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How to remove a subscription banner from a web page

In this short post we are going to see how to remove most floating banners of the type “a subscription is needed to view the content of this page”.

Many times, when we navigate to a news page, or a download page, or sites like that, we will find a banner or pop-up informing us that we cannot read the content unless we are subscribed to it.

Of course we should help content creators, digital press, and other media, by paying for or subscribing to their services when we deem it appropriate. They are entitled to request it, and it is fair.

But I am also entitled (and it is fair) to skip your protection, especially if it is so terribly poorly done as a banner that covers the content. Content that, moreover, I have already downloaded and is on my computer.

It is terribly easy to remove this subscription banner. The first option would be to use the browser tools to remove the banner. It is a fun and not very complicated process, although it requires some knowledge of html.


But there is an even simpler option. All these subscription banners and pop-ups need JavaScript to function. So, simply, we can temporarily disable the execution of JavaScript in the browser to remove the banner.

To do it comfortably, we have several extensions available. One of them is “Disable JavaScript” which, as its name indicates, is only responsible for disabling JavaScript on a page comfortably. Just what we need!


With our new extension installed, we just have to press the button to activate it on the page in question and press F5 to reload it. We will see that there are no more banners, pop-ups, overlays, subscription notices or anything at all. And we can read our page without any problems.


Of course, there are many more things on a web page that need JavaScript to work. So expect many functions of the page to not work, or some layout misalignment. But nothing serious, or that prevents our goal of reading the content.

Disabling JavaScript is a very interesting extension in many other situations, as it is a bad habit of some Web developers to unnecessarily overload their page with scripts. Pages that work amazingly well with JavaScript disabled.

Again, if you like the content of a page or medium, it is right to pay what the creator asks. In any case, if they want to protect the content of a website, they should do it in a more professional way than “bad-covering” the content and disabling the scroll bar. Until next time!

And of course, we are not responsible for any possible illegalities (as far as I know, none, but as there are many countries and laws, just in case) or violation of user conditions, etc., that you may commit by skipping a subscription banner or pop-up.