Blocking overlay-popup-container modal popups?

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BrianP007
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Blocking overlay-popup-container modal popups?

Post by BrianP007 »

Hi,
Many websites use popups which gray out the page and demand that you address them before proceeding. PBS.org and PCMag.com are examples.

I have added Adblock Plus Pop-up Addon 0.9.1 and it has no effect.

By right clicking -> inspect element -> copy outer html, it looks like this is the obnoxious code:
<div style="left: 0px;"
id="pbs-popup-overlay"
class="pbs-cleanslate pbs-localization-overlay-popup-container">
<div id="pbs-localization-overlay-popup" class="white">

Here is a web example:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline ... scent.html

This is the text scraped off the popup:
Localize Your PBS Experience
CLOSE
Get access to content from your local PBS station.
Get sneak previews from some of your favorite shows including Masterpiece, Nova, etc.
See what's on tonight at your local PBS station.

And another.
http://www.pcmag.com/

I would like to nuke any element containing the word POPUP.

Is there another add-on I am missing?
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mapx
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Re: Blocking overlay-popup-container modal popups?

Post by mapx »

remove popup addon, ABP has a builtin popup remover (with the right filters)

for those sites add:

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pbs.org###frontline_newsletter_over
pbs.org###pbs-localization-overlay-popup
pbs.org##.white
pbs.org###pbs-main-overlay
pbs.org###frontline_newsletter_please

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pcmag.com###cboxLoadedContent
pcmag.com###cboxContent
pcmag.com###cboxOverlay
BrianP007
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Joined: Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:06 pm

Re: Blocking overlay-popup-container modal popups?

Post by BrianP007 »

Mapx,
Thank you for the filter info.

Long ago, annoying popup windows spawned as separate browsers were tamed. However, pushy, in-your-face marketers once again have the upper hand with in-browser, overlap-popup-containers and every dark side web guru is trying to cram one or more into their website. They have effectively circumvented the good work done to exterminate the old-tech popups.

Granted that with the existing filter technology, each and every user can spend 5 minutes per website battling the new, fiendish, popup daemon. If you only visit a dozen sites, that will cost you one hour. And then a few more minutes every day as more sites "upgrade" to use this exploit.

Or, generous geniuses like those gladiators of yore who slayed the last generation of popups can automate the blocking process with new feature to block these new, mutated popups. Right click on the elevated nuisance and select "BLOCK THIS POPUP". Have it do your cool, filter trick.

More and more marketers are certain to exploit this vulnerability because they can get paid for a click with just a few lines of code to execute a modal browser lockup.

This is a global problem, like a bird flu of the internet, escalating every day and begging for an automated solution.

Brian
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