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What ad blocker am I running?

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#1 MikeOnDrake


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 05:45 PM

Hi All,


I vaguely recall installing an ad blocker a few years ago, but I don't recall what it was exactly. I know it's still working because ads are clearly missing from sites I frequent, and I am occasionally denied access to a  website until I whitelist them. Obviously, since I don't know what blocker is running, I also don't know how to update the whitelist.


I know the blocker is some sort of Firefox addon (if I use IE or Chrome, ads are not blocked), but whatever it is doesn't appear under Extensions, Plugins, or Services. I've also combed through installed apps in Programs and Features, and services and processes in both msconfig and Task Manager, but I don't see anything that looks like an ad blocker.


I feel a bit sheepish asking for help with this, but does anyone know how to identify whatever it is that's blocking ads on my box?


I'm browsing with Firefox v53.0.3, and my OS is Windows 7 Professional, SP1.


Thanks in advance for your help,





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#2 Condobloke


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 05:51 PM

G'day Mike,


On any open browser page (firefox) click the three horizontal lines up in the top right hand corner of the page...just below the x that closes the page.


it will open a small window/box with print,history,preferences etc etc listed in it...select ADD ONS (single click)


When add ons opens, select EXTENSIONS on the left hand side.........that will show you which add ons you have installed


The ad blocker you have installed will have "preferences"....

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#3 MikeOnDrake

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 06:20 PM

Hi, and thanks for responding.


I have only two extensions installed - neither is an ad blocker and both are disabled.


Here's a screenshot of my Firefox extensions page:




Again, thank you for the quick response.




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Posted 22 June 2017 - 06:31 PM

In the Firefox address bar, type about:support and press Enter.


Here you'll be able to check different aspects of Firefox's configuration.

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 12:02 AM

Would any adblocker in Firefox be found in Plugins?  Your image shows you were looking in "Extensions".

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 12:16 AM

Would any adblocker in Firefox be found in Plugins?  Your image shows you were looking in "Extensions".


Ad blockers would show in Extensions (Add-ons).

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 02:02 PM

Here's a screenshot of my Firefox plugin page:




Also, following is a text dump of my about:support page. I combed it and couldn't find anything that looks like an adblocker.


Thanks again for your help,





Application Basics

Name: Firefox
Version: 53.0.3
Build ID: 20170518000419
Update Channel: release
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:53.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/53.0
OS: Windows_NT 6.1
Multiprocess Windows: 1/1 (Enabled by default)
Safe Mode: false

Crash Reports for the Last 3 Days

All Crash Reports


Name: Application Update Service Helper
Version: 2.0
Enabled: true
ID: aushelper@mozilla.org

Name: Multi-process staged rollout
Version: 1.14
Enabled: true
ID: e10srollout@mozilla.org

Name: Pocket
Version: 1.0.5
Enabled: true
ID: firefox@getpocket.com

Name: Web Compat
Version: 1.0
Enabled: true
ID: webcompat@mozilla.org

Name: Minimal Site Block
Version: 0.5.2
Enabled: false
ID: minimal-site-block@clemens-bartz.de

Name: Trend Micro NSC Firefox Extension
Enabled: false
ID: {22C7F6C6-8D67-4534-92B5-529A0EC09405}


Compositing: Basic
Asynchronous Pan/Zoom: wheel input enabled
WebGL Renderer: Google Inc. -- ANGLE (AMD (ATI) FirePro M5950 (FireGL) Mobility Pro Graphics Direct3D9Ex vs_3_0 ps_3_0)
WebGL2 Renderer: WebGL creation failed: * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Error during ANGLE OpenGL init. * Exhausted GL driver caps.
Audio Backend: wasapi
DirectWrite: true (6.2.9200.22084)
GPU #1
Active: Yes
Description: AMD (ATI) FirePro M5950 (FireGL) Mobility Pro Graphics
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x6740
Driver Version: 8.800.7.2000
Driver Date: 2-1-2011
Drivers: aticfx64 aticfx64 aticfx64 aticfx32 aticfx32 aticfx32 atiumd64 atidxx64 atidxx64 atiumdag atidxx32 atidxx32 atiumdva atiumd6a atitmm64
Subsys ID: 04a31028
RAM: 1024

AzureCanvasAccelerated: 0
AzureCanvasBackend: skia
AzureContentBackend: skia
AzureFallbackCanvasBackend: cairo
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disabled by user: Disabled by pref
unavailable by default: Hardware compositing is disabled
unavailable by default: Hardware compositing is disabled
unavailable by default: Direct2D requires Direct3D 11 compositing
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disabled by env: D3D11 compositing is disabled
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browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: false
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media.webrtc.debug.aec_log_dir: C:\Users\Mike\AppData\Local\Temp
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privacy.trackingprotection.introCount: 20
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security.warn_viewing_mixed: false
storage.vacuum.last.index: 1
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Places Database


Incremental GC: true


Activated: false
Prevent Accessibility: 0

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Expected minimum version: 4.13.1
Version in use: 4.13.1

Expected minimum version: 3.29.5
Version in use: 3.29.5

Expected minimum version: 3.29.5
Version in use: 3.29.5

Expected minimum version: 3.29.5
Version in use: 3.29.5

Expected minimum version: 3.29.5
Version in use: 3.29.5

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 02:16 PM

I think what's doing the "blocking" you're referring to is in your Firefox Privacy and Security settings...


Regarding ad blockers, I would recommend uBlock Origin.

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