UBlock Origin 1.40 update introduces workaround to block YouTube ads in Chrome

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Recently some users reported similar issue with uBlock Origin in Chrome. The open source ad blocker lets certain YouTube ads pass through Google’s browser. But that hasn’t happened all the time, only in specific scenarios, like when you exit a YouTube tab as the last active tab and close the browser. When Chrome reopened, the ads served.

A member of the uBlock Origin team, who was investigating the issue, proposed a change to have tabs reload once the ad blocking plugin is ready to filter web requests. This could be a potential solution to stop ads before they can run. But, Raymond Gorhill, the creator of the add-on, said that unconditional tab reloading would be a bad idea, especially if the user has hundreds of tabs. Imagine if all tabs were reloaded simultaneously, it could lead to chaos.

UBlock Origin 1.40 update prevents YouTube ads from loading on Chrome startup

Gorhill suggested that the extension should only reload when a network request has been made by the tab. The developers worked with this in mind and introduced a commit to the add-on repository. They activated a feature that was previously tested, it is called suspendTabsUntilReady. The new version of the add-on, uBlock Origin 1.40 brings the fix for YouTube ads on Chrome startup.

With the change, uBlock Origin will reload active tabs when launching Chrome, while ignoring tabs that were inactive / suspended. The extension update also includes a few other improvements to the AutoComplete functionality of the Filter Editor, Scripts, Defusers, and Problem Reporter. Pop-up filtering now supports a new scriptlet, window-close-if. The update is not yet available on the Chrome online store, the Opera Addons store and the Microsoft Store, but is already available on the Firefox AMO.

This YouTube advertising problem is not in itself new. A few months ago, the default Opera browser ad blocker had the same problem. After reading user reports, I observed the same pattern when I tested the browser. The tech community generally agreed that YouTube is changing the way ads are served, as a counteractive measure to prevent ad blockers from limiting ads. The problem has been corrected in a later version of Opera.

Google will stop supporting Manifest V2 extensions in 2023, to force developers to switch to Manifest V3 without the webRequest blocking API. But the search giant is already playing with ad blocking. Upon termination of V2 support, this will effectively discontinue the functionality of ad blockers, including uBlock Origin for Chrome. Many users are worried about this and are hoping that the extension will somehow work in the browser once the dreaded change is forced on the developers. Can you fault them for worrying? Here is an interesting article from EFF, which talks more about the technical details of Manifest V3.

Fortunately, there are alternatives that you can consider switching to. Vivaldi and Brave have confirmed that they will not be implementing V3 in their browser, and Mozilla will implement its own version of Manifest V2 with the ability to perform cross-origin requests, it will continue to support V2 for a year. after its obsolescence. When it comes to Microsoft Edge, I recommend that you read up on recent browser issues before deciding whether to move on.

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UBlock Origin 1.40 update introduces workaround to block YouTube ads in Chrome

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UBlock Origin 1.40 update introduces workaround to block YouTube ads in Chrome

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Getting YouTube ads in Google Chrome even with uBlock Origin enabled? The latest version corrects the problem.

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