How to hide annoying comments on YouTube automatically

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 17, 2015
Music and Video

I stay away from user comments on YouTube as they provide little to no value most of the time. In fact, you could say that they are annoying or even worse than that.

Some YouTube users like comments on the other hand and even those users have to cope with a massive amount of useless comments that serve no purpose but to troll on the site.

If you read comments on YouTube occasionally or regularly, you may want to hide or remove comments on the site that are of no value.

While YouTube does not offer any means to do that, you can use third-party programs to hide annoying comments on YouTube automatically and for as long as you like.

One of the better browser extensions for that purpose is Hide Fedora which is available for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Designed to block Fedora comments on YouTube, it has since then been expanded to block other comment types on YouTube.

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Hide Fedora extension options

The options are straightforward but sufficient and list three core preferences to you:

  1. What you want done with comments matching your specifications. You can either hide them or replace them with cats.
  2. Banned profiles enables you to ban YouTube users so that their comments won't be displayed on the site for as long as the ban is active.
  3. Banned words on the other hand allows you to add words or phrases so that all user comments matching those are automatically blocked as well (or replaced with cats depending on your configuration).

The extension maintains a remote blacklist as well which you cannot control. According to the author of the extension, it is mostly designed to block users from Reddit who banded together to leave comments on YouTube.

processed youtube comments

As you can see on the screenshot above, two of the three comments were replaced by the extension automatically.

Note that there is no option to display the removed YouTube comment again or the name of the user whose comment was modified or removed.

When you hover the mouse over a comment, an option to ban the user profile is displayed in form of a HF icon. When you click on it and confirm the prompt, that user is added to the local banned profiles list so that all comments of that user on YouTube are not shown anymore.

Hide Fedora works well both in Firefox and in Google Chrome. The one thing that I dislike is that you don't have control over the global blacklist. An option to decide whether you want to use it or not would certainly be appreciated by users of the add-on.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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