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How to stop Google "ads" from trashing web sites?

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Beginning today I have been experiencing web sites where the content is being repeatedly BLOCKED BY GOOGLE "ADS". I get one such brutish intrusion to go away but it is promptly replaced with yet another, seems to me criminal, interference with ever seeing the content of the web site that I intended to visit. "Reporting" the objectionable nature of their covering over the relevant content of the web site has done no good whatsoever. Does anybody know HOW Firefox can be set so as to stop Google from that massive trashing of everybody else's web sites?

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This is what browser add-ons like Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin exist for. They attempt to block advertisements and other tracking content.

However, most people don't have issues with Google ads interfering with the user experience (with things like popups). In fact, Google prohibits websites from doing that.

If you find that this type of thing happens on all or most of the websites you visit, your computer might have something called adware. Adware inserts ads onto the websites that you visit so that the people who made the illegitimate adware can make money from ads. I'd highly recommend scanning your computer for adware and other malware.

See Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware for more information and a list a of free utilities that can be used to scan your computer.

If you are only having this issue on one or two of the websites that you visit, these websites may be malicious. Websites that flood your screen with popup ads and other popup windows are generally malicious websites and should be avoided.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks for your observations Wesley. I realized after raising this question that I was experiencing the Google trashing on only *one* web site. I had originally gone to that web site via a link located with a Google search. However, when I revisited the website (https://www.nasdaq.com/ ) via a direct entry, what I found was that regardless of how I got to *that* web site, everything on the web site has been brutally corrupted by Google adwierdteasements. So whatever pretense Google is making about prohibiting websites from overlaying garbage unavoidable and repetitively reappearing adwierdteasements, the reality is that NASDAQ.COM is *not* complying. Actually I suspect it has to do with Google's recent notification trashing the top line of my Firefox browser telling me that they were changing their "terms of service" to facilitate further abuses of anyone and everyone trying to obtain information on the web. In any event, having perhaps narrowed the problem to a single wrongfully cooperative web site, I have followed up with complaints to that web site itself and can only hope they correct their "well maybe it's noncomplaince" with Google's pretended prohibition of preventing access to their own content.

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Hy, Do you want to Remove a Website from Google?

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The problem is not removing a web site from Google but removing Google's obnoxious and abusive adwierdteasing from the web site that they are afflicting. When I try to view any of the Dividend History pages at https://www.nasdaq.com/ the relevant information is being covered over with Google ads which pretend that they're able to be forced to go away (with comment that they're blocking the relevant information) but are immediately replaced by yet another criminal purpose intrusion which prevents viewing the relevant information from the web site. At each Xing out of one Google garbage ad, a new one replaces it. None of the Google ads are even remotely relevant to my purpose in visiting the NASDAQ.COM web site but are entirely garbage that Google or its criminal affiliates "wants to sell" to me and other victims of their malicious abuse of Nasdaq.com visitors.

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I do see what you mean about the ads on that website. Unfortunately, they do appear to be setup in a very intrusive way.

Fortunately, browser add-ons like Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin will block those on that website (and most other websites).

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Looked at the reviews for both of the add-ons that you mentioned. The first "Adblock Plus" has not received "recommendation" from Firefox hence would be an "at risk" addon regardless. Although "recommended" threre are significant warnings about "uBlock Origin" of a YGBK sort: "This add-on can: Access your data for all websites, Read and modify privacy settings, Access browser tabs, Store unlimited amount of client-side data, [and] Access browser activity during navigation". Providing what amounts to ADMINISTRATOR CONTROL to somebody else's pogrom is flatly unacceptable regardless of the Firefox "recommendation" and thousands of "satisfied users". I remain having to wait on https://www.nasdaq.com/ to correct the flagrant abuses of their "new" web site (actually the older version, which remains "sort of" accessible via clicking on the right corrective button, doesn't present the flagrant abuses problems). So there is some "hope" that "eventually" NASDAQ "might" correct their own facilitation of malicious abuses of visitors.

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Please note that extensions that are not recommended are simply extensions that are not part of the Recommended Extensions program. It doesn't make the extensions inherently bad. The majority of the add-ons for Firefox aren't in that program because not all of them qualify and some developers simply don't want to be in the program because it delays how fast their updates will be published.

As for the permissions that uBlock has, it needs all of the access permissions in order to access the pages that you are loading so that it can hide/remove the ads from it.

As for the Store unlimited amount of client-side data permission, that has nothing to do with sending data anywhere. Data stored "client-side" is on your computer. You are the client. That permission is so that the list of ads to block can be stored on your computer. Traditionally there's a limit to how much data can be stored by add-on on your browser, so they need to the unlimited permission so that it doesn't go over the size limit.

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@Wesley Branton The notion that it is a "list of ads" that needs to be stopped is a fundamentally erroneous approach to the problem of stopping the POPUPS regardless of whether they ever occurred in any previous "list". It also suggests that uBlock intends to *keep* all that garbage indefinitely on my computer while I insist that Firefox clear away the entirety of any saved garbage every time that I exit the program. It took considerable effort for me to correct some aspects of automated modifications of Firefox to get it back to clearing cache on exit (under Windows 7; the problem remains under Windows 10). I certainly can't want some "extension" changing MY RULES to allow permanent garbage retention such as a "list of ads".

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Hi bobgru,

Firefox has Enhanced Tracking Protection built-in. Do you have it on by chance?

Enhanced Tracking Protection is a collection of Firefox features that protect your privacy while you browse. See Enhanced Tracking Protection in Firefox for desktop for details.

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