Banner destruction kit: Part 2

You can easily re-route banner ads and other vermin sites to nowhere land in a few easy steps by tweaking the hosts file

You can easily re-route banner ads and other vermin sites to nowhere land in a few easy steps by tweaking the hosts file

The Hosts file is like an address book. When you type an address like www.yahoo.com 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.

Here’s how to do it:
First locate the hosts file here are where they are usually found on the windows platform

Windows 95/98/Me c:\windows\hosts.sam
Windows NT/2000 c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts 

At the bottom of the file you should see this:

127.0.0.1       localhost

All you have to do is add the 127.0.0.1 IP address then the domain you want to block seperated by at least one space.

Example:

127.0.0.1       localhost
127.0.0.1       ads.doubleclick.net

For more info about host blocking and a more updated list of banner domains check out http://accs-net.com/hosts/. Also check out an older Experiment article about using DNS and Apache’s mod_rewrite to do the same thing via your DNS server (Kind of tech) http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=622 . You should also be able to do this on most platform other than windows.

Below is a short list of banner domains to be blocked:

127.0.0.1       207-87-18-203.wsmg.digex.net
127.0.0.1       Garden.ngadcenter.net
127.0.0.1       Ogilvy.ngadcenter.net
127.0.0.1       ResponseMedia-ad.flycast.com
127.0.0.1       Suissa-ad.flycast.com
127.0.0.1       UGO.eu-adcenter.net
127.0.0.1       VNU.eu-adcenter.net
127.0.0.1       a.r.tv.com
127.0.0.1       a32.g.a.yimg.com
127.0.0.1       ad-adex3.flycast.com
127.0.0.1       ad.adsmart.net
127.0.0.1       ad.ca.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1       ad.de.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1       ad.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1       ad.fr.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1       ad.jp.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1       ad.linkexchange.com
127.0.0.1       ad.linksynergy.com
127.0.0.1       ad.nl.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1       ad.no.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1       ad.preferences.com
127.0.0.1       ad.sma.punto.net
127.0.0.1       ad.uk.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1       ad.webprovider.com
127.0.0.1       ad08.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       adcontroller.unicast.com
127.0.0.1       adcreatives.imaginemedia.com
127.0.0.1       adex3.flycast.com
127.0.0.1       adforce.ads.imgis.com
127.0.0.1       adforce.imgis.com
127.0.0.1       adfu.blockstackers.com
127.0.0.1       adimage.blm.net
127.0.0.1       adimages.earthweb.com
127.0.0.1       adimg.egroups.com
127.0.0.1       admedia.xoom.com
127.0.0.1       adpick.switchboard.com
127.0.0.1       adremote.pathfinder.com
127.0.0.1       ads.admaximize.com
127.0.0.1       ads.admonitor.net
127.0.0.1       ads.bfast.com
127.0.0.1       ads.clickhouse.com
127.0.0.1       ads.enliven.com
127.0.0.1       ads.fairfax.com.au
127.0.0.1       ads.fool.com
127.0.0.1       ads.freshmeat.net
127.0.0.1       ads.hollywood.com
127.0.0.1       ads.i33.com
127.0.0.1       ads.icq.com
127.0.0.1       ads.infi.net
127.0.0.1       ads.jwtt3.com
127.0.0.1       ads.link4ads.com
127.0.0.1       ads.lycos.com
127.0.0.1       ads.madison.com
127.0.0.1       ads.mediaodyssey.com
127.0.0.1       ads.msn.com
127.0.0.1       ads.newcity.com
127.0.0.1       ads.newcitynet.com
127.0.0.1       ads.newsint.co.uk
127.0.0.1       ads.ninemsn.com.au
127.0.0.1       ads.nytimes.com
127.0.0.1       ads.seattletimes.com
127.0.0.1       ads.smartclicks.com
127.0.0.1       ads.smartclicks.net
127.0.0.1       ads.sptimes.com
127.0.0.1       ads.tripod.com
127.0.0.1       ads.web.aol.com
127.0.0.1       ads.x10.com
127.0.0.1       ads.xtra.co.nz
127.0.0.1       ads.zdnet.com
127.0.0.1       ads01.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads02.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads03.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads04.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads05.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads06.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads08.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads09.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads1.activeagent.at
127.0.0.1       ads10.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads11.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads12.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads14.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads16.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads17.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads18.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads19.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads2.zdnet.com
127.0.0.1       ads20.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads21.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads22.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads23.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads24.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads25.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ads3.zdnet.com
127.0.0.1       ads5.gamecity.net
127.0.0.1       adserv.iafrica.com
127.0.0.1       adserv.quality-channel.de
127.0.0.1       adserver.dbusiness.com
127.0.0.1       adserver.garden.com
127.0.0.1       adserver.janes.com
127.0.0.1       adserver.merc.com
127.0.0.1       adserver.monster.com
127.0.0.1       adserver.track-star.com
127.0.0.1       adserver1.ogilvy-interactive.de
127.0.0.1       adtegrity.spinbox.net
127.0.0.1       alladvantage.com
127.0.0.1       antfarm-ad.flycast.com
127.0.0.1       au.ads.link4ads.com
127.0.0.1       banner.media-system.de
127.0.0.1       banner.orb.net
127.0.0.1       banner.relcom.ru
127.0.0.1       banners.easydns.com
127.0.0.1       banners.looksmart.com
127.0.0.1       banners.wunderground.com
127.0.0.1       barnesandnoble.bfast.com
127.0.0.1       beseenad.looksmart.com
127.0.0.1       bizad.nikkeibp.co.jp
127.0.0.1       bn.bfast.com
127.0.0.1       c3.xxxcounter.com
127.0.0.1       califia.imaginemedia.com
127.0.0.1       cds.mediaplex.com
127.0.0.1       click.avenuea.com
127.0.0.1       click.go2net.com
127.0.0.1       click.linksynergy.com
127.0.0.1       cookies.cmpnet.com
127.0.0.1       cornflakes.pathfinder.com
127.0.0.1       counter.hitbox.com
127.0.0.1       crux.songline.com
127.0.0.1       erie.smartage.com
127.0.0.1       etad.telegraph.co.uk
127.0.0.1       fp.valueclick.com
127.0.0.1       gadgeteer.pdamart.com
127.0.0.1       gm.preferences.com
127.0.0.1       gp.dejanews.com
127.0.0.1       hg1.hitbox.com
127.0.0.1       image.click2net.com
127.0.0.1       image.eimg.com
127.0.0.1       images2.nytimes.com
127.0.0.1       jobkeys.ngadcenter.net
127.0.0.1       kansas.valueclick.com
127.0.0.1       leader.linkexchange.com
127.0.0.1       liquidad.narrowcastmedia.com
127.0.0.1       ln.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1       localhost
127.0.0.1       m.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1       macaddictads.snv.futurenet.com
127.0.0.1       maximumpcads.imaginemedia.com
127.0.0.1       media.preferences.com
127.0.0.1       mercury.rmuk.co.uk
127.0.0.1       mojofarm.sjc.mediaplex.com
127.0.0.1       nbc.adbureau.net
127.0.0.1       newads.cmpnet.com
127.0.0.1       ng3.ads.warnerbros.com
127.0.0.1       ngads.smartage.com
127.0.0.1       nsads.hotwired.com
127.0.0.1       ntbanner.digitalriver.com
127.0.0.1       ph-ad05.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ph-ad07.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ph-ad16.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ph-ad17.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       ph-ad18.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       rd.yahoo.com
127.0.0.1       realads.realmedia.com
127.0.0.1       redherring.ngadcenter.net
127.0.0.1       redirect.click2net.com
127.0.0.1       regio.adlink.de
127.0.0.1       retaildirect.realmedia.com
127.0.0.1       s2.focalink.com
127.0.0.1       sh4sure-images.adbureau.net
127.0.0.1       spin.spinbox.net
127.0.0.1       static.admaximize.com
127.0.0.1       stats.superstats.com
127.0.0.1       sview.avenuea.com
127.0.0.1       thinknyc.eu-adcenter.net
127.0.0.1       tracker.clicktrade.com
127.0.0.1       tsms-ad.tsms.com
127.0.0.1       v0.extreme-dm.com
127.0.0.1       v1.extreme-dm.com
127.0.0.1       van.ads.link4ads.com
127.0.0.1       view.accendo.com
127.0.0.1       view.avenuea.com
127.0.0.1       w113.hitbox.com
127.0.0.1       w25.hitbox.com
127.0.0.1       web2.deja.com
127.0.0.1       webads.bizservers.com
127.0.0.1       www.PostMasterBannerNet.com
127.0.0.1       www.ad-up.com
127.0.0.1       www.admex.com
127.0.0.1       www.alladvantage.com
127.0.0.1       www.burstnet.com
127.0.0.1       www.commission-junction.com
127.0.0.1       www.eads.com
127.0.0.1       www.freestats.com
127.0.0.1       www.imaginemedia.com
127.0.0.1       www.netdirect.nl
127.0.0.1       www.oneandonlynetwork.com
127.0.0.1       www.targetshop.com
127.0.0.1       www.teknosurf2.com
127.0.0.1       www.teknosurf3.com
127.0.0.1       www.valueclick.com
127.0.0.1       www.websitefinancing.com
127.0.0.1       www2.burstnet.com
127.0.0.1       www4.trix.net
127.0.0.1       www80.valueclick.com
127.0.0.1       z.extreme-dm.com
127.0.0.1       z0.extreme-dm.com
127.0.0.1       z1.extreme-dm.com
127.0.0.1       www80.valueclick.com
127.0.0.1       z.extreme-dm.com
127.0.0.1       z0.extreme-dm.com
127.0.0.1       z1.extreme-dm.com

Author: Jason Soares

News Service: TheExperiment Network