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Offline Rotten Johnny

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Simple method of eliminating most web adverts
« on: July 04, 2012, 06:12:28 PM »
Download the HOSTS file from http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm for Linux, copy and paste its contents into /etc/hosts, save it and reload your browser.  For Windows instructions are included on the referenced page.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2012, 06:15:16 PM by audiomuze »
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Re: Simple method of eliminating most web adverts
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 12:35:32 PM »
Good stuff. Thanks.
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Re: Simple method of eliminating most web adverts
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012, 01:10:04 PM »
I also add things like microsoft and adobe to my hosts file, makes sure their sotware cannot do any background 'upgrades' without me knowing what its doing.

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Re: Simple method of eliminating most web adverts
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 06:15:03 AM »
^^^ don't have that problem using Linux, the underlying philosophy is you're in charge, it's your device and nothing is done without your say-so. Imagine that, a software co. treating its users with respect...never happen in a windoze or crapple world.
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Re: Simple method of eliminating most web adverts
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 11:43:08 AM »
^^^ don't have that problem using Linux

I never contest the superiority of Linux. But because certain companies only provide software for windoos, it becomes necessary to keep a '**** version available.

<edit> ^^^ some Afrikaaner has been adding to the forum software dictionary I see! It knows THAT Afrikaans word.

P.S. Another thing I discovered to keep windoos under control: tell the operating system globally to use a proxy for internet access, & give it a nonsense IP. But tell Firefox specifically to bypass the proxy. This stops most software from having web access to its 'home'.
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Re: Simple method of eliminating most web adverts
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2012, 02:07:38 PM »
I tried it although no visible effects as yet.
A silly question: what sites will show you a difference (before/after) installing the new HOSTS?

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Re: Simple method of eliminating most web adverts
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2013, 12:22:31 PM »
I tried it although no visible effects as yet.
A silly question: what sites will show you a difference (before/after) installing the new HOSTS?
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Re: Simple method of eliminating most web adverts
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2013, 01:00:49 PM »
Opera Browser + AdBlocker Plus & Ghostery
Recapping of vintage equipment isn't restoration. By definition, restoration means returning to it's original condition.

Oh, what difficult hobby this is. When you hear something new you'll find yourself swapping out or upgrading kit.

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Re: Simple method of eliminating most web adverts
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2013, 06:00:26 PM »
For Win, reboot.  For Linux, immediately.
No need to reboot in windows, works instantly
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