Another Method for Blocking Pop Up Ads?

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Infopackets Reader Darren B. writes:

" Dear Dennis,

I was just reading your latest newsletter regarding computer internet security. I would be interested to know what you think of using the Windows hosts file as an ad-tracking blocking method. A pre-compiled hosts file of this type can be found at

To me, this is a much better method of blocking tracking than having ad blocking software using additional resources. You may also wish to make your readers aware of myiebrowser. It uses the IE engine, so it is a small download, and includes tabbed browsing, a pop-up stopper and has several privacy features.

While in principle I don't like blocking advertisements, as after all they help to keep the internet free, I like my privacy being compromised even less.

PS: I'm sure you will already have had a ton of email from AVG users on this subject already, but... In regards to your comment about AVG Antivirus not having an automatic download, I can assure you that it does, and is completely configurable.

A 'manual' update can also be initiated from the program at any time, without going to the web site. While admittedly the web site is not overly informative, the program itself is great. I replaced "Inoculate It" with AVG several months ago (Inoculate It is being discontinued as a free program), and so far have been extremely satisfied with it. Thanks again! "

My response:

I am currently using the method you're describing -- it does work. I found out about it from Kazaa Lite's web site. And yep, you're right! So far, about 50 people emailed me already about the auto update featured in Grisoft's AVG.

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