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|Block ad-/spyware/popups without installing software|
Do you also hate ad-/spyware/popups? I guess most people will answer that question with a "Yes". There is many (free) software on the market that will get rid of any of this (Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware etc.). The Firefox plug-in AdBlock does help a lot too.
But what if you don't want to install any software or have Firefox? Here's a small trick that will help you to block any ad-/spyware/popups without installing software.
This trick will work in Windows XP, I don't know if it works on Windows Vista.
What did I just do?
The "hosts" file on your PC now disallows access from several servers that are known to spread ad-/spyware/popups. Since your PC now blocks their access, non of their software will connect with you.
Help, my PC is now slower!
In many cases, a large "hosts" file (over 135 kb) will slow down your PC. Here's how to fix this:
You can see that the above "Service" is not needed (after a little browsing) by opening the Services Editor again, scroll down to "DNS Client" and check the "Status" column. It should be blank, if it was needed it would show "Started" in that column.
The above instructions are intended for a single (home-user) PC. If your machine is part of a "Domain", check with your IT Dept. before applying this work-around. This especially applies to laptop users who travel or bring their machines home. Make sure to reset the Service prior to connecting (reboot required) to your work domain.
Good luck and I hope it helped you getting rid of or preventing any ad-/spyware/popups!
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