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Kerry4444

Chrome to get tab-under blocker soon

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Kerry4444    444
Kerry4444
Google plans to add tab-under blocking functionality to the company's Chrome web browser in a future version of the web browser.

Tab-under refers to sites opening new tabs in the browser, for instance to display advertisement or get users to open third-party sites (often also to generate revenue from redirecting users).

The browser's popup blocking functionality does not prevent sites from spawning these tabs. It can happen that you encounter sites that take this to the extreme by launching lots of new tabs in the browser this way.

No modern web browser blocks tab-under popups at the time of writing. You may test your browser of choice by visiting this basic sample site.

chrome tab under behavior

You may click on "popup and then navigate" or "navigate and then popup" to test the functionality. The first launches the new tab first and then navigates to another page on the active tab, the second navigates to another page first and then opens the popup. The "other tab" is launched in the background regardless of method that you select.

Bleeping Computer reports that Google plans to put an end to the practice by adding options to the company's Chrome web browser to block the behavior.

According to the information, Google considered three different methods of dealing with the issue. The first two proposals would block the redirection and show an alert to the user, the third would improve the built-in popup blocker of the Chrome browser to add support for tab-under blocking to it.

The core difference between the first and second proposal is that the first method pushes the alert on the original page before the new tab is created, while the second would close the original tab and display the warning on the new tab.

Google engineers favor the first method according to Bleeping Computer, and it will be implemented in a future version of Chrome.

It is not clear yet when the feature will find its way into Canary and Development builds of the Chrome browser.

How to block tab-under popups right now

  • Firefox users can install Popup Blocker (strict) to block sites from opening tab-under popups. May work in Firefox based browsers as well. Browser does need to support WebExtensions.
  • Chrome users can install Popup Blocker (strict) for the browser. Should work in Vivaldi, Opera and other Chromium based browsers.

 

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Kerry4444    444
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 This will be so helpful for sites like zippyshare and solidfiles.com These things annoy the shit out of me, and set my virus protection off all the time.

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dcs18    12,694
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2 hours ago, Kerry4444 said:

No modern web browser blocks tab-under popups at the time of writing. You may test your browser of choice by visiting this basic sample site.

chrome tab under behavior

You may click on "popup and then navigate" or "navigate and then popup" to test the functionality. The first launches the new tab first and then navigates to another page on the active tab, the second navigates to another page first and then opens the popup. The "other tab" is launched in the background regardless of method that you select.

On Firefox, my stringent ad. blocking policy prevents the pop-up from opening. :)

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IronY-Man    187
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uMatrix or [NoScript] FTW !!

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byntf    17
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On 10/10/2017 at 8:47 PM, Kerry4444 said:

 This will be so helpful for sites like zippyshare and solidfiles.com These things annoy the shit out of me, and set my virus protection off all the time.

 

On 10/11/2017 at 2:43 AM, IronY-Man said:

uMatrix or [NoScript] FTW !!

ublockOrigin takes care of Nearly all of these (Solidfiles, etc) for me, but it would be REALLY Great to be rid of the rest - Zippyshare and a few others still manage to open a new browser window or tab, but they are almost always blank and get closed automatically fairly quickly, but still annoying. Occasionally one will manage to open one of those soft-porn animated game sites or bogus adobe flash install windows, and that is even more annoying and makes me nervous enough to shut everything down and run multiple virus scans (find something about one time in twenty, but even once is too much).  I'll be giving "Popup Blocker (strict) a try. I used uMatrix for a short time a year or two ago, and there was something about it that made decide it was too much trouble or too time consuming or something that made me drop it. If the popup blocker extensions don't work, I may have to get off of my laziness and try uMatrix again.             Update - "Popup Blocker (strict)" for Firefox doesn't work. I installed it and tried clicking a link from "mirrorcreator.com" and it still opened a new browser window (made blank by ublockO) for "http://sport.blpmovies.com/blah,blah,blah". Looks like it's back to uMatrix<_<

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This is quite a good feature, especially for mobile. I hope Firefox adds this too.

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5 hours ago, byntf said:

       Update - "Popup Blocker (strict)" for Firefox doesn't work. I installed it and tried clicking a link from "mirrorcreator.com" and it still opened a new browser window (made blank by ublocker)

It worked fine on me on Chrome. When I get a pop up a little notification shows up and ask you to allow or deny it.  I think you can automatically set it to Deny. So it’s stopping it for me, it even monitors normal ones, that just opened a separate tab for a download. So it is strict, laugh out loud.

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nIGHT

Really good feature indeed for those who does not have ad blocking installed.

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