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Removing banner ads from browser


"Playing it straight"
Supporting Member
Jan 8, 2009
Australia Australia
I recall a while ago, someone here advised how to remove banner ads from your browser.

I remember it worked really well on the browser I was using for my Mac at the time.

Now, I'm using a Windows machine and I wouldn't mind doing it to my Firefox browser.

Would the Real Slim Shady please stand up and help a brotha out?


"Don't count that."
Supporting Member
Sep 20, 2007
Phoenix, AZ
United States United States
I use a modified host file.

Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File

You can use a modified HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers and possibly unwanted programs. This is accomplished by blocking the connection(s) that supplies these little gems. The Hosts file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, so there is no need to turn on, adjust or change any settings with the exception of the DNS Client service (see below). Windows automatically looks for the existence of a HOSTS file and if found, checks the HOSTS file first for entries to the web page you just requested. The (prefix) is considered the location of your computer, so when an entry listed in the MVPS HOSTS file is requested on a page you are viewing, your computer thinks is the location of the file. When this file is not located it skips onto the next file and thus the ad server is blocked from loading the banner, Cookie, or some unscrupulous tracker, or javascript file.

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