A URL Bug Spotted on YouTube Blocks Ads Itself

youtube url bug blocks all ads

A new URL bug spotted on YouTube will let anyone watch any YouTube videos without any ads or paywalls. Generally, people use various ad blockers and other methods to get rid of ads without paying for YouTube Premium. The new bug is something that helps these sorts of people. People are no longer required to use any of these methods. Adding a period in the URL will block every ad itself.

It was first found by a reddit user u/unicorn4sale and he outlined everything in this Reddit post.

As per him, “To follow up: I had initially assumed that it didn’t work on mobile because the browsers normalized the URL, however this isn’t the case. The redirection happens on the server side. So, if you want this to work on mobile browsers, use the “Request Desktop Site” feature.” and he further added “It’s a commonly forgotten edge case, websites forget to normalize the hostname, the content is still served, but there’s no hostname match on the browser so no cookies and broken CORS – and lots of bigger sites use a different domain to serve ads/media with a whitelist that doesn’t contain the extra dot

So in short, all you have to do is just add a dot (.) after youtube.com. Below given is an example, so you will get a much better idea.

Normal URL – https://youtube.com/watch?v=something

Modified URL – Normal URL – https://youtube.com./watch?v=something

In order to get rid of Ads and Paywalls, all you have to do is modify the URL as mentioned above and everything will work fine.

After you visit the URL with a dot added, you will land on YouTube in which you won’t be logged in and all the personal preferences like Dark Mode, etc will be cleared.

I tried this method and it worked for me. I had Dark Mode enabled in YouTube. Soon after using the modified URL, it took me to non-logged in version of YouTube without Dark mode.

Not just YouTube, this bug could be used to access any site’s content protected with paywalls as well.

Source: TNW

Aromal VG
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