Video advertising are among the internet’s most vexing. This is one of the numerous reasons to use an ad-blocker, but what happens when one of those add-ons goes rogue? Sadly, the Video Ad-Block for Twitch plugin has vanished.
The Chrome and Firefox add-on had over 600,000 users. The Video Ad-Block for Twitch extension’s GitHub website has gone. The original repo’s web archive page.
Worse, the add-on had been changed, requiring additional permissions. “Read and update your data on all Amazon sites,” the plugin stated. Some users noticed that the browser plugin began inserting a referral tag “aradb-21” into Amazon.UK product listings. The extension’s creator may get paid if someone buys a product after clicking the affiliate links.
Not only that, but the add-on actually redirects queries to Amazon.UK without the user’s knowledge. Both of these things are considered malware. The extension was removed from Google and Mozilla’s extensions repository. Uninstall the Video Ad-Block for Twitch extension immediately. For the technically inclined, this is the code used to reroute people.
Raymond Gorhill, the founder of uBlock Origin, welcomed such add-ons since they are updated faster and have greater support than ordinary ad blocks. His post was on a debate about an unblocked add-on. Who could have foretold its demise? But, don’t panic, there are other more options accessible.
Another developer has cloned the add-on and named it Twitch Adblock. It’s free, open source, and mocks the original extension’s mistakes. The extension is for Chrome and Firefox. A uBlock Origin staff member recommended it as a suitable replacement for the Video Ad-Block for Twitch plugin.
Because Amazon is constantly upgrading its algorithms to prevent ad blocks, uBlock Origin problems with adverts on Twitch. Why? Because Twitch’s $8.99/month Twitch Turbo package removes ads, it’s easy money for the corporation. However, by modifying the filters and adjusting specific parameters, the add-on may disable adverts on Twitch.
If the video freezes, you may use the notify-swap version from the link below.
Why did the Video Ad-Block for Twitch extension fail? Rumors say the developer sold it to a third party, turning it from an open source project to a closed one. This is not the first time an addon has sold out its users.