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how to block adunblock ?

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Ed Troupe

08 Jul, 2014 10:13 AM

There is a pop-up which now appears on it displays a loud yellow banner if you're found to be using AdBlock or the like in your browser. The banner briefly puts the usual argument in favor of advertising, and offers to unblock the site's ads clamoring to be set free. This morning AdBlock identified 22 such ads awaiting liberation.

AdBlock does neatly eliminate the pop-up for the current session. But the div id value changes for each session, so that the next Cnet newsletter has the banner again. Is there any way to nail this annoyance permanently?

The banners appears to come from an small company in Calais. Their web site is So far I have encountered their banner only on the French Cnet site, but of course it may be present in other countries. And it is easy to imagine a more agressive version which would not only detect ad-blocking but disable it, an advertiser's dream.

  1. 1 Posted by Kieran on 08 Jul, 2014 05:08 PM

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    As this is an English site, I'd recommend you contact EasyList at as they make many of the lists of ads that we use.

  2. 2 Posted by Ed Troupe on 09 Jul, 2014 05:48 PM

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    Sorry, I'm a bit mystified by "

    *As this is an English site*" — does "this" = Cnet France? AdBlock?

    English or not, provides scripts, including some (in
    French) for adunblock. A word or two about *using *scripts with AdBlock
    might be useful, don't you think? Or am I intruding on a private club?

  3. 3 Posted by Kieran on 10 Jul, 2014 04:34 PM

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    Apologies - I just saw Cnet later on - EasyList make our French list as well, though. The best thing to do is report the problem to them, and link here if you can.

    The link to this discussion is:

    Let us know how it goes!

  4. 4 Posted by Ed Troupe on 10 Jul, 2014 10:16 PM

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    The latest development is that the banner now appears to have disappeared
    from Cnet France. My surmise is that I was not alone in finding it
    objectionable and Cnet got an earful from their subscribers. Or has AdBlock
    already implemented a solution?

    The adunblock problem was discussed (in fairly fluent French) in the
    EasyList forum from September last year to March this year. I remain
    ignorant of how the various codelines proposed might be applied. Sorry, I
    am about to depart on vacation — this is *France* after all — and do not
    propose to bone up on it now.

    I don't suppose the adunblock issue is restricted to this one instance or
    this one country. If it is indeed a widespread problem it may be of
    interest to your development team to come up with a way to counter the
    unblockers. If not, I can tolerate adunblock and its cousins... provided
    they remain as polite and unagressive as adunblock currently is.

    Meanwhile, I appreciate your excellent product. Best wishes to the team
    that works on it!

  5. Neelfyn closed this discussion on 08 Aug, 2014 07:59 PM.

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