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advertisement blocking with hosts entries

I think this was a topic a little bit ago, but even if it weren't, I found this web site's hosts file entries quite useful for blocking advertising content:

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Firefox with the ad block extension is FAR superior than trying to block ads with hosts file entries.

Almost Anonymous
Sunday, August 22, 2004

... and proxy filters like Privoxy are yet superior to ad blockers, as they let you rewrite HTML pages on the fly before passing them to the web browser :-)

Sunday, August 22, 2004

I'm very happy with Proxomitron.  It truly revolutionized my web-browsing experience.

J. D. Trollinger
Sunday, August 22, 2004

I'm curious about Promitron. What kind of things do you do with it besides ad blocking?

Matthew Lock
Monday, August 23, 2004

I used the hosts file method for a while and I was very happy with it.
Monday, August 23, 2004

... and there's always AdMuncher that can kill everything resembling an ad before it even reaches you.

Monday, August 23, 2004

I just installed Ad Block and man is that thing annoying. I think I'd tried it a while back.

Now tell me something. All those Anti-Anti Virus folks... Will they go out and install Ad Muncher? It is an "unknown executable on the internet" after all.
Monday, August 23, 2004

by the way, there's lots of hosts files available:

I think I just grabbed one of the first ones in Google.
Monday, August 23, 2004

That website is now dead as is the product (see  for more info)

Does anyone have a copy on a public webserver that i would be able to download?


Monday, August 23, 2004

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