How to block annoying EU cookie alerts in 3 simple steps

by Klaus on April 22, 2013

in Articles, Guest Posts, Guides/How-To, Tech News

cookie_law_crumblesAs the topic of the online tracking and privacy becomes increasingly sensitive, some national governments try to regulate this. However, as it often happens, the implementation of new laws leaves much to be desired.

EU Cookie Law

An EU cookie law is a good example of a poor implementation of a great idea. Since the summer of 2012, this law forces EU-based website owners to show an annoying pop-up on their pages, asking visitors whether they want to accept cookies or not. If you are an EU resident, it is very likely that you have seen a few notifications, and in that case you know the negative impact on your browsing experience.

How to remove cookie notifications

Fortunately, these notifications can be quickly removed. The easiest and fastest way of doing this can be achieved by using the famous multi-browser extension Adblock Plus. The extension’s main purpose is to block all the annoying ads on the Web, however, it can be also easily configured to block cookie notifications. The entire process takes less than one minute, and it can be done in 3 simple steps:

1. To install Adblock Plus, simply go to the website and click the green “Install” button. After the extension has been downloaded, all the ads on the web will be gone, however, some small configuration is still required in order to get rid of cookie notifications.

2. When the extension is installed, please open this link to get an overview of all existing filter lists. Simply look for the “Prebake” filter and click on the link under “subscribe”. This link will open Adblock Plus settings menu.

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3. In this menu, click on “+Add” on Google Chrome, and ”Add subscription” on Mozilla Firefox to remove cookie notifications from all the websites that you visit.

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Google Chrome

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Mozilla Firefox

The installed Prebake filter is being maintained by the Adblock Plus community, ensuring it is always up-to-date. Besides blocking the cookie notifications, Adblock Plus also removes all the annoying online advertising from your browsing experience and offers the option to disable your tracking. If you do not want to block ads by only want to block the cookie notifications, you can simply disable Adblock Plus for particular websites, or even completely remove the adblocking filter.

Guest article written by: Rutger van Dijk – bio: Open-source enthusiast. Loves to write about Google Chrome, Chrome Webstore, Chromium and Adblock Plus. Owns and writes for [tp lang=”en” only=”y”]http://chromeadblock.org.[/tp][tp not_in=”en”]http://chromeadblock.org.[/tp] 

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Anshdeep Verma April 23, 2013 at 09:58

Hi Rutger van Dijk, Thanks for sharing the three very essential steps for blocking annoying EU cookie alerts. This post is very helpful…….

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Evan April 23, 2013 at 10:43

Thanks for the tuts, it can be very helpful in Wordpress themes. Such things are always for good.
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Patrick April 28, 2013 at 15:00

Rutger, this is an excellent tip. Those Cookie pop ups sure are irritating – you’re 100% right about it being a good idea badly implemented!
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Piyush May 2, 2013 at 15:06

thanx for this information.
such a cookies is a big problem and it might be erase thanx a great tips for me

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Ala May 6, 2013 at 15:12

A big THANK YOU!!!!! I was getting mad with those alerts and almost uninstalled chrome alltogether for I was sure it was the browser that messed up soemthing with the cookie settings, and only now I found it was due to the EU law! I tried making Adblock to block this but only here I found I had to subscribe a new filter for it to work 🙂 Thanks again, this was a godsend!

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Chiranjit September 15, 2016 at 14:48

Thanks for sharing this post about How to block annoying EU cookie alerts in 3 simple steps. This awesome post inspired me a lot in my work and also I got some useful idea about cookie from this post.
Thanks a lot.

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Kunal Chauhan July 24, 2017 at 13:35

Thanks bro for sharing this awesome trick these cookie pop up such a big problem for me and very irritating.Thx for this great tip and keep up this good work.
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Tecno phones September 7, 2017 at 21:58

EU cookies can be very annoying, thanks for sharing this tip.

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stan November 5, 2017 at 01:30

Thanks bro for sharing this, cookies issue is a big problem and can annoying

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Betternet November 7, 2017 at 00:02

Thanks for sharing bro, i dont experience this cookies issue currently since i use mozila firefox browser

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