How To Stop "This Website Uses Cookies" Notice Pop Up In Your Browser

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Have you been to websites that display annoying pop up banners letting you know they use cookies? Here's how to get rid of them.

Cookie consent notices are often displayed as pop ups that can take up a lot of your screen, and you have to agree to the use of cookies to fully access the site. If you delete cookies on a regular basis, they pop up again and again.
The notices were created as a result of privacy laws and inform users about what type of cookies websites use and how they are used.

There are two easy ways to make those cookie consent notices disappear. One is a browser add-on for Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Pale Moon.
The other is a list that's added to browser adblockers such as Adblock Plus or uBlock Origin.
Adblockers make use of lists to block ads and other nuisances such as bitcoin miners (we here at Gizmo's would love to be added to your whitelist, since ad revenue keeps this volunteer-run website up and running).

The browser add-on is called "I don't care about cookies" and you can find the link to install the add-on/extension for Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Pale Moon at their home page:
I don't care about cookies

The Adblock filter subscription (list) is called Prebake.
More information and directions can be found at their site, but here are directions to add the list to your adblocker:

Directions for uBlock Origin:
Go to options->3rd party filter and activate
"EU: Prebake - Filter Obtrusive Cookie Notices‎".

Directions for Adblock Plus (the link also adds the list to uBlock Origin):
Click on this link: Subscribe

For all other ad blockers:
Add this link to the filters list:
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/liamja/Prebake/master/obtrusive.txt


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I've installed it - many thanks. Now I'd also be grateful if someone could tell us how to block those annoying notices in the lower left part of the screen during video playback on Netflix and Amazon Prime!

Thanks a lot. Lately been a ton of those Cookies Used Here fat banners due to the new change rules.
As to Prebake. Click the top most offer to add to uBlock Origin. Auto adds the 2 lines needed. I tried the
"smart way" by clicking within uBlock and adding just the url line under the bottom choice of Import. No No.
Just click that top offer on landing page of Prebake and let than add the 2 lines which then show inside uBlock as:
Title & below that the URL.
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/liamja/Prebake/master/obtrusive.txt

You're welcome. Thanks for the tip. :)

Oddly enough, the instructions for uBlock Origin didn't work for me as I couldn't finf Options, only Preferences and there were no 3rd party filters. Instead, I went to Filters and clicked on Import and then pasted the link you posted and it now appears in my Filter list!

Many thanks Rhiannon for an excellent find. ;-)

Glad you got it to work. Clicking on the link under the AdBlock directions worked for me. I removed it after it was added so I could check Prebake.

Added "Prebake - Filter Obtrusive Cookie Notices" to ABP (Firefox Browser - current stable version) but it doesn't appear to have done anything. Both MajorGeeks and gHacks still display the notice regarding cookies. And MG also requests to be whitelisted even though it's already in the filter whitelist.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

I'm using it and not having any issues on the latest Firefox. I checked that the list item was actually added to uBlock Origin, you might want to make sure it's been added to ABP.

When I click on Adblock Plus Options, in the General tab at the bottom it shows:

More filters>Prebake - Filter Obtrusive Cookie Notices and with the option to REMOVE.

So I believe it is installed.

Maybe one of the several changes I've previously made in
"about:config" is causing a conflict. I don't recall all those changes, so for now I won't worry about it and just tolerate those cookie advice pop-up messages.

These 'irritants' are actually proof of the Euroipean Union ensuring that its population is made aware that a site is trying to use cookies and what this means for the use of their personal information.

Indeed they are. I'm aware of and am in support of the GDPR. I would prefer less intrusive implementation of the GDPR by some websites. I don't mind the smaller consent notices. The ones that are large are too "in your face" for me.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thanks for this post Rhiannon. I'm sure several other Gizmo followers besides myself will be making use of the links you have provided.
P.S. now if I could just do something about that popup in the bottom right hand corner of this page entitled "our latest find"...lol

Especially since that popup in the bottom right hand corner only ever links to the page I'm already on!
And its subscribe box is definitely useless to those of us (the majority of your readers?) already subscribed and could be a static part of the page, instead of an annoying, text obscuring pop out.

Above my pay grade. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I tested trying to block it with uBlock Origin and was only partially successful.

It's not a big deal. I was under the impression that you were a volunteer....in which case everything is above your pay grade.

Lol Gizmo's is a volunteer run site, and yes, everything is above my pay grade. :)
I was speaking metaphorically.

I love your PS! My first laugh of the morning.