Youtube ads sweeps inside brave

Hi, brave team,
I see youtube ads, creeping up when logging in/not logged in on youtube.

Youtube autoplay video ads creep up while launching

Did the issue present with default Shields settings? Yes

Brave version (check About Brave):
Version 1.56.11 Chromium: 115.0.5790.102 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Troubleshooting steps I had taken:

  1. refresh the page (Didn’t work)
  2. clear cache (didn’t work)
  3. aggressive ad block (worked for a while then the site crashed)
  4. tried on Waterfox + adblocker Ultimate (working as expected)
  5. logged out/in a private brave window (Didn’t work)

PS: the ads aren’t clickable but play anyways

Thanks for the heads up. I’ll have @fanboynz take a look at this — it’s a constant battle with YT ads.

In the meantime, I am curious if changing the Block Ads & Trackers setting in Shields to Aggressive always results in the browser crashing or if it just happened the one time? If it does not crash, can you please test again and ensure you’re not using any other ad-blocking extensions in Brave when testing?

Thank you

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Hi @Mattches, it seems that Google really is desparate for making youtube in a profitable business now.

To answer your question I will say that the site/tab is crashing not the whole browser, the other tabs are working fine and is responsive. Secondly for all the three time I tried with aggressive blocking enabled 1 worked for a while then crashed, the other two crashed immediately.

To add more context that was my work PC where I usually don’t use brave instead use Waterfox. I tried the same on my personal PC where I saw similar behaivior but the ads went away after a refresh.

Addtionally, I have a PiHole Server running, blocking Google Ads API network-wide, but I dont think its related to this issue cause it cannot block youtube ads anyways.

Try in private window mode, also using Pihole software may interferre with YT (see detection and baits)

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