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Question about Opera's builtin ad blocker

  • Hi! The other day, I noticed Opera was updated to the latest version on my mom's Ubuntu 14.04 system. I took it for a spin and was checking out the builtin ad blocker. neat. 🙂

    I went to some sites I maintain and Opera reported blocking some ads, even though there were no ads on the sites. So, I did some reasearch, opened up the Developer console and saw the Google Analytics script was being blocked as an "ad". I looked in the default ad blocker settings and "*.google.com" (I believe) was listed a domain to not block.

    Any ideas on why the Google Analytics script would be blocked as an ad?

    Thanks!

  • They block a lot of trackers and not just ads per se.

  • Trackers track you browsing and report to google so they can tailer ads for you based on your browsing habits.