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sites like ad.doubleclick.net.
I'm admittedly not a computer guy at all, so I searched for ways to block this site, which I believe is adware. One poster provided this step-by-step method:
1. Click Start / My Computer
2. Navigate to : C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
3. Double click on hosts
4. Select Notepad from the list and click Ok
5. It will open you a new window
6. The last line should be : 127.0.0.1 localhost
7. Click behind localhost and click Enter to get in the new line
8. Type : 127.0.0.1ad.doubleclick.net
9. Go to File → Save
I tried this, but it wouldn't save despite several attempts. The error message was something about "path not recognized" or something like that. I then downloaded a "hosts file," whatever that is, unzipped it, then nothing happened. So, I don't know if it's doing anything or not. Personally, I would rather erase that and make adjustments to my own settings if it is possible. My IE9 privacy settings should already be blocking most 3rd-party cookies. Any thoughts?
I should add that I'm currently using Vista on my primary computer (which is a piece of sh!t, BTW. I'll be converting to an Apple home computer as soon as the new rumored updated models come out in about 6 months).
This post was edited by DieHardHawk 10 months ago
Stop using IE!!! Use FF/Chrome with the adblocker plugin.
I know nothing about computers but Twib does and yes stop using IE
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
I don't really know much but I thought it was that simple. DieHard's post threw me off and I was like
Yes, I thought about simply changing my browser but I'm used to IE, ironically, even though I've come to despise Microsoft. Stuck in my ways I guess. I may end up going that route. I did try Firefox about 5-6 years ago and wasn't completely pleased with the GUI. Again, maybe that was a familiarity thing.
Twib, do you know why the host file changes wouldn't save in the above example?
Sorry. LOL. I'm feeling a little thrown off myself dealing with computer issues.
Probably an open file handle - try closing all your browsers before saving the file. If that doesn't work, try right clicking notepad and do "Run as administrator" and then open the hosts file through notepad.
You can blow away everything in the file, all it does is map a dns lookup to a specific IP address. So from your original example, it looks like you were trying to map the double click URL to the local host IP address, meaning every time there's an ad displayed from that url it will map it to an invalid IP address, essentially disabling the ads. No need hack your hosts file though.
This post was edited by Twib 10 months ago
I'm the say way I did something on my laptop once and the screen size was all funky and I was like WTF?! What? Press control 0? Oh.......
It's all Greek to me.
Thanks, even though I have zero idea what all that means. I'll try again later in the week when I have some time to attach the thingamabob to the whozewhatsits.
Seriously, though, thanks. The world needs more people that know what this stuff means.
I'm almost certain you just need plutonium for the flux capacitor. Just make sure to get it up to 88 MPH.
Does Lea Thompson come along with that?
Now we're cookin' with peanut oil.
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