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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:35 am    Post subject: Using a HOSTS file to make the internet not suck (as much) Reply with quote

http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/

Just tried this, works great for removing many ads in one fell swoop.

If you're not aware, a HOSTS file on WINDOWS is simply a textfile and is used as a lookup table for internet sites. The author of this particular HOSTS file dumped many ad sites (e.g. ads.com) and redirected them to the computer - essentially making it find nothing, thus displaying no ads. The format of the HOSTS textfile is:

REDIRECTED SITE / LOOKUP SITE

An entry looks like this:

127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com

What this entry is saying is "whenever you lookup the website pagead2.googlesyndication.com, try to find it at 127.0.0.1". 127.0.0.1 is the computer, the "local machine". Since there is no website at 127.0.0.1, it displays nothing. The HOSTS file is filled with hundreds of ad websites that are redirected to localmachine so it displays no ads, which results in safer and quicker browsing.

If you don't want an entry, you can either delete it or bypass it by putting a # in front of the entry. e.g.

#127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com

After I saved this HOSTS file to my computer, I couldn't read email at gmail, so my first thought was there was an entry in the HOSTS file that was preventing it. I opened the HOSTS file with a text editor like notepad, which is installed on every WINDOWS computer, and did a search for "google". I found the above entry and commented it out by putting the # in front of the entry as shown in the example and tried to read email again - it worked. If you decide to try this and find a website doesn't work, try looking or searching within the HOSTS file, comment out suspected entries, and try the website again.

If you want to learn more, read the beginning of the HOSTS file or check out a FAQ written by Mike @ http://everythingisnt.com/hosts.html

-Terry
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File

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

Has a simplified expanation than I attempted and an email list for updates.
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