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Posted on 03/07/2013 7:21:03 AM PST by Red Badger
Does anybody know of a way to stop The Drudge Report website from automatically reloading every few minutes? It's annoying and slows down the computer for other tasks.
Usually I just close that Tab and reload when I want to, but that is annoying as well.........
Close the window
If you use IE, go to Tools > Internet Options > Security tab > Custom Level button, then disable “Allow Meta Refresh”.
I use NoScript. I usually disables server-side scripts and that should stop the reloading.
I suspect you will find the solution to be all or nothing which means that you would lose updates on weather pages.
That might or might not be a consideration, depending on how interested you are in weather updates.
Once the page loads the first time, hit esc. If you go to a link, do this again when you return to Drudge, after it loads again.
This works w/cbslocal, as well.
How do you think Deudge gets a gazillion ‘hits’ on his website? Every time the page refreshes, it’s a new hit...and every time you click a link and click back it’s a new ‘hit’. It’s what keeps Drudge’s numbers up.
Tricky. I did not know that.
It’s 44 degrees outside! The widow ain’t open!.........
But that’s how Drudge gets a billion page loads a year.
BTW, I’ve tried the recommended “solutions” in firefox for blocking auto-refresh and they broke a very large percentage of the other web pages I used because many of those pages need to refresh very occasionally, say in response to an input, and they were unable to refresh at all.
It’s too bad we couldn’t get Drudge to quit doing that and get Free Republic to automatically refresh.
Thanks man, That (sort of) helps. But now Drudge refreshes whenever I click on the Drudge tab (I presume only if it has had a meta refresh request while I was away.) Any idea of how to stop that? Thanks, NPS
Was thinking the same thing.........the fixes that the FReepers list work!.....Thanks again to everybody!!!!.........
I had to close FF then restart for the new settings to take effect..........
The refresh command is built into the webpage html. It could have been set for any number from every 30 seconds to every 5 minutes... the problem with turning off the feature in a web browser is that your telling the browser to turn that feature off for all web sites you visit. This then requires you to “refresh” pages manually. Its conceivable that the websites you revisit will show you the last cache version of the page and not the updated page the website wants you to see.
So, you’ve got Drudge open in a separate tab, and when you switch to that tab, it refreshes the page? I’ve never seen that, sorry. If I had to guess, I would say that it is a script-related behavior, so you might want to play with the security settings for java, java applets, and active scripting, to see if that resolves it. However, those settings usually need to be enabled for a lot of modern webpages to work right.
“the problem with turning off the feature in a web browser is that your telling the browser to turn that feature off for all web sites you visit.”
Easy fix for that. Instead of going and turning off META refresh for all sites in the internet zone, go to Drudge, and in the security tab, click “Restricted Sites”, then click the Sites button and add Drudge to the list. You can set the security level back down to medium, if that is the only site in the list, and then click the Custom Level button to disable META refresh just for sites on the Restricted Sites list.
That way, META refresh doesn’t work for Drudge (or any other annoying sites you put in the Restricted list), but it still works on non-annoying sites that need it.
I followed your instructions but the dang site refreshed anyway darn it.
It did exactly that twice, the first two times after I disabled Allow Meta Refresh. However, it has not repeated this for a number of times since those first two. I'll just ignore it, at least for now.
Thanks for the good advice.
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