I HATE ads in general, particularly overlays & popups that prevent you from seeing a web page until you click on something to get rid of it, and any video/audio that automatically plays. As a former IT professional, forcing users to click on a popup/overlay to get rid of it is a GREAT way to download malware to computers, which is why I continually had to remind the staff in the departments where I tried to keep their computers safe, to NEVER EVER EVER click on any pop-ups, no matter how benign they seemed. I follow my own advice--if I can't "escape" out of a pop-up/overlay, I simply leave that site permanently. It's a horrible web design practice. I have 5 different ad/pop-up/overlay blockers installed as extensions to prevent these issues, and together they tend to work pretty well:
- Adblock Plus
- Ads Blocker for Facebook
SOLUTION: Unfortunately, there were no silver bullet extensions that successfully turned off all autoplay videos, and no "settings" in the most recent version of Chrome that allow you to turn off autoplay. The only way I was able to solve this problem was to uninstall Chrome and find an older version, pre-55. I found Chrome 54 from SlimJet.com. I did the following, all from Settings --> Advanced Settings --> Privacy --> Content Settings:
- Check "Block third-party cookies and site data"
- Handlers: "Do not allow any site to handle protocols"
- Plugins: "Let me choose when to run plugin content"
- Pop-ups: "Do not allow any site to show pop-ups"
- Location: "Do not allow any site to track your physical location"
- Notifications: "Do not allow any site to show notifications"
- Unsandboxed plugin access: "Do not allow any sites to use a plugin to access your computer"
- You get the idea--I basically turned off absolutely everything in the "Privacy" section