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When I do google search I see this popup from time to time on search results page in upper right corner:

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From this question on SO I knew that it's appearance depends on cookies set by google and indeed it appears constantly in Firefox private mode because cookies are not saved in this mode.

How can I block this popup or prevent it from appearing so that I can verify this in private mode ? I have Adblock Plus installed but it does not block it.

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It appears from your question Firefox is the browser of choice. Don't have that, but as there is not enough rep in the kitty for comments, here's a solution for Edge users with an aversion to clicking nag pop-ups: From BeanBrown's post at the end of this thread copy the following link and make that the home page:

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl

One way to do this with Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0 is explained at Wikihow.

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Found the rule blocking this popup in Fanboy Annoyances List. It can be added from here. For Adblock Plus users it is also necessary to uncheck "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" checkbox. See this github issue for more details.

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