Youtube Videos: Playback Problems And Fixes

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 18, 2009
Updated • Mar 23, 2017
Music and Video, Youtube

YouTube users experience a wide variety of problems and issues on the popular video hosting portal.

Probably the most common issues for most users are playback problems while playing YouTube videos. This can be that a YouTube video is not loading at all or - and this seems to be more common - that it stops the playback every few seconds which can really destroy the experience.

While it is sometimes just a matter of hitting pause to wait until the video has buffered enough content, it sometimes is more complicated than that.

If you search for problems related to YouTube videos you find a lot of solutions. These solutions seem to help some users but there is not a general solution available as of now that would fix the video playback issues for all.

YouTube Videos: playback troubleshooting

There are however a few important things that all users need to consider:

Web browser and Flash

The web browser and the flash plugin should be up to date. YouTube uses Adobe's Flash technology to stream the videos. There is unfortunately no official option to switch to a different technology like Apple's Quicktime or Microsoft's Windows Media Player. (Websites like offer this for example, read on to find out how to do this).

Update: HTML5 Video is being used as well on YouTube. You can find out which is used on your system by visiting the HTML page:

YouTube uses HTML5 by default now when you are connecting to the site with modern browsers that support the technology.

For HTML5 to be up to date, you need to make sure that the browser that you are using supports it. This is the case for all modern web browsers released in the past two or so years.

The device

The computer itself needs to be capable of playing the YouTube videos. Nothing can be done if the cpu or Internet connection is not fast enough to play 1080p videos for instance.

YouTube requires Internet connections with at least 500 Kbps/s, but preferably more than that. You do need a faster line if you increase the resolution of videos.

While it may still be possible to use the site, you may experience issues because of an underpowered cpu or low-speed Internet connection.

Solution in this case would be to reduce the resolution of the video.

Reducing the resolution

youtube quality

A switch to a lower resolution may result in the video playing fine. You do that by clicking on the cogwheel icon after moving the mouse into the YouTube player area. There you find listed quality, and a click on the option displays all available resolutions the video is offered in.

Simply reduce the video quality by picking a lower number than the one that is used to play the video (this lowers the resolution of the video which impacts the video quality as well).

It may also be a good idea to open a performance monitor (or a task manager) to see if the cpu, memory or hard disk activity rises to critical levels during YouTube video playback.

You can also check if it is related to your computer's performance by downloading the video and playing it locally.

Other YouTube playback tips

But lets say the computer and the Internet connection are fast enough,  and that the web browser, the Flash plugin (if used) and audio and video drivers are also up to date.

What if YouTube videos still stutter during playback? The best option here is to find out if it is web browser related.

This can be done easily by downloading and testing YouTube video playback with other web browsers. Suggested browsers are Google's Chrome browser, Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.

The test can either lead to the conclusion that YouTube video playback is broken in all web browsers, in some or just in the one web browser that happens to be the default web browser that the user likes to use.

The first conclusion seems to suggest either a hardware problem (processor issues, driver issues, Internet routing issues to YouTube servers..) or Flash plugin problem, while the last suggests a problem with that web browser.

Here are a few solutions that have been posted by users around the web (remember to restart Firefox after making those changes).

Firefox Session Restore: The Firefox web browser will save sessions every ten seconds. This is a great way to save data automatically in case the web browser crashes. If Firefox does not crash regularly then there is not a need to save sessions every ten seconds as this can also be one of the reasons why YouTube videos stutter in Firefox. The fix is simple: Enter about:config in the Firefox address bar, filter for the term browser.sessionstore.interval, double-click that term and enter a new time for the session restore interval. The time has to be entered in milliseconds and a session store interval of 120000 or higher is recommended

Moving the disk cache to another hard drive or location: This can usually be done in any web browser. The idea is to move the disk cache, that is a temporary storage of data on the hard drive, to another faster drive. The disk cache is usually on the same drive as the operating system. If the computer has more than one drive it might be a good idea to move the cache to the second drive. Firefox users need to add the parameter in about:config by right-clicking, selecting Add, pasting the value browser.cache.disk.parent_directory and entering a location on the local computer system, e.g. d:\cache\ in the second form.

Disable hardware accelerator for Flash videos. This can be done by right-clicking a YouTube video, selecting Settings, switching to the Display tab (leftmost icon) and unchecking Enable Hardware Acceleration in the menu.

Try playing YouTube videos in their own web browser window without additional tabs open.

Increase the memory cache of the web browser. Open about:config, enter browser.cache.memory.capacity in the filter and change the default value to a higher memory cache capacity, e.g. 96000 (which would be 96 Megabytes).

Open the global Flash settings here and set "always deny" in global security settings, and set unlimited in both ’storage’ tabs. A restart is required. (Thanks Charlie M)

Replace the YouTube Flash player with the default video processor of the computer system. This can be done using the Greasemonkey script No Flash Player. This can be the perfect solution for many users who only have problems with Adobe Flash and YouTube videos. This does however remove some of the controls like showing the code to embed YouTube videos in other websites.

Switch to the HTML5 player if Flash is being used, or to Flash if HMTL5 is being used. This only works if Google is not enforcing HTML5 usage.

Even more troubleshooting

Workarounds if the above solutions to play YouTube videos without pauses did not help:

The Play and Pause trick: Hit the pause button once the YouTube video starts playing. The web browser will continue caching the video. Start playback again once the video caching has reached a comfortable lead.

Switch to another web browser for YouTube. If you discovered that another web browser does not have the playback problems when playing videos on YouTube you might want to consider switching to that web browser for playing YouTube videos.

You could also try the Firefox add-on Media Player Connectivity which makes it possible to play Youtube videos in a separate media player that is installed on the computer system.

Try a different web browser. If you use Chrome, try Firefox for example and vice verse.

Some media players, SMPlayer, ship with options to play YouTube videos right away.

One of these suggestions and fixes hopefully helped fix YouTube video playback problems. If you know of another fix for this problem let us know in the comments. We would like to add it then to the article to make it a comprehensive resource for fixing YouTube playback problems. We would also like to hear from you if one of the fixes did solve your video playback problems.

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  1. Michael Fisher said on November 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Martin

    The YouTubeCenter userscript/addon for Chrome,Opera, Firefox, Opera, Maxthon & Safari has an option called “Guide Mode” under the “UI” section. The guide mode feature gives you the option to have the guide to be opened or closed every time you go to a video [or any other page where the guide is available].

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      That’s great to know, thanks!

      1. nonqu said on November 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        If it chooses to work. I’m using YTC addon for Firefox and although player features work great (volume and res control, annotations, etc.) the ones that are supposed to affect the site (minitures, guide, etc.) often don’t work at all since Fx 25.

      2. Michael Fisher said on November 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        to nonqu

        Your problem may not be to do with Firefox version. For example if you disable Bash Playback in YTC you can’t get 1080p resolution, but that’s Youtube & not the script/addon nor version of Firefox. Some features of YTC don’t work on Youtube channels that have chosen to accept Google+ & the new comment system. I’ve found that YTC features work on channels that have retained the old style [for example country flags works on old style channels]

      3. Jet Black said on August 17, 2023 at 6:58 pm

        The assumption is we want recommendations? Got it, thanks.

  2. nonqu said on November 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    The best way is to use element hiding helper to remove the guide.

    If you don’t want to use EHH just add

    as custom filters to get rid of “new youtube” annoyances.

    1. Keith said on November 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      +1 for Element Hiding Helper! Best add-on for eliminating Google/YouTube annoyances.

    2. TelV said on September 4, 2023 at 4:43 pm

      @ nonqu,

      I think EHH is part of the Video Download Helper addon if my memory serves me correctly. EHH on it’s own doesn’t appear to be present on the moz addons site in any event.

      But I’ve added your suggested filters to UBO and will see how that goes.

  3. insanelyapple said on November 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Are you logged in? Because I’m not and I never had such problem with that menu. It’s always collapsed for me.

  4. imu said on November 26, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Hi Martin, apropos Youtube…I have this shortcut in my panel (Linux) pointing to script like this:
    clip=$(xclip -o)
    vlc `echo $clip`
    How can I achieve the same in Windows? I was ixquicking for it for few hours and found nothing but clip.exe which works exactly in opposite to what I need so I thought you might be the guy who knows :)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 26, 2013 at 8:40 am

      I’m a bit rusty when it comes to Linux. It is used to send the YouTube url to VLC?

      1. imu said on November 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

        yes it is,have a look how it’s done :

        I was trying to get the same with nircmd like this :
        nircmd regedit “~$clipboard$” replacing regedit with vlc of course but I couldn’t get this to work :(

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on November 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

        Have you considered using a browser add-on like Browser View Plus?

      3. Paul(us) said on September 3, 2023 at 11:06 pm

        Martin the Browser View Plus, extension does not exist anymore.

      4. Some Dude said on September 27, 2023 at 5:28 am

        Martin’s comment is from 2013. The extension was probably available then.

  5. imu said on November 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Wow thanks,I knew it you can do it :)

    1. imu said on November 26, 2013 at 11:50 am

      The downside is though it can’t handle playlists.

  6. imu said on November 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I just figured it can but the link to playlist has to be taken from here :

  7. Dan Brown said on August 16, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    Remember when Youtube was the peoples site and content was generated by users which grew the platform and generated massive profits for Google?
    Seems all these social media sites claiming to be for the people are really just virtual corporate social internment camps where you must submit to every tyranny and invasion of your privacy, which will be used against you to control your thoughts including being shadow-banned and censored in comment sections without breaking any T&C’s, just to access basic features.

    Given this has been applied to my account my leaving Youtube for platforms that still allow free speech and expression and don’t want to indoctrinate you such as Rumble.

    1. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 8:26 am

      Could not have said it better Dan!


    2. Anonymous said on September 3, 2023 at 9:56 am

      “Given this has been applied to my account my leaving Youtube for platforms that still allow free speech and expression and don’t want to indoctrinate you such as Rumble.”

      Seems you are just replacing center right corporate indoctrination with far right corporate indoctrination.

    3. Anonymous said on September 3, 2023 at 12:29 pm

      “right of free speech” is a privilege that only applies to public spaces (and can solely be restricted by the government via a law).
      YouTube (and all other media organizations, including TV, newspapers and magazines) are all PRIVATE, which means there never has been a right for free speech on them, nor is there. So talking about supposed “loss of free speech” is complete factual nonsense.

      To properly protect free speech, people should learn what free speech actually is, and what it is NOT. Whining about the loss of free speech where there is or never was one (and even couldn’t be) is the first step into the direction of loosing the right to truly free speech.

      1. Tom Hawack said on September 3, 2023 at 2:28 pm

        @Anonymous (September 3, 2023 at 12:29 pm) : everything is relative, i.e. I won’t get arrested in most countries for handling a blank paper sheet as a vector of protest as I would in Russia at this time.

        There is freedom of speech, of expressing ourselves, even if censorship does appear occasionally
        I’d rather emphasize on the reasons of censorship in free worlds;
        Freedom of expression, freedom of thoughts, rights and duties

        In our free worlds censorship may appear when ourselves bypass what is considered as a civilized way of saying our truth, basically when lack of respect is obvious. Censorship may nevertheless appear even when things are said and shown in a totally respectful way, i.e. nudity in art (Anglo-Saxon puritanism) and surprisingly far less with hate speech (Anglo-Saxon paradox when freedom is victorious everywhere except in the face of puritanism).

        Freedom of thoughts : dictatorship imposes, democracy suggests and happens to suggest so extensively, in such a perfidious way that weak minds may base their reasoning on the fact that because something is said without being imposed makes this thing valuable. Others will deny as systematically. Few will think to themselves “I don’t know, I need more information, I need fact checking to start having an opinion”.

        Rights and duties. perhaps I should have started by that because it includes all of the above. We emphasize on our rights and forget our duties, we emphasize on our right to express ourselves and forget to do it respectfully. In fact the we tend to consider ourselves as thee center of the world : we think and behave accordingly : me, me and me.

        Again, everything is relative, isn’t it. My belief is that many clashes start with misunderstandings and that misunderstandings rise from a lack of consideration for others, and that includes reading them, listening to them carefully rather than with one ear while we consider what fist we’ll use to fight back their arguments. Life is NOT a battle, natively if I dare say so. I don’t believe in obligations, but i do believe in our consciousness and should we let it prevail then all the coding tied to morality and legislation would become obsolete : it is humanity which dresses its enforcement when individuals are unable to behave in terms of peace, respect, brotherhood. That starts with myself and bypassing myself to consider humanity as all except me is political, not spiritualistic : I believe we change the world by changing ourselves.

  8. Anonymous said on August 17, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you for the information!

  9. Anonymous said on August 21, 2023 at 12:10 am

    Interesting article Martin, although the Maths for the number comments mysteriously seems a little out. This should be comment 37 according to the speech bubble at the top, although there appears to be only 18 comments visible – what happened to the rest? Are you censoring comments? Do you get paid for this? Yes, I have emptied the cache etc. Could you explain why this is please?

  10. Last Man Ranting said on August 24, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    76 comments but yet I only see 19 (mine included). Hmm… strange. Anyways, I can’t STAND YouTube ads anymore or liberal communist DailyMail with all the ads plastered on their home page.

    It should be a federal crime to force more than 1 five second ad in a video.

    1. Anonymous said on September 3, 2023 at 7:26 pm

      “I can’t STAND YouTube ads anymore or liberal communist DailyMail with all the ads plastered on their home page.”

      Not sure if you are being sarcastic.

      “Daily Mail is seen as Britain’s most right-wing newspaper. Britain’s most read newspaper is described by 44% of Brits as “very right-wing”, far ahead of any other paper. In total, 81% considered the paper to be right-wing to one degree or another.”

  11. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 10:08 am

    it doesn’t work

    1. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 6:27 pm

      Works for me… After the three strike warning, disable ublock, add the filter. reload the page, an ad might be played. Enable ublock again

  12. Big Jimmy said on August 26, 2023 at 6:09 am

    This is fantastic! I don’t want your recommendations Google and this warning message (?) is confirmation I’ve done the right thing. Sling your ads and nonsense to someone else. I choose what I want to watch, not you!

  13. James R Reese said on August 30, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Your instructions were as clear as mud.

    1. Anonymous said on September 3, 2023 at 8:01 am

      Your comment can be read two ways.

      1. henry said on September 3, 2023 at 9:51 pm

        2 ways how? I’m quite certain he’s being sarcastic since mud is not clear.

  14. Nero Di Nero said on August 30, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    Seems like Google is pushing their limits once again, they want people as brain dead as possible by shoving their ads down our throats.

    Oh, and your ad filter code isn’t working at all.

  15. Mystique said on September 3, 2023 at 9:15 am

    People should also keep in mind that some extension such as youtube enhancer which may have their own basic adblocking methods may be the cause if not one of the causes of the problems also so keep that in mind and disable that portion of the extension and then see what happens if that doesn’t help then leave that option disabled and purge the uBo cache as the article states and then update the filter lists and apply. Open up or refresh your youtube page to see if it happens again.

  16. Tom Hawack said on September 3, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    I don’t call upon YouTube to watch its videos but rather rely on two front-ends :

    Piped []
    Piped-Material []

    I’ve been using the former ever since YouTube and its fantasies nearly drove me mad; I’ve discovered the latter a few days ago.

    Piped-Material is IMO superior to Piped, but it doesn’t handle IFramed videos (in fact it won’t handle videos embedded even in its own pages). On the other hand Piped instances since recently seem to have problems with live streaming.

    From there on, I call upon Piped-Material for all non-IFramed and live streaming videos.

    For IFramed live streaming I use Piped-Material together with a dedicated UBO filter:
    localhost because I have a personal local html which provides iframed embedded videos (for news sites), because its live news page links to embedded YouTube (live streaming).

    Basically simple with adequate redirecting filters.
    I just couldn’t stand all the fuss elaborated by YouTube, its anti-antiad hysterical policy, its amazing and tremendous volume of code dedicated to tracking and advertisement : too much.

    1. VioletMoon said on September 3, 2023 at 9:33 pm

      @Tom Hawack–In your previous post, seemingly moments ago, you ramble on about rights, duties, obligations, etc. Essentially, we are discussing the Dharma, which is a Universal Principle handed down from time immemorial. It doesn’t belong to any particular religion, especially not Abrahamic religions, so . . . I am baffled.

      Yet, you fully participate in two methods of bypassing Google and YouTube Terms of Service which is an agreement made between viewers, content providers, and Google. If you follow the Dharma, which is impartial to any religious creed/affiliation, the Dharma you adamantly support in all respects, why are you violating one of the basic principles? Right action.

      I should think instead you would simply abandon YouTube and try Vimeo or some other media outlet–nude if you prefer.

      Is this you: One who has “a lack of consideration for others”–regardless of company size, monopolistic policies or whatever else one wants to throw on the heap.

      It’s you who claims to desire global change in attitude and action, but you exempt yourself from being the one to make the change.

      1. Tom Hawack said on September 4, 2023 at 12:12 am

        àVioletMoon, your question relies on the hypothesis that I’d be following the “Dharma”, which is your assumption only. Aiming the same stars is not corollary of being acquainted to. Life is a haven of nuances, I say this because you may have forgotten it given your questionable link.

        Anyway, to carry on with a possible contradiction between words and actions, I do not clearly understand in what bypassing a company’s Terms of Service with which we have no contract (I am not registered, be it free or paid) would be morally or legally a violation. Lastly I sincerely encounter no consciousness issue when the only side-step is to avoid a company”s flagrant incursion in one’s privacy. The benefit is not to gain but only to avoid being harmed. There is no profit.

        The “methods” as you qualify them are initiated by legal code issued by legal entities : uBlock Origin, Piped, Piped-Material, all in the hall of fame of defending one’s rights to visit the Web peacefully.

        > ” I should think instead you would simply abandon YouTube and try Vimeo or some other media outlet–nude if you prefer”. I’ll manage my thoughts by myself and would hope you as well. I do visit Vimeo (great videos by the way) as well as DailyMotion once in a while. Vimeo is fine cuisine and YouTube a planetary video supermarket where you’ll find the best and the worst but where you’ll find almost everything.

        Globally I understand your comment as one’s aim to disguise a moral judgement with the means of a rationally exposed contradiction. Who are we to judge? I’ll deny both if you don’t mind and concerning the latter I”m afraid your demonstration is invalid fotr the above mentioned reasons.

        I feel sorry whenever a comment replies not to a content but to its author. You could have brought your contribution to thoughts. That’s the major difference between critics and creators, teachers and authors, when the former strive to analyze what others achieve, with more or less talent, but achieve throughout quests, quests of the world, not quests of their neighbor’s psyche.

        This said, Iwas replying to the article’s question as well as to a comment regarding freedom of speech. Finding a link between those two comments is not meaningful as i see it.

  17. John G. said on September 3, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    YouTube is becoming a dunghill, every day tons of garbage and manure are deposited with no control. Some years ago everything had a criteria to be ordered and classfied, now everything is mixed all around, like crap, and new recommendations are the most annoying pile of crap ever. I have downloaded all the songs and videos that I liked the most, and sincerely I am getting off from Youtube as faster as I barely can. Five years ago I spent four hours in Youtube as daily basis, however now I only spent half an hour each three or four days. I prefer Netflix instead. Please fix the comments.

  18. StalinHat said on September 3, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    Most of the “Youtube problems” are people who want to use adblockers, while having an account and watching videos like if they couldn’t do it in a Private window or something like that…

    When you use an account, it is easier for Youtube to give you ads, block your adblocker and force you to watch ads and all that.

    Seems like uBlock has been having to keep fixing this ads issue in Youtube anyway, getting new ways of trying to work around it, but a lot of the work goes into being able to watch videos while logged in without getting your account ‘blocked’.

    I have never seen a youtube ad, but I don’t have a Google account and wouldn’t be logging myself to Youtube even if I had one.

    At least it is better to deal with this than Twitch ads which are embedded, and impossible to block, unless you use proxies you have to trust or you use the Scriptlets/Userscripts that lower resolution to 360p when ads happen, but sometimes break and sometimes give black screens when loading channels, and using it when logged in (again) may case more issues as well… even if you log in and then log out, some issues keep happening unless you clear some data.

    Well, that’s what these powerful big corporations will do, even if adblockers are not used by many people, maybe the rise of Brave, the only one with a decent adblocker to block all these crap and avoid anti-adblockers and support most uBlock features natively, made them want to try better ways to block things, since that means only Adguard, uBlock, Brave and maybe Adblock Plus, will be able to bypass their methods.

  19. Eddie said on September 4, 2023 at 12:17 am

    This is why, for years now, I have read this blog almost daily, for this type of information.

    Firefox and Youtube are a big part of my digital life and so anything to do with either of them is of concern to me and I suspect a great many others.

    I have just disabled the two “adblock(er) for Youtube” extensions that I installed recently, due to a few ads appearing recently and will fall back to just using origin and take a closer look at it’s configuration.

    Open settings, flush cache, update…how easy was that, good work Martin, et al.

    1. John G. said on September 4, 2023 at 5:28 am

      By the way, UblockOrigin has more active filters in Firefox than in Chrome/Edge. Just look and do compare the numbers and you will see at least 5K more active filters in Ublock default ones (those who belongs specifically to Ublock). In my opinion, UblockOrigin seems to work better in Firefox and Firefox ESR than in any other Chromium based browser, in terms of capability and speed.

      1. Tony said on September 7, 2023 at 5:33 pm

        It may be 5k different “by default”, but you can enable all of the non-language filters and get approx the same numbers. On Brave, I have all non-language filters enabled and it shows 323,889 network filters + 229,359 cosmetic. (some of these being my own)

        On Firefox, I have 324,066 network filters and 229,264 cosmetic. (some of these being my own)

        That said, uBo does work better in Firefox. Brave makes up for it with it’s own built-in ad blocker having CNAME uncloaking like the Firefox uBo does.

  20. ferb said on September 4, 2023 at 2:42 am

    Hmmm, I use uBO, and rarely-if-ever purge its caches, but never see ads on YouTube.

    A few possible reasons why… first, also I use NoScript, and just allow YT itself, not Google/Gstatic/YTImage. I don’t recommend NoScript for non-geeks, it’s a PITA, but I’m used to it and wouldn’t surf without it.

    Second, I have a bunch of extra filterlists on uBO. Like, ummm, 40+ of them.

    Third, I use the “Enhancer for YouTube” FF extension, with the “block ads” option checked. It’s a very useful add-on for other YT options, as well.

    Not sure which of these is doing the trick. YMMV.

  21. TelV said on September 4, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    @ Martin,

    Your instructions don’t work I’m afraid. I tried doing what you suggested and then loaded this video which is about the Gimli Glider, but still get the Nord VPN ad at the beginning of the video: (the ad also appears about halfway through as well).

    I also tried it on Invidiuous (, but that doesn’t help either. Here’s the link to the same video on that:

    I even changed my VPN (Mullvad) location a couple of times, but to no avail. I’ll try the recommended addons next to see what transpires from using those.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 4, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      This is because the ad is part of the video, not separate, at least for the first video that I checked out. Can you confirm?

      1. TelV said on September 4, 2023 at 4:35 pm

        Yes, that looks like the reason. I suppose they make money from persuading users to sign up to a Nord VPN plan.

  22. TelV said on September 4, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    @ Michael Fisher,

    Are you the developer of YTC by any chance? Only reason I’m asking is because it doesn’t show up in a search on the moz addons site. There’s only Youtube Control Center (dev = InBasic) and Youtube Video Center (dev = Baris Dern).

    Or should I be looking on Github or somewhere like it instead?

  23. TelV said on September 4, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    @ Martin,

    When I tried to respond to Michael Fisher the page switches to an entirely different subject from 2013 i.e. this one:

    What’s going on??

  24. TelV said on September 4, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    Users have to be very attentive now on the ghacks site. I was complaining just now about not being able to post a reply to the first comment in the list written by Michael Fisher. But on closer inspection I notice that his comment dates from “November 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm” even though the article dates from September 3, 2023.

    Fortunately, Martin deleted it already. But in general I think users read what a user has written rather than the date it appeared and that’s going to lead to confusion more often than not I think.

    1. Tom Hawack said on September 5, 2023 at 12:36 am

      Did you know that the first article published on Ghacks was “Affiliate link shortcode test” written by Fran Rosa, dated May 22, 1900

      1900, yes sir. Should be added to the Guinness Book of Records.

  25. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 10:09 am

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    As avid subscribers know, for more than three weeks now, the association between articles and Comments has been messed up, so the situation continues where I can no longer locate the comments I posted.

    Therefore, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin:,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    1. TelV said on September 7, 2023 at 2:25 pm

      @ owl,

      Fantastic! Your UBO filter to ensure that only articles written by Martin, Ashwin and Mike Turcott appear on the ghacks site works like a dream!

      Thank you very much!

  26. Mystique said on September 7, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    I’m wondering if it’s possible or worthwhile to mirror the articles on (for example) a wordpress website and then create an extension that can append those comments to the corresponding articles here basically replacing the comments section with the ones from the wordpress website. We may not even need to mirror the articles but just find a way for the extension to insert a new comments system for the corresponding articles.

    I honestly do not see SOFTONIC bothering to do anything. The last I checked the other websites that they purchased such as filehippo has fallen by the wayside and are pushing out old versions of WinRAR which is particularly dangerous and being exploited right now.
    I’m sorry but if this situation does not get any better soon then we may have to take matters into our own hands.

  27. TelV said on September 7, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    I don’t have a smart TV. In fact, I don’t even own a digital TV. I do have an analogue telly, but can’t use it to watch any kind of programs in the Netherlands since only digital TVs are supported. But my prized analogue telly is ideal for watching DVDs which I’m an avid user of.

    But Youtube’s proposal as per Martin’s article reminds me of the time I used to watch Dutch TV programs which, like Youtube is proposing, were constantly interrupted with ads. There was never any warning of when ads were going to appear and they just interrupted whatever was playing at the time for about 15 minutes. I eventually got sick of the whole damn thing and terminated my subscription back in 2012.

    Since there’s no way I’m going to splash out on a digital TV I won’t be signing up to Youtube TV either.

    1. Mystique said on September 7, 2023 at 4:22 pm

      Article Title: YouTube wants to show you less but longer ads
      Article Address:

      You might be able to buy a digital set top box to add to your TV if you really want access to digital TV. I know they used to be sold quite a while ago.

    2. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 5:00 pm

      > I don’t have a smart TV. In fact, I don’t even own a digital TV. I do have an analogue telly, but can’t use it to watch any kind of programs in the Netherlands since only digital TVs are supported. But my prized analogue telly is ideal for watching DVDs which I’m an avid user of.

      I also don’t own a digital TV. And I do not like digital devices.

      At my house, the HV32D4000, a final digital high-definition TV that uses a cathode ray tube and was sold by Toshiba 20 years ago, is still functioning well.
      The “accuracy of hue and realistic texture (realistic three-dimensional effect)” that are unique to cathode ray tubes are outstanding, and we still feel that they are overwhelmingly superior to the latest digital products. I don’t like digital images that have unnatural hues and are flat and flat.
      This is the same for amps and speakers, and “analog machines are feels comfortable”.

      The sound is connected to the network audio player “marantz NA8005” from a TV, etc., and is output to external audio speakers from the “LEPY 2020A+” class-T amplifier equipped with Tripath TA2020 Audio Amplifier using BELDEN speaker cable 8460 18GA.
      Audiovisuals can be enjoyed in the main room, which was designed with a concert hall in mind, so the acoustics are just like the great hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, which is very pleasant (having said that, my family mainly enjoy Internet radio “Classic FM”).

  28. Jeff Stone said on September 7, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    “YouTube wants to show you less but longer ads” should read “YouTube wants to show you fewer but longer ads”

    1. TelV said on September 12, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      @ Jeff Stone,

      How good is your knowledge of the German language?

      For a native German speaker I think Martin’s knowledge of the English language is more than adequate for the articles he writes. You just need to make allowances for the odd occasion when he makes a grammatical error.

  29. Don Roberts said on September 24, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    “YouTube has said that it is taking more measures against ad blockers to ensure that its content creators are compensated for their work.”

    That’s funny, I noticed that they still run ads on videos that haven’t been or can’t be monetized.

  30. John Wold said on September 26, 2023 at 9:13 pm

    Hey Martin,

    Any chance that the annoying mix up of comments from multiple articles will be fixed?

    It’s been two months and the issue has not been fixed. Probably because comments are not important to Softonic.

    I entered this comment to the article from September 26, 2023, titled: “Google is putting an end to its YouTube Premium Lite plans”.

    And after I press submit, the page will refresh and my comment will appear in a different article.

    1. John Wold said on September 26, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      As expected, my comment appears in an article from 2013. And this reply will appear in both articles and others not related.

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on September 27, 2023 at 6:22 am

      The issue appears to be complicated. I can assure you that comments are important to Softonic and that engineers are working on a fix. I’m sorry that it is taking this long.

  31. clwnthr said on October 3, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks a lot. But how does this work in Opera ?

    Thanks in advance and kind regards.

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