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Anupam 17. Sep 2009 08:49 PM

Block Ads in different browsers other than Firefox
Firefox has got an excellent add-on to block ads : AdBlock Plus. The difference can be really felt, when you use a different browser, and the ads are visible. You really wish to have AdBlock that time.

I just saw this article on how to block ads in different browsers on MakeUseOf blog. I would like to share it. They have given the methods to block ads on Chrome, Opera and IE. I haven't tried it myself, but will do it soon on Opera probably. I hope its useful for all of you :).

Here is the link:

Courtesy :

MidnightCowboy 17. Sep 2009 09:12 PM

Very useful stuff. If I ever get converted back to Windows I would definitely try this with Opera. Thanks.

Anupam 17. Sep 2009 09:19 PM

I don't think you will be going back to Windows... you have tasted Linux, and liked it... lol. I am glad you liked Linux... but maybe also bad news for our Windows users... coz we will hear lesser opinions from you on Windows products, specially the security ones :D.

I will try this adblock in a day or two with Opera, and give feedback :).

Sope 17. Sep 2009 11:26 PM


Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 12905)
I will try this adblock in a day or two with Opera, and give feedback :).

Hmm, I've been using Fanboy's adblock list with Opera for a long time and am reasonably happy with how few ads I see. I'll certainly add in Adsweep's user.js though to see if I notice any improvements.


Originally Posted by MidnightCowboy (Post 12904)
If I ever get converted back to Windows I would definitely try this with Opera.

Opera works under Linux too you know! - ;)

aqua 17. Sep 2009 11:47 PM

fanboy's list is great fo opera,firefox and chrome=swarte-iron
i'm actually using privoxy,,works great too.

js960 18. Sep 2009 04:02 AM

Another way is old systemwide hosts trick. To make it acceptable in 2009 use Hostsman - Comes with a preset of 4 lists but only Peter Lowe´s is needed for adblocking. Easy to add, make exclusions. Autoupdates too. Has a little server so delays are avoided when browser cant locate blocked domain. Works pretty well.

Subscribing to hphosts and their partial list more or less give same protection as WOT in certain areas, and as Malwarebytes IP-blocking. Guy behind hphost is working for Malwarebytes now I think. WOT is so much bigger of course but I believe hphost is one of their main sources for really bad sites. Partial list with daily updates so smells a bit of "real-time" :) hphost is very sensitive sometimes so manager program like Hostsman is needed.

I link to the beta 7 because it should be final soon and is needed to be able to use hphost partial list. If interested his little forum will have answers.

Speed problems can be fixed by disable DNS client so 10 mile long list is not being read over and over. Im testing hostsman right now and have 114495 blocked domains. No problems.

Probably bad idea to let other programs interfer if Hostsman is used. Dont immunize with Spybot&Destroy for example, very much redundant.

Anupam 18. Sep 2009 07:25 AM

Thanks for the suggestions :). I admit I have yet to try Sope's suggestions of Opera given here, and also in other thread. I will try them soon.

I agree making use of the hosts file can also be a good way to manage the ads, and other harmful sites. Gizmo had written an article to block certain google ads through hosts file, and it was very effective. I also had a problem with a malicious site creeping from the network and Avast catching it everytime on every site I went to. I then added that site to hosts file, and it was taken care of. So yes, that can be a good way too.

MidnightCowboy 18. Sep 2009 12:04 PM


Originally Posted by Sope (Post 12910)
Opera works under Linux too you know! - ;)

Thanks, I was aware of this but unfortunately I need instant and constant access to LinkExtend as part of my site duties. WOT would suffice as it's rating is used as our benchmark but I prefer LinkExtend because it provides a combination of ratings. For me, Firefox remains the easiest browser for running this function.

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