youtube won't work with web-advertisements being blocked

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youtube won't work with web-advertisements being blocked

L3 Networker

Does anyone know how to get around this?  We have enable web-advertisements to be blocked within our URL filering.  When going to and some other sites, the site is there but will not play content.

Any ideas how to get the best of both worlds?  Block web-ads but be able to use youtube?



Steve, thanks for all of your help with this.  youtube falls into the category of 'streaming-media', in which we allow.

as soon as I allow 'web-advertisements' within our url filter, youtube will work.  as soon as I block web ads, it no longer works.

I have enter an exception in the url filter to allow, and it still does not work.

does this make sense?

I have a feeling that this is a 'youtube' thing not a Palo Alto thing.  I have tested with using the web-ad blocker within firefox and have experienced the same thing.

I just thought that PAN would have a work around for this.


This is a common issue that can be resolved with an exception but th exception will be a strange looking url from a CDN provider.

I am assuming you have a test PC and you know the IP address. Turn off the URL filter for web ads. Then go to youtube. Then look  at the traffic logs for that IP address. heck the "Resolve DNS Names" box. You should see one stream to youtube and another stream from your test IP address to some other URL. This second URL is the site being blocked and needs to be added as an exception.

You should also b able to confirm that this URL is the one being blocked in the "URL Filtering" logs on the Monitor Tab.

Steve Krall

Still doesn't work.  youtube is not being blocked, but rather being deemed useless when someone surfs to it.  see the image that is attached.

Basically any site that is 'flash' based has the same effect when the web-ads are blocked.  for instance has the same effect.  But as soon as we allow ads, they function normally.  I would probably attribute this to being that web-ads are predominantly flash based, and since youtube is also flash based it doesn't work.

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