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Old 03-19-2020, 10:15 AM   #1
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Can't believe I just learned this trick.

More and more newspaper websites won't let you read an article without turning off your adblocker first. However, if you just put a period after the ".com" in their website address, this feature goes away.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/w...irus-news.html (this will make you turn off your adblocker)

https://www.nytimes.com./2020/03/19/...irus-news.html (this won't.

I kept getting frustrated at people posting links and then getting hit with an adblocker message.

From now on, I'll just throw the extra period on if I share a link.

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Old 03-19-2020, 10:45 AM   #2
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Doesn't work for me. I use a Apple.
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Old 03-19-2020, 10:53 AM   #3
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Correction. I was trying to use your link and it didn't work, so I went to the page with the cookie request and the put the period after the .com and it worked. Thanks Joe.
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:10 AM   #4
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Tried the NYT and opened up a half dozen random stories. No prob, no popup. But might help some other folks.
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:19 AM   #5
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on your phone with chrome you can go into incognito mode. that helps.


also most let you read the headlines and then you can google them and find news that let you go in with an ad blocker.


most newspapers are making it tougher as they want you to subscribe. but tv news sites usually let you see most things. and oregonlive.com still works.
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Old 03-19-2020, 01:55 PM   #6
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I tried it on a different site with a popup and got this: "
Bad Request - Invalid Hostname"
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Old 03-20-2020, 04:22 PM   #7
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You can also use the Chrome browser with the History Eraser add-on. It will install an icon in the Chrome taskbar that you can click on which brings up the History Eraser and a single click will clear all of your cookies, history, cache and a bunch of other items that your browser stores that allows sites to track you. Without those you can go to every site 'clean', as if it is the first time you've ever visited.
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Old 03-20-2020, 04:30 PM   #8
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I use the 'Cookie Auto-Delete' addon with Firefox to do much the same. Whenever closing a tab I have it set up to delete any cookies and offline data the site stored.
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Old 03-21-2020, 04:23 AM   #9
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Can't believe I just learned this trick.

More and more newspaper websites won't let you read an article without turning off your adblocker first. However, if you just put a period after the ".com" in their website address, this feature goes away.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/w...irus-news.html (this will make you turn off your adblocker)

https://www.nytimes.com./2020/03/19/...irus-news.html (this won't.

I kept getting frustrated at people posting links and then getting hit with an adblocker message.
Thank you


From now on, I'll just throw the extra period on if I share a link.
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Old 03-22-2020, 04:14 PM   #10
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Works randomly at best.
Some sites I just get the same 'please disable your adblocker' message after the change. Some let me continue.

The internet is a lazy thing.
This is from a tech savvy person and won't change how things work but...

A correct domain name (FQDN=fully qualified domain name) will end with the dot at the end.
For whatever reason, it gets left out, probably just the browsers doing what they were told. Some of the sites it works on aren't savvy to the trick.

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http://www.dns-sd.org/TrailingDotsInDomainNames.html
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