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How to block ads on https sites OR make the site load as an http?


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#1 DiscoingGD

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 03:14 AM

The title says it all! Basically, I've been using AdFender (which I believe was recommended by this site) and it was working great. However, it seems that certain sites (like google and youtube) will only load as an https now, even if I'm logged out of the account. AdFender doesn't work on https sites, so now I'm bombarded with commercials and banner ads on videos: It's absolutely terrible!

 

So, can anyone either:

1. Recommend an adblocker that works on https sites?

2. Tell me how to run sites that default to https as an http?

 

Thanks for your time!

 

ADDITIONAL INFO: I forgot to mention that I am using Windows 8.1 and have had this problem on both Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.


Edited by DiscoingGD, 05 August 2014 - 03:37 AM.


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#2 frankp316

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:55 AM

I don't know about AdFender. I've been using AdBlock for years and I think a lot of BC members use it.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:35 AM

Hello there,

 

1. I strongly recommend "Adblock plus" to stop all the annoying ads on Google and Youtube.

2. In regards to using "http" instead of "https", here's how:

 

Internet Explorer

  • In Internet Explorer, go to Tools then Internet Options.
  • Go to Security tab
  • Select Internet zone
  • Click on Custom level button under “Security level for this zone” section
  • Under the “Miscellaneous” section, locate Display mixed content setting, and select Enabled.
  • Click Yes when asked to confirm to change the settings for this zone.
  • Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.

 

Firefox

  • In a new tab, type about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful.
  • In the filter box, type or paste autofill
  • Double-click browser.urlbar.autoFill to toggle it from true to false.

 

For Chrome you can follow these simple steps: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95572?hl=en-GB

 

 

Hope this helps :)



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

I don't have an "http/https" problem with YouTube:

UT_http.jpg

But I'm not signed into any google accounts.

Google's search page forces "https" as do many other sites.

And Adblock/Adblock Plus is a must.



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 12:08 PM

the real reason one wants to block ads is to stop them attempting drivebys or doing that disgusting "your browser/java/flash/operating system/unneeded plugin is out of date, click here to download a virus that pretends to be an update fro something you might not have even had in the first place". noscript may help with that, it will block any ads that are more than simple text or pictures. i think it works on https sites, i have it in firefox for when i browse to sites which i expect to have pop ups.


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#6 DiscoingGD

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 11:21 PM

Everyone, thanks for the quick feedback! I tried masterthemachines instructions with IE and Chrome, but google and youtube still loaded as https; However, it only took 5 seconds to get AdBlock Plus for Chrome and that did the trick!

 

I'm still curious whether it's possible to load these sites as http or not, but for now, I am satisfied.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:37 AM

I agree with rp88's suggestion as to NoScript, which works perfectly on Firefox, but am unsure that other browsers offers this. Though there are some variations of this option for Firefox/Opera, it's not be the same developer. 

 

The NoScript Security Suite is one of the top security features of any browser, an extension that keeps Firefox popular. 

 

Glad to hear the OP is satisfied.  :thumbup2:

 

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:39 AM

Seems that Adblock Plus allows some ads, for example I noticed that on facebook. I highly can recommend Adblock Edge, best adblocking tool in my opinion!



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 07:46 AM

I believe the NoScript Security Suite is only available for the Gecko(Mozilla Foundation) based browsers.  It does indeed greatly enhance the security of those browsers if configured properly(see NickAu1's post "NoScript Configuration Guide - Linux & Unix").

By default, AdBlock Plus does "Allow some non-intrusive advertising."  This can be disabled if so desired.  AdBlock Plus(in some cases) will add 1 or 2 seconds to the launch time of the browser.

AdBlock Edge does not "Allow some non-intrusive advertising."
Unfortunately, the add-on/extension "Element Hiding Helper for AdBlock Plus" requires AdBlock Plus to be installed and doesn't work with AdBlock Edge.

@ DiscoingGD, I don't think you're going to be able to use  "http://www.youtube.com/" as opposed to "https://www.youtube.com" with Google Chrome.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:29 PM

Ghostery can help a lot & installs alongside of Adblock Plus fine. Lots of fine tuning can be done with Ghostery, all the way down to opt-out of ad/tracking cookies for all types of sites (these are listed). Plus social site blocking. 

 

https://www.ghostery.com/en/

 

During the initial setup of Ghostery, one can see why Web pages are so slow to load, the content one wants to see, is fighting with thousands of trackers for the bandwidth. I block all ads by default, plus most all tracking cookies. One positive effect of this, far fewer "surveys" offered. 

 

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:20 AM

noscript alone will do most of the stuff adblock plus will do, intrusive ads use scripts to run and almost all ads come from third party urls, not whatever site you are actually on. noscript will let you block stuff from these third party URLs so the ads never get to you. pop up's need a script to run as well, and they usually come from third party sites. an exmaple of noscript's use i can give is this:

i was on a 3d model download site which is laced with ads, usually a spam pop up would come up when one hit the (correct) download button(people placing false download buttons deserve a fate which cannot be discussed in polite society).  with noscript i was able to disable anything coming from third party urls but allow those coming from the site itself, hence the downloads still functioned as did the site's own animated content but the pop up's didn't load, the fake download buttons had gone and the ads round the corners were nowhere to be seen.


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 11:35 PM

I'd go along with NoScript being a very powerful security extension, maybe more so than one's installed security on some pages, that a decent security app wouldn't allow to open w/out a warning, 

 

It just takes some getting used to on some sites, is one has to let 10 or more items have temporary access to see the page, then something's up & it may not be worth the risk to see the content. When I use Firefox, there's only a few whitelisted sites, the rest I allow on temporary basis, as needed. It works the same on both Linux & Windows (don't know of Firefox is available on Mac, so can't comment there). 

 

I highly recommend the NoScript Security Suite for all Firefox users. rp88 is correct, it does make an excellent adblocker, as these comes from 3rd parties. If the publisher of these ads aren't whitelisted (who would want to), then they're not going to be seen. This also makes the content that one wants to see load faster. NoScript happened to be one of the first extensions for Firefox that I put to use. Adblock Plus was the first, as I recall. 

 

If I were to disable Adblock Plus, the page content would change little, if at all. In fact, I just opened the Firefox browser & that was the result, though Ghostery is still enabled & will leave it there & on Chrome, as it has the ability to block social sites & many other trackers. 

 

However I still say that NoScript is the best at script blocking, which includes most all ads. Would like to see a version for other browsers, but it's not likely to happen. I cannot comment on the script blocking extensions of Chrome, as I've not tried any of those. 

 

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 12:41 PM

i don't use noscript all the time, just when i'm browsing to sites that 

a) i have never visited before

or

B) i have visited before and found to have loads of pop-ups, ads or anything else that makes me suspect them a bit


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Posted 01 May 2015 - 07:35 PM

"Firefox
  • In a new tab, type about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful.
  • In the filter box, type or paste autofill
  • Double-click browser.urlbar.autoFill to toggle it from true to false."

 

 

 

The correct fix for FireFox:

  • In a new tab, type about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful.
  • In the filter box, type or paste mixed
  • Double-click security.mixed_content.block_display_content to toggle it from true to false."


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 12:26 PM

"The NoScript Security Suite is one of the top security features of any browser..."
How does the security suite differ from plain old NoScript? Is it some package made by someone else which includes NoScript plus other tools alongside it?

Regarding NoScript's ad blocking abilities, it won't block advrts which are hosted on the site you are visiting and composed of simple text, gifs and still images, but this sort aren't a security risk and aren't so intrusive as flash based ones.

As far as I know NoScript doesn't exist for any other browsers, but equivalent extensions do exist. I haven't had experience with any of the equivalents so can't say how they measure against NoScript.

As security goes I would suggest NoScript is a stronger defence than an antivirus, though you should ofcourse still run an antivirus as a layer of defence behind it. I also struggle t imagine any computer user who's experience of the web would not be improved by NoScrpt, once they have set it to allow content from any sites they regularly use and trust.

p.s. Has anyone with NoScript noticed that if you look at the "startups for firefox" section in CCleaner, Noscript's version is given on some machines as just a number ("2.6.9.22" at the moment), and on other machines it is described as "[version number] signed" ( "2.6.9.22 signed" at the moment)?

Edited by rp88, 02 May 2015 - 12:35 PM.

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