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  1. Before this, I had been using 5.1.7.2000. This morning I very briefly used 5.2.1.4000 before quickly finding out at Major Geeks that 5.2.1.5000 was now available. So, I don't know if any of the other versions after 5.1.7.2000 also exhibit this problem. Anyway, as shown on the attached image, there is an annoying ad sort of thing there at the top of the GUI. It comes up EVERY TIME I bring up MX5. Sure, it can be X-ed out. That would be tolerable IF it happened only 1 initial time. But, EVERY TIME? NO! That thing has got to go. And it shouldn't have to be one of those under the hood fixes that we the users have to perform via AdBlock Plus. It should just not be there. It was bad enough that before this, the rendering of the MX5 GUI takes noticeably much longer to load than the Maxthon 4 GUI. Adding that annoying ad thing just adds to that already long load. Is there a setting that can make it stay GONE?
  2. I no longer have 5.2.1.5000 installed. But, when I did ... in MY case, I wasn't deleting site data and / or cookies or anything. I would shut MX5 down and simply bring it back up 3 seconds later and there the banner would be EVERY TIME. I already saw at Major Geeks that a 5.2.1.6000 is now available, but from checking out the changelog, this issue doesn't appear to have been addressed. So, I'll be passing on that version.
  3. Sorry about the long time to reply. Several things got in the way yesterday. @7twenty That "pc-newtab.maxthon.com##ul#top.clearfix" added to ABP unfortunately did not do the trick. The notification resumed relentlessly. @SnowLeopard I did about as thorough a clean install as it can get. I first performed a Clear Data function from within the previous MX5 version. (Did not include the Delete Cookies and Delete other website-related data categories.) I then performed routine thorough cleanings with CCleaner, Glary Utilities & Wise Care 365. I then out of routine maintenance also tacked on a run of Defrag just because it seriously needed it by now. I then installed the Portable version of 5.2.1.5000. As for it being trivial to want to send it packin'? As I've mentioned previously on more than one occasion, IMO ... MX5 already takes a noticeably unusually long time to bring up the GUI vs. Maxthon 4. Throw in this notification that refuses to stay gone after the initial appearance --- and it just adds even more time to the already long loading time of the GUI. This cannot possibly be making MX5 look good in the Browser Wars in the category of which browser comes up the quickest. Anyway, as of yesterday I went back down to 5.1.7.2000. Several factors collectively gave me a bad vibe about this version. Aside of the issue mentioned in this thread ... 5.2.1.5000 appeared to me to be noticeably slower than the speedy 5.2.1.4000, although I only tried that one out very briefly before seeing that 5.2.1.5000 was available. Then at some point I had to close down 5.2.1.5000 after I couldn't get it out of the "Cannot connect to the website" condition shown in the attached image. Then yesterday morning my computer's bootup sequence got stuck midway. I can't prove that was 5.2.1.5000's fault, but the bad things just seemed to be piling up. So, I decided to just wait for the next version and hope that one does not have that "The Thing That Would Not Die" version of that annoying notification and that it works much better in general.
  4. Or ... I wonder if it couldn't have something to do with that the UserData folder that I use to install (export) my bookmarks and stuff onto new versions ... was created in the pre-5.2.1.xxxx period. Maybe there's some incompatibility there.
  5. So you don't see it even an initial time? I wonder if it isn't isolated to Windows XP, which is what I have? Or to the Portable version, which is what I am using.
  6. I haven't installed 5.2.0.2000 yet, but I did see this issue right after installing 5.1.7.2000, which is what I currently have installed. As to the slow opening of Maxthon? I've thought all along that just bringing up the MX5 GUI has been slow compared to bringing up Maxthon 4. Given that I don't do the logging in / sync thing with MX5, it HAS made me wonder all along, "Well just exactly what is MX5 doing all that extra time to simply bring up the GUI compared to Maxthon 4?" And since it does it even while off line, this time my having Dial Up Internet cannot be blamed for this problem.
  7. mx5.2.0.2000

    I've been wondering lately why new Official Releases are actually available on Major Geeks first for a couple of days before they're released HERE at Maxthon, the very source where logic would dictate that they're supposed to be released to the public FIRST. So, earlier today I already downloaded MX5 5.2.0.2000 Portable from Major Geeks just as I've downloaded the previous 2 versions of MX5 ... from Major Geeks as well because they too were not available at Maxthon by the time they were available at Major Geeks. Likewise, the changelog is available first on Major Geeks instead of on Maxthon as you would think the case would be. Odd.
  8. I don't recall experiencing this problem with Maxthon 4. I have only encountered it with MX5. In thinking about it, I believe I really only encounter it when browsing USA Today News. Let's say for example on this article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/26/what-supreme-court-ruling-means-daca-and-almost-700-000-undocumented-immigrants/372704002/ When I scroll down, the video that is at the beginning of the article just breaks off and up and floats on down to the bottom right of the screen. I can close it with the X, but that is useless. Upon scrolling back up and back down, the video float down action just repeats itself. I do not care for that. Is there some setting that is supposed to prevent this from happening? I pondered the possibility that it is a USA Today News site issue. But, like I said ... it didn't used to happen with Maxthon 4. Is there a setting that is supposed to prevent that from happening?
  9. That appears to have worked great on the USA Today News website, 7twenty. That did the trick. No more annoying float down videos. Then I tried the same thing on the TV Guide website. Unfortunately lightning of good fortune didn't strike twice. The javascript filter stunt didn't work on the TV Guide website. Here it pretty much stopped everything from working. Only like the header displayed and then things were dead in the water. Oh well. This one isn't as annoying as the USA Today News one was. We can't have everything. Thanks for the fix, 7twenty.
  10. Okay, I have attached the AdBlock Plus window with usatoday.com selected. What exact syntax am I supposed to type there in the box at the right? I understand there is specific syntax of symbols that has to be used. If it works on the USA Today web site, I'll give it a shot on the TV Guide web site as well. I still think that MX5 should incorporate the function within itself as opposed to depending on the addon AdBlock Plus. It would help its cause for when it has to slug it out with other browsers in the periodic reviews / comparisons where they juxtapose all browsers on a chart and put checks on what functions / perks each has ... and which ones they DON'T.
  11. As far as the videos' loading being stopped as well? Given that I have Dial Up Internet, I'm not an impromptu video downloader kinda guy. When I download a video, it's pretty much going to be because I searched for it on YouTube or someone sent me a specific link to a video. I'll then download that video with my 4K Video Downloader app. So videos not loading in web pages would not be an issue for me. However, I'm leery as to what else it would affect. Either way, MX5 should probably incorporate a setting like what Opera has for JavaScript. The images I attached are from an ancient Opera 36.x version, the last version that still works with Windows XP. But, I'm assuming the latest versions still have an option like that. That way I would be able to try specifying to block javascript specifically on the USA Today News web site. My TVGuide.com listings also have an annoying video download at the bottom right as well. But, that one doesn't break off and relocates itself from some other part of the site. This one always just starts loading down there from the get go. On the plus side, this one at least has a button to close it and it disappears downward. The thing is, sometimes it doesn't get out of the way entirely. A little bit of the top of it will still be visible.
  12. At least in your case you have a wide screen monitor and the video is out of the way of the page. In my case, I have a 1280 x 1024px monitor. The video winds up intruding in on / obstructing between ¼ and a third of the page there on the bottom right. Definitely neither good nor welcome in my case. I guess it's then something that comes with more recent versions of the Blink engine, right? Cuz as I mentioned, I didn't used to experience this with Maxthon 4. Either way, it'd be great if Maxthon could incorporate a setting to be able to disable this in case users like me want to.
  13. A Quick Access Page Background

    This is not a skin, but rather just a Maxthon MX5 background image that I put together for use on the Quick Access page. This particular one is sized to 1440 x 900px. Hopefully the text clears the Quick Access tiles on a 1440 x 900px monitor. I couldn't test it for that since my monitor is a 1280 x 1024px monitor. The one that I'm using on my monitor is laid out slightly differently. You can also use the same image as the Theme Skin for a Dark Blue area in the upper area of the GUI. (Tab Bar, Favorites Bar, Etc.) Enjoy.
  14. I like this theme!

    Okay, I did some resampling, recropping and came up with 1440px Wide versions of both of the images from above. I saved them at a slightly lower JPEG Quality Level so that they wouldn't be too heavy of a file size. ENJOY! @ the OP If you need more detailed steps on how to actually install the images in your browser, let us know whether you're using Maxthon 4 or MX5 and we'll help you out with the steps. I wasn't sure whether you just needed access to the images or need more detailed help with the actual steps.
  15. I like this theme!

    Unfortunately that's not a design (Skin) that comes with Maxthon. For that LOOK, I used a custom image from my stash of background images. Just for demonstration purposes, I have attached a downsized version of the image that I used. (CGI Sea) And I also attached a downsized version of the custom image that I used for the Quick Access Page background. (Blue Speed Dial) Together, the 2 background images create a certain LOOK. I did not attach the actual full-sized images for you to use because the file sizes would be what is probably considered too big to be attaching in these forum threads. The file sizes for the full-size version of those images are a little over 500 Kbytes each. Also, while I do still have the original versions of those 2 images ... the images I use on my Maxthon are cropped to MY monitor's 1280 x 1024px size. You probably have a different-sized monitor, don't you? Unless someone knows where I can upload the full-size images for you to use.
  16. So everything was working fine with my Maxthon 4.9.3.1000. Then I stumbled upon --- "HEY! There's a new Maxthon 4.9.4.2000. I think I'll check it out." I tried it. It appeared to be slow ... inferior to 4.9.3.1000. AND I noticed Adblock Plus was not blocking ads. I checked the settings and it appeared to be very much ON. I just didn't see the usual blocking count down at the bottom of my screen. And I was seeing ads that normally don't show up. Consequently, the full rendering activity of pages take longer before circling indicator on the tabs eventually stops. I then uninstalled 4.9.4.2000 and reinstalled 4.9.3.1000. The slowness went away, but ... Adblock Plus is still not working. So, what's up? What do I need to set, tweak or smack around to get it to work? As before, the settings appear to be very much in the ON state. I have Windows XP SP3 Pro. I have the latest version of avast Free Anti-Virus.
  17. Adblock Plus Not Working

    Thanks, BugMiss. Here's a bit of bonus info. After coming back from my sister's house with all my software apps updates ... after experimenting around with MX5, I did eventually perform yet another reinstall of 4.9.3.1000. And this time around --- neither logging into my Google account nor bringing up my BlogSpot Blog nor attempting a Major Geeks download jump started Adblock Plus. So that proved that 7twenty was correct regarding saying that that last time that Adblock Plus suddenly started working again around that time frame of when I logged onto Google and brought up my BlogSpot Blog and performed that Major Geeks download --- was just coincidence. Adblock Plus just eventually starts working on its own later on. But, I have yet to zero in on what makes it not work in the beginning and what makes it start working later on. Let me ask this: Okay ... upon EVERY fresh install of Maxthon, does it ALWAYS attempt to update the EasyList as one of the 1st things it does upon being connected to the Internet? Cuz if that is the case, then as I was telling 7twenty, that could be the culprit right there. Maybe the initial download of that EasyList updating attempt always fails because of my Dial Up and so I start out with a corrupt EasyList and thus, no Adblock Plus in the beginning. Then later on once I've let it be, it eventually manages to update the EasyList and starts working again.
  18. Adblock Plus Not Working

    Thanks for the explanation, 7twenty. I guess we'll consider the issue closed ... unless the Devs can come up with something.
  19. Adblock Plus Not Working

    Can you explain what the EasyList is, what it's for ... how it works? It has me perplexed as to just exactly how those weird choices in there would serve me here in the USA. I mean, you have choices in there about China, Czech, Dutch, Germany, Hebrew, Italy and what not. I don't believe I see one in there for USA. Anyway, I guess it's possible the culprit in these periodic failures of my Adblock Plus could be my Dial Up. Some websites / services on the Net are not as Dial Up friendly. For example, at one time, for several months I was having problems downloading the MBAM Definitions, while I had no problem downloading the SAS Definitions. Now currently, it mysteriously is the other way around. And like for Blogging platforms, I have found out that really only BlogSpot works fine with my Dial Up. tumblr, Wordpress and Weebly --- No Go's. So I guess it makes sense that possibly here and there my Adblock Plus gets out of whack because of Dial Up's slower speed. In thinking back, if I recall correctly, I THINK it's really more a case of once it's working, it works and stays working. I think it really doesn't suddenly stop working on its own. I think the failures occur more like after I have for whatever reason uninstalled and reinstalled Maxthon. You know ... as in when it would have to download something from scratch ... like maybe that EasyList.
  20. Adblock Plus Not Working

    As far as to whether I engaged in the filter subscriptions suggestion that you mentioned? I did go into that area, but with the 3 tabs and all the various info and settings there, I got confused and leery as to just exactly to what you were referring. I did mess around with various things there though ... to no avail. Let's see ... (1) I disabled and re-enabled the Enable Adblock Plus setting. (2) I tried 3 times to update the EasyList with the Update button. I always eventually got a Download Failure Error. (3) I unchecked and even X-ed out the EasyList. (4) I disabled the Allow some non-intrusive advertising setting. (5) I tried the Add filter subscription button. I couldn't figure out what the heck to make out of that given that all the choices were from other countries or whatever illogical choices they were. So, I left those alone. (6) I checked out the Add your own filters tab. But, there again, I couldn't figure out the end game. Was I gonna remove like the default Maxthon entries there and then have to enter them back later AND with the same original syntax after resetting Maxthon? And would I have to add my entries for all my websites in there with that same type of syntax? I clicked on that link that explains how that syntax works. I immediately went, "Ohhh NO! I'm not gonna get into deciphering how this syntax works and just exactly what syntax I'm suppose to attach to MY websites' entries." I figured it was gonna be wayyy more trouble and time-consuming than it was worth for something that likely stood a high probability of not fixing the problem. So, I warp factored out of there.
  21. Adblock Plus Not Working

    Which OS and anti-virus do you have, No.1MaxthonFan? You probably have an OS much newer than what I have. I have Windows XP SP3 Pro. Maybe it's a Windows XP glitch. Maybe the issue is more likely to manifest itself on Windows XP and not on other newer versions of Windows, Linux or Mac. And I use avast anti-virus. I have no idea whether an anti-virus could remotely affect something like this.
  22. Adblock Plus Not Working

    I just had a thought. By any chance, does Adblock Plus NEED Google? In other words, do we need to be logged in into Google in order for Adblock Plus to work. Because it just occurred to me that all that time that Adblock Plus was not working, I was not yet logged into my Google account what with having had just freshly reinstalled Maxthon all those times. So then once I brought up my Blog, I logged in, which it being BlogSpot, that means logging into my Google account. And like I said, after that, interestingly enough, Adblock Plus started to work again during the SAS Definitions download that followed. Google coincidence ... or connection?
  23. Adblock Plus Not Working

    Whoa! Wait a minute. What the ..... ? Heyyy! YAY! Success! Adblock Plus is back working again! I guess it was a case of like Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "I'll be back." Seriously, it's really back. Now how did I get it back working again, y'all might ask? Well, it really wasn't anything that I knowingly, strategically, techie-like and logically tried. It was more like happenstance, I guess. The way I see it, it was one of 2 things that finally heimlich maneuvered the furball from Adblock Plus' throat. It was either me bringing up my Blog ... or me initiating a download of the SAS Definitions from MajorGeeks. I had done both around that time. I had checked out my Blog. Then I proceeded to nonchalantly download the SAS Definitions. Upon initiating the SAS Definitions download from MajorGeeks, I suddenly noticed the familiar message (which I have attached) informing me about how they're bummed that I was blocking their ads. At that instant, I went, "Whoa! Wait a minute. How can that be? How can I be getting that message when Adblock Plus isn't working?" But, then I looked down at the bottom at the little AdBlock Plus Stop Sign icon and noticed the Blocked Ads Count was back working. I then tried other websites and there too, Adblock Plus was working, blocking tons of ads and the speed of loading pages was now back to its normal faster speed. So I don't know. Seemingly, it was either something in BlogSpot or MajorGeeks that jumped started Adblock Plus. I'll know what to try next time. Not that it's guaranteed that that wil work next time.
  24. Adblock Plus Not Working

    Last night I performed yet another clean reinstall of Maxthon 4.9.3.1000 and STILL no signs of life from Adblock Plus. I would have figured that the odds would have been that with so far 1 install of 4.9.4.2000 and at least 2 installs of 4.9.3.1000, possibly three ... by now ONE of them would have made Adblock Plus work. But, nope. No dice. Really odd. I even thought I had a great idea. I went and looked at the settings of my PortableApps.com 4.4.8.2000, which is working. I figured maybe some Adblock Plus setting would be different and would be the key. But, nope. Everything was identical. Doh. I then attempted to download the 4.4.8.2000 Installer version to see if I could duplicate success, but the download aborted rather early. This weekend I'll be going to my sister's house and as usual when I go over there, I get to use her High Speed Internet to download all of my software apps updates onto my Flash Drive. I'm thinking maybe it's time to try Maxthon 5. I came across the Maxthon Blog where I read that Maxthon 5 has now been released to the public. What I haven't ascertained yet though is --- is that Maxthon 5 release an officially declared "STABLE" version or is it still a Beta?
  25. In the past, before Adobe changed over to wanting to be a monopoly as the ONLY source for Flash Player, I used to just install all 3 versions (ActiveX, NPAPI and PPAPI) of Flash Player to cover all my bases. Last week for the first time I attempted to download Flash Player from Adobe's new monopoly setup. I've been having problems. Either the download gets stuck at 5% progress or gets to around 48% progress and then aborts ... informing me that the INSTALL failed. I don't know why it even claims that the INSTALL failed when I didn't even want to install it at that time. I just wanted the Install File to install it later at my leisure. Anyway ... as I understand it, Maxthon is a dual engine browser ... Blink and IE, right? In its default state, doesn't it start out in Blink mode? In its default mode, could it be said that it is the PPAPI version of Flash Player that Maxthon would be requiring? Or is it the ActiveX version that it requires ... or both?