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For many years I have blocked popup ads with AdBlock Plus.

But it seems more and more these past couple months there is a "new" kind of popup overtaking the web. They are javascript based "modal" popups which ABP is powerless over. See attached for an example.

Is there a way to kill these ads without breaking the functionality of anything I need?

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Pretty sure you will have to disable javascript to stop those kinds of Ajax modal-style pop-ups. – bfhd Jun 7 '12 at 0:05
block out jquery ;) – HackToHell Jun 10 '12 at 14:46
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The problem is although it appears as if it is a pop up, it is actually just HTML giving the impression it's a pop up. It is often called an overlay. Meaning on some sites, it will be junk (as per the screen shot), but other sites very much required (like a shopping basket preview screen).

For FireFox and Chrome, there is a plugin called BehindTheOverlay which may give you what you want (similar to AdBlocker but for overlay). Chrome also has an extra plugin called overlay blocker. It is not perfect for many reasons and as already mentioned, do it at your own risk (as it may stop some sites working as intended).

Lastly, AdBlock plus may be able to help as it can be customised, see this forum for more detail

You also have the option of disabling JavaScript. I know this is unlikely to suffice, but it's still an option.

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It seems like there could be a universal blacklist/filter though that is shared by all users of some client-side mod addon like Stylish or GreaseMonkey. If every user's block choices were aggregated in the filter DB (and given some popularity threshold before being committed), all users would benefit. I'm really surprised something like this hasn't been implemented yet. Even ABP with the old school popup required filter subscriptions to work optimally. Is this really that different? – The111 Jun 15 at 1:15

You might take a look at the NoScript plugin. It is a bit more convenient than global disable of javascript.

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You can also ScriptNo if your using Chrome. – Dracs Jun 7 '12 at 1:57
Yeah, seems like the only valid option I've found. Not sure I have the patience though to add tons of legit sites to the whitelist. The great thing about ABP were the filter subscriptions. – The111 Jun 7 '12 at 2:08

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