📅 June 10, 2020     🕐 2 minutes read

The Dot That Allows You to Bypass YouTube Ads and Paywalls

Who knew that just one dot can help you bypass YouTube ads and paywalls?

We’ve already showed you how to watch YouTube without ads and serving Google your soul on a silver platter ( here, here and here ). But here’s a gem of a tip, coming from reddit user unicorn4sale: you can bypass youtube ads by adding a dot after the domain.

 

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 how does this work? A link to a YouTube video looks like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXX. To bypass the ads just add a dot after youtube.com like this https://www.youtube.com./watch?v=XXXXX

This also work with some of the websites serving paywalls. Just add a dot after the domain name. This also works on any website that has ads. Just add the dot after the domain name.

This will probably not last forever, and you shouldn’t rely on such a workaround. Always use an ad-blocker ( uBlock Origin recommended ), Pi-hole ( here and here ) and make good use of your hosts file ( here , here and here).

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