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Firefox: How to stop annoying websites from automatically refreshing

firefox stop websites from refreshing automatically
May 23, 2018 at 8:26 pm

Surely you’ve been to a website that automatically refreshes their pages in order to inflate traffic statistics. I personally despise this tactic, especially if I am in the middle of reading something and the page refreshes (cough cough Drudge Report cough cough). Save your sanity by following these quick steps to prevent websites from automatically refreshing. You also might want to install the uMatrix and uBlock Origin browser add-ons to better help block advertisements and unwanted tracking JavaScripts while browsing websites!

  1. Type “about:config” into your address bar and hit enter.

  2. Confirm any dialogs that pop up, if you haven’t already been to this “secret” page before.

  3. Search for “refresh” in the search bar at the top.

  4. Double click “accessibility.blockautorefresh” and the value should turn to “True.”

  5. Close the about:config tab and browse websites with one less annoyance.

That’s it. I hope this helps.

2 Comments

  • Arlis R Tyner says:

    I have tried this half a dozen times just to make sure I’m not screwing it up. It does not work for Drucge. I don’t know how they prevent it form affecting their site. but it simply does not work there. Chrome has an add-on that stops autorefresh, but it doesn’t work on Drudge either. I hope someone comes up with a way to thwart whatever they have done to thwart any effort to thwart their autorefresh. Stupid. They have basically rendered their site useless as far as I’m concerned.

    • Sorry to hear about your troubles. I know it is frustrating. The method described in this post is currently working for me in the latest version of Firefox on Mac OS. I’ve been on DrudgeReport.com for well over 10 minutes and it hasn’t refreshed at all. Is your Firefox browser up to date to version 62? I’ve also modified another value in my “about:config” tab. Try adjusting the following configuration in your “about:config” tab to “true” and see if it makes a difference. You can find it by searching for “refresh” in the search box.

      “browser.meta_refresh_when_inactive.disabled;true”

      On another note, I am also running the uMatrix and uBlock origin add-ons in Firefox to block ads and unnecessary external scripts. I definitely recommend these plugins if you don’t have them already.

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