On the 19th of December was the day I tipped two 4BAT each. Around that time is also when I updated to the latest version [v1.18.75]. It’s also around then I added the Disable Download Bar extension, which I read it’s source and unless the ad popups use chrome.downloads.setShelfEnabled, I don’t see how it could interfere.
I use a VPN nonstop. It is essential on a cable modem where anyone on the same node can snoop on other’s non-encrypted packets. I always check that the VPN connection I have resolves to my state on the majority of lookups.
What’s going on? The only thing Brave has going for it is the the sharing of the ads revenue. With Apple crippling the iOS version, and now this. There’s less reason to use Brave at all.