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Frederiek
post Feb 16 2012, 09:14 AM
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A hosts file? What's that?

I used to have Safari Stand installed, but that wouldn't work anymore in the latest Safari on Tiger. There's a new version for Safari 5 /Leopard or Lion. Maybe it doesn't block all ads, but it has cool features.

For the moment, I have Flash content turned off, with a Simbl plugin, which is already a relief and which I can turn on on demand.


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post Feb 16 2012, 09:18 AM
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QUOTE(Frederiek @ Feb 16 2012, 09:16 AM) *

Does the forum have "https ad pages in iframes" or "malware ads"? I doubt that.

I recall Google creates iframes with JS to display ads in. Don't know if https is used. Edit: I guess images and third party cookies can be sent over https too.

Malware ads can apparently spread through exploited ad networks, and thus show up on all kinds of sites: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20000898-245.html

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BTW, how did you disable ads?

In Opera you can disable iframes and Plugins (i.e. Flash), for individual sites if necessary. There's also a feature called Content Blocking, but that doesn't seem strictly necessary here.

Firefox has a number of extensions, such as Adblock Plus.

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post Feb 16 2012, 03:34 PM
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'hosts' is a Windows file that maps domains to IP addresses. I suspect it's a remnant from the time these things took time. I once had a tool that speeded up surfing by caching IP addresses for selected sites, i.e. it was an interface to the hosts file. You can use it to map ad servers to 127.0.0.1 .

It's just a text file that looks like this when unedited.
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# Copyright 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
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# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a "#" symbol.
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# For example:
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# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host
#
127.0.0.1 localhost


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post Feb 17 2012, 03:21 AM
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Thank you both.

I'll stick to Safari, which has always been my favorite browser.
That hosts file looks like some .ini file (Apache or PHP).


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Windows use inis too. Which is IMHO a much better option than the registry.


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There's a Safari extension "Ad Block" which blocks all ads on all pages.

It's so effective, I forgot I had it installed. I was complaining to Adwords support that my ads weren't showing up, and (to my embarassment) he asked me if I had AdBlock installed.


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post Feb 19 2012, 04:20 AM
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Thanks, Jim. But extensions don't work in Safari on Tiger.

I'm busy installing my new Mac mini, with Lion. So then I'll be able to add extensions to Safari.


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