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Old 12-20-03, 01:15 PM
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Talking sexy photos

I would like to thank everybody in this forum specially the administrator for their efforts to answer all the questions.

My question is how to get rid of hot sexy photos and links that are advertised in the web sits and specially now the hotmail.com sign-in page.
 
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Old 12-20-03, 01:25 PM
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You cannot get rid of the advertising that is on a web page. But there are several things you can do.

You can install software that blocks pop-ups. This will stop the annoying pop up windows from coming up. You can also install filtering software.

However, these are not without side effects. For example, some pop-ups are desireable. The problem is, until you teach the software which pop-ups to allow and which to block, you either miss some or get some you don't want. Also, the blocking software is not perfect either. One that I use (to keep my teenage sons from certain web sites, blocks certain words. Sometimes this is good, sometime it is bad. For example, it turned "Madagascar hissing #########" into "Madagascar hissing #########".
 
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Old 12-20-03, 02:16 PM
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You could use a text only browser such as Lynx.

Sometimes you can change the browser settings to block images that don't originate on the site you are visiting.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 12-20-03, 02:21 PM
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Thank you dear racraft,

I do use blocking software that is we-blocker. O.K. as u said u have to teach it how to work and which sites to block and which sites not. But the problem is not here and not much with pop-ups, it is with the ads and pictures that are on the web pages!
Did u say that this cannot be removed.

I am trying this specially now with the hotmail.com web page because it is commonly used email provider and we all teenagers and adults use it. Such things was not there before and it was fairely trusted site before, I don't know what happened
 
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Old 12-20-03, 03:02 PM
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Thank you Mr. chfite for ur reply.

I tried changing the browser settings and it worked, but as u know u will not be able to at the web pages with all its beaty.
 
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Well, there are some trades to make in order to manage the content our families experience.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 12-21-03, 04:23 PM
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You can use a pop up blocker to get rid of the popups. For the banner ads you can use either a banner ad blocker or edit your hosts file: http://www.everythingisnt.com/hosts.html .
 
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Old 12-23-03, 04:26 PM
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You can use an ad blocker. Before I switched to Opera I used AdShield in MSIE. It takes a while to get a nice blocklist set up but once you do pages look great without all the ads:

http://www.ad-shield.com/

They also just switched to a pay system but it's fairly cheap.
 
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Old 12-24-03, 12:34 AM
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Once the porn and spammers get your address it's an uphill battle to block them.

I would suggest you setup a new account and do NOT use this address on any sites, use it exclusively for your trusted contacts. That will hopefully keep that mailbox spam free.

If you truly need to register use your old account for this type of public activity.
 
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Old 12-25-03, 06:09 AM
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Hello; hashimi

As I read your question to be, the intent is to stop or restrict some family members from visiting web sites, all the info provided might work, depending upon the operating system.

You mighty want to try this first. These are basic instructions. Yours may differ slightly. There is no need, imo, to change operating systems or buy new software. Windows has it all.

Right click on the big "E" icon of internet explorer, which should be on the desktop. A windows popup will appear. Select the properties selection than the security tab, select the restriction web icon.

Enter the addresses you want and or need to restirct access to. Follow the on screen directions to complete the setup. After that is done, windows will restrict opening the web sites you entered.

Doing so will not stop or restrict popup ads from appearing, depending upon the oprerating system in the computer and how it is setup. Popups can be almost all stopped using a firewall.
 
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Old 12-26-03, 12:38 PM
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I think extremesanity has the right idea - using the HOSTS file to block unwanted ads and websites from appearing. However, the link referred to uses an installer to update the HOSTS lists and installs the Google Adbar (or something to do with Google and Ads) and I'm not too fond of this idea myself. While the guy justifies this by saying that these are content-oriented and useful ads, the whole idea is to block ads completely.

So, I compiled a new list and have a link to it below - this is an original file, as all I have done is taken the list at the site mentioned above and merged it with my own list - then removed duplicates. There are over 1500 links listed.

Each OS is different, all I can tell you is to do a Search for "Hosts" and then copy and paste the info in the file below to the Hosts file - this will block ads on pages, it will NOT block pop-ups but it will block ads in pop-ups. For a good pop-up blocker, try <a href="http://www.flashpeak.com">SlimBrowser</a> - it's very similar to Internet Explorer (and actually uses the same engine) but adds some nice features, including a pop-up blocker.

BTW, before adding the following to your Hosts file, it's not a bad idea to make a backup - just rename your Hosts file to "hosts.old" and then copy/paste the following and save as "hosts".

For WinXP users, the Hosts file is in "C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc" - for other Windows users, it should be somewhere similar to this.

<a href="http://safewatchservice.com/hosts.html">Links to be added to your HOSTS file</a> - copy and paste to your HOSTS file (if you have "127.0.0.1 localhost" already in your file, you can skip that line).
 

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Old 12-27-03, 12:30 PM
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Nope, the installer at http://everythingisnt.com/hosts.html only installs the Hosts file, nothing else.
 
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Old 12-27-03, 03:06 PM
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Ah, I see now, I was reading the FAQ under the installer - he mentions something about Google Ads. He's referring to the ads on the site, not in the installer. I haven't actually tried installing the programming.

However, the lists I mention above should be more complete - either way, they are both pretty comprehensive.

Good luck!
 
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