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Shiverchill
03-05-2010, 12:47 AM
Have been having an issue of Ustream constantly crashing my browser - so whenever wow.com put a livestream on their front page, i would be unable to visit it till they took it down.

After getting fed up & doing some research, i found a way to "fix" that AND get rid of most of the annoying popups/ads/etc.

Have you guys seen the recent arise of the "party poker" everywhere including wowhead? or those flashing banners that you keep accidently clicking?
Well, heres a solution.


1) open THIS in your notepad:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

2) In there at the bottom you will find something like this
127.0.0.1 local host

After that line you add this:
127.0.0.1 "adress of smth you want to block"

for example
127.0.0.1 ustream.tv



Now, that will block all ads from that site. But there are lots and lots and lots of webpages... how can you block them all?

Well, this is where the mighty internet comes in.

http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt

This text file contains all known annoying ad hosters, which you can just copy-paste into your hosts file to perma block them.
More info @ http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm



Man, the internet has never been so clean :>

Llort
03-05-2010, 08:47 AM
or, when a firefox user, just use Ad-block plus?

Ruoste
03-05-2010, 09:09 AM
Editing hosts file to block ads is a bit of an overkill. Very large hosts file can slow down your computer/internet. Then some sites will block you or slow the transfer speed to you if you completely block the ads. If you use Firefox then something like Adblock (http://adblockplus.org) might be a better solution since in some cases it will still download the ad and then just completely hide it from you (but there are ways to detect that too). Adblock supports automatically updated filter lists too.

Shiverchill
03-05-2010, 01:31 PM
Yes, however if you want to prevent the ad from loading at all (like in my case, with ustream completely crashing my browser) the hosts file is the way to go.