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    Under W7, and using IE8, do people use software such as provided by mvps.org to modify their host file to block adware etc?

    I'd be curious whether some people would share their experiences one way or the other - do you try to block ads, or let them come along for the ride as you surf the web?

    Thanks in advance for any comments, particularly from anyone who has had problems after so changing their host file.

    Dick

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    I used to try using the Host file for this, but it started to get out of control and too difficult to maintain. I have switched to Firefox and Addblock Plus and its Element Hiding Helper. I find this combo more effective in the long term and easier to manage.
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    A discussion on this topic at this link.

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul:

    I saw that thread. It was discussing one person's personal system, and a pointer to an older article. I was hoping to
    get more current information about people's usage/non-usage of adware blocking software. Thanks for the link, though.

    Dick

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    I have generally been pretty happy with the built in pop up blocker in Win 7. It does not catch everything, but those that get through can be added to the excluded list. For FF I use AdBlock Plus and built in Pop Up Blocker for these chores. I also do not wish to see the ads someone else thinks I want to see. These are almost as much of a nuisance as the other nasties.
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    I've been very happy with HostMan available at:

    http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman

    It is freeware, and works great in XP.

    It does bad things to IP connections that are using tunneling though - had an issue on my corporate computer, and had to remove HostMan, but at homeon my personal computer it works great.

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    Thanks, Steve, for your response; and welcome to the Lounge. I tried Hostman on my W7 Home Premium system, and had to take it off. It brought my system to a crawl. It might be because I use OpenDNS. I wish Hostman would have worked because it has a number of features that the MVPS approach does not have (such as being able to update the "new" Host file using Hostman.)

    Anyway, again: welcome, and thanks for the response.

    Dick

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