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Upon visiting a site today I was rewarded with Comic Sans.

Behold it's glory:

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Needless to say I can finally understand why so many people loathe this font.

However, this does bring up a question.

Will websites ever become smart enough to simply stop displaying content to AdBlock users altogether? If so, then what can be done about it?

I understand that this is probably just some small JS checker embedded in the HTML so AdBlock cannot block the detection of it's own anti-ad antics but I found this "reward" to be quite funny.

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  • heh, thats an interesting response to adblocking. No, it would not be easy to prevent client side scripts from detecting Adblock, as it removes elements from the DOM, which the scripts can evaluate, to determine if you have loaded the ad panels or not. Websites are already "smart enough" to provide bogus output if they like, unless you disable client side scripting like javascript. NoScript, Ghostery, and RequestPolicy are just a few examples of how you might be more selective in the scripts that run, but then the provider willj just bundle them with required functionality so you need them. Sep 2, 2015 at 17:03
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    Are you using AdBlock or AdBlock Plus? I'm using the latter and don't get any warning nor ugly font when visiting the link you provided. Sep 2, 2015 at 17:06
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    @Ramhound, from the banner, the site operators are applying a ComicSans font to any render where an adblocker is in play. Sep 2, 2015 at 18:46
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    They are not catching use of uBlock Origin "" either ;)
    – DavidPostill
    Sep 2, 2015 at 20:52
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    BTW, you can force a font in firefox. I don't know for other browsers.
    – user460895
    Nov 26, 2015 at 12:03

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Change your ad blocking extension to uBlock Origin (Chrome version / Firefox version). The page appears normally and without ads in uBlock Origin in both Firefox and Chrome.

In settings » Filter Lists, enable all the filters in the Built-in, Ads, Privacy, Malware Domains, and Multipurpose sections.

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I've been able to successfully stop detection of AdBlock on various sites by following their instructions to enable content when AdBlock is detected. The instructions basically require you to add the AakList (Anti-AdBlock Killer filter list) to the AdBlock filter lists, and also create a custom filter for the sites that are blocking content because of AdBlock. The filter's format is @@||example.com$elemhide (instructions tested & correct as of the November 2015 version)

EDIT AakList has added simpler instructions to add their list for most modern browsers, follow this link, click on "Subscribe", and that's it (I tested on Firefox)

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    elemhide worked! that list is actually here Aug 21, 2016 at 4:11
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    Would like to add here that the Anti-Adblock Killer (AAK) by reek has been abandoned and discontinued since November 2016. It has been superseded by Nano Defender. Mar 30, 2019 at 13:28
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You can add an adblock detection removal list where you add your other filters.

  1. Go to your ad blocker's settings.
  2. If available just activate an adblock warning removal filter.
  3. If there's no such filter available, go to custom or my filters, and add one of the ad block warning filter URLs. See below.

Ad Block warning filters

uBlock

AdBlock Plus in Chrome

AdBlock Plus in Chrome

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  • Anti-Adblock Killer (AAK) by reek has been abandoned and discontinued since November 2016. It has been superseded by Nano Defender. Mar 30, 2019 at 13:28
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Download ghostery extensions/addon depeding on your browser. Then restrict the site from seeing information about you. The site will work after.

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    @fixer1234 After seeing your comment, I did a lot of digging. I was previously under the impression that Better Advertising, the company that bought the Ghostery extension (they have since changed their name first to Evidon and then Ghostery), had another product that was actually adware (the unwanted program kind that produces extra pop-ups, etc.). However, I was unable to uncover anything about the other product that I remembered. I have nothing in particular against GhostRank - I use Adblock Plus myself (though with Acceptable Ads disabled). Thanks for your comment, I deleted my original. Sep 30, 2016 at 0:27
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Not sure if this will help anyone but I needed Fanboy's Annoyance List to block ads on Seattle times. Here is my full list of adblock filters. These filters can be found here.

https://easylist.to/

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