Surely you’ve been to a website that automatically refreshes its 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!
Block advertisements and page refresh on Drudge Report with uMatrix
If the following browser configuration steps do not work for you, I recommend installing a couple browser add-ons to block scripts from loading on Drudge Report. You can see in my screenshot how I have Drudge Report blocked with uMatrix. I’m using the Waterfox web browser which is a great Firefox alternative that is a bit more privacy friendly. In the screenshot, you can observe the plethora of tracking scripts utilized by Drudge Report. You might think this is absurd, and you’d be correct, but most big time websites out there are even worse when it comes to loading external scripts.
In uMatrix, green means allowed and red means blocked. You simply need to left click your mouse on certain domains to allow or block them. Try to mimic the same settings that I am using in my screenshot. You need to block all scripts, media, XHR, frames, other, and you might as well block cookies while you’re at it, because why give Drudge Report tracking cookies? With these settings, I’ve been on the Drudge Report website for about 30 minutes with no refreshing whatsoever.
Stop websites from automatically refreshing
Type “about:config” into your address bar and hit enter.
Confirm any dialogs that pop up, if you haven’t already been to this “secret” page before.
Search for “refresh” in the search bar at the top.
Double click “accessibility.blockautorefresh” and the value should turn to “True.”
Close the about:config tab and browse websites with one less annoyance.
If nothing above works for you, perhaps you should try out the new and improved Brave web browser. I’ve been using it a lot lately and it is fantastic in many ways, but I still use Firefox as well.