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Overall Web Adblock

I figured while I’m here updating this thing, might as well make a post of something I’ve been making use of.

The scope of a recent home project was to block overall ads, mobile and otherwise, without too much or no additional hardware while home. Ran through many iterations of trying this, from local host files to something like Pi-hole. That’s when I came across AB-Solution.

Pretty handy setup! It will install on your base router/firewall, if you’re running something like Tomato or DD-WRT. These are just two suggestions that allow you to gain access to a command line(SSH) interface in order to use more features like AB-Solution. The install I’ve been running this for awhile now and I can say, I’m impressed. The multilevel adblocking that is brought in from multiple sources, dependent on how aggressive you want to block, is very well done. It self updates, loads on boot, and generally requires very little overhead/maintenance to keep it running. Not to mention, less network congestion from the insane amount of ads on webpages today.

Anyway, figured it was worthy to post. Flux out.

Peace.

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General Technology

Microsoft Edge – How to Block Ads

I posted this on Reddit, but I figured it deserved an entry to the blog as well. Here it is:

I wanted to say Adblock here, but since it isn’t a specific way to get adblock on the browser yet. I am here to offer an additional solution that I’m finding to be suitable for the time being.

It dawned on me that the hosts file could be used to block unwanted sites from displaying content by setting hosts to 0.0.0.0 in the hosts file at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc . It turns out I’m not alone in this. This site here provides an updated text file that can replace your hosts file.

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

I’m not affiliated with them in any way, more of just sharing my journey to block ads – a crucial reason I wasn’t using Microsoft Edge.

Here is the direct link to the txt file itself:

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.txt

As always, hope this helps.

Peace.