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  • Custom Hosts File: Never see webpage spam again

    I've been using the mvps.org custom hosts file for quite a while. I wouldn't run my OS without it. It contains almost 15,000 spam entries. I have yet to see any spam on a web page when using it. Check it out here.

    For those of you not familiar with the hosts file it acts as a sort of secondary local DNS cache. Any time you navigate to an URL the DNS lookup process to determine the IP address for that URL is as follows:

    Check local DNS Cache --> Check the hosts file --> Check the DNS server indicated in your IP config.

    The no-spam hosts file works by mapping all spam URLs, such as ad.doubleclick.net, to the local loopback (127.0.0.1). So, whenever you have a web page with an embedded ad in it the ad won't load.

    If you want a web browsing experience with no ads whatsoever, this file's for you.
    Twisted Firestarter
    a.k.a |TG| Harkonian
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    Re: Custom Hosts File: Never see webpage spam again

    Good info.

    I used to use something similar but have since switched from IE to Mozilla Firefox with the Adblock Plus extension. It's easier to maintain, more flexible and has a subscription service so you don't have to edit the HOST file yourself.

    Check local DNS Cache --> Check the hosts file --> Check the DNS server indicated in your IP config.
    I believe the first two are out of order, I believe your host file is always checked first, then DNS cache then DNS (or WINS if applicable).



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    • #3
      Re: Custom Hosts File: Never see webpage spam again

      Yeah I was just going to mention the adblockplus extension for firefox. You don't have to do anything and it gets updated automatically.

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      • #4
        Re: Custom Hosts File: Never see webpage spam again

        Another vote for AdBlockPlus. I used to go the HOSTS file route but ABP makes it so easy it's hard to say no to it. :)

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          Re: Custom Hosts File: Never see webpage spam again

          i use IE but i use a diffrent browser http://www.avantbrowser.com/ which has plenty of goodies to take care of all that add crap..... if you dont want it showing up just click. its a fantastic brower and i have used it for along time now..... check it out http://www.avantbrowser.com/

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