Behind The Overlay Revival

Behind The Overlay Revival

Click to close any overlay popup on any website.

What is Behind The Overlay Revival?
'Behind The Overlay Revival' is a Firefox extension that combats the annoyance of website overlays. Once installed, this add-on provides a single button, when clicked, it swiftly closes any overlay popup that masks content on any website. It requires minimal permissions, is non-intrusive only activating upon user command, and is extremely lightweight. Additionally, it supports the hiding of multiple DOM overlay elements and enables the overflow auto of the body when an overlay script disables the page scroll.
Merlin
Stats
Rating: 4.35 (80)
Version: 1.8.3 (Last updated: 2019-04-22)
Creation date: 2016-12-27
Weekly download count: 16
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: Moderate risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Permissions:
  • activeTab
  • menus
  • storage
  • tabs
Size: 35.81K
URLs: Website
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Merlin
Summary

What's it all about?

This is a fork of Behind The Overlay add-on, ported as web extension as well as some improvements implemented.
Some websites will use an overlay to mask its content with a transparent background to force you to read a message before you can see the actual content.

I find this very annoying as every site will have a different way to close that overlay popup.

This extension solves this problem by offering you one button to close any overlay on any website you may ever encounter.

Features

  • Requires no special permissions. The following are the permissions required by this add-on:
    • tab and activeTab: Required to determine whether or not to display the action icons for the address bar and context menu each time a website is visited exclusively through the http and https protocols.
    • menus: Required to display context menu entries.
    • storage: Required to save locally the user options.
  • Extremely lightweight, relies on little known document.elementFromPoint browser's function to find elements that are in front with the highest z-index.
  • Non-intrusive. The extension activates only when you click its button, thereby it has no impact on navigation performance when you don't use the extension. Doesn't inject tons of CSS rules as AdBlock extension is doing for example.
  • Supports hiding of multiple DOM overlay elements.
  • Enables overflow auto of the body when overlay script hides it to disable the scroll of the page.
User reviews
User reviews summary
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Pros
  • Removes overlays quickly and effectively
  • Uses very little memory and is efficient
  • One-click solution to dismiss unwanted pop-ups and overlays
  • Improves browsing experience by eliminating interruptions
  • Can be controlled with a simple keyboard shortcut (alt+shift+x)
Cons
  • Not available for Firefox on Android
  • Cannot remove overlays on some sites like Pinterest
  • Does not automatically remove overlays; requires user initiation
  • Incompatible with dark themes rendering the button invisible
Most mentioned
  • Efficiency in removing overlays
  • Lack of automatic removal option
  • Lack of availability for Firefox on Android
  • Desire for updates to work with more sites
  • Contrast issues with the add-on button on dark themes
Recent reviews
Too bad there isn't a version for Firefox on Android
by Pollux, 2024-02-14
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Safety
Risk impact

Behind The Overlay Revival may not be safe to use and it requires some risky permissions. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing.

Risk likelihood

Behind The Overlay Revival has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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