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Being blocked from sites and advertisements

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  • Igcine ukuphendulwa ngu Shane D

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I changed some settings in Firefox, or maybe Google. To filter stuff that I consider spam. I was apparently overzealous. I cannot view ANY ads from Googleads or DoubleClick. I also cannot view any ads that are labeled as "sponsored" when I do Google searchs.

Lastly I cannot even view links from my newsletters. When I get my weekly newsletter from Bloody disgusting.com and I click on the links for different horror movie reviews, it won't let me go to the story. It says address not found and the website at the top is awstrack.me

I have tried using a different browser (Chrome) and a different search engine (Duckduckgo). Nothing has worked.

Can anyone help please?

Shane D

I changed some settings in Firefox, or maybe Google. To filter stuff that I consider spam. I was apparently overzealous. I cannot view ANY ads from Googleads or DoubleClick. I also cannot view any ads that are labeled as "sponsored" when I do Google searchs. Lastly I cannot even view links from my newsletters. When I get my weekly newsletter from Bloody disgusting.com and I click on the links for different horror movie reviews, it won't let me go to the story. It says address not found and the website at the top is awstrack.me I have tried using a different browser (Chrome) and a different search engine (Duckduckgo). Nothing has worked. Can anyone help please? Shane D

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Hi Shane

Do you have any add-ons installed in Firefox for Android?

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None that I can see.

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In the Settings option of the Firefox for Android menu under Enhanced Tracking Protection, what level of enhanced tracking protection do you have set?

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I checked that the other night and turned it off. Everything is working fine on my desktop, which I am typing this on. I thought it was the same on my desktop, but I only use it once a week. I just tested and sponsered ads are viewable and my newsletter links are working fine. It is just my phone. I got the phone a few months ago. It is a Mototola Edge (2022) with 8GB of ram, a 256GB HD running Android 12. I am up in Canada.

Any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am always playing with my phone and I think that I changed somwething somewhere.

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I just rebooted my phone, but still the same. I will attach two screen shots. On one of my forums I clicked on an ad at the top and the address cam out as Google ads.g.doubleclick.net and some other stuff (an a pathway I assume).

Then I did a Google search for amplifiers and clicked on a sponsored ad. This time the address was googleadservices.com/pageads/and more specifics.

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Thank you for those screenshots. Are you using any security apps on your Android device?

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No sir. No security apps that I can see.

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Have you tried clearing your browsing history and cookies in Firefox for Android? This may also reset your website preferences and you will also have to sign into websites again.

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I had about this before, but I am naturally lazy. :-) However, I took your advice and tried it. I then re-booted my phone.

But nothing changed. :-(