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Remove Advertising Without Ad Blocking Addons

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 9:10 AM

Never again be told by websites to turn off your ad blockers. You don't actually need to use ad blocking addons.

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I've been continuously online, every day for more than 17 years. My computers have never once been infected by a virus nor worm. I tried to warn the security community back in 2006 about the dangers of malware via advertising but they wouldn't listen. Now, more than 10 years later, they are getting the message. The best way to protect your computer while online is to eliminate all advertising. I'm sure advertisers won't like it, but they're going to have to change the ways that they do business if they want to stay in business. What if webmasters had to check their ads for malware before presenting them on their websites? Keep using your own methods for antimalware but this can help strengthen your computer's defenses.

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People who are using ad blockers as addons on their browsers, Firefox, Chrome, Opera etc, are encountering web sites that block them, demanding they turn them off or whitelist them. You should never reduce your security for something like that. From my point of view, businesses that expect me to conform to their desires are walking on thin ice. I like voting with my wallet. So if a business doesn't like my online practices they can go jump in a lake (in October). They won't be getting my business either, forever after.

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First, get a HOSTS file from the MVPs:  Complete instructions for all versions of Windows are provided at their site.

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Second, get SpywareBlaster from Brightfort. Install it and follow their instructions. This little freeware or donationware program (originally written by Javacool) protects your computer by blocking the class IDs of known spyware, including protecting your browsers. Every program has a unique class ID. It's like a fingerprint. Spywareblaster is updated regularly. You set it and then forget it until the next update. (You may need to copy and paste the link below to your browser address bar.)

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https://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html

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Third, get the original freeware Spybot Search and Destroy v 1.6.2 from Safer-Networking. Install it and update it. It's compatible with Windows 7, 8.0, 8.1 and 10, for both 32 and 64 bit platforms. Spybot can also augment your HOSTS file. You need to open it from the Start page on your computer, right-click it and Run (it) as Administrator. Choose Mode > Advanced mode then select the Immunize shield in the left column. You will see a window on the right side "Select Passive Protection." You'll see a green "+" sign beside the word Immunize at the top. Click it and wait a few minutes to allow Spybot to further protect your browsers, HOSTS and your entire computer against malware. (You may need to copy and paste the link below to your browser address bar.)

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https://www.safer-networking.org/mirrors162/

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These three combined, MVPs HOSTS, Spywareblaster and Spybot Search and Destroy have protected my computer against most forms of malware for more the 15 years. I have compared the strength of them against regular ad blocking addons and they are by far superior in every way. Also, no website will detect you blocking their ads. The few things I need watch for now are trojans that can come (rarely) bundled with downloads I get. It's interesting that what got me started in computer security so long ago was from a trojan I got. I also use MalwareBytes Anti-Exploit whenever I open my browser. I use the freeware MBAM (MalwareBytes AntiMalware) scanner and an antivirus to check downloaded files before I open them. It's a good habit to develop.

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You don't need adblocking addons except for flash/videos. I tested this on Youtube. If you want to block the video ads then get the Adblock Plus addon. There may be other adblockers that do the same thing but I use this one.

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https://adblockplus.org/

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All the best and always take care of your security!





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