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2024 June browser reports from Malwarebytes:

Vivaldi
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Edge
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That's over 600 a day. Is that hi or lo compared to yours?
 
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2024 June browser reports from Malwarebytes:

Vivaldi
wqUdfi3.png




Edge
ELPKlSa.png


That's over 600 a day. Is that hi or lo compared to yours?
I don't use Malwarebytes anymore, so I can't give you an apples to apples comparison, but when I go to PCG, my adblock blocks up to 60 ads on a single page, same thing on the sports forum I go to. If this is counting ads the same way Malwarebytes does, then it's hard for me to imagine getting less than 600 in a day. For one thing, I open maybe 100 threads a day on the sports forum for moderation purposes, and so that would be at least 6000 ads blocked a day.

However, it's possible they are counting differently. Maybe Malwarebytes is counting only unique ads.
 
@Pifanjr You mentioned NewPipe elsewhere as an Android workaround for YT ads.

Do you happen to know if it would work on (some of) the ways Android can work on PC? If yes, any recs?

YT is getting pushy about ad blocking in browser.
I haven't had any problems with uBlock Origin not blocking YouTube ads, but then I don't watch YouTube all that often.

I've also never emulated Android on my PC before. I've heard of Blue Stacks which does that, but when I last looked into it it seemed too much work to be worth it.
 
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my reading is Brian uses a browser on phone to watch Youtube... hence question about android.

I use the app myself.

It would be odd to run bluestacks on a windows PC when you can just use Firefox and not see ads in YT... but then I pay for premium as I didn't want to fight them. Also run Ublock and Bitdefender browser guard.
I dislilke the in video ads that people are making now. At least I can skip those.
 
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it seemed too much work to be worth it

Ok, thanks for that, I'm not much into work these days :)

Brian uses a browser on phone to watch Youtube

Nope, never watch YT on phone—sometimes I want to see what's on screen. YT has been experimenting for a while, I get a few hours of 'Blocking ads not allowed' which then goes away after a while. I assume they'll settle on some longer-term approach soon.

you can just use Firefox and not see ads in YT

I just did and got thru half a dozen videos without hassle. Tried same on Vivaldi and one was still blocked.

No worries, there was life before YT—oh yes there was!—and there'll be life after it if they get too obnoxious.
 
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My life before Youtube was TV and I won't ever use that again unless I have a triple lobotomy first. The advertising on Youtube isn't as obnoxious as TV, at least I don't get a batch of commercials every 10 minutes that seem to last longer than the shows around them. I do pay for premium just to avoid seeing ads on my phone... but then I set Firefox as my default browser on phone so lots of things don't load now.

I only use chrome for two things now:
  1. Gmail
  2. My bank - and this is only out of habit

I stopped watching Youtube from it years ago, for some reason I don't see any comments under videos. Even with all my add ons turned off. So I just swapped to Firefox and apart from some weirdness on YouTube, it mostly works... unlike Chrome, its not fighting against ad blockers, not enforcing Manifest v3 which is what Chrome is doing now

 
Microsoft's weather app is advertising an alternate Antivirus program that isn't from Microsoft.

Open weather app
Notice a warning in bottom left
click and get taken to site selling AV

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temp isn't showing wind chill factor, its actually -5c
I don't see many ads so I wasn't prepared for it
 
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