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    Sponsored links

    Does anybody know of a method (IE6) for filtering out those annoying double-underlined "sponsored links"? For example on sites like http://www.1src.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67901? I can't see anything in the HTML that might be a candidate for regular expression-type substitution by a local proxy, like an ad blocker.

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    Re: Sponsored links

    What I found interesting was that visiting the page with FF did not show them
    I then opened the page in IE6, and saw them.
    Now, when I view it with FF, they DO show.
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    Re: Sponsored links

    It really depends on the method employed by the site in question. More information here on the varying methods that are employed to make this work, it seems that TopText iLookup downloads something to the PC and runs locally, and this can be removed. IntelliTXT has no local software and appears to be done via a combination of scripting and CSS declarations. This link contains a list of filters that can be used with Adblock for Firefox -- and yep, it works on IntelliTXT. Perhaps something in the filter list can be added to your proxy software to accomplish the same trick.
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    Re: Sponsored links

    My usual method for blocking JavaScript by domain does not work with these scripts imported from *.us.intellitxt.com (I guess the security model doesn't work the way I hoped). For Firefox, there is a Greasemonkey script that might help.

    Extension: mozdev.org - greasemonkey: index
    Script: Userscripts.org: IntelliTxt Disabler

    If a person is prone to accidentally clicking links, it might be interesting to write a script/extension to turn links off and on with a keystroke combination (user could select one or off in advance). Sounds a little complicated to program...

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    Re: Sponsored links

    I think it's these "wheels within wheels" methods employed, that makes writing a functoning filter dificult. I am using Privoxy, a proxy derived from Junkbusters, similar to Proxomitron that I used on 98. I don't have a good feel for its capabilities yet, but perhaps the substitutions used in the filters you mention might give some clues.

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    Re: Sponsored links

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by AlanMiller on 28-Dec-05 01:55. )</P>I'll have a look at those links to try and glean some clues. As you noticed, the methods used to display them are (deliberately?) complex, and might need something equally complex to negate them. I also notice that simple URL manipulations (filters, hosts etc.) don't seem to work.

    thanks
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    <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> I managed to knock out the insidious intellitxt one with an entry into the blocked sites list in my (Agnitum) firewall. The entry ".intellitxt." (sans quotes) seemed to do the trick. I suspect the others mentioned by Mark would be identified as malware on the local machine.

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