Stop Auto Reload

Stop Auto Reload

Prevent web pages from automatically reloading.

What is Stop Auto Reload?

"Stop Auto Reload" is a Firefox extension designed to inhibit unwanted webpage reloads. Certain webpages frequently refresh, causing content to disappear. This tool monitors for specific keyboard shortcuts that command a page refresh and only permits reloads when these are used. It works by injecting code into the pages of blacklisted URLs. NOTE: It only stops full page reloads, not refreshes of individual elements within a page. The blacklist can be managed from a tab's menu, the toolbar icon, or extension options.

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By: kgersen
Users: 852 ▲ 3
Rating: 3.63 (35)
Version: 1.6 (Last updated: 2023-11-01)
Creation date: 2020-02-19
Weekly download count: 22
Firefox on Android: No
Manifest version: 2
  • webRequest
  • webRequestBlocking
  • webNavigation
  • tabs
  • storage
  • <all_urls>
  • menus
Size: 37.38K
Email: Click to see
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Moderate risk likelihood

Other platforms

Not available on Chrome
Not available on Edge

Stop Auto Reload is an extension that blocks unwanted reload attempts on designated pages. There are sites that can reload frequently, causing articles or links that a user was planning on viewing later to disappear. Unwanted reloads can also be a concern on a metered or slow internet connection.

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Once a tab has completed loading, this extension will check to see if the tab's URL matches a blacklisted URL. If there is a match, code will be injected into the tab's page to monitor the following keyboard shortcuts for reloading tabs: Ctrl+R, Ctrl+Shift+R, F5, and Ctrl+F5. Unless one of these shortcuts is pressed, this extension will block external attempts at reloading the tab.

This extension only stops reloads of the URL showing in a tab's address bar. It does not stop elements within a page from refreshing.

Any changes to blacklisted sites are only applied after a tab has been reloaded.

If a page with injected code is active, the reload shortcuts will only work in the context of the page. They will not work when focus is on the address bar, bookmark sidebar, etc.

URLs can be blacklisted through a tab's menu, right clicking the toolbar icon, or by selecting 'Options' for this extension.

A button badge with the letter 'S' will appear over the toolbar icon if the active tab is being stopped from auto reloading.

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User reviews
User reviews summary
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  • Stops webpage auto reloads effectively
  • Useful for news websites or websites with auto-refresh feature
  • Add-on remembers the specific websites to apply stop reloading
  • Does not work on some specified websites
  • Disables manual reloading of the blacklisted sites
  • Issues with initial setup and understanding how to use
Most mentioned
  • Helpful for news sites
  • Problems with specific sites
  • Need to reload the tab after the setup for the effect to work the first time
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Risk impact

Stop Auto Reload is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Stop Auto Reload if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Stop Auto Reload is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this add-on.

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