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Mozilla so sorry about that intrusive Firefox VPN ad popup


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Mozilla managed to annoy many Firefox users this week by presenting an unwanted ad for its VPN service, and has since suspended the promotional initiative.

This is the same Mozilla that markets Firefox specifically for the availability of ad blocking extensions, or add-ons. "The average person sees an average of 4,000 ads a day," the org crows on its website. "If you think that’s too many, an ad blocker is your new best friend."

Yet the Mozilla VPN ad presented to Firefox users was immune to ad blocking extensions because it was not part of any web page. Rather it was served through Firefox's user interface, via the browser Messaging System. The ad can be disabled, however, by entering about:config in the Firefox input bar and setting browser.vpn_promo.enabled to false.

Microsoft Edge has tried this tactic as well. It presented what looks like ...


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