I’m browsing away, minding my own business. Suddenly, my MacBook Pro greets me with a polite (yet unwelcome) invitation to try Musselman’s Applesauce!
As much as I enjoy Applesauce, I am certainly not interested in audio ads playing on my machine. I certainly understand the need for advertising – these products pay for the free software I get to take advantage of day after day. However incorporating the software into my browser in such a way that it plays automatically is not my cup of tea (or applesauce).
So – what is it, and how do I make it stop?
The first step I took was to disable video playback in Chrome. This is actually a great thing to do because it may help to speed browser load times. Just visit settings >> advanced settings >> privacy content settings >> Plug-Ins >> “Click to Play”
Unfortunately, this did not fix the problem. However it is allowing media-heavy pages to load faster. Bonus!
In a way I am glad this did not “fix” the issue – because it would not have addressed the root cause. Rather, it would have just covered up the source of the problem, leaving the culprit on my machine.
Next I took to the web to try and see if others were having the problem. Seems like I am not alone! This was reported on the Google Chrome product forum – and other users who had experienced the problem did not find the culprit through virus/malware searches on their machine. Rather, they pinpointed the issue to certain Chrome Plugins: