Author Topic: Simple method of eliminating most web adverts  (Read 4969 times)

Offline Rotten Johnny

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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Offline Music_Lover

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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Offline Steerpike

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.

Offline Rotten Johnny

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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Offline Steerpike

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'.
« Last Edit: July 11, 2012, 11:48:35 AM by Steerpike »

Offline cholaquepita

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?

Offline Rotten Johnny

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
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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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