One of the biggest annoyances: AdBlock Detection Ads. Have you ever noticed the System Performance degradation when loading an ad-running website? As I’m typing this, I’m working on a Surface 4 which is one of the worst systems for browsing content rich websites like thewindowsclub.com or foxnews.com (ok, I shouldn’t have said that 😉 ).
This picture shows the cpu usage when visiting The Windows Club. Catastrophic.
In addition, they use GetAdmiral software to detect adblockers to then prevent visitors from viewing a website. In my opinion, that is the wrong way of getting people to view advertisements. Apparently certain visitors DO NOT want the current way of advertising. Why should website owners not change THAT instead of forcing people to view the ads?
How to block Admiral Anti-AdBlock mechanism?
To avoid Admiral anti-adblock, there seem to be two convenient solutions:
- Use Chrome browser with adblocker and Run the webpage in Incognito / InPrivate mode
If you want to run Chrome with adblocker only, you’ll have to allow the adblocker to run in Chrome Incognito Mode
Allow Adblocker in Chrome Incognito Mode
In Chrome, you may need to allow the Adblocker extension to run in Incognito mode:
- Open Extensions. Just type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and hit Enter.
- Look for the Adblocker extension and click the Details button
- Enable Allow in Incognito
Browsing in Igcognito mode, and blocking Ads, will cause GetAdmiral to appear only once. After you click “Maybe next time” (or something like that, same context), you do not get bothered again.
Now, only 1 ad is blocked (!). And the GetAdmiral notification does not appear, so I’m able to visit the website without any blockades.
Summary to block GetAdmiral adblock blocker
TLDR, all things wrapped up:
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Why do websites place ads on their pages?
Ugh, it’s so annoying. Visit a page and it will show you so many ads. I mean, I’m just here for the content, right? Why do I need to see ads?
When a website provides content to you, they pay their writers or video makers for that. What you consume for free has been paid for. Since a website or a blog needs money to keep running and providing you more content, they need to monetize their processes.
For this, they place ads on their pages. The ads they place are mostly not controlled by them. Instead, they are placed by third parties. So if you visit a website and see an ad on vacation tickets, it might be because you searched for vacations on Google and the website has taken Google ad services.
So each time you view an ad (or click on it), the website gets paid and this is how they are able to afford new content for you.
It’s their bread and butter. There are only two ways in which you can get fresh new content on the internet – either you pay for it or you watch ads that will pay the content creator.
Of course, there are some free content creators as well. They are looking for a following. For example, some people post jokes on Twitter. People post their photos on Instagram. But everyone eventually wants to monetize their content.
Are you ready to pay to everyone whose content you consume? No? Then you need to watch ads to sponsor their content.
Why does it have to be annoying?
I agree, some ads are just way too big and cover the entire screen.
No, not all websites do that. But some of them do. And that’s where it gets downright frustrating. And this is why many people install ad-blockers on their browsers.
And that’s not the only issue. The software that helps them place ads on their website is called adware. This adware can also spread malware in your device. Some adware can be infected and this is why security conscious people want to install ad blockers to stay safe.
Ad blockers – Are they really helpful?
They were earlier. A few years back, ad blockers were new and successfully blocked the ads letting you have a clean internet experience.
But as they blocked the ads, websites started losing revenue. So they came up with another thing – ad blocker detector. Now when you use ad blockers, the websites are able to detect their presence and they will show you an error message that you cannot access the website.
Fair enough though – they don’t want you to consume their content for free.
But you do need ad blockers to avoid the ads that spread malware. Even if a piece of adware doesn’t spread malware, it’s still malicious. It doesn’t stay in one place. Instead, it goes from one site to another, tracking all your activities.
What kind of ad blockers are there?
The most commonly used ad blockers are browser extensions. And the most commonly used extension is Adblock Plus. It is available for a number of browsers. Whether you’re using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera browser, you can install Adblock Plus from the app store.
It will block all ads on websites that don’t have an ad blocker detector installed. But since all major websites have these detectors, you won’t be able to access their content, limiting your online experience.
This is why browser extensions have largely failed now. There’s no point in using an extension and then being unable to browse a large part of the internet.
Browsers with inbuilt ad blockers
Some browsers such as the Kingpin browser come with inbuilt ad blockers. Since these are not extensions, most websites are unable to detect them. When you use Kingpin, you’ll be able to access the internet ad-free.
Sometimes, ads are so annoying that you need to watch an ad for a specified time before you can go back to the original content.
Another good thing about the Kingpin browser is that it deletes all the cookies once the session is closed.
And when you close the window, all the cookies that were stored by a particular website will automatically be deleted. So on the Kingpin browser, you’ll be completely safe from tracking. No adware, no cookies. Every time you visit a website, it will be a fresh new session each time.
What if a website detects Kingpin as well?
Kingpin browser isn’t easily detectable like ad blocker extensions. But let’s say there’s a website that detects the Kingpin browser as well. Does this mean you can’t access that site now?
Not at all. To bypass that detection, here’s what you can do.
Use the cached version of that website. Just go to Google and enter the URL of the website there. You’ll get some Google results (with the first one being the ideal result). It will have a down arrow next to it. Click on that arrow and you’ll see Cached written there.
Open a cached version of the website: click on the arrow next to the URL
Click on Cached and you’ll get a cached version of that website. This is the version that has been saved in Google’s history. It’s an older version of the website but it will let you access it without being blocked by its radars.
Ads – To Block or Not?
Ads are the main revenue source for many websites. Basically, if a website isn’t selling any product or service to you, it is relying on ads for revenue.
While it doesn’t harm to get a few ads when you visit a website or a blog, being bombarded with several ads just makes it frustrating. Also, the adware that gets stored on your device will keep tracking you wherever you go.
And there aren’t many ways to get rid of these ads. The ad blocker extensions have stopped working ever since websites started using adblocker radars. So the best thing you can do is use a secure browser like Kingpin that protects you not just from ads but also from tracking cookies.
Sep 23, 2018 · 2 min read
Business Insider is one of the many news websites that rely financially on advertisements.
For that reason when you use an ad-blocker or a browser with a built-in ad-block functionality you get a popup that blocks you from reading the content, like this one :
Here’s how you can simply bypass popups without needing to disable your ad-blocker in four steps:
- Right-click > Inspect (Opens DevTools window)
- Find all the HTML elements that block your view and remove them by pressing DEL or Backspace ⌫ key.
For those of you that don’t know which elements block your view, just press DEL or Backspace key⌫ , until the adblocker-popup is removed
Now just close the devTools window that you opened.
That’s all folks! Happy scrolling 🙂
In case you cannot scroll yet, search for other HTML elements that might have “overflow : hidden”. Usually some websites put this CSS styling in both the and the tags.
Netflix has become the go-to entertainment source for people, especially during the pandemic. However, sometimes even when you use the HD quality video mode on Netflix, you get terrible video quality. No one likes watching a good movie or a show of bad video quality. In this tutorial, I will show you how to fix Netflix video quality in Google Chrome.
Fix Netflix Video Quality
If you are an Android user, then this step is significant for you. Widevine is a Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution by Google, and it protects digital content by streaming services from piracy. These are the levels of security:
- L1 can play HD videos in HD/FHD/QHD/4K resolution.
- L3 supports the content of resolution of 480p or lower.
You must have either of these two levels on your Android device to play videos from a streaming service like Netflix.
To check the level of support on your device. Follow the steps below:
Step-1: Download DRM Info app on your device. Use this link or go to Play Store and search DRM Info.
Step-2: When the installation is complete, open the app, and it will give you the necessary info.
Step-3: Scroll down and see what security level your device supports. You must have L1 security or L3. L1 offers good quality videos, and if your device has an L3 security level, your device offers lower-quality videos.
Netflix offers three plans:
- Basic plan which supports SD video quality or 480p videos.
- The standard plan, which offers Full HD or 1080p videos.
- The premium plan, which offers Ultra HD or 4K and HDR videos.
You should invest in the plan that suits your budget but be mindful of the video quality offered. To change plans, follow these steps:
Step-1: Sign in to Netflix using the Google Chrome browser.
Step-2: Click on the profile you want to change video settings for.
Step-3: Hover your cursor over the profile icon at the top right corner. Click Account.
Step-4: Click on Change plan next to the PLAN DETAILS section.
Step-5: Select your new plan.
Step-6: Click on Continue.
Step-7: Click on Confirm change.
Step-1: Sign in to Netflix using the Google Chrome browser.
Step-2: Click on the profile you want to change video settings for.
Step-3: Hover your cursor over the profile icon at the top right corner. Click Account.
Step-4: Click on the profile you want to manage settings for.
Step-5: Scroll down and click on Change next to Playback settings.
Step-6: In the Data usage per screen section, select High. Click Save.
[If your phone, laptop, tablet, or TV cannot play 4K videos, then there is no point in paying for a premium plan and selecting High. Pay for the plan according to what your device supports]
This may come as a surprise to you, but browsers like Chrome and Firefox don’t play videos in 4K quality. The maximum resolution they support is 720p. However, Microsoft’s Edge supports video up to 4K, so I suggest using that if you want to use Netflix on the browser.
This shortcut will help you see deep within the layers of Netflix:
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + D: This will show you various video/audio details. Even though I have a premium plan, when I play in Chrome, you can see that this is the maximum video quality I get:
There are other shortcuts that you can try. Unfortunately, they didn’t work for me because some other installed apps disrupted the shortcut settings. However, you can try them and see if they work for you:
- Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S: This gives the bit rate, and you can change the resolution to improve video quality.
- Alt + Shift + Left Click: Helps you enable subtitles, disable subtitles, change video/audio sync.
- Ctrl + Alt + Shift + L: This gives a log of tech activity.
Fix Netflix Video Quality with Extensions
You can try out various extensions and Add-ons in Chrome to improve video quality and the overall Netflix experience.
- NflxMultiSubs: If you are watching with a friend and your friend speaks a different language, then this extension can be pretty helpful. This will let you display two subtitles in different languages at the same time. This is helpful even if you are trying to learn a different language.
- Netflix 1080p: This will force Netflix to play videos in 1080p resolution and 5.1 playback quality. [You will need a device that supports 1080p resolution].
- Video Adjust for Netflix: This helps you control brightness, saturation, and contrast.
- Super Netflix: This helps users control video quality, speed and also helps upload custom subtitles. If you don’t like that Netflix gives little descriptions and images that can act as spoilers, this extension helps remove them. You can change streaming servers, too, if you are experiencing buffering issues.
Hopefully, the above methods will help you adjust Netflix video quality in Chrome.
Google really, really wants you to make Chrome your default browser. Apparently, Google’s opinion is that if you use its search engine, you should be using its browser, too, because the following notification appears every single time you visit Google’s home page in a browser that isn’t Chrome:
Clicking “NO THANKS” won’t save you. Google ignores whatever internal setting that selection should trigger, and goes right on asking you to switch to Chrome. One of the two methods below should help:
To keep the “Switch to Chrome” notification from appearing every time you visit google.com in a browser other than Chrome:
- Click the AdBlock button in the browser toolbar and select Options.
- On the CUSTOMIZE tab, click Edit
- Paste the following text in the box, just as it appears here:
- Click Save
If custom filter above doesn’t work for you, we recently found another suggestion in a Google Search help forum post. Windows itself may be part of the problem by allowing Google to advertise for Chrome when you’re using a different browser. Try turning off these “helpful” tips, like this:
- Press the Windows key + i or enter Settings in the search box in the Windows taskbar to open the Windows Settings app.
- Start typing “notifications” (without the quotation marks), and then select Notifications & actions settings.
- Scroll down to Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows and slide the switch to the “Off” position.
These are the only suggestions we have at this time. We’ll keep this article updated if we learn of any more!
The problem with ad-blocking these days is that websites aren’t sleeping and there constantly trying to find ways to bypass your ad-blocker extensions or integrated Browser blocking mechanism. This is a problem and it leads often in frustration because you see annoying messages which trying to tell you to turn off your blocker in order to see the page content.
Popular implementation examples are available on GitHub like FuckFuckAdblock or FuckFuckFuckAdBlock. BlockAdBlock shows directly visually and with code how the blocking mechanism works.
The following this are pretty much every option you have in order to see the content.
- Pause AdBlock (temporarily), in order to see the content
- Whitelist the webpage
- Leave the page and visit another page
View a cached version of the page
Using the custom filter list is (in my opinion) the best solution but if you regularly visit the page you might should whitelist it in order to support the page.
Using Custom Filter Lists
The biggest ad-block filter list page which you can find is filterlists.com which lists most ad-block filters on one page. You can decide which you like to integrate into your ads-blocking extension or not.
Some ad-blocker extension have some pre-defined filter lists which you can manually activate. The Anti-Adblock list removal list removes not all but most warnings. Custom filters are easily added, just add the URL and press ‘Apply’ you see the result instantly.
uBlock Protector Extension (for Chrome only)
- Install uBlock Origin or Nano Defender.
- Enable Adblock Warning Removal List from uBlock Origin settings panel.
- Enable the uBlock Protector List filter.
- Apply all your changes.
- Install uBlock Protector Extension.
- Keep in mind that you should’t use uBlock Origin Extra and uBlock Protector at the same time!
Anti-Adblock Killer Continued ( Firefox , Chrome , Opera , Safari & Edge )
- Install Tampermonkey for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari or Microsoft Edge.
- Install Adblock or uBlock Origin.
- uBlock Origin users need to enable Adblock Warning Removal List from uBlock Origin settings panel if not present, click on the following link.
- Install the AAK-cont Userscript
- If you are using uBlock Origin ensure you add manually the https://xuhaiyang1234.gitlab.io/AAK-Cont/dist/aak-cont-script-ubo.user.js into your ad-blocker list.
- If you are using AdBlock, Adblock Plus, or any other ad-blockers -ensure you added https://xuhaiyang1234.gitlab.io/AAK-Cont/dist/aak-cont-script-notubo.user.js
- Add the custom AAK-cont filter to your Adblock extension, you don’t need this extension if you installed uBlock since it causes several problems.
- (optional) Chrome Store Foxified allows you to install Chrome/Opera Store extension in Firefox, so you can install the uBlock Protector Extension from the Chrome store directly. [not recommend]
Testing if everything works
You might want to test if your list works like expected, in order to do this you can visit the following pages:
More Filters are not better!
Some people making the mistake that there adding 100 or more filters into their ad-blocking extension because they think that more also helps more – this is horrible wrong. In fact it causes more troubles, the loading speed (no matter what gorhill & Co. wants to tell you) will have a negative effect on the page loading speed and it’s harder to debug in case a website ‘broke’.
Checking the usage count is important – if the number is very low then it’s not worth to keep or adding the list. Most bigger list constantly adding new entries, so it might be a better idea to pickup what is not covered by the well known lists and add them as pull request on the original project.
The goal should be that the filter lists are efficient which means there covering everything so that you won’t have to add more and more list. Keep this in mind and ask the contributors if they not simply can merge your findings. All of these list are regularly maintained by the community, so you might want to help them in order to get a ‘good’ filter list. Of course, this is optional but at the end everyone would benefit from it.
Blocking ads is annoying enough and that pages using Anti-Adblocker mechanism to detect if you are behind such an blocker is these days already normal – but is it the correct way? I have my doubts and that’s the reason why my Blog doesn’t includes such detections because at the end it’s pointless and more a cat and mouse game. Besides I do belief that such warning messages only scare people away and that’s what you explicity don’t want on your website.
The mentioned methods are easy to use and only requiring several minutes, so it’s not really a big deal.
Here’s how to disable suggestions in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
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Google Search, the feature you’re almost certainly using every time you type something in your browser’s search bar, is the most popular search engine. Millions and millions of people use it for everything and anything, from researching school projects to shopping for the latest gaming consoles, looking for cool new recipes to finding that movie you can’t remember the name of. The problem is that when typing fast, we all can fall victim to the occasional spelling error. And since Google remembers, it will autofill that mistake over and over again. Ugh.
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Fortunately, Google is smart enough to remember, and it can be trained to forget. Whether you’re using Google Search in Chrome, or another web browser like Safari or Firefox, here’s how you can delete mistakes as well as disable its auto-fill feature entirely.
Delete a single auto-fill prediction in Chrome:
• Start typing the mistaken web address.
• The incorrect web address will appear in Chrome’s autocomplete suggestion area below the address bar.
• Scroll down using your keyboard’s arrow keys until the autocomplete suggestion is highlighted.
• Hold down Shift + FN + Delete on your Mac. Hold down Shift + Delete on a PC.
Boom, done. You won’t see that auto-fill prediction anymore. Another option is to turn off all auto-fill predictions in general. Here’s how.
Turn off all auto-fill Search predictions in Chrome:
• Open Chrome.
• Go to the Settings menu, which can be found by clicking the three vertical dots in the menu bar.
• You’ll be directed to a new tab in Chrome. Select “Advanced” at the bottom.
• In the Privacy section, deselect the “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar” option.
Turn off Google’s auto-fill Search suggestions in Safari:
• Open Safari.
• Select the Safari option in your Mac’s menu bar (in the top left corner of your screen).
• Select Preferences in the drop-down menu.
• Select the Search option.
• In this screen, Google should be selected as your default search engine.
• Deselect the option that says “Include search engine suggestions.”
Turn off Google’s auto-fill Search predictions in Firefox:
• Select Firefox in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
• Select Preferences.
• Select the Search tab on the left side of your screen.
• Google should be selected as your default search engine. Deselect the option that says “Provide search suggestions.”
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WIRED announced this week a novel approach to dealing with adblocking users: either they’ll be blocked entirely from seeing the site, or they can pay a small fee each month to get ad-free access.
Some people weren’t happy about that change, but it’s interesting to see publishers coming up with alternative ways for people that use adblockers to help support them.
Of course, the internet won’t take this lying down, so the adblocker-blocker has been born. It’s simple, really: it tricks sites that use anti-adblocker technology into thinking you aren’t using an adblocker.
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It works against a number of different technologies used to detect adblock users, and is likely to be a part of the next arms race as publishers work out how to block the adblockers using adblocker-blockers.
➤ Anti-Adblock Killer [Firefox / Chrome / Opera / Safari]