Getting rid of " Free Ringtone/Capitol one" ads.

  caesarIII 19:07 07 Jun 2004

Hi there
every time i go online, within seconds these 2 pests show up.through my cookies folder i can see they run from text documents such as

:- @served by .advertising
even when i delete the various cookies,these ads still come back. i run adaware(it finds plenty),
but they still come back.hopefully i am being a bit stupid and there is an easy solution,or computer/internet will be heading(not for the recycle bin),the wheelie bin.

  Diodorus Siculus 21:03 07 Jun 2004

click here
SpyBotS&D may help.

A more drastic solution involves using a modified hosts file: click here

You can begin blocking ads and help keep yourself from being tracked by using the Hosts file with Windows and other operating systems.

What is the Hosts file, and how does it stop ads and tracking?

The Short Answer:

The short answer is that the Hosts file is like an address book. When you type an address like click here into your browser, the Hosts file is consulted to see if you have the IP address, or "telephone number," for that site. If you do, then your computer will "call it" and the site will open. If not, your computer will ask your ISP's (internet service provider) computer for the phone number before it can "call" that site. Most of the time, you do not have addresses in your "address book," because you have not put any there. Therefore, most of the time your computer asks for the IP address from your ISP to find sites.

If you put ad server names into your Hosts file with your own computer's IP address, your computer will never be able to contact the ad server. It will try to, but it will be simply calling itself and get a "busy signal" of sorts. Your computer will then give up calling the ad server and no ads will be loaded, nor will any tracking take place. Your choices for blocking sites are not just limited to blocking ad servers. You may block sites that serve advertisements, sites that serve objectionable content, or any other site that you choose to block.

A popup stopper will also help. As will a change of browser to, say, Mozilla Firefox.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 21:22 07 Jun 2004

click here and download it and delete all it finds.


  canard 22:47 07 Jun 2004

If you have IE6 select no cookies in tools-internet options- privacy and then just allow the ones you can't do without.

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