF. I am near the point of uninstalling and stop going round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round...

I have UBlock Origin -- no effect. Yes -- Firefox has no features or extensions related to floating videos -- a wonderful reason to mistrust the browser. You can go round and round and round and round and round and round trying to get rid of annoying floating videos in FF. I am near the point of uninstalling and stop going round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round...
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Wesley Branton
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The reason that Firefox can do little to combat floating videos on websites is because it gets very difficult to tell what's a legitimate part of a web page and what's malicious. That's what third-party ad blockers or content filtering add-ons are for.

Do you still get the popups when running in Safe Mode? Does it happen on multiple sites or just a specific site(s)?

The reason that Firefox can do little to combat floating videos on websites is because it gets very difficult to tell what's a legitimate part of a web page and what's malicious. That's what third-party ad blockers or content filtering add-ons are for. Do you still get the popups when [[Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode|running in Safe Mode]]? Does it happen on multiple sites or just a specific site(s)?
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jscher2000
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Chrislongski said

jscher2000 said
I think uBlock Origin might be able to hide some of them. You could look for help with filters over here: https://www.reddit.com/r/uBlockOrigin/

I have UBlock Origin -- no effect.

It sounds like you didn't try what I suggested. You need to visit the uBlock Origin community and find or request a filter to target specific in-page elements. That's true for any browser you use with any ad blocker.

''Chrislongski [[#answer-1239635|said]]'' <blockquote> ''jscher2000 [[#answer-1236618|said]]'' <blockquote> I think uBlock Origin might be able to hide some of them. You could look for help with filters over here: https://www.reddit.com/r/uBlockOrigin/ </blockquote> I have UBlock Origin -- no effect. </blockquote> It sounds like you didn't try what I suggested. You need to '''visit the uBlock Origin community''' and find or request a filter to target specific in-page elements. That's true for any browser you use with any ad blocker.
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