All of us have our own methods to block or hide pesky ads on the internet. But it seems that every step forward we take gets one-up’ed by site developers.
Video streaming sites are a particularly notorious example of websites that are usually putting down more ads than not. Though to some extent, this can be excused by providing free content on a trustworthy platform, ads that play before your videos are universally hated for a variety of reasons. Users frequently complain of ads that are too loud, or simply obnoxious enough to often make them outright not watch the video itself, which not only harms the consumer base, but the content producers in the bottom line as well.
But enough about debating the ads themselves, if you’ve made it this far in the article, you’re most likely wondering how to disable these for yourself. Open up any video on youtube, and open up the dev console (CTRL-SHIFT-J for chrome, and K for firefox (there are other browsers available, so check with your help file if you aren’t sure!)). Once you get this done and opened up, toss in the code just under this paragraph and you’ll be streaming without any prior time wasted on content you probably don’t care about
document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=oKckVSqvaGw; path=/; domain=.youtube.com”;window.location.reload();
While this is a feature that currently works, Google is always updating the site and there’s a possibility of the code not working in the future, so keep your eyes peeled if the code stops working for you, a new solution to the obnoxious video ads may be just around the corner. While blocking ads may prevent the site from earning its revenue, it would be nice to reach a point where websites can earn ad-revenue without being too obnoxious. A pleasant thought for the future.
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