[Gllug] ad blocking

Alistair Mann alistair at lgeezer.net
Tue Feb 24 17:53:16 UTC 2004

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Thus spaketh Xander D Harkness on Tuesday 24 February 2004 5:25 pm:
> On Mon, 2004-02-23 at 01:29, Mamading Ceesay wrote:
> > On Sun, 22 Feb 2004 22:18:14 -0000
> >
> > Murray wrote:
> > > Any advice on some good ad-blocking software for a web proxy server?
> > > Ideally something that plugs neatly into apache.
> >
> > I've had good results with privoxy http://www.privoxy.org
> Privoxy has no password to stop users changing the blocking policies, so
> you either use the GUI and allow users to change or not.
> SquidGuard works well.
> One of the easiest ways to block adverts is just to use squid with
> url_regex http://www.harkness.co.uk/proxy/proxy_configuration.html and
> http://www.harkness.co.uk/proxy/banned is the list that I use that
> blocks 95% of all adverts.

Another effective method for those of us without proxys is to adapt the 
/etc/hosts file.

If one adds    ads.doubleclick.net

Then pages with that link will be directed to the local machine instead of the 
advert server. Instead of the advert, one gets a 404 error from any local 
webserver, or simply a blank space if there is no local web server.

A list of such ad servers are kept via http://everythingisnt.com/hosts.html

Lower maintenance for single user machines/ micro networks, just as effective, 
works on Windows too. 

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