A hosts file (current example) tells your computer what numerical address (184.108.40.206) is associated with what URL (www.everythingisnt.com.
) . This file is a very simple hack which takes ad server URLs and redirects them to non-existant numerical addresses.
In other words we're fooling the internet. Its pretty simple and it works. Tens of thousands of people use it everyday with no problems.
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I recommend using the installer for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2K/XP This automatically installs the hosts file for you. No fuss, no muss.
Download installer (updated 11-02-05)
Note: The installer does not back up your old hosts file. Remember to delete your browser's cache (Tools>Internet Options>Delete Files) to get rid of the ads you've already downloaded. Special thanks to Allen Jackson for writing the installer.
XP users just right click here and "save as" to your c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc directory overwriting your old hosts file. You may want to backup your old hosts file. 2000 users will have to use this path: c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc Win 95/98 users should use this path: c:\windows
Remove the extension and save this to your /etc directory. Considering unix is a server-based OS with a complex permission structure you'll probably want to just append your hosts file instead of overwriting it.
OSX can use the hosts file, but copying it to /etc isn't enough.
When finished please empty out your cache and restart your browser or reboot your computer.