Random Audio Ads Playing On Chrome?

By PickalineDesigns on January 15th In Software

quietI’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:


Much like these folks, I too had the Awesome Screenshot Plugin installed.  Not so awesome, if you ask me.

After removing the Plugin from my system, Chrome has been silent.  Problem solved!  I’ll keep you posted on this if the issue crops up again.

2 thoughts on “Random Audio Ads Playing On Chrome?

  • Kevin on February 5th, 2014

    I have noticed that the Awesome Screenshots Extension for Chrome will randomly play ads in the background with no user interaction. The solution is to just remove the extension from Chrome along with any other extensions that you are not using.
    To remove the Awesome Screenshot Extension from Chrome:

    1. Click the Chrome menu on the top right of the Chrome browser toolbar. It looks like 3 horizontal lines.
    2. Click Tools.
    3. Select Extensions.
    4. Click the trash can icon to the right of the extension you’d like to completely remove.
    5. A confirmation dialog appears, click Remove.
    6. Restart Chrome and the extensions will be removed.

    • PickalineDesigns on February 5th, 2014

      I also have been “ad-free” since removing “Awesome Screenshot” – Thanks for the great instructions, Kevin!

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