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Use /etc/hosts to block ads at the local level
Authored by: errolbert on Apr 24, '06 01:09:14PM
The best of both worlds... Take a look at FloppyMoose. It's a css file that you use with your browser to "hide" advertisements. In this way, you still download them and your favorite site still gets the ad revenue, but you don't have to look at them... plus pages render faster.

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Use /etc/hosts to block ads at the local level
Authored by: luomat on Apr 25, '06 12:58:48AM

@ errolbert:

Using CSS is a nice idea, but pages will NOT render faster if you use CSS vs /etc/hosts.

/etc/hosts blocks the call ever being made to the 3rd party ad server. There's no way in the world that "Contacting a 3rd party ad server" will EVER be faster than "Not contacting a 3rd party server".

In some case it might be almost the same length of time, assuming that the DNS information is cached already and the ad server is responsive. Plus "Not Downloading" the ads is a part of the feature many of us are looking for.

Personally I disable plugins (mostly to stop Flash) using Opera. If I find a site that I have to see using Plugins, I simply press alt+F12 to bring up the context menu and re-enable plugins. Easy as pie.

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