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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 basked 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 https://adblockplus.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18595

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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Yes, these new AJAX popups are a major pain.

In theory it would be possible to make web sites behave by modifying the AJAX script libraries and intercepting the GET requests that fetches them but unfortunately there are a number of different AJAX library implementations out there.

Maybe that will become a viable option once the AJAX world matures.

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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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