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option to download ads but don't display them -> avoid adblock detection by websites

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13 Sep, 2015 07:17 PM

More and more websites are now detecting adblock and request users to disable it in order to access to their content (recently youtube just decided to "punish" you by making you watch the full ad instead of allowing to skip it after 5 seconds...).

Is this technically possible to avoid "blocking" the ad, but rather download it, and then don't display it in the browser.
Of course, this is more bandwidth consumed — but not more compared to the situation without adblock, and the objective is to avoid seeing the ad for the end user. If this could be implemented as an option (toggle between "block" or "hide"), that would be even better.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Rhana on 14 Sep, 2015 05:26 PM

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    Hi Eric,

    There are a couple of things going on here.

    Ads in YouTube videos

    A bug in a recent Chrome update is the reason ads have started appearing in YouTube videos and on Pandora. The workaround is to disable the YouTube and Pandora apps in Chrome:

    1. Type chrome://apps in the Omnibox or click the Apps icon in the Bookmarks Bar.
    2. Right-click the app and select Remove from Chrome.

    Please see this Knowledge Base article for details and updates.

    Sites detecting AdBlock

    If you're on a site that's refusing to show videos if AdBlock is installed, please follow the instructions in this Knowledge Base article about websites detecting AdBlock and let us know how it goes!

    A quick alternative is just to disable AdBlock on that site. Click the AdBlock button and select Don't run on pages on this domain, and then click Exclude.

    Download but don't display ads?

    We get lots of suggestions about this. We do hide ads that we aren't able to prevent from downloading. There are lots of reasons not to do it with all ads, however. One of the most important is the one you mentioned, that hiding ads, as opposed to blocking them, still uses bandwidth and makes pages load much more slowly. Hopefully, however, one or both of the suggestions above will help make this option one you won't need. :)

    AdBlock Community Manager

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