I'm very non-tech, and this post may be in the wrong place, but I couldn't find anything about this and the problem seems to be on the increase.
ABP asked to list the following information:
Browser: Chrome 50.0.2661.102 m
OpSys: Windows 8.1
I first discovered this issue on Forbes.com:http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/
They pick up that there's an ad-blocker installed and prevent accessing the site unless and until any ad-blockers are disabled.
In the last week I've run across a couple of other sites that also have this more sophisticated "filter." (The Free Dictionary, for example, has suddenly developed a banner on the top saying something like "Please turn off your ad blocker." It's not as obtrusive as Forbes' is, but nonetheless, it's there, blocking a small portion of the top of the page.)
Has Ad-Blocker Plus developed a way to "mask" the adblocker programming / code (I know very little about IT!) so these sites can't pick up that ABP is in place?
Otherwise, clearly, more and more websites - especially the super-heavily ad-intensive ones - will be installing this same filter. Small, static, unobtrusive ads are one thing, but the horrid cheap'n'nasty ones with gross photos, or that "jitter," or that move around the page are beyond annoying. And what I foresee is that these block-the-blocker website add-ons will open the door to every advertiser out there willing to put up the cash.
Can anyone explain to me how this happens? Is there something I can do to prevent websites from "reading" that I've installed ABP?