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Disable automatic Meta refresh/redirect of websites in browser for security reasons[how to]

Monday, February 01, 2010


Generally speaking, Meta refresh is a method used by some websites to instruct a web browser to automatically refresh/redirect the current web page after a given time interval.

You can see this type of refresh/redirect especially in media sites. This is some times annoying or can be used for malicious purposes by redirecting you to a malicious site.

If you don’t like this feature, you can disable this in your browser. Here is how to disable this in Internet Explore/Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

Internet Explorer: Go to Tools - Internet options - Security tab - Custom Level button - Miscellaneous category - set "Allow Meta refresh" to Disable.

Firefox: Go to Tools - Options - Advanced - General - Accessibility and tick the option next to ‘Warn me when web sites try to redirect or reload the page’. Alternatively you can use extension RefreshBlocker.

Opera: Go to Preferences - Advanced - Network and uncheck "Enable automatic redirection".

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11 Response to "Disable automatic Meta refresh/redirect of websites in browser for security reasons[how to]"
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Anonymous said...
9:35 PM, March 12, 2010  

where is it for google chrome?

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JK said...
3:13 PM, March 13, 2010  

@ Anonymouse,
I think they have blocked all refreshes completely in chrome

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Anonymous said...
1:14 PM, July 16, 2010  

wish they had an option in chrome for this and no they did not block all meta refreshes in chrome. Why say chrome in the article if you have nothing for it?

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zerokilled said...
10:47 AM, August 17, 2010  

as for chrome 5.0.375.55 in windows, meta refresh isn't blocked. was browsing the web when i stopped on a page that relies on the use of javascript -i have it disabled- and was redirected to another page immediately. it stonned me that there is no option to disabled it.

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Anonymous said...
9:41 PM, December 24, 2010  

It can't be done in Chrome because Google doesnt want you to block aut refresh on their news.google.com site.

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prevo99 said...
11:20 AM, September 02, 2011  

I disabled Meta Refresh in chrome but still get redirects.

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Chrome said...
1:02 PM, December 09, 2011  

Great stuff, thanks. I set up a redirect on my blog for 0 seconds and after that was unable to get to the login page to remove the redirect. Doh!

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pedro said...
4:08 AM, March 05, 2012  

I find redirection usefull sometimes, it should be optional.
Chrome in my site allows the first redirection, and then blocks all other.

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Anonymous said...
7:24 PM, December 22, 2012  

How to block redirect in Chrome ?

Thanks.

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Anonymous said...
1:20 AM, July 18, 2013  

The only solution to stop this annoying auto refreshing in CHROME is to stop using it. I am installing and using FIREFOX now only because of this feature.

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Anonymous said...
7:24 PM, November 14, 2013  

Chrome keeps backpeddling! once you could use instructions to control any javascipt on webpages, now they phased it out, along with tons of other customizations. Heading off to firefox now. Chrome's current controllers stuck their heads up their asses and they got stuck when their heads grew too big. What idiots

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