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Just recently I have found when clicking on news stories that their advertisement and news videos start up automatically and that if I have set the speakers to mute that it overrides this. I then re-mute the speakers and a few seconds later it is overriden and the sound starts up again. I think this will be a growing common problem as it seems a "new trick" by hungry media sites. Can someone please let me know how to stop it happening?

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Can you give an example of a site that does this? –  w3d Nov 12 '12 at 16:24
The normal way to evade this seems to be adblock, noscipt and friends so the adds never get started. However that does not answer your specific question. –  Hennes Nov 12 '12 at 16:24
Just set volume level directly in system. –  week Nov 12 '12 at 16:25
Also what browser and OS are you on? –  Josiah Nov 12 '12 at 16:42

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