Adblock doesn't block ads on Youtube! Any suggestions?

November 3, 2016 at 13:46:42
Specs: Windows 7
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I am having trouble with Adblock Plus and Youtube.
Whenever Adblock Plus is activated, I only see the flash video in a blank white screen, no recommended videos on the right side, no description box, no comments, not even the title of the video!
Just the video submerged in a blank white screen.
However, when I disable Adblock Plus everything is fine and I can see everything.....as well as the annoying ads...

So, I'm asking whether there is an adblocking extension or adblocking software that WORKS and you would like to recommend!

Is there a way to block the Youtube ads, but still enjoy the rest of Youtube, or did Youtube make that impossible for me?

I heard from a friend of mine that runs Chrome and Chrome's Adblock that Youtube appears fine on his computer.
I don't want to switch to Chrome so, is there a way to enjoy Firefox and a WHOLE, ad-less Youtube, or there is no other way for me rather than switching to Chrome?


Thank you!


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#1
November 3, 2016 at 14:30:13
It seems you are using Firefox with Adblock Plus. In which case that combination normally works perfectly fine - I use it myself and so do 1000s of others. I never see any YouTube ads.

I assume either there is something awry with your Adblock Plus or Firefox. Try removing Adblock Plus, restarting Firefox then adding Adblock Plus back again. If that doesn't help you could try Firefox Refresh:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/k...

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#2
November 3, 2016 at 14:50:38
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fi...

may be of interest...

yahoo frequently tweak their software to negate adblock etc. and one has to update it acccordingly. Also I think one can let the adblock pholks know of the situation...


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#3
November 3, 2016 at 15:39:59
I removed ABP and reinstalled it. No luck.
I refreshed Firefox and reinstalled my add-ons. No luck again.

I want to attach two snapshots so you can see what I'm talking about.

Is there a way for me to do that? I don't see an "attach" icon anywhere....


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#4
November 3, 2016 at 16:08:16
No facility on here but you could put it on zippyshare for free:
http://www.zippyshare.com/
EDIT: SEE IMPORTANT ASIDE IN POST #6.

Just come back and give us the web address (URL) they give you, then we can go and have a peek.

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November 3, 2016 at 16:42:11

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#6
November 3, 2016 at 17:38:09
Firstly an important aside. Don't use zippyshare again as MS Smart Screen now reports it as unsafe when you try to get the file (OK when just going to site). I must find an alternative. Fortunately I managed to get a glimpse of both files and screen captured them. I also went to the exact video address and it was fine on mine.

Not sure what to make of it but am in the UK and it's now the early hours so I must go. I wonder if it is a Firefox graphics issue so in the meantime from Firefox go to:
Tools > Options > Advanced. Under the browsing heading go to "Use hardware acceleration when available" and change the setting (check or uncheck). Then close the browser and go to the video again. If this doesn't help then put the setting back the way you found it. I see you have not got the Menu Bar showing so to get "Tools" you can temporarily invoke it by pressing the Alt Key.

Back tomorrow - maybe someone else will chime in before then.

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#7
November 4, 2016 at 07:37:31
https://www.quora.com/Why-does-adbl...

The truth is, I read this article and I rushed to easy conclusions, but now that I think about it, if this article were to be true, then I would expect many people (if not everybody) to face the same problem as mine.

But it seems that it is only my problem, so I start to think that it might not be an ABP problem but a Firefox problem. A problem with my browser.

I tried what you suggested, Derek, but it didn't work either.

I think we should focus on Firefox. With that in mind, I'm looking forward to hearing any suggestions from you guys!


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#8
November 4, 2016 at 08:03:42
I'm clutching at straws but are you using the latest Firefox version? It is 49.0.2 (from "Firefox > Help > About").

You could download it and run it in on top to see if that helps (it will accept that):
www.mozilla.org/firefoxā€ˇ

If you already have the latest it seems like it now does the Refresh. Whether that is any different to what we tried is unclear.

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#9
November 4, 2016 at 08:13:09
My experience with Adblock and yahoo - I'm guessing it will be much the same with youtube - is that yahoo (and youtube?) regularly tweak their software to bypass adblocking software.

Certainly when I have issues with Adblock not working re' yahoo ads, on Firefox (and I think other browsers too) it's an update from Adblock that resolves it - for a while.

That quora article does seem to suggest that those ads are now paying to circumvent adnlocking software - regardless of the efforts by the adblock software to keep abreast of the nuisances. I don't see it a specifically a Firefox problem; other than they may have paid Mozilla a hefty sum to allow their ads through - regardless of presence of adblocking software?

As regards the "blank screen" with youtube and Firefox then yes that doth look like an issue within Firefox; and one they might be encouraged to resolve. On the other hand they (Mozilla) may be being paid not to - as part of the adblocking bypass agreement?

Incidentally I quite often find some on-line videos (not necessarily youtube) won't play via Safari (I'm on a Mac) but will on Firefox; similarly with some graphics... So I have both browsers installed - just in-case...


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#10
November 4, 2016 at 08:42:59
Assuming #8 doesn't help:

In Firefox > Tools > Add-ons > Extensions > Adblock Plus. If you right click then go to "About" what is the Adblock Plus version number?

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#11
November 4, 2016 at 09:02:56
Firefox is updated to 49.0.2.
Adblock Plus version is 2.8.1.

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#12
November 4, 2016 at 09:26:25
I just tried somethig else.....

In the Quora Article I followed the link to uBlock.org https://www.ublock.org/
And, eventually I ended up to this: https://addons.mozilla.org/el/firef...

uBlock Origin. It seems to work!
Youtube the way it's supposed to be: complete and ad-free!

I think it's good, but I would appreciate your opinion, of course.
Please, check it out!


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#13
November 4, 2016 at 10:55:28
Can't really comment as I've never tried it. Strange that Adblock mis-fired for you but it would help of you can find time to let us know how you get on with this one after about a week. Good to hear you found a way forward.

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#14
November 4, 2016 at 11:18:09
Useful feedback...

Seems Adblock is being disabled in some manner via Mozilla, or there is clash within the software between the two? Whereas uBlock isn't; and may even be in cahoots with Mozilla one way or another?


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#15
November 4, 2016 at 12:38:45
trvlr

The way I read this post is that Adblock was doing its advert blocking job but messing up other aspects of the page. When adblock was disabled the page was fine but of-course there were adverts. The data base could have been blocking something ("i.ytimg.com" for images for instance) but that makes me query why mine was not doing so - same version. All very odd.

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#16
November 4, 2016 at 13:00:55
It is like Derek said.

I don't know what dark schemes (XD) are at hand here between the software companies...

I can only imagine...it all sounds like conspiracy theories to me.
To be honest, as I was researching the web about my problem I came across various articles and I started to think about the possibility of Youtube (aka Google) extorting/blackmailing/bribing ABP (and possibly other adblocking software companies) in a way that says to me:

"Well guy, you want our ads blocked, huh? Then, we will block YOU from enjoying most of our services!"

Of course, these are rough accusations and we can't be sure, but I have to admit that it came to my mind, and that I regard it as a high possibility.

But then, I see that other peoples' web experience is fine (e.g. Derek's) so I'm having second thoughts and try to think more reasonably about the possibility that it is my problem only, that is, my browser's problem. It is odd, indeed.

Anyway, uBlock is doing just fine so far! I will report back in a few days so you can check on its progress.

If anything comes up I will inform you guys.
Thank you very much!

Cheers!


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#17
November 4, 2016 at 16:26:26
Try Adblock Latitude, I believe it was developed for Pale Moon. I use it (ad Pale Moon) and it works perfectly.

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#18
November 4, 2016 at 16:47:05
Hi Ewen
Nice to see you on here again. Yes, I use Latitude on Pale Moon too - works fine.
I'm quite a fan of Pale Moon by the way, Firefox without all the rubbish that slows it down.

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#19
November 4, 2016 at 22:56:37
Hello Derek, all's well at this end, just haven't been as active, old age I think!

Regards


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#20
December 7, 2016 at 14:29:11
liakossf

I am using "uBlock Origin" as my sole ad blocker on four of my browsers now. Seems to be getting good reviews for efficiency and light weight. Been fine for me so far. It is claimed to keep malware at bay too.

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