Fixing YouTube crashing Firefox 3

· by Steve · Read in about 2 min · (235 Words)

I noticed that in the last few days, Firefox started crashing a lot, and it seemed to be related to viewing YouTube in a tab - something I’ve done regularly for a long time. It started to annoy me, so I looked into it, and it turns out that there’s some issue with some Flash ads YouTube started running recently.

So, if you get YouTube crashing when you close or open a YouTube tab, just add this filter to AdBlock:

http://.ytimg.com/yt/swf/PMS

Hey presto, no more crashes. There’s a discussion going on in this thread about longer term fixes but this does it for me for now.

I generally opt not to block ads on websites by default, because I derive some of the funds required to host the Ogre website from ads and therefore it would be hypocritical for me to universally opt-out. However, I do draw the line sometimes when website admins start taking the piss. Eurogamer in particular has been running some incredibly irritating ads lately, consisting of massive surrounds with multiple video feeds and all kinds of other bollocks that make the site limp like a wounded badger, especially if I’m taxing my machine running a build in the background (which I normally am - that’s when I tend to check news sites). So for them I’ve specifically blocked their silly uber-media ads until they get a bit more sensible about it.