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Topic # 11548 30-Jan-2007 11:10
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I'm trying to block advertising sites in my hosts file;

127.0.0.1     www.yahoo.com    #for testing
127.0.0.1     ads.doubleclick.net
...

I'm running Windows XP SP 2 and have disabled DNS Client service to force windows to use my hosts file. However it is not doing that! I can still browse to yahoo.com and get all the ads.

This is my work computer and I'm behind a proxy. I suspect it has something to do with my proxy.


How can I force windows to look at HOSTS file before anything else? Or is there any other way to block these sites?


Any help would be appreciated...



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  Reply # 59225 30-Jan-2007 11:13
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You're right about the proxy server, it's the one doing all the DNS lookups. Not sure how you can change that.

I take it you're not able to install FireFox or Opera (I'm trying to be browser agnostic here, I don't want to start a flamewar about broswers) and then install some adblocking software?

I find that adblockplus is a great (Free) extension for firefox.

You could also install your own proxy on your machine that does filtering and then forwards all requests onto your "proper" proxy server.

I guess on a work PC though you're probably not allowed to install anything, but you can run firefox as a portable app off a USB drive, www.portableapps.org - The portable versions support using adblock without a problem (this is what I do sometimes)



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  Reply # 60007 7-Feb-2007 14:38
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Thanks! As you suggested I started using AdBlock Plus extension for FireFox and it is fantastic!

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