How do I find ALL my ad blockers?

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  1. Posts : 944
    Windows 10 Pro
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    How do I find ALL my ad blockers?


    I thought I had deleted all my add blockers - but a site just came up and told me that I wouldn't see all their content because I had an ad blocker installed. Is there any way to find them all? If a website can tell me I have (at least) one, why can't I find it? Thank you.......
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  2. Posts : 272
    Win 10 pro 64 bit Vs. 20H2 Build 19042.630
       #2

    For chrome, click on the 3 vertical dots button (top right) choose more tools then extensions and every extension you have installed will be shown.
    Sorry, I don't use Firefox.
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  3. Posts : 24,475
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    Ad blockers are a specific extension for each browser, you should be able to turn them on or off in the browser's settings. If this website complains of an ad blocker across all your browsers then it may not be an actual ad blocker that's the problem. It could be an entry in your HOSTS table that's blocking the site providing the ads, of it may be a site is being blocked by your AV (a possibility if you use a third-part AV).
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  4. Posts : 108
    Windows 10 64bit
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    Firefox has built in ad blockers. Go to Tools, Options, Privacy & Security. Scroll down and you'll see several areas where blocking may be enabled. You'll have to turn off all of those.
    In Cookies & Site Data there is an option to block cookies and site data. This is NOT recommended so it is likely you do not have this chosen. Another listing is in Permissions; Block Pop-up Windows. Remove check mark if there happens to be one there.
    Under Security there are also several blocking options but personally I would NOT turn them off. No site is that important. Also remember, most all adblockers do have an easy way to turn them off and ways to list sites where the adblocker is not supposed to be used.
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  5. Posts : 944
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I only use Chrome and have checked all the extensions. I use Kaspersky for an AV - and maybe Windows Defender. How do I get to the HOST table to check it? Thank you.
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  6. Posts : 24,475
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    The HOSTS table is the text file C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\HOSTS

    A line starting with # is a comment line. A line of the form...
    0.0.0.0 web.site.name
    or
    127.0.0.1 web.site.name
    ...blocks access to 'web.site.name' by redirecting any web requests to the 'local host' (ie. your machine).
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  7. Posts : 944
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    This is what's in my HOSTS file:

    How do I find ALL my ad blockers?-hosts-file-contents.jpg

    Does anything here look like it would prevent Insider Fox News from streaming?
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  8. Posts : 24,475
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #8

    Nisko said:
    This is what's in my HOSTS file...
    ...Does anything here look like it would prevent Insider Fox News from streaming?
    There is nothing obvious, those entries were created by Unchecky with the aim of blocking the installation of potentially unwanted programs. I find it hard to believe that Insider Fox News would want to install such PUPs.

    There is one way to check if the HOSTS file is responsible for blocking Insider Fox News. Go to a page from Fox that exhibits the blocking effects. Next rename your HOSTS file to HOSTSX then refresh the Fox page in your browser using Ctrl+F5. If it now loads/streams correctly then the HOST file was causing the problem. If if still doesn't work them the HOSTS file is not the cause and you need to look elsewhere.

    Either way, rename the file back to HOSTS after testing.
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  9. Posts : 944
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    You are right - it's not the hosts file. Any other ideas?
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  10. Posts : 24,475
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #10

    Nisko said:
    You are right - it's not the hosts file. Any other ideas?
    You presumably have turned off or white-listed Fox in any ad blocker you may have. If you only white-listed, try turning off completely. It may not be Fox that's being blocked, it may be detecting that an advertising partner's address is blocked.

    One other possibility is a third-party AV and/or firewall is blocking something Fox wants.
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