Disabling Firefox Sponsored Links

In another strange turn, Firefox has been prompting people with sponsored relevant links in the address bar and on the “new tab” screen. This is how to disable it. I’m guessing I don’t see these things because I typically run a Pi-hole and the data can’t get through.

  1. Click in the address bar and type or paste about:config then hit enter.
  2. It’ll probably throw up a warning screen, click through it.
  3. Filter the list to find browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.showSponsoredTopSites - you can just type *sponsored* and it’ll show the relevant things. There’s likely to be four entries if you do the wildcard filter, the first two are the settings and the second set are if you want to sync them.
  • browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.showSponsored
  • browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.showSponsoredTopSites
  • services.sync.prefs.sync.browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.showSponsored
  • services.sync.prefs.sync.browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.showSponsoredTopSites

I’ve got the browser* ones set to false and the sync* ones set to true, which seems to work. Double-click on them to change the setting.


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