Archive for May 31st, 2012

Block Ads Using the hosts File

Online ads displayed in web pages are annoying. Is there a way to reduce or eliminate them at the system level instead of installing browser plugins?

One effective way to prevent ads from appearing is to prevent the computer from making connections to them in the first place. This conserves bandwidth because if no connection is made to the ad server, then its content cannot be downloaded.

A simple method to achieve this is by editing the /etc/hosts file.
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