#912 Annoying ads that Privoxy can't block



I'm writing this support request because there are ads that Privoxy seem not to be catching anymore. A bunch of months have passed since the problem appeared; Privoxy was able to catch them before!

Take THIS LINK as an example; it's a song download service from Zippyshare: http://www12.zippyshare.com/v/64444425/file.html

I see ADS under "Advertisements" section! I didn't see them some months ago! What's happened?

(See attachment for details; however, ads may vary)

Please provide SUPPORT. The ad-blocking aggressiveness is set to HIGH, but with no effort. I see them all the same!

The configuration is set to MEDIUM. I don't wanna set it to "Advanced" because the cookie-killing feature would stop most websites from working. However, ad-blocking aggressiveness is HIGH both in "Medium" and in "Advanced" mode.

Mac OS X 10.7.5 "Lion"
Firefox 27.0
Privoxy running on
No system firewall, Little Snitch enabled (outgoing firewall, no issue)
No other proxies

WHAT ACTIONS APPLY TO "http://www12.zippyshare.com/v/64444425/file.html" ? (Why is the problem appearing?)
In match-all.action:
+set-image-blocker{pattern} }

In default.action:
{-handle-as-image }

In user.action:
(no matches in this file)

FINAL RESULTS for "http://www12.zippyshare.com/v/64444425/file.html" :


WITH this configuration, I'm still seeing the ads you can see in the attachment file.

Please help.

MY LOGIN: tyrexionibus

Thanks in advance for your support!


  • Fabian Keil

    Fabian Keil - 2013-12-26
    • assigned_to: nobody --> fabiankeil
    • milestone: 4839712 -->
    • labels: 210415 -->
    • status: open --> pending
  • Fabian Keil

    Fabian Keil - 2013-12-26

    Thanks for the report.

    Try adding:

    {+block{Might be a web-bug.} +handle-as-empty-document -handle-as-image}

    to one of your action files. If it works, we can add the block to the default configuration.

    Looks like the ads should only appear with JavaScript enabled, so you might also want to consider not allowing untrusted sites to execute code on your system.

  • Tyrexionibus

    Tyrexionibus - 2014-01-01
    • status: pending --> open
  • Tyrexionibus

    Tyrexionibus - 2014-01-01

    OK, I'll try adding the lines

    "{+block{Might be a web-bug.} +handle-as-empty-document -handle-as-image}
    .adcash.com/script/" (without "", 1st option)

    to the default action file. How do I do this? AND, should I add the "{Might be a web-bug.}" line too? Or should the line be

    "{+block +handle-as-empty-document -handle-as-image}
    .adcash.com/script/" (2nd option)


    Thanks for your support. I'll feedback this to you if it works.

  • Tyrexionibus

    Tyrexionibus - 2014-01-01

    Sorry for my stupidity, LOL.

    I guess I should add a line like this to the match-all.action file:

    +block +handle-as-empty-document -handle-as-image

    but where do I insert ".adcash.com/script/" ?

  • Tyrexionibus

    Tyrexionibus - 2014-01-01

    Added to user.action as
    +block "Reason: Might be a web bug."

    IT WORKS FLAWLESSLY! No images displayed!

    Thank you for your help, I guess the same method would work for other websites.100% positive feedback for this!

  • Mathew Murphy

    Mathew Murphy - 2014-01-02

    I use the following in my blockweb action file
    {+block{BlockWeb} +handle-as-image}

    Glad to hear it's all good.


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