In firefox (several versions, but always with classic theme restorer) I get the URL of a link shown at the bottom (status bar) whenever I hover over a link. I had always assumed that this is also the URL used by firefox when clicking onto the link. However, this is apparently no always the case. I notice this discrepancy when installing uBlock.
Example: On the homepage of the german newspaper "http://www.derwesten.de/", there are many links to individual stories. One of them is displayed in the status bar as:
and this is also what I get when issuing 'copy link location". However, when actually clicking onto the link, I am asked by uBlock if I really want to go to the page
It appears that the real link is wrapped into something pointing to an ad server. I can see why the website wants to do that, but I would have expected firefox to show the real link. Without uBlock, I would have never seen that I am redirected to a completely different site.
Is this standard behavior, and is there a way to change that?