Blocking Adblock Blockers

Published on January 9, 2019

One of our local news stations recently deployed an anti-adblock package (Admiral) on their website. It detects the presence of adblock software on the client, and prevents access until you white-list the website. The ads shown by this particular website have previously included malicious ones that attempt to deploy malware. As such, I refuse to white-list their site, having had bad experiences in the past.

While searching for tactics to sidestep this, I stumbled upon two Reddit threads (thread 1 and thread 2), both of which gave me enough information to figure out what was going on. The second thread above points to a repo of domain names used by this third-party solution for serving their adblock detection software. There are enough similarities in the domain names they use that make it pretty easy to pick out patterns. A typical pattern they employ is:

  • <adjective><noun>.com

This is similar to how default Docker containers are named. An example is unequalbrake.com, which also happens to be the domain serving the aforementioned news website instance.

Adding this domain (or list of domains) to your adblock filter list should block the adblock blocker.

One Comment

Slartibartfarst

Thanks for the tip/workaround for this annoyance.
Using the Slimjet (Chrome) browser, I went to the site you linked to, and, sure enough, down comes the blocking overlay, but I found that I could remove it and access the site easily enough by clicking the “Remove the overlay from this page” button, which comes with the BehindTheOverlay chrome extension – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/behindtheoverlay/ljipkdpcjbmhkdjjmbbaggebcednbbme

Hope this helps or is of use.
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