If you have noticed today that Chrome for desktop blocks new tabs as if they were pop-up ads, you are…
If you have noticed today that Chrome for desktop blocks new tabs as if they were pop-up ads, you are not alone. It seems that Google may have rolled out a server’s experiment that, coupled with a handful of add-ons, results in the deviant, over aggressive behavior of the browser page. Reports are widespread, and at the moment, the only solutions are to disable the add-ons that can trigger the problem or send an additional parameter to disable the experiment when Chrome is started. But Google has decided the cause so an action could come soon.
Most desktop Chrome users will probably not be affected and the associated server experiment may not have rolled out to everyone, but for those affected, the problem can be quite aggravating. Open links in a new window via a middle click, ctrl + click, ctrl + shift + click and even just links to the left under certain circumstances may cause Google to block new windows and full screen video as if they were pop-up ads. Fortunately, the problem just looks up when you use a handful of Chrome extensions.
Affected extensions include Ghostery, ImTranslator, DuckDuckGo, S3Translator and Roboform Password Manager. Other additions can also trigger the behavior, so if you run into the problem and you don’t use any of the extensions we’ve listed here, consider disabling others to see if it fixes it for you. There is also another action, but it is a bit more complicated: adding “–disable-features = NativeCrxBindings” to the command line launch parameters for Chrome disables the associated experiment, which addresses the problem.
A Google on the Chrome browser case claims it has caused the cause of the problem, and triggering it from an experiment on the server side, a more traditional fix can come at any time.
We’ve come out to Google for comment, but had not yet received one at the time of publication. Currently, if you are among those affected, all you can do is try to disable add-ons until it works or pass the extra parameter to your Chrome shortcut.