AdBlock 2.21.2 seems to blackout a lot of Youtube videos

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  1. ObuckiO macrumors regular

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    Hi, forum.
    Late '08 MacBook Pro(Yosemite 10.10.2)

    After updating to Yosemite, I started noticing quite a bit of Youtube videos were blacked out, but audio playing. I've always used Safari, yet tried to change to Chrome to see if that fixed the issue.

    I thought maybe my GlimmerBlocker was interrupting it, Nope. Also, I read a few threads on some troubleshooting, but no luck. I then went to Safari's Preference menu(extensions), disabled AdBlock, all videos were playing. However, now all the ads play around Youtube and most other sites where I assume they were blocked before(even with GlimmerBlock enabled).

    Question is: Is there any advice on how to block the ads without blocking some videos?

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. mic j macrumors 68030

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    I also have been having similar issues with AdBlock (which I love). It also seems to be a lot more aggressive toward website areas as well. Some websites I go to I haven't been able to read reviews of things when AdBlock enabled.
     
  3. ObuckiO thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've updated Adobe flash(recently Pepper Flash), I tried to see if any filters on AdBlock, GlimmerBlock stood out strange, nothing I recognize.

    With AdBlock enabled, the time elapse for the ad is still there(blacked out), yet it continues blacked out after the ad has run its way. I just read something about deleting flash cookies, but unsure about that aspect.

    Maybe the advertiser's found a way to step up their attempt at getting us to view their brand...IDK.
     
  4. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a

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    I've experienced very similar issues on many videos on YouTube so I've looked for a different AdBlock. Now I'm using uBlock and I'm 100% happy - no ads anywhere and supports a lot of lists so you can tweak it. Also try removing flash player completely if you don't need it for anything else and videos should all play in HTML5 format.
     
  5. mic j macrumors 68030

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    I've tried uBlock and it is very aggressive on what it hides. It actually hides parts of pages that aren't ad's. Something I can do to tone it down a bit?
     
  6. nfable macrumors regular

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    I use AdBlock + Clea.nr and let the latter one handle all the YouTube stuff; pretty happy here!

    -nf
     
  7. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a

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    Well you can access its filter lists and enable / disable what you need. You can try the basics - EasyList, which is used by other AdBlocks too. I have more things switched on - malware / privacy / annoying social media buttons however all sites seem fine now.
     
  8. mic j macrumors 68030

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    So basically, it's just fiddle with it until I am happy with it.
     
  9. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, that's what I've done - tried a few. You can also open them up (the filters) to see what it's blocking and usually some release notes too. Good luck!
     
  10. mic j macrumors 68030

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    I wish there was a way that I could bring up a context menu or click on a place holder or something and click on the area of the website I don't want blocked and it could learn from that interaction.

    Since USA Today is my homepage, I look at it all the time and want most of it's contents (except ads of course). As for YouTube, I only watch it occasionally, so it's probably easier to just turn AdBlock off for those occasions where it won't let the video play. I did just discover that I can go to the AdBlock icon and Pause it. That will probably work.
     
  11. ObuckiO thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll take a gander at your advice. However, I'm not sure about needing or which(if all) of flash player contents to remove. I don't assume you mean the entire Adobe outfit, but maybe some certain parts of it.

    I did uninstall AdBlock, which blocked a few things I see now, although GlimmerBlock might need some tweaking to step up to my prior blocked viewings.

    Nevertheless, the recent ads are still running, but no picture or sound...Just black screens.
     
  12. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a

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    Well it's more that Flash is almost useless these days - security issues, draining battery etc. However in that case, look at ClickToFlash extension for Safari, which plays Flash content in HTML5 format.

    I haven't tried GlimmerBlock however I assume you can add more lists to block more things? As you say it might be just a question of tweaking it a bit.
     
  13. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a

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    I think there's something like that with uBlocker - please see below, I think you can use that to tweak its behaviour however I haven't tried the picker myself.

    Also in that case you can probably only select basic filters such as EasyList, which are quite known and shouldn't block more than ads hopefully.
     

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  15. ArmCortexA8 macrumors 6502a

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    There is Adblock and Adblock plus. Both designed by different companies - eg. https://getadblock.com and Adblock Plus (both free) - https://adblockplus.org. I use the plus version - no issues. Ive had no issues with the Plus version. I am using Mac OS X Yosemite beta.
     
  16. You are the One macrumors 6502a

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    I use Adblock with default settings a haven't noticed any problems. Also use ClicktoFlash and ClicktoAddon which I recommend if you want to avoid automatic loading of flash content and other stuff. :cool:
     
  17. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a

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    Seems that way! I've been a big AdBlock and AdBlockPlus fan until I've tried uBlock, much better. So far, so good :cool:.
     

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