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Comment on Stop and Disable Web Pages Auto Refresh or Reload in Firefox by Alex Vojacek

Comment on Stop and Disable Web Pages Auto Refresh or Reload in Firefox by Alex Vojacek
Comment on Stop and Disable Web Pages Auto Refresh or Reload in Firefox by Alex Vojacek Operating Systems Jul 27, 2009 My Digital Life Editorial Team 38 Comments Stop and Disable Web Pages Auto Refresh or Reload in Firefox Some webmasters or bloggers like to have their web pages refresh or reload automatically after a period of time, either to increase the page views, or to increase the ads revenue that based on CPM model. The web pages can ask a web browser such as Firefox to automatically refresh a page after a given timeout by including the HTML element <meta http-equiv=”refresh”>, or instruct web servers to send a Refresh: HTTP header. The automatically refresh web pages feature can be annoying and irritating, can be disorienting due to sudden replacement of content, and probably a waste of bandwidth although some frequently and constantly updated content does deserve to be able to refresh automatically. If you’re not the one who in favor of web pages automatic refresh, it’s possible to disable, block and prevent web pages from auto refreshing in Firefox. How to Stop and Block Web Pages from Auto Refresh or Reload in Firefox In Firefox, go to Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> General -> Accessibility section, and then tick the check box labeled as Warn me when web sites try to redirect or reload the page. Checking the option is equivalent to setting accessibility.blockautorefresh preference setting in about:config to True. When the Block Auto Refresh option is enabled (set to True), automatic page refreshing request is blocked and ignored, instead, Firefox will displaying a message indicating the refresh and allowing the user to manually refresh the page. To re-enable automatic page refresh, just untick and unselect the check box for Warn me when web sites try to redirect or reload the page option, or set accessibility.blockautorefresh preference setting in about:config to False. Related posts: Add Page Number (with First and Last Page) Navigation Link for Blogger (Blogspot) with Gadget Element and Manual Hack Obtain and Get Windows Vista RC1 Product Key after CPP Closed Crack RapidShare Time Delay and Download Limit Google Video, YouTube and Myspace Video Downloads with All-In-One Video Bookmarklet Related posts: Add Page Number (with First and Last Page) Navigation Link for Blogger (Blogspot) with Gadget Element and Manual Hack Obtain and Get Windows Vista RC1 Product Key after CPP Closed Crack RapidShare Time Delay and Download Limit Google Video, YouTube and Myspace Video Downloads with All-In-One Video Bookmarklet anony doesn’t work Gast The only program that blocks http, javascript, and other meta refreshes is Proxomitron. Calle I believe AdMuncher can do the same thing. axsd All cbslocal pages use some kind of nuclear refresh weapon. I’ve applied every anti-auto-refresh option Google will find for me, and their pages still refresh at random, sometimes when I’m in the middle of writing a comment, which obliterates my progress. Is it still illegal to beat bad web designers senseless? All of them? Even the ones who do THAT? sternhead This doesn’t stop scripted reloads such as window.setTimeout(‘ window.location=”URL”; ‘,300000); or setInterval(function(){if(!hasFocus){window.location.reload();}},300000); axsd Any idea what does, kind sir? http://www.tecnogaming.com/ Alex Vojacek I have a perfectly resonable method to completely avoid this timers without installing any plugins or configuring any settings. STOP visiting the site, that will probably teach the owner a lesson or two. Austin I’ve got options, advanced and warn me if …. and i’ve ticked the box. But the OK at the bottom is indistinct and doesn’t work, so there is something more going on I don’t know. I am suddenly plagued with pop-ups. I am totally computer illiterate. My coputer was suddenly cut off a few days ago and restored within an hour, and all this stuff has happened from that time. Can anyone help me?? joris This does not work. Slate.com still goes blank every 2 minutes. I want to torture their programmers. Daenorius Thanks, Eli. The about:config solution worked wonders! You made my day, and I wish you a nice one as well. ^_^ Steve The only solution I have found so far, and this is a bit of a sledgehammer approach to the issue, is to use Firefox. After installing Firefox, install the addon “NoScript”. Once installed and Firefox is restarted go to http://news.google.com. Place the mouse over the web page and right click on it. There will be a “no script” option on the menu – go to it. Several additional options will be displayed. One of those options to to forbid google.com. Forbidding google.com will stop the automatic refresh of the news page. This does have the unfortunate side effect that a lot of other google web pages will also stop working such as maps. When I go to a page where I want google to operate properly, I must tell noscript to temporary allow google.com. Use it if you see value. Kerr Mudgeon These about:config fixes never seem to work. The underlying problem is that 99 per cent of web designers and developers have an emotional age of 8. There should be a global law, rigorously enforced, to the effect that these big silly (albeit ingenious) kids should always be supervised by a grown-up. Ajarn Spencer i wouldnt say 99% is accurate, rather, that most surfers land on the pages of unscrupulous webmasters who use such tactics. More unscrupulous is what google and FB are doing as well as Microsoft to make us use third party apps that lead to limited stores and consumer outlets, instead of us using the browser to access directly. The internet is being converted into a virtual mall, instead of an information and file sharing medium. I do hate spammers and corrupt hearted webmasters though, but i myself am a webmaster with over 100 sites and do not use such methods on any of them, nor do i gather info or use ads that i myself dont approve of. The fact i earn over ten thousand $ US a month proves that it is not necessary to hack spam or otherwise use under the belt methods to make money online, but that hjard work is the only necessary ingredient to make money. In the end, spammers also work hard as me, but dont have the same self respect.. they forgot the object of spamming (to save oneself time) and became obsessive spam and hackers and forgot the idea was to sit on the beach and count the money as it rolls in.. there is no such thing as easy money, it always comes hard with hard work.. however you try to work a way around it. http://www.tecnogaming.com/ Alex Vojacek Ultimately they will contribute to make the website as horrible as it is. They contribute to us being force to use spam/adware blockers and they also force them on themselves. I too am a webdesigner and I would NEVER for the life of me accept devious advertising or refresh tactics, it’s just unethical to the reader. Vance Decker I think you need to grow up and understand where ‘stupid’ originates, and it’s not from web developers. Ignorant, dumb as a brick, mid-level executive stoogery is to blame. A web designer can tell ‘BOB’ the dumb moron good-ol-boy that reloading pages is very annoying and can affect traffic adversely, but if dumb barely-conscious good golfer ‘BOB’ wants a reload, then the page will get a reload. Guest I totally agree with you, I’m a web designer and I will NEVER betray a reader’s attention in exchange for site traffic/advertising. I’ts just moronic. Pissing of readers is the WORST possible way to increase traffic or revenue. Just give good content! Javier Who are the idios that add auto refresh to the pages, and who are the (developers) idiots that allow this to happen in the browser? I’m annoyed with many sites, but specially with http://news.google.com Idiots!!!! Is there a firefox add-on to stop this? BTW: the option described in the article just solves the problem with some sites, not for example with http://news.google.com And there is an important drawback: it also prevents the redirections, so it’s very annoying because I want the redirections to work normally. More idiots: Who could have had the idea to handle these two completely different features in a single option? me This only stops the tag, it doesn’t stop the many other ways. Firefox and Chrome need to do something about it. I fucking hate asshole sites refreshing their site while I’m typing a comment. piece of shit yahoo news, and many other news. what an idiots. if I want to refresh I would refresh. yahoo is the worst top company in the world .total idiots led by bunch of monkeys especially their stupid ceo. how can a big company think a refresh is a good idea? Hari Todi Hi, I donot see the option “warm me …” Please guide alternate way of blocking the auto refresh. Regards, Hari Geekster In Firefox it’s under Tools>Options>Advanced>Accessibility jose this crap doesn’t work though, i checked it a few days ago and the goddamned pages are still self refreshing. there’s gotta be something more. Eli Type.. about:config.. in your address bar and type “frequency” in the filter and double-click on browser.cache.check_doc_frequency. Use a value of 0 (check doc once when you first visit) or 1 (check everytime you revisit). Do not use 2 (never check, only use cached copy). Default is 3 (check at some pre-determined intervals). Browser scripts can over-ride this though. Mark Thanks Eli. That works for me for a particularly annoying site. Liberal Voter Thanks mate! john Great, now how can I hide the message that Firefox shows me? If I don’t want the page to refresh itself automaticly, I don’t want to refresh it manually either. fathurrohim thanks a lot. Pingback: The Dark Side of the Web: Traffic Inflation | Hardware Canucks http://www.naeem.pk Naeem i need a script that stop user to refresh my page again & again Fernando Yes, this is very annoying and the suggestion given here do not work to all websites. I believe some of them uses javascript to reload the page and if you use a javascript blocker (like the great NoScript) you can see all content. We need a more specific tool to block this intrusive and annoying practice! And, as say WG Hubris, a white list will be nice too. marco use RefreshBLocke pluginhttps://addons.mozilla.org/it/firefox/addon/992?s… todd i like this feature, but is there a way to “don’t show me this message again”? i’d rather not see the ‘firefox prevented…” message on EVERY web page… http://www.besthubris.com/ WG Hubris Thanks. I was looking everywhere for this setting. Accessibility options? Really? Is there anyway to allow on a per site basis? Unfortunately, it isn’t just shifty bloggers that use this feature. A lot of my online banking and credit card sites seem to use it as well. Sometimes clicking “Allow” is good enough, but sometimes it isn’t fast enough and the site times out or boots you back to where you came from. Thanks for the tip. WG Hubris Toad Like rider tiger, I also tried this hoping it would stop Google’s news page from auto refreshing, but it didn’t work – it still refreshes (usually when I’m reading a news blurb, and when page reloads that blurb is gone). I also tried turning off javascript to no avail. How irritating! http://hubpages.com/profile/rider_tiger rider tiger I did that and some web pages will still refresh every few minutes, while I am in the middle of reading something. It is very irritating. Vance Decker Huffington Post is the worst! I won’t even go there anymore. I’m sick of finishing a video and then being pushed rudely into a news segment I’m not interested in watching! http://www.refreshthis.com Dave You can use Auto Refresh from refreshthis.com to automatically refresh a website woo @Dave: are you retarted? can’t you see that people are trying to block a page refresh? 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